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    Monday, January 23, 2012

    More on the Roundball

    (15-5) This team looks more and more like a 20+ win team. I had us at 21 at my last review and we're 1 ahead of that mark at this point. You never know in the Big East, particularly on the road. Notre Dame over Syracuse. I didn't see than one coming. Pitt continues to act like Pitt should. But every team, including Depaul, has at least one player that can go off on a given night. I didn't think we could beat Cinci with Truck throwing up bricks, but that is testament to the character of this team. They work hard and find ways to win. Jabari Hinds and Kevin Noreen had exceptionally good weeks. Noreen playing a key role. Hinds has "fantastic" buried inside just bursting to get out. I think he's going to be special. I think G Brown is channeling a little De'sean. He now has 2 last second 3's to send the game into overtime. Both of which we won. Damn, I just love watching these guys. Their chemistry is something special.

    So, here my latest run down of what's left:

    at St Johns - W (8-12) Their only impressive victory was a 57-55 over Cinci
    at Syracuse - L (20-1) The key phrase is the @. They are still the class of the conference
    Pitt - W (11-9) 8 game losing streak. Unbelievable! Still have dangerous talent but NO chemistry
    at Providence - W (12-8) Cotton can score, but WVU plays defense!
    Notre Dame - W (12-8) Most Schizo team in the league with Big wins and BIG loses
    Louisville - W (15-5) Haven't really won any BIG games. Under performing, and its @WVU
    at Pitt - W (11-9) they're playing bad enough that i can see a sweep this year
    at ND - L ND tough at home, I'm flipping because i know we can't win them all. Still HATE ND
    Marquette - L (16-4) they seam like a legit top #25 team. Should be a good game at home!
    Depaul - W (10-9) Stop Melvin, you stop Depaul. WVU is good at shutting down 1 man teams
    at USF - W (12-8) Cant underestimate this team. The can win some games. have to stop Gilchrist

    Yeah, that's now 23 wins. I expect we'll lose a couple I have as W's and still end up with 21-22 wins.

    Note: We're standing at #26 in the AP and #28 in the coaches but Lunardi has us penciled in as a #3 seed. Not a misprint, #3 seed. Maybe he has us at 23 wins as well!

    Go Eers!

    7 comments:

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    weezie said...

    our schedule is a monster. word i hear is the RPI is 11 right now. that would explain Lunardi's projection somewhat.

    The fact that the guards have had to play has made them grow up quickly. I predict that the losses will come when teams are somehow able to get KJ in foul trouble. Hard to see WV losing right now if he's playing 38-40 min.

    Greg said...

    I think to beat WVU, we go cold on offense. I can see that happening. Double team KJ and make us win shooting. That's exactly what we'll see from Syracuse. They're going to pack in the zone and make us score over the top. Plus they have the offensive play makers to score themselves.

    Our SOS is #2 and RPI #11. But those are a lot of good teams, not really great teams. Marquette, Louisville, ND and Pitt are manageable especially since only Pitt & ND are on the road. It looks a lot more manageable now than it did in November.

    Greg said...

    I think to beat WVU, we go cold on offense. I can see that happening. Double team KJ and make us win shooting. That's exactly what we'll see from Syracuse. They're going to pack in the zone and make us score over the top. Plus they have the offensive play makers to score themselves.

    Our SOS is #2 and RPI #11. But those are a lot of good teams, not really great teams. Marquette, Louisville, ND and Pitt are manageable especially since only Pitt & ND are on the road. It looks a lot more manageable now than it did in November.

    wvlawgeek said...

    This season is already a fun one to watch. The future looks fantastic but the present is none too shabby either. I see WVU dancing and hopefully receiving at least a single bye in the BE Tourney. Huggs is with out a doubt doing his best coaching job as the head man at WVU. He has found a way to mix and match a very young line-up and find chemistry. Said chemistry is demonstrated most on the defensive side of the ball. We are also seeing things from the youth that should only improve with time. We have two very talented guards who work both the point and the 2. We have the 3 platooning but in a fashion that is getting scoring production as well as defense. We have the best 4 in America. And at the 5 we have a very talented guy, a worker and an athlete all giving us minutes. This is a team that more and more is looking complete. The schedule is unmerciful and likely will produce some very tough losses but, at the end of the regular season I can see a 20+ win season in our future. As I see it, we need only 20 wins to be dancing; 23 wins to get the single bye and 24+ to secure a double bye. The fact that this youthful team is even in the discussion for such a season is both a testament to Coach Hugg's eye for talent and his usual coaching up of said talent.

    Go Eers,

    Da Geek

    weezie said...

    At this point, I wouldn't even be surprised to see them finish 4th and get one of the double byes. BE is certainly down. Lunardi has 8 in, but it will probably be 7 and could go as lo as 6.

    Greg said...

    We're as good as any 2-4 seeds. I think 23 wins gets us the double bye.

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