Weekend Review (Preview Tomorrow Edition)…

As reported this weekend by JMU beatnick Dustin Dopirak, it looks like JMU will be without Big Timer Abdullai Jalloh for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

Jalloh is a top five talent in the conference and top one talent on the Dukes roster, but Matt Brady will do better without him. There will be lumps, but the experience that Julius Wells and Devon Moore will receive is far more important.

Jalloh may have been the difference in ninth and sixth place this year. Freshman getting playing time may be the difference in sixth place and second place two years from now.

Related, it was great to see the JYD back on the court in JMUs win over Radford Sunday. James played 27 minutes and hit 8-10 from the field and–woo hoo–all three foul shots.

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I’m beginning to seriously worry for The Mossmen. The Dub got drubbed at Vermont, even with Montez Downey back playing (13 minutes). I haven’t yet read what Brian Mull has to say, but two things stand out:

Dom Lacy played like his freshman season, fouling out in 19 minutes. This could be a one-game thing. But The Dub is not defending and not scoring.

UNCW has lost seven of eight games (a victory over 0-11 NC Central) and a 14-point home loss to East Carolina is as close as they’ve been in those losses. The NC Central game is the only one this year in which UNC held its opponent to less than one point per possession.

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VCU won a beauty against crosstown rival Richmond on Saturday. Both teams played well, and there was a discernible chippiness. It honestly reminded me of a VCU/ODU matchup.

Eric Maynor made ESPNs top plays list with two bombs from too-far-from-the-basket, but Spiders Chris Mooney employed the best defensive tactic I’ve seen in two years to slow down Maynor.

Some will call it a matchup zone but really it wasn’t. Richmond switched on every VCU high screen, and if a center ended up on Maynor, they doubled immediately. The size and quickness combo forced Maynor to retreat. If it turned out to be two guards, Richmond played help defense and cut off the drive.

Maynor didn’t shoot in the first eight minutes of the game. Eventually fatigue set in for Richmond and Maynor did his thing.

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Finally. Marc Egerson’s ridiculous 21/11 double-double and .448 efficiency per possession rating led the way.

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~ by mglitos on December 15, 2008.

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