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  1. 4 points
    Cannot be understated just how big the two wins were this weekend on the road. It finally brings us to the main event of the entire CAA season next week: 14-0 Hofstra @ 13-1 Towson. I'm thinking I'll do a detailed breakdown of the matchup and provide a little context for the matchup later in the week. Long story short: Hofstra vs. Towson is the biggest sport-specific rivalry in the conference, and these 2 matches will be intense and emotionally loaded.
  2. 4 points
    Also, I know it means nothing but fun reminder that we did finish 19 spots higher than the Terps in the NET rankings last year. https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-men/d1/ncaa-mens-basketball-net-rankings.
  3. 3 points
    Two statement wins to close out the regular season. The Tigers showed their quality in Match 1 on Saturday, absolutely steamrolling the Pride to set up the title showdown on the final day. Match 2 was a topsy-turvy affair, with Towson again breezing through the first two sets before Hofstra completely flipped the script and dominated sets 3 and 4. Not to be deterred, the Tigers raced out to a big lead early in set 5, and held on down the stretch to clinch the #1 seed. Worth noting: I had talked up the animosity between the two programs before the weekend. While Saturday was relatively tepid (as Hofstra had nothing to boast about all match), Sunday was extremely heated, as heated a match as I have ever seen between the Pride and the Tigers. The lingering bad blood from this weekend could be setting us up for a delightfully hostile rematch should the teams meet in the Championship. Speaking of the tournament, here are the matchups for round one, beginning Thursday: #1 Towson vs. #8 Stony Brook, 11AM #4 Northeastern vs. #5 Elon, 1:30PM #2 Hofstra vs. #7 William & Mary, 4:30PM #3 Delaware vs. #6 Charleston, 7PM
  4. 3 points
    https://umassathletics.com/sidearmstats/mbball/individual;team=away https://towsontigers.com/news/2022/11/10/mens-basketball-timberlakes-career-night-leads-towson-mens-basketball-to-big-67-55-win-at-umass.aspx Alright, instead of a recap, let's talk about the good, bad, and the ugly. Good win on the road. Much better performance than Albany on opening night. Towson as a 3.5-point underdog near tip. Good Heck of a win on the road. Nicolas Timberlake bounced back from a 1-for-10 performance against Albany to score a career-high 27 points against a better UMass team. Yes, he was close to his home in Boston, but last year, he might have had his worst game ever at NE. UMass does have some really good players including Fernandes and "Shaggy" Cross is going to be a good transfer for them. Kante started working us in the second half, but was too late. Thank God we won't see him again. Defense was good. Didn't really allow many open shots. Rebounding was spectacular against a big team. Cam Holden had 13 rebounds. Bench. Wasn't great tonight, but Chris Biekeu's 7 points in the first half when Charles Thompson played just 7 minutes due to foul trouble was huge. UMass shot just 34.5% from the field. Most of that is on the Towson defense. They also shot just 3-of-14 from long range. Bad Free throws. I get when CT goes 2 for 5, but Cam was 3 for 8 and missed a front end of a one-an-one. He was around 70% last year and was good in the first game. Turnovers. Had 16 and 11 in the second half. They have a lot of depth and Frank Martin's teams will look to force turnovers and press and trap some in the halfcourt. Some of them were just drops by the big men. Hicks a nice dime or two. Charles dropped a perfect pass that would have been a dunk. Sylla 1 for 6 after scoring 19 points in the first half. Had trouble finishing tonight with the right hand. Not an explosive athlete but still needs to finish down low. Struggles a bit with footspeed defensively. But he did have seven boards. Ugly Fouls. Stop fouling when you're up 14. Gibson's foul on Kante when he had a wide open layup early in the second half was crushing. He picked up his fourth there and Radhir Hicks had to play most of the way. He's obviously struggling on offense, but not on D. A lot of those fouls late were on seniors. Offense in the second half. Seemed like a lot of miscommunication between Holden and Sylla and Holden and Thompson. When Cam has the ball, guys have to move because he'll find you. But some concerns about Hicks playing the point for long stretches and struggling with his shot. He wasn't even close on one short jumper. His defense though is sensational. At some point, have to see what Ryan Conway can give them and maybe Dylan Williamson, though he's a bit thin but can shoot. Pat Skerry after the game on TowsonSportsNetwork. "Don't bet against Nick. Timberlake and Holden are the most competitive guys we've ever had. We said no rebounds no rings. Guarded at a high level. We have to clean some stuff up. We guarded, rebounded and had Nick and Cam. "Chris B. had 18 minutes. Practiced well, Earned it. Other guys are going to get their night. This is a big win for our school. University. It's on the road. Proud of our guys. Going to enjoy."
