Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Missing Shots, Making Grades

Gannon shot a paltry 36.5% from the field tonight -- missing several from close range -- during a frustrating and disappointing 65-57 loss at Pitt-Johnstown this evening. But today wasn't all bad news. No, I'm not talking about Slippery Rock's stunning 86-84 double overtime loss at now 5-10 Seton Hill during which 5 SHU players logged 40+ minutes of playing time.

The good news is the university announced today that the Gannon men's basketball team recorded an impressive 3.064 team GPA during the fall semester. As I told GU SSID (Super Sports Information Director) Dan Teliski today, I'm proud to be a supporter of a program that cares about academics, teaches kids a strong work ethic, and doesn't spoil the kids.

Do I wish the 6-for-21 (Gannon) and 9-for-16 (UPJ) shooting charts on threes were reversed tonight? Yes. Am I happy that Gannon's free throw shooting was 5-of-6 while the Mountain Cats hit 18-of-19? Nope. And of course I wish UPJ's A.J. Leahey would have not torched Gannon for 27 points (7-of-11 on threes) and the Knights wouldn't have turned the ball over after consecutive steals gave them a possession with less than a minute to go and trailing by only 3.

But all those stats I rattled off will have an impact only on the PSAC standings and 2014-15 season. Classwork and the habits that go along with earning good grades earn wins in the game of life.

19 comments:

  1. These UPJ kids can't miss. 30-18.

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  2. This game has Millersville Part II written all over it.

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  3. They're making 3's (at least Leahy is) and we're missing lay-ups. Down 8 with six minutes to go. Not looking promising.

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  4. Having a hard time scoring right now. Where's rich Austin? Toupanes length seems to be affecting laheys shot

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  5. porter played 35 min with 16 boards and 10 pts but 5 turnovers. Austin came in with about 6 min left and had an immediate affect offensively but only played 12 min. I like Austin coming off the bench but I'd like to see him play 20-25 minutes, which would allow porter to get some rest and possibly lead to his turnover numbers to come down and give this team a much needed offensive boost. Also IMO blazeks shot has been off this year compared to last year, at least not as consistent.

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    1. Porter plays a better defensive game. The coach focus a lot on defense. The team had 11 turnovers sure Porter had 5 of them. The way he hustle and get rebounds to give his team a chance to win by no means sitting him will stop the team from having turnovers. I think 16 broads should have out weight the 5 turnovers.

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    2. I agree. Porters hustle and effort are outstanding. My point is that this team struggles to score so often that I think Austin needs to be playing more than 12 minutes a game. I'd like to see him play more. Say he plays 18 minutes and porter plays 29 minutes giving him a little more rest,(which I think could help bring his turnover numbers down) while increasing the teams offensive productivity.

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  6. As I was watching Leahey last evening, his shooting form kept reminding me of someone.

    Then, it hit me. To me anyway, he has an awfully quick catch and shoot sequence like Bill Laimbeer did when he would hoist from the outside with the Detroit Pistons of yesteryear. (Prior to then cuffing someone!!)

    Echoing Jim's comments: We are getting old!

    Indeed, a tough regional loss. The Cal game will mean a lot! Lets hope for a great turnout!

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  7. The problem with Gannon is we are very one dimensional. We play good defense ( no1 in scoring, 24 in rebounding and 18 in field-goal percentage defense out of 294 teams) Look at the other side of the court and it is a different story. ( 248 assist per game, 199 fewest fouls, 270 fewest turnovers, 186 field goal percentage, 128 foul shooting percentage, 174 in free throws made, 126 offensive rebounds per game, 281 SCORING OFFENSE, out of 294 teams. I know defense wins games but it does require ,to also not only hold the other team down , but to score more points then they do.

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    1. I see your points, Bob.

      But, is it a "problem"? I don't know about that. This team is 11-6......with a slightly weaker, tweaked schedule, they could easily be 13-4, or, 14-2....playing exactly the same basketball

      Time will tell if the one dimensional aspect will be a real "problem".

      The reality is, of course, we are 11-6. At the top in a brutal D-2 basketball conference. The problem I see is that we have losses in the REGION. Tough losses. All of them against very good, NCAA caliber teams.

      I'm hoping an NCAA bid doesn't come down to a harrowing Sunday evening. There is a ton of basketball to be played, but, just like last year at this exact time, every game is a playoff game.

      Knowing this, I feel the team will respond.

      Lets' get some fans behind this team for the stretch run! Because, the stretch run has arrived a bit ahead of schedule. It is here now.

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    2. The reality is that if Gannon loses two more games and ends up with 8 losses there will be no NCAA invite unless they win the conference tournament. By the way, the PSAC is not a brutal conference. Another reality.

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    3. "Go": I respectfully disagree.

      The PSAC might be the deepest D-2 conference in the country.

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  8. PS Those statistics are as 1/11/2015 .

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  9. gogannongo: Your statement would be true most years, but 2014-15 is an aberration. Only four Atlantic Region teams -- West Liberty (0), IUP (2), Glenville (3), and Charleston (4) have 4 or fewer losses. With so many teams with 5-7 losses already and the upcoming head-to-head matchups, I would not be surprised to see a 10-loss team qualify for regionals this year.

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  10. Jim: You may be right because the CIAA is real weak this year. Another thing to keep in mind it is the record in region that counts which means the LeMoyne loss does not count nor will the one when we go up to LeMoyne.

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    1. Lemoyne does count as an in-region game. Any game played against an opponent in a state that borders yours is an in-region game.

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  11. Just received this email: "Let’s not forget Gannon went into the NCAA Tournament last year as a fifth seed with nine losses. We weren’t even on the bubble with nine losses because of our schedule."

    Can't argue with facts.

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  12. Thanks Golden89 I was not aware of that ruling. Was led to believe only against teams in your region.

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  13. our losses, exception Millersville & UPJ, thus far are what will get us into the tourney. Not being blown out by anyone is HUGE and the fact that almost every loss was one possession away from a different outcome is tremendous. As long as we can beat the "need to beat teams" and keep any losses to 1-2 possession (and don't bounce out first round of PSAC), I have no doubt we'll make tourney. If we get bounced first round of PSAC, it would def become a lot harder

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