Saturday, January 11, 2014

Well Week, Hell Week

I won't say much because I've been tied up due to a work commitment, but it was satisfying to see the Knights get well against PSAC dregs Cheyney and Clarion (60-45) during the week. You can't really celebrate wins over teams that are now a combined 4-23; you just nod your head in affirmation, kind of like making a two-foot putt. You expect to get the job done and only react (i.e. go berserk) if you fail.

But this week is cupcake-free. Undefeated and nationally ranked IUP invades the Hammermill Wednesday night, then the Knights trek to Edinboro to renew that rivalry. I know the Fighting Scots are reeling, losing 4 of 6, but when was Gannon's last comfortable game at McComb? When GU wins, it's a nailbiter, ragged slugfest, or a combination of the two. Plus, I'm not sure if this lineup can handle big man Bryan Theriot.

If Gannon earns a second consecutive 2-0 week, we'll have real reason to celebrate and even the skeptics would have to increase their confidence in this club. The Knights will be a significant underdog vs. the Crimson Hawks, but they way they're rebounding and defending, the game could be close.

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  1. With our beloved Knights on the road, had a chance to see the IUP-Mercyhurst game. 53-50 Final score was deceiving since IUP had no trouble dissing the Lakers, who only made it a game at the end after lulling IUP to sleep for 36 minutes. Very small crowd but then when isn't it a small crowd there, even though the undefeated sixth ranked team in the nation was in town. IUP is well coached and solid but very beatable. Like Gannon, IUP doesn't light up the scoreobard. Keita is very good and senior Marcel Souberbielle, who's been around since the program was founded it seems, are the main threats while the sophomore Cheney transfer Norfleet is working on his human highlight reel. Anyway, not hard to imagine Gannon knocking IUP out of the ranks of the unbeaten. In a game that is going to come down to defense on Wednesday night Gannon could prevail. The Golden Ones plays better defense and Gannon has Blazek and IUP doesn't.

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  2. Another strong performance by the Lady Knights. Outrebounded Clarion by 11 and utilized one of Chappy's sayings: "good things will happen when your team makes more free throws than the other team takes." Good games by Papich, Sundberg and Berchtold. Bring on the Crimson Hawks!

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  3. Good first half ... Holding Clarion to .192 (5/26) from the field -- below the Mendoza line. Strong rebounding continues: 22 for GU, 12 for CU. Lead would be bigger if not for 2/8 from the line and eight turnovers. Let's keep up the momentum!

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  4. So, did the worldwide internet break or something?

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  5. Amazing stat -- This is the first time in over FIFTY years that a GU men's team has given up 45 or fewer points in back-to-back games. Granted, they were against two poor teams, but GU has played two cruddy teams many times in the past 5+ decades and this was the first time that it happened. Kudos to our always-strong defense. (And kudos to Dan Teliski on digging this stat up ... impressive in his part as well)

    I assume that #6 IUP will figure out a way to put at least 45 points on the board on Wednesday.

    Is an upset going to happen on Wednesday? Our strengths are obvious -- rebounding (3th in the country in rebound margin) and scoring defense (7th in the country). Mightily impressive. However, IUP ranks 28th in the country (out of 291 teams) in rebound margin, so they are in the top 10% and FIRST in the country in scoring defense. The things we do well -- they do equally or better. IUP is also ranked fifth in the country in FG% defense. We're going to have to beat them at their game which will be hard. The difference will probably be in turnovers, where we're second to last (in fewest TO's) in the PSAC and IUP is second in the PSAC.

    Other interesting stuff: GU is 21st in the country in FT percentage -- pretty impressive. But GU is last in the PSAC in free-throw attempts. So we need to get to the line more.

    And the PSAC has six of the bottom 21 teams in scoring offense (including us). And it is obvious that the PSAC has 5 of the top 17 teams in scoring defense (including three of the top eight -- IUP, GU, Hurst).

    In the final analysis .. it will be interesting, that's for sure. Both teams do some things VERY well. It will come down to whether GU can shore up its weaknesses and leverage the home court advantage to pull off the upset.

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  6. Amazing how boring this blog is when nobody is ripping on Reilly!

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    1. Actually, I received several emails that folks were taking some time away from the blog because of all the Reilly bashing.

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  7. Two easy wins that that we should of won. Not much to say. I think it's the calm before the storm on Wednesday.

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  8. Maybe Jim Busbee's new website that he was going to work on is up and running!

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  9. Nope. I've been in the hospital for almost a week. Plus I need some help and the one person who I thought would help hasn't come through. I'm still trying but until I get of the hospital nothing will be happening.

    Hope you are not too disappointed #453.

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  10. What's the status of Newby and Talley?

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  11. Talley is likely on Elba Island along with Algeron Torrence, Dmitri Martynenko, James Bryant, Shameel Carty, Kareem Brown and Napoleon.

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    1. Newby is cleared to play, but will be coming off bench until he's "near 100%" and Talley had a knee injury and then slipped on ice after the Cheyney game and messed it up more. He is only expected to miss a few games. Coach Reilly addressed both of these in the post-game talk with Jim L. after Clarion game.

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    2. and why would Matrynenko and Carty be grouped with the rest of the names? Carty started most of the season and Martynenko just wasn't cutting it and I'm quite sure knew that and understood.

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    3. Talleys pt has been sporadic- nice game against Lemoyne then no floor time against AB. Even in games he plays he's been on the bench alot and doesn't get many shots.
      Martynenko started his first few games then never saw action except for extreme garbage time. Didn't even use his size to try and slow down big Theriot against the Boro. Check the stats on Carty- started only 7 games even though he came in well regarded. Off to Elba.

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    4. I don't know why, but it seemed like Carty played a heck of a lot more than that! And Martynenko's size against Theriot?????? There was about 125lb difference there! Martynenko was tall, but had no body to tussle with a guy like Theriot.

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  12. Listed playing sizes- Martynenko: 6-8, approx 250. Theriot 6-9 270. Even if they are understating theriots weight that's nowhere near 125 lbs difference. Martynenko wasn't going to shut him down but at least attempt to tire him some or get a foul or two.

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    1. No way dmitry was 250 and if he was then theriot is nearer to 300.

      And the 125lb was sarcasm

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    2. Check out Dmitrys senior profile- says 250. Even if Theriot still was bigger, I'd rather have him slow the big guy down instead of Tj Wilson or someone smaller.

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    3. I'm not disputing what it says... it says 250. I'm saying if he was 250, then Theriot is much bigger than listed. Honestly, I don't think Dmitry would've done anything against him defensively. Theriot would've pushed him around like a rag doll, like he did with everyone else. I would've loved to see a Theriot/Goldcamp matchup... I would still give the edge to Theriot, but not much.

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  13. Jim: Seriously, get well soon!!!


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