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  6. 3 points
    As promised, here is a breakdown of this weekend's pair of matches: Hofstra (17-9, 14-0) @ Towson (24-1, 13-1) The Stakes: The Pride and the Tigers are set to experience their most consequential matches against one another since the 2018 CAA semifinals, when the Pride withstood a furious Towson comeback to win in 5 sets. These two matches will decide who wins the CAA regular season title and gets the #1 seed for the upcoming CAA tournament, which will be hosted by the Tigers no matter what. Regular season titles are relatively meaningless, save for the fact that in the CAA, the regular season champion earns the right to host the tournament the following season. Not only are the two teams fighting for the usual bragging rights, but the Pride will have some extra motivation to break Towson's 3-year streak of hosting the playoffs. One win does the job for Hofstra; Towson must win both matches to get the #1 seed and keep the tournament in 2023. Why Hofstra's Record is So Weird: How does a team go from winning just 3 nonconference matches to going undefeated in one of the better volleyball conferences in the country? The answer is simple: Emily Mansur. Since she became Hofstra's head coach in 2014, the Brazilian native has carefully built a program that reflects her own personality: ruthless, pragmatic, audacious, and successful. She has shown over the years that she cares about one thing, and one thing only: winning the conference. She could not care less about nonconference record, RPI, rankings, or individual awards. As a result, Hofstra almost always does poorly in preseason, as Mansur experiments with many different players and lineups. Yet, they always end up playing their best volleyball come season's end, and have become a mainstay in the CAA tournament. The Metil vs. Mansur Era: While Hofstra has dominated the series all-time, 37-17, the last 8 years have been far more contentious. With Don Metil and Emily Mansur at each helm, the teams have met 16 times, with the Tigers holding a 9-7 edge. In fact, they have split every single regular season series except for 2019, when Towson was undefeated. They have met twice in the tournament in that time as well, with each team winning once. In the modern era, these two programs could not be more even. And yet, they are fundamentally different. Despite having many international players, Metil employs the classic American model for success: Recruit players with great speed, strength, and jumping ability. Run your offense as fast as possible, and blow by teams with your tremendous athletes on the pins. Mansur is the polar opposite, in line with a more European approach to the game. Her players tend to be less physical and more technical. Vary the offense, don't be afraid to play unconventionally, and outclass teams with your superior ball control and quality. Which system is better? Who cares, it's a great watch. Not for the Faint of Heart: In addition to clashing stylistically, Metil and Mansur also just so happen to be easily the two strongest coaching personalities in the conference. They tend to butt heads just about every time they play one another, and their teams follow suit. One mainstay of Mansur's program has been coaching her teams to give themselves the psychological edge by any means necessary. She has been known to coach her players to celebrate brazenly, physically intimidate opponents, and trash talk frequently. This doesn't sit well with any team, but has always been especially grating on the Tigers, who have developed a tangible aura of arrogance during Metil's tenure. While he does not deliberately instill the behavior in his teams the way Mansur does, he certainly doesn't do anything to stop it, and the Tigers are no strangers to nastiness themselves. Throw in a few unpleasant recruiting battles, decommitments, and social media shenanigans, and you have quite a fun time on your hands. This weekend will be the latest installment in the continuous mounting of bitterness between the two programs, and what do you know? They just so happen to be the two best teams in the league as well. This Year's Pride: It is easy to point to attackers as impact players on teams that you don't watch frequently. After all, they score the points and make the headlines. But Hofstra's two best players occupy the non-scoring positions, which is a big reason why they're so much better than expected. Setter Beatriz Alves and Libero Chiara Cucco, both Sophomores, are both the type of player that make everyone around them a little better. Their consistency, ball control, and defensive abilities have allowed the Pride's attackers (who are not as strong individually) to excel as a unit. It is reminiscent of Towson's spotless 2019 campaign, wherein a talented setter made the rest of the team's individuals coalesce into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The Pride are buoyed offensively by a quartet of pin hitters: Senior Zyare Abdul-Rahim (a Baltimore native who Towson passed on), Junior Yagmur Cinel (the most improved outside in the league), and Freshmen Izadora Stedile and Clara Bal (who are both ROTY candidates). None of those players are great, but they're all good. That's why they're so hard to predict, and even harder to beat. Prediction: The Pride have been a revelation this season, proving to be about two years ahead of schedule in their rebuild. They are a group of talented and classy volleyball players, who have proven that they know how to win. And yet, they are going up against the Tigers, who have established themselves as the conference's prominent perennial winners. Even with Hofstra's season turning out to be the absolute best-case scenario, Towson is still the better team. I still believe that the Tigers should win both matches, and not doing so should be considered a disappointment. Yet again, it is Hofstra, a team whose MO for the last 8 years has been making things difficult. So, I'll go for what these teams always do against each other: a 1-1 split. Hofstra takes the #1 seed, and it hopefully sets us up for a rematch in the championship game.
