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  1. 3 points
    Agreed, but as much as the NCAA Tournament or bust is the ultimate goal it should not be the only focus of success. Having the whole season rest on a crapshoot of 3/4 games and blowing off what happens in the other 30+ games is not really logical. I do get that we can't full claim success until we accomplish the goal of getting to the NCAA Tournament, but I view the season as three different portions to measure success, as I think many others do in some way, shape or form. 1) Non-conference play - This year we entered conference play with a NET rating in the 70s and only had losses to really good USF and Ohio State teams, which I consider extremely successful. Of course, the negative was a brutally bad start to Monmouth (who is good, but does not excuse the start) and some poor late-game execution against Pittsburgh. I would say I would give us a B+ for what we did in non-conference play leading into conference play. 2) Conference play - We are still very early in this process, but so far we have been pretty solid minus some late-game shakiness against Drexel and even a little against Northeastern. It remains to be seen what we do here, but so far so good. 3) Conference Tournament - This is where we can get the ultimate reward and I get why everyone wants it to be the end all be all, but to me it is like the final exam to our season. We can't have a A or B+ season without accomplishing what we want, but it doesn't just become an "F" season because we performed poorly in my opinion. Also, if we make the NCAA Tournament this year we might actually be able to be a 13 or 14 seed (with our NET ranking) where an upset could be a remote possibility (I know UMBC won as a No 16 seed, but that may not happen again for a while). That seeding would be based on the strength of our regular-season. If we can win the regular-season title (which is still very far away as a goal), we can at least clinch a shot at playing in the NIT even if we fall short in the conference tournament. To me this would also be a good step for our program (the other postseason tournaments have some entertainment value, but I am done giving them much meaning as steps forward for the program). Again, we all want the same thing but I would rather hold ourselves to higher standard all year long then only focusing on winning the 3/4 games in our conference tournament. As fun as that will be when the time comes, and it will happen at some point in my lifetime. Also, in your post I think you make it sound like I am referencing resources, funding, budget and other parts of the building process. I know those are important, but I am only focusing on things we can accomplish on the court that give us confidence to continue to build and be better as a program. NET rankings based on performance, upsets, KenPom rankings based on performance, conference-record and non-conference success are the part that I am focusing on in this conversation. Of course, the other aspects are a whole different conversation that could take up a lot of space on this board too. I am not trying to dismiss the importance of accomplishing a trip to the NCAA Tournament, I just get annoyed when it is the only measure anyone wants to use. I hope we all post after these games and are enjoying this season because we get excited when this team wins in the regular-season too, and I think that is true.
  2. 3 points
    I understand this sentiment, and believe me making the NCAA Tournament is the most important goal for everyone here. However, the NET rankings, KenPom rankings, playing well in non-conference play, being a regular-conference contender annually and putting a quality team that can compete in games like the Ohio State matchup earlier this year are all examples of how you build a sustainably successful program. I don't want to make the NCAA Tournament and wait another 30 years for another. I want to build this into a consistently successful program that we can get excited about year in and year out. That is why some of these other steps are just as important as success in the conference tournament, which can be a crapshoot and does not always produce a deserving winner. The road to building a successful basketball program is not nearly as daunting as doing so in the current football landscape. I am hoping this year can not only yield a trip to the the NCAA Tournament, but also act as a foundation for future success. I do realize that making the NCAA Tournament is the most important step in this process, but the other building blocks are huge parts of it and acting like everything is a zero-sum game for mid-majors is somewhat short-sighted. Hopefully, this conversation will be pointless and we will all be celebrating a trip to the NCAA Tournament in March, but as many of us have said there is a long way to go. It has been a fun year so far, and hopefully that continues.
  3. 3 points
    Love my Towson Tigers and am extremely proud of their recent performances. However, as a well-documented skeptic (critic) of Coach Skerry, the conference tourney is all that matters. He needs to win the conference tourney this year. No excuses, no almosts, no maybes and no buts.....WIN. THE. TOURNAMENT. He's had too many years and too many chances. GO TIGERS!!
  4. 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
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    I think your breaking the season down into component parts is a good way to look at things. I would simply add that perhaps the importance of each segment grows from least important (OOC play) to most important (at least in determining who goes dancing in our 1-bid league)-the conference tournament. As much as I want us to get back to the dance, my immediate goal is to finish 1st in the regular season, to secure, at a minimum, an NIT bid. Notwithstanding PS’s dreadful conference tournament record, the vagaries of what can happen in a 3-day tournament shouldn’t necessarily render a successful regular season a failure. So, I say goal #1 is finish first in the regular season conference standings. If that happens, then it’s survive and advance in the conference tournament.
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    Haha. I am for now. March is something different. Close games late with this staff will always scare me. But winning two very different style games on the road in a 50 hour window without a few players is impressive
  9. 2 points
    If we look at the standings right now you're correct, we do have some tough opponents. At the same time 3 of our 4 conference wins were against the top 6 in the pre-season picks (NE-2, Hofstra-5 and Elon-6) with our only loss being to the preseason #3 team (Drexel) which was on the road. I do agree the next 6 will dictate how good this team can be: Coc UNCW @ UD UD Drexel JMU If we manage to go 4-2 or better I think that's when expectations will really increase for me. As we have all said, it's been a great start, but our biggest challenges are in front of us. We all have the bad taste in our mouth come March and that needs to change. The good news is Nolan and