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Dayton about to go down
Created: 1/29/2015 8:55:33 PMReplies: 8
1/29/2015 8:55:33 PM - Tim4 - 814 posts (#32)

on espnu to umass

Let's not write off a top 2 finish just yet kiddos.

1/29/2015 9:01:17 PM - Igor.. not Yegor - 30 posts (#219)

Davis got full on tko-ed by a screen with 2 seconds left in game. hope he's ok. wow

1/29/2015 9:03:12 PM - Free Quebec - 6,056 posts (#2)

Now a three way tie for second with us, Dayton, and URI.  VCU has a 2 game lead. 

This game at URI is a big win.  Hopefully we can find ways to score - URI is 9th in the nation in defensive efficiency - which makes them the best defensive team in the league and a huge challenge for us on the road.  On the flip side, their offense has slumped to 227th.  Pomeroy favors them by 3 and has both teams scoring in the 50s.   Good challenge and maybe an offensively challenged team is exactly what we need to get a top 100 road win.

1/29/2015 9:59:56 PM - MSC - 188 posts (#105)

This game is huge!  Rhody barely escaped at Fordham last night.  I think we will be focused, motivated, and up for the challenge to pull off a tough road win.

1/30/2015 6:13:40 AM - herve - 8,935 posts (#1)

Playing smart and playing GW's game no matter what will beat URI. They are too erratic and more a collection of athletes than a team. However, if we get sucked into their defensive momentum and our confidence lags then you get La Salle Part II. Nothing hitting a few earlier jumpers wouldn't cure.

1/30/2015 6:44:32 AM - Tuna Can - 1,612 posts (#19)

WOW.... herve, I haven't posted anything after the VCU loss, because I figured that people were missing the point that it was a game--one game--one loss. It is over and the next day or two, we would discover that there is a loser in each and every game played in the A10. (except when you play Fordham)

One can only hope that the coaches and players take a little bit away from each loss that will help them the next time out. If I had to be disconcerted about one thing, it is that we are not "appearing" to be a very tough team. We "sortta" do at the beginning of games, but then we wilt. Secondly, I think that Lonergan has been coaching too fine a line to success in trying to generate max wins in exchange for sacrificing his player development.

If you look around, teams that have brought their youth along are now looking way different than in the beginning of the year. I look at Swan as someone that has turned into a Lonergan head project more than a player. I would say, just let the kid play. He potentially brings way more to the team than waiting for Griffin to become an all-around player. I say the same thing for Cimino. 

Playing a set of 5 guys together who are going to make mistakes pretty much guarantees that every play will have a mistake. Instead, put a guy like Swan out there for minutes with 3 or 4 of the starters and then find out what he has. As we have seen, Yuta, without 4 starters isn't nearly as effective--and yet, we fell in love with Yuta.

Again, as I said preseason, this is not as good a team now as we thought. They have problems.... I don't think that Lonergan has addressed the problems mostly because of over-control. He tends to mute the competitive nature in his players (in my opinion) to the advantage of running his offense... which he then has to find a way to re-install in them. We are an early season wonder that now, mid-season, looks like a plodding team.

On the bright side, we have two freshmen in the rotation and they are starting to learn from their experience. it is a bit late to bring another one along, but, to be somewhere good in late Feb, lonergan has to consider another guy. (and not Bryant) -- Bryant can take it to the hole, but in a high school game. Not in a college game, yet. He isn't a lock down defender and he isn't the best on the ball along with an average to below average shooter from 3. We need magic and it will have to start with someone who has the size to compete now.... length at least and that brings me to Cimino and Swan.

I know that Coach Mike sees them all the time, but my problem is that I see the games that Lonergan is coaching. GW seems to need another ingredient in the stew, IMHO.

1/30/2015 6:54:02 AM - Tuna Can - 1,612 posts (#19)

the WOW part was that I totally agree. I see us losing a few more times giving us that queezzzy tourney feeling, but we have wins in us, still. 

1/30/2015 6:54:33 AM - CPots - 382 posts (#60)

Agree, great post!

1/30/2015 7:22:18 AM - Maine Colonial - 417 posts (#55)

It's a journey and no team is immune from experiencing tough stretches within games and tough losses as the top teams in the DMV--including the two with rankings--found out this week: the two on the road lost by 24 and the one at home lost by 13. Heck, even Duke is having a bumpy ride and so are perennial NCAA teams like Syracuse, UConn...the list goes on-and-on. And the two undefeated teams Kentucky and Virginia have had some very close calls and will eventually dig themselves a hole they can't climb out of. I don't think Lonergan thought the breakthrough year was going to come until next year and he has been realistic all along about this year knowing the loss of Creek and Zeke would be tough to overcome especially in the toughest games on the road. We all have gotten our hopes up including Coach Lonergan going into the Seton Hall, Penn State, LaSalle and VCU games but the road is a tough unforgiving place and in order to avoid a collapse you need guys like Zeke and Creek, who have the fortitude to exert their wills on their opponents under pressure early in games, in the middle of games and at the end of games. We've seen flashes from each of the GW regulars and even Yuta and Paul but no one so far has consistently been able to shoulder the team and dominate and carry it to victory like Virginia's Justin Anderson for example. So unfortunately every game is going to be nervewracking. The highs will be high and the lows will feel low. But the program is clearly moving in the right direction.

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