  7. 3 points
    Nick had several wide open corner threes that he makes with his eyes closed in the first half. We should have been up by 25. But the second half was a shitshow. Eight turnovers. Two three point shots. Bad shot selection. Few extra passes. Guards not helping enough on the boards. To Albany’s credit, they moved the ball extremely well and were getting countless open shots.A lot to fix, but it’s all fixable. Sometimes being the hunted is a lot more difficult than being the Hunter.
  8. 3 points
    Just got home from game. Ok, super small sample size, but what I saw was unsettling. First, I’m baffled why we only played 7 guys. It’s not that Conway, Paar, Biekeu, May & Williamson only played a few minutes, none of them played even 1 minute. I can’t imagine we’re going to have a successful season with a 7-man rotation. Shooting was dismal and I think we might have broke even on the boards. I paid close attention to Hicks, and saw absolutely nothing to suggest he’s made the freshman to sophomore season leap we were all hoping for. As for the vets, CT missed multiple gimmes; Timberlake continues to let his emotions get the best of him and inexplicably fouled a guy near the end of the game on a 3-point shot. My seats are very close to the Towson bench and I noticed a lot of bad body language from Holden. Some fan near me was berating him at one point for distancing himself from the team huddle during a timeout. My biggest question that I came away with tonight is are we athletic enough & big enough? To me, we look plodding and I don’t see anyone who was able to create their own shot off the dribble. Kudos to Sylla and Russell. Without them, we get blown out tonight.
  9. 3 points
    Soccer wins their first ever caa tournament match, 2-1 over Elon. Next up is 8 seed hoftsra (who upset 1 seed Monmouth) in the semi finals
  10. 2 points
    The ladies just clinched the regular season title and the #1 seed in the tournament. Congratulations ladies. Looks like a small possibility of cracking the top 25.
  11. 2 points
    Rob should be gone. No debate there. Skerry despite my criticisms, has done a good job bringing the program to some sort of relevance now. Even if not making the ncaa tourney this year I just can’t see him being terminated unless there is a total meltdown this year and the following..
  12. 2 points
    I believe this is a crossroads season for Skerry. With the preseason predictions of winning the conference + 3 players chosen as preseason 1st-team all-conference, anything less than going dancing will be seen by some (maybe many) as a failure. However, as you point out, Skerry is insulated from being on the same hot seat as Ambrose, by virtue of that insane contract extension he was given.
  13. 2 points
    It’s not personal and it sure isn’t a quantitative conversation. It’s very qualitative. I like what Rob has done for the school along with the community and same goes for Pat. But I want the same as everyone else. I want to turn on ESPN during the FCS playoffs and see Towson there. I want to watch the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament and see Towson there just like you all do. My opinion may not be the same as everyone else’s but I believe Skerry can get us there. I no longer believe Rob can.
  14. 2 points
    It’s worth the buy if you don’t have it. You can bundle with Disney + and Hulu and may be cheaper than your bar tab for the night
  15. 2 points
    Coppin took Georgetown to OT last night. We have no chance now!!!
  16. 2 points
    Its game 1. A lot of conclusions already being made about this team... Lets give them atleast a handful of games to see what we are working with.
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  18. 2 points
    Flo being $30 a month is outrageous
  19. 2 points
    Can we get these handed out at the under 4 second half TO?😂😂
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  21. 2 points
    In Cam we trust! We said it a few seasons back that our trio of CT, NT & Gibson were a solid recruiting class and at times we’ve been down on them but considering the injuries two of them have gotten past and then how Charles just seems to love Towson 24-7 I believe this core finally may get it done. Lets enjoy this ride and instead of cracking them from time to time.. lets they stay positive all season long with these guys. We all know the writing is on the wall and we must win. Appreciate all the coverage. Albany up first! Goh Towson!
  22. 2 points
    Nice positivity for a win over monmouth, didn't know the hawks had a football prorgram. Playing with fire if upset the cats next week, last two games vs stony brook and hampton probably should be wins. Very scary to think what the administration will do if they see a 6-5 final record with 4 wins in a row to end the year.
  23. 2 points
    Finally, an entertaining game. Was gonna say how bad Monmouth’s D is, but realized we surrendered 484 yards to an offense being run by a QB who had never taken a college snap before today. Thank goodness for Hunter. I suspect the performance by our offense today was fools gold, but, at least for one day, we had a dynamic offense
  24. 2 points
    ^And don’t even get me started on chicken wing inflation! $10 on a Monday used to get you all you can eat wings at Batemans. Now it’s basically impossible to find 10 wings for $10.
  25. 2 points
    I'd say Thursday night is considered the weekend in college, Mon/Tues/wed are the tougher draws. But agreed the people of towson and the university have such a strange dynamic. I remember homeowners yelling at me and my college friends for being too loud on the weekends. Sir, you bought a house 1000 feet from a university that had been here 100 years before you moved in and yet you’re shocked and disgusted there are college kids running around near the college? Never made sense to me

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