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  1. 3 points
    Still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we’re the best 3-point shooting team in the league. What a refreshing, and long overdue, development
  2. 3 points
    We have seen this song and dance before. We all know it comes down to March.
  3. 3 points
    Credit where it is due. The team played exceptionally well last night. Great passing, shooting and defense. As good a game as I have seen the Black and Gold play in at least a decade. Now the object is to keep it going.
  4. 3 points
    You just don’t see players like him anymore. A true throwback type of player. Most of what he doesgoes unnoticed.
  5. 3 points
    I'm not saying this is the perfect team, but they are enjoyable to watch and as PS said, even in the Drexel loss, they get a ton of open looks. They just didn't make them. What we need now are healthy guys. When Rizzuto (3 treys) makes three-pointers, it really opens it up for everything. Sure, you are going to have nights where everybody is off, but if you can just get two, you have a good shot of winning like tonight. You get three, then it's over. Cam Holden is the straw the stirs the drink. He's a unicorn. I don't think I've ever encountered a player like him in my 31+ years of covering the program. Dude is 6-5 and maybe 210 playing power forward. With a fractured jaw, that kind of limits what you can eat. But he's out there, with no Terry Nolan, running the offense down the stretch with a mask. Making a key 3. Hitting his FTs. All with the mask on that probably doesn't help your peripheral vision. He compared it to a football face mask and in some respect, he's like a dual-threat quarterback. Running the show and hitting open guys because bigger guys are defending him. So they often need help and other guys leave their man. That leaves a ton of guys open. It's nice to have somebody smart enough to recognize the difference between a scorer and a playmaker. His IQ is off the charts. Watching him live do his thing in this era of a pandemic where you don't know who's going to play from game to game is a pleasure. I hope people will go out and get a chance to watch this team play and Cam do his thing. Even in games where we don't play our best. he's going to deliver passes to open guys and may not get the assist, because the recipient throws an extra pass. They may not make half of even 1/3 of their shots from 3-point range, but this is what we wanted. Teams that will shoot 3s a decent amount, pressure the ball some and have good guard play. We're moving forward not backwards with most of these core guys returning next season (hopefully) and some additions that will mirror this new philosophy. Nobody is perfect. If we expect perfection as fans, we set them up to fail. These are college kids, going through a pandemic, trying the best they can to win games. Hopefully, the end result will be what we hope for. But even if it doesn't, I think we're on the right path with the right type of players. Until then, as BAT says: "Enjoy the ride". It will be bumpy at times. There will be some big highs and tough lows. That doesn't just mean wins and losses. A victory for me is to somehow get through this season playing every game with healthy players. This team really does like each other and wants to win. When your best player is not just about stats and doesn't care if he's going to be all-conference (he will if he stays healthy), we're in good shape. Perfection. We all strive for it, but it's not attainable. I just wish this team can remain healthy as possible. As PS said and I know this is the times we live in, but for just a few weeks of having everyone healthy (in the rotation) at the same time. Preferably in late February.
  6. 3 points
    I’ll be the 1st to admit that when it comes to TU MBB. I’m a glass half empty guy. Hard not to be after so many years of wandering in the desert. You are the quintessential glass half full guy. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s not me. I hope when all is said & done that your eternal optimism is rewarded and my skepticism is unfounded
  7. 3 points
    I was there last night. We couldn't have played worse and lost at the last second of the game. Looked like that layup by Nolan sat on the rim FOREVER, it was a great look. I thought he should have went up with the right and tried to dunk it from my angle, that was a veteran crew, if he got fouled he would've gotten the call. A few observations from the stands: - Cam was struggling with the mask, at halftime the trainer was sanding down the bar between his eyes to help him get a better line of sight. You could tell he couldn't see with that thing on. I think its great he was there and hes going to have to learn at somepoint to play with it on. Hopefully he is more used to it moving forward, it looked like he felt more comfortable as time went on. - I think Rizzuto makes a difference if he's there. Gibson is on the floor to make shots. He didnt make s**t. Therefore, you play the guy who can guard, that last posession Drexel isnt getting that foul if he's on the floor IMO, Rizzuto is guarding that. -IDK how many TOs we had left but we should've used one after the offensive rebound with under a min. Once the shot clock got to 15 we still looked confused I think we go TO there to get a good set and run something to the post for Cam. I dont think we can go with a set for CT there due to his poor FT shooting. I HATED holding the ball till 6 on the shot clock there and hoisting a 3. -We made ZERO shots, we out rebounded them and had less turnovers which is normally a recipe for success. I thought in the first 5 min we had some bad shots/possessions then Skerry corrected that and we generally had good possessions the rest of the way. -Defensively I thought we contested well, they made some tough shots late in the shot clock. Credit to them. I said this before, we couldn't have played worse and still had a chance to win. I am interested to see how we bounce back vs Delaware tomorrow. 2012 is going to criticize and its fair. If we don't come out and play well the next 3-4 games we are going to be the same 'ole Tigers, fighting for a 4-5 seed and bowing out before the Conf Title game. I believe this team has a chance to be really good and compete for the CAA title. I think Nolan and Cam can both be that late shot guy, we just couldnt throw the ball in the ocean last night with many open looks. 1 Question, at the end of the 1H there was a double T on the two coaches. Does anyone have any information with what happened. Skerry talked to the official (who works a TON of Big East games) all the way to the locker room. It looked like he had heard enough of Pat and didnt want to punish him but send a message. The double T negates any FTs and they moved on, just curious if there was any good angle from the TV feed.
