Notes from the Home Office, and Elsewheres…

Did you know that one of the side effects of Tamiflu is the potential of a personality disorder? I learned that today as I search for ways to keep my house from becoming Malaria Central.

All that means is that we’re a bit on the random side today with:

Tony Shaver, aka Mr. Awshucks, speaking about his Tribe: “It was a really nice week for our club. Balance is our strength, especially offensively. Our offense is democratic in that everybody gets to touch the ball and get scoring opportunities. It’s tough to zero in on one or two players to stop (us)…we’re pretty good defensively. I’m not a great big stat man but I think we’re second in the league in points allowed.”

Shaver is going to be a helluva grandfather one day.

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Tom Pecora likes to joke that at this point in the season Hofstra is better because his players have stopped listening to him. Here’s what that means: the players have to take responsibility, eventually, for getting it done on the court. They have to make that decision, too. Pecora laid down a similar challenge Saturday to his team at the half. Hofstra trailed Delaware by nine when they stepped out for popcorn and sodas and rallied in a big second half, winning going away.

Lesson learned.

Side note: Dane Johnson has 34 blocks in his past eight games.

Side note, part deux: scoring race update…Antoine Agudio 2,071 career points-the rest of the Hofstra roster, combined 1,632 career points.

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On a related note, Blaine Taylor has been the subject of “???” for his voluminous first half substitution patterns. I say related because nobody questioned the strategy last season when ODU was winning–it’s not like Taylor suddenly changed the way he approaches college basketball.

“We go pretty deep year after year after year,” he said. “To be able to go into the bench is important. My deal (with playing many kids) is that you are going to develop the younger players in the program (and) reward kids who play well in practice.”

Taylor also noted that they typically play 9-10 players in the first half and then go with 7-8 man rotation in the last 10 minutes.

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The Official Player of the Week: Vladie Kools of The Dub. Kuljanin averaged 19 and 13, posting two double-doubles. That’s six doub-doubs in his past seven games.

The Official Newcomer of the Week: Of course, John Sexton of W&M. As noted, Sexton had scored 34 points in 20 games before drilling UNCW for 15 the other night.

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VCU guard Eric Maynor has been named as one of 16 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top collegiate point guard. Maynor, who was the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, ranks second in the CAA in scoring (17.6 ppg) and assists (5.1 apg).

The Patriots are now 11-0 at home after beating first-place VCU (63-51) and rival James Madison (72-46) last week. Mason has won its six CAA home games by an average of 25.8 ppg.

Mason is shooting a league-best 50.3% from the floor in CAA play. The JMU game was played before a Patriot Center record crowd of 9,840 and was the 200th victory at Mason for head coach Jim Larranaga.

JMUs Juwann James averaged 16.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg for the week while shooting a sizzling 88.2% (15-17) from the floor.

Three Nor’Easter Huskies posted double-doubles at Delaware. Sophomore center Nkem Ojougboh had 10 points and 11 rebounds and is averaging 12.8 ppg in his last eight games. Sophomore forward Manny Adako contributed 10 points and a season-best 10 boards while freshman Chaisson Allen had his second double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 10 boards.

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~ by mglitos on February 5, 2008.

3 Responses to “Notes from the Home Office, and Elsewheres…”

  1. Tony Shaver is one helluva coach now.

  2. Hmmm…did the committee that put up Maynor for the nation’s best PG see his game last week vs. Mason? Just wondering…

  3. Picks for tonight:

    Hofstra in an mild upset 70-68 over William & Mary
    James Madison at home beats Towson 65-62 because Towson is god-awful on the road.
    Northeastern beats Old Dominion 73-69 because their inside game is better
    VCU over Georgia State 70-64, although an upset possibility is beckoning after GA State only lost 49-47 at VCU, but I just can’t bring myself to pick the upset.
    the late game tonight, UNCW bounces and trounces Delaware 77-65.
    Tomorrow night, George Mason crushes Drexel again 78-55.

    I was 5-1 the past two weeks and suspect I will be tonight as well.

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