Pocket Full of Kryptonite

Last night Northeastern’s JJ Barea misfired from 15 feet (twice, with nobody defending him) and then from 20 feet as time expired, and George Mason escaped with a 71-68 win. As I mentioned last night, don’t be surprised when February 20 rolls around and the Patriots are near the top of the standings. (See below…)

Tonight, we have a very interesting game on tap, with UNCW traveling to ODU. Brad Brownell’s Hawks played two good months and one bad week. In the words of the coach, “For whatever reason when we got back after Christmas we didn’t play with that same vigor and enthiusiam and we need to get back there for CAA play.”

They will definitely need it. ODU, winners of the last six in this series after dropping seven straight, has not put together 40 solid minutes yet. I would note that UNCW also has to prove that they are for real, but nobody has been as good for as long without getting any respect.

Expect another defensive war, with ODU prevailing 65-58.


News You Can Use

Tom Pecora says Loren Stokes’ knee is not as bad as originally feared. He’ll (Stokes, that is) try to go at practice today and should be fine for JMU on Thursday. With 1:14 left in the LaSalle game Stokes was rolled up on (like a football pile) in a loose ball situation. “Just a sprain,” Pecora said.

Interesting and accurate Pecora quote: “No matter who your best players are you can only be as good as your seniors. Seniors have to have special years.”

Hofstra seniors Aurimas Kieza and Adrian Uter are playing very well, which is most of the reason Hofstra is 8-2. Stokes has been beaten up (broken nose, sore back) so they’ve needed the production of, especially, Uter.


Is Mason any good?

What say you, Jim Larranaga?: “As a coach you can’t get hung up on the end result, you have to look at the process. Are we rebounding, are we defending? Are we making our free throws? Overall I’m pretty pleased with where we are.”

What say you, Cynical Patriots Fan?: Pretty pleased is good after Folarin Campbell makes two free throws to beat Northeastern. I wonder if his view would be the same after Lamar Butler missed two free throws that lost the ODU game?

What say you, Jeff Capel (whose Rams travel to GMU on Thursday)?: “Mason is a good home team because they are a good team. Their first five is as talented as any team in the league.”

What say you, blog guy?: I agree with Coach Capel, though I will add what Capel did not. A two-man bench is going to hurt in the long run.


Speaking of Jeff Capel, the VCU coach is motivating his star Nick George in an unusual manner. Capel says he and George talked about having “a better season with a lesser scoring average. I used Alex Loughton as an example.” They discussed Loughton’s sophomore and junior seasons, when Loughton’s personal stats dipped yet his team went from 17 to 28 wins. “He enabled the rest of his teammates to grow and have an impact on the game.”

Note: If you are wondering the effects of using a rival player as motivation, George had 18 points and 8 rebounds last night against UAB.


Blaine Taylor, on ODUs grueling nonconference schedule in which 7-3 was construed a disappointment: “You should be good but sometimes you aren’t and at times we weren’t. They don’t count your losses. They count your wins.”

Boy, is he dead on the mark. He will need three of them come March.


Ron Everhart on last night’s game against George Mason: “We came out flat and lethargic. We got a great effort out of Bobby Kelly.”

Also, on being a newbie: “The league is an absolute son of a gun. Everybody plays at a high level every night. Preparation and a little bit of luck plays a part. (The conference) has met or exceeded my expectations in terms of parity.”

Wow quote, on JJ Barea: “He hasn’t played his best basketball yet.” Hmmm…22.7 points per game and leading the nation in assists? Must be talking about defense…


Very interesting Pat Kennedy on Gary Neal: “He wanted to continue his education. He came to Towson as a student and decided to stay.”

Kennedy said that Neal was a local kid that grew up a few blocks from the Towson campus and was still paying his own way as a walk on. Kennedy said that the decision to accept Neal and allow him on the basketball team was not a decision of his; rather, a committee headed by AD Wayne Edwards made the call.


~ by mglitos on January 3, 2006.

One Response to “Pocket Full of Kryptonite”

  1. Final Score: ODU 64…UNCW 59…great prediction, almost nailed it…

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