  8. 2 points
    We are now top 50 in the nation in 3pt %, ranked right in between Kansas & Gonzaga....
  9. 2 points
    I told you guys this is the best TU hoops team in 20+ years....Keep the train rolling guys!
  10. 2 points
    Great player and a really good good guy. I am very sorry to hear this. I was on campus during his tenure and Bobby, was a starter on some great teams. Bobby was from Silver Spring, and was in the starting lineup with Savia Shape from Cambridge, Pat McKinley City College Baltimore, Roger Dickens City College Baltimore, and Brian Matthews City College Baltimore. Rodney Norris Cockeysville Dulaney, and Michael Dukes Baltimore Southern were the first subs off of the bench. Baltimore was not recruited by d1's at that time. It took the breakout game of Baltimore Dunbar blowing out DeMatha and subsequently Loyola Blakefield and Mt. St. Joe beating DeMatha and Mackin DC in a doubleheader for the Baltimore guys to get attention. If it were today, Mckinley, Mathews, and Dickens would all be playing at power five schools. The Towson 1976-78 teams were absolutely loaded with talent, ranked umber 1 in D2, and often played in front of capacity crowds at the Towson Center. Bobby was a big part of that success. RIP
  11. 2 points
    Sounds like you have Skerryitis....very contagious disease
  12. 2 points
    I’ve never met someone more half empty about a team they root for. You’re Randy Quaid in Major League II.
  13. 2 points
    Very nice win. Solid game all around. Probably the best player game of the season. Hofstra is 7-7 but has had some good games against some good teams. No Nolan but no Cooks for them as well Career games for Gibson and Gray tigers improve to 3-3 on the year against teams .500 or better
  14. 2 points
    Nick needs a guard like Nolan getting him shots. That's what Gibson has to do more of is create shots for others, though he's better when he gets the ball near the 3-point line and has the open look. Nick's biggest issue, other than fluctuating confidence on offense, is his inability to create off the dribble. It's a shame because he can dunk on some people, but he doesn't have a crossover to create separation and drive by people. He has to use his athletic ability and cut to the basket to get easier looks. Or run off screens. PS loves the kid, but he did mention him in the post game interview. He rarely does that after a win or even a loss.
  15. 2 points
    BTW. Thoroughly enjoyed the women's broadcast today in their dominance of W&M. The guard duo of Aleah Nelson and Kylie Kornegay-Lucas is going to be great in the CAA. They've lost just once this year and that was to NC State.
  16. 2 points
    I agree with most of this. The only thing I would add is our perimeter defense was terrible. Too many uncontested threes, and shooting well form three was the only way Drexel was going to beat us. I thought for most of the game we did a decent job of realizing it was not our night from three-point land, and really worked hard to get good looks in the paint and tough offensive rebounds. It felt like we abandoned that mindset the last 2-3 minutes. I know in end-of-game situations getting to the bucket gets harder, but we had a clear inside advantage (especially based on who was missing for Drexel). Nolan's two threes before the last shot weren't terrible, but there were better shots to be had if we probed and worked for them. Really good teams do that. My big disappointment with last night is we finally have a team that can win in different ways, and we did not close it out against a team that we had a clear advantage against. All criticisms by others on this board are fair, but I do think this is the best roster we have had since the Benimon years. I am not going to crush them for losing one game. However, if this team finishes anywhere outside of the top three in the conference I will be very disappointed.
  17. 2 points
  18. 1 point
    With 5 players and some of them Shaky at best. That was gutty especially after giving up the 9 point lead late. Holden is a warrior
  19. 1 point
    100% players have been taking advantage of the new rule as they should. Coaches have been the beneficiary of having players to sit a year. They know who they will have. Allowing players to transfer without limitation empowers the players.
  20. 1 point
    I think we are seeing the transfer portal has completely change roster construction. Especially with COVID years giving players another year of eligibility. Good transfers almost seem like a more effective way of getting good quicker for mid-major and mid-level power teams (especially this year). The teams bringing in the very top level freshman prospects can usually get immediate returns (and they can also fill in top level transfers where they want), but in the case of a mediocre mid-major it is almost working just as well or better in some cases to bring in players from other programs who want a better opportunity to showcase what they can do. Every team still has to recruit freshman and try to develop players, but the transfers have definitely added a new wrinkle as to how to build a team. This year's Towson team is actually a solid blend of both. We brought in Charles Thompson, Jason Gibson and Nick Timberlake as freshmen and they have all been good to solid, but last year there was too much being asked of them. Bringing in Holden, Nolan Jr., Paar and Rizzuto has allowed them to focus more on their roles. It is also been nice to see Juwan Gray make the most of his extra year when he has been on the court. I wouldn't give Pat Skerry full credit for having wonderful foresight to make this happen, but he definitely pieced together the parts very well this year. It doesn't matter how we get the talent, we just need to keep adding it to the program. I think Skerry has done a good of this for most of his time here. What he hasn't been good at is fitting the right pieces together, and having a successfully philosophy to have them thrive. This team is constructed well, and hopefully Skerry is learning lessons he can carry forward. Of course, there is still a long way to go to label this year a full success, and even if we continue at this high level in the regular-season Pat still has the crappy postseason monkey to get off his back. That being said, I am enjoying the journey of watching this team and I do feel like they have the potential to do something special this year.
  21. 1 point
    I kind of like Bieku. He can screen and defend some, but sure, he is limited. I think you can do better, but you aren't going to get 13 starters or 13 rotation players. Sometimes you need third-string centers. Problem is that he can play the 4. Same as CT, but Charles has developed an offensive game and he is really passing the ball well. I'd like to see another big next season. Maybe a 6-8, 230-pound freshman you can develop with some skills. Don't know which guys will return, because we will add a transfer or two. The last two years wasn't pretty for freshmen. Hicks may be the best of the lost. Gill and Coleman (the Tylers). Darrick Jones and Bieku from the previous season. Jones has some offensive potential. Not just a leaper, but I noticed he didn't set a screen that was supposed to set and never played again. That's after making a three. I look at it this way. No reason why you can't use him as a gunner off the bench if you need offense. Or you want to push the pace and have him on the wings to finish. That shot he took really looked pure and he was confident. But I really like the two kids they signed early in Dylan Williamson and Christian May. Williamson is a point or combo guard and May is probably going to replace Holden in 2023-24 at the 4. If Nolan leaves, we'll need a point guard because I still like Gibby at the 2 or at least combo guard. Recruiting has its ebbs and flows. It's now all about "the portal" as PS says. You have to hit that portal or you will struggle. If you can get guys that can play multiple years and have experience at mid-majors like Rizzuto, Nolan and Holden, I think that's the way to go. Not guys that haven't played and you are just waiting on.
  22. 1 point
    He’s 6’5” and he threw a bounce pass to CT from just over mid court so naturally like he was Magic Johnson. The broken jaw, the way he sets screens for his teammates.. his patience and poise when he has the ball in his hands. He’s a special player and truly a Swiss Army Knife. Again I mentioned this before. Unlike seasons past this group of players just fits together nicely.
  23. 1 point
    Distance makes the heart grow fonder.. I’ve had no Winters for 25 years out here and so yes I’m overly positive but I see everyone’s point of view. I just take nothing for granted and again a depleted team or not we got a win after a Drexel game that drove us all to drink. Lots to fix but we weren’t even planning to have Cam playing already and this kid is truly special.
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    Proud of this group for representing Towson and many wins are gonna come this season. Keep grinding guys. Gibson and Timberlake won’t go 3-17 again and we will hopefully have Rizzuto back for Delaware.

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