Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Edinboro 74, Gannon 61 (Wed.); Indiana 79, Gannon 67 (Sat.)

Sorry I didn't post anything after last week's games. My schedule got full with travel, work, coaching, and family activities. I barely found time to sulk about Gannon's two losses to longtime rivals. I will try to do better going forward. But even if I mail it in the rest of the year, this would still be the best basketball blog in the country for a sub-.500 Division II team.

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  1. With the exception of the few minutes of ping pong style play in which both teams played hot potato... Gannon never really looked bad. They were in it til the last few mins. You knew once Wade got going if Gannon didn't have a huge lead theyd be in trouble. Then you throw Jaymon and Head into the mix and Gannon had no answer.

    Liked the fight I saw today. They mustered what they could.

    Sadly, minus the trio of statisticians, edinboro never looked great overall. Should've been a win. Not a bad game but def a bad loss.

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  2. Last night’s game was lost in two ways:

    Losing most of the nine-point lead in the first half was pivotal. GU really outplayed and outshot Boro in the first half, but had just a one-point lead going into the break. Edinboro‘s offense is too potent to shoot 29% from the field for two straight halves. They sure didn’t, scorching the nets at a 62% clip and making their first five threes. We needed a bigger lead at the break than just one point.

    I’m not sure if I ever saw a player start the second half despite not playing in the first. But Pat Cleary substituted Je-Land Head for the second half and he finished with a career high 14 points, playing all 20 minutes. Great adjustment by Pat Cleary.

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  3. In the game I saw, Wade-Chapman disappeared as a scorer in the second half, managing only 4 points, but Mason completely took over. Gannon (like every other PSAC team) had no answer for Mason. Or Head. For GU too many turnovers and the defense spent a lot of energy trying to draw charges that weren't there instead of digging in and defending. The offense, except for 2-Pain, had a surprisingly(?) tough time putting points on the board against what is apparently an under-rated Edinboro defense. 2-17 on three point attempts isn't going to get it done. Best guess right now is the only we the team gets to the PSAC playoffs is as spectators.

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  4. Mason, in both games against Gannon, played at an All-American level.
    Margin of error against a team like Edinboro is simply too small, given how explosive they are. A big 3 pointer (off balance, again) at buzzer in first half, a few key turnovers in the second half, and, a sub shooting 5 for 5 off the bench in the second half sealed the deal for Edinboro.

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    Interesting: Anyone else see David Morris jr at game last evening? I wonder what his thoughts are.






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  5. In the second half, Boykins covered Mason, which I surely don't think hurt Mason's ability to score. Mason had a few inches in height plus an advantage in pure lankiness on Boykins, so it was much easier to get off shots without a hand in his face. Would have rather seen Toupane or even Dogan on Mason to level out the height difference.

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    1. It's funny that Boykins and Mason are both listed as 6-3 on their respective rosters and in the Game Day program. In real life Mason is obviously taller. After the SRU game Reilly, in his radio post game show, raved about Boykins' work inside and remarked that he is only 6-1 (so why is he listed at 6-3?). Mason looks closer to 6-5.

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    2. I agree there is a clear height difference between those two, there's no way they are both 6'3". Boykins isn't the only Knight to have his height inflated on the rosters.

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  6. Has Morris committed yet? I've heard Gannon was a top choice.

    Gannon always messes with heights. Blazek was 5'11 and got as high as 6'1 one year lol I think graduated as 6'0 haha

    Is Boykins even as tall as Byrd? I think Byrd is listed 6'3. Regardless of his height, though, the guy can jump and grinds inside.

    So gannon is 0-7 on the road. Im setting the betting line of their final road tally at 1.5 wins. You taking over or under?

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    1. According to the article in today's paper, Morris is a Division I prospect. He's had interest from mid major Division I programs and after his thundering dunk appeared on ESPN he is getting calls from major Division I programs. That makes it highly unlikely he'll go to Gannon. It would be great if he did but let's be a realistic.

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    2. True, but Jaymon Mason was a D1 prospect as well and went to Boro with some family sway. Never know. Im not holding my breath though.

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  7. Mike Runski, after being listed at a true 6'7" for four years, mysteriously shrunk to 6'4" the year he attempted to make the Erie Wave in the World Basketball League (maximum height for the league was 6'4").

    Instead, the career of a softball legend began.

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  9. Almost every team messes with the heights. Same for football ... can't fully count on heights & weights.

    As far as the rest of the road games ... We have IUP (high likely loss), UPJ & Slippery Rock (medium likely loss), and Seton Hill & Lemoyne (toss-up). Getting to two wins would be either winning both toss-ups or splitting the toss-ups and then stealing one at UPJ or SRU. I'm still projecting 7-19, with the possibility of 8-18. Would need to likely win two road games to get to eight wins.

    Big game today with Mercy at Boro. It's a must-win for both teams now that Mercy dropped the home game against Slippery Rock.

    Not that I bet on sports, but I would likely stay away from picking, but if you made me pick, I'd take the under (hoping that I'm wrong).

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  10. While the result is right around what I think we all expected, some positives I picked out:
    - Eisendorf is quietly becoming a force inside. His production has been creeping up over the past few games and now he scores a career high, including 6-8 FTs. Hopefully this is indicative of 2 more strong years with him.
    - whether he's 6'3, 6'1, 5'9 or 6'5... Boykins has offensively battled with the bugs inside all year. Hes a tremendous defender, however, with the size difference there are some shots you just cant prevent.
    - Dogan and Matey had what may have been their best overall productions. Each had four assists (compared to one TO for Matey and 2 for Dogan) and a steal . Matey also added 4 points, 4 boards while Dogan additionally contributed 3 points, a rebound and 2 steals.

    On to the next.

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  11. 4-15. First Gannon team to be 11 games below .500 at any time during the season since 1946-47, the third year of the program (finished 2-16). Players on that team would be around 86-90 years old.

    Good to see Eisendorf rounding into form.

    So we're done with the top three teams in the West (Boro, Mercy, IUP). The schedule is a bit more friendly in February. A 3-4 finish is realistic.

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  12. Those 86-90 year olds might make it on the floor this year, if they show enough effort...

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