Kirk Cameron Understands, And So Should You…

Hofstra hosts 2-7 Stony Brook tonight in the only exam-week action for the conference. And while I’m a staunch believer that there is no such thing as a “must-win” game until you play in a tournament, there are several “shouldn’t-lose” games that pop up during a basketball season.

This is one of those for Tom Pecora.

Hofstra is experiencing growing pains we haven’t seen in the CAA since, well, Hofstra’s first couple of seasons in the CAA. Pecora has just been named head coach, replacing Jay Wright. Hofstra was stepping up to the CAA from the America East. They lost a pile of seniors. There were several undue transition issues and Hofstra made it through with flying colors. So Pecora knows what needs to be done; probably better than anyone. It just has to happen.

You can talk Gary Neal, BA Walker/Jesse Pellot Rosa, or the three amigos at ODU, but nobody lost more and faced more adjustments than Hofstra. The Pride lost the conference player of the year (Loren Stokes), a four-year starter at point guard who was better than any statistic could tell (Carlos Rivera), and baseline minutes (Chris Gadley).

The other side of the equation exascerbates the issue: the Pride has added a load of freshman talent, is a more multi-dimensional team, and is turning over the reins to a new point guard. Antoine Agudio becoming the number one guy is the least of the worries.

The point is that all of those things, when combined, creates a serious blending issue. It is something that will take time. But losing to Stony Brook would be bad. That’s when players will start to question themselves, and there is nothing more important than confidence.

Hofstra has won the last three meetings with Stony Brook by an average of 15 points, including a 73-57 win at Stony Brook last year. Stony Brook, though, was the last non-conference team to win at Hofstra (a 70-69 win back in 2003-04).

It says here Hofstra wins again, and in a big way. This game begins about 8-8 and people worry. The Pride will go on a 14-2 run and will lead by nine at the break. They will open up the second half with a 10-2 run and the rest of the game is actually pretty boring. The final duplicates last season: 73-57.

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~ by mglitos on December 12, 2007.

One Response to “Kirk Cameron Understands, And So Should You…”

  1. George Mason and NC State have no clue what you’re talking about.

    ::cough:: East Carolina ::cough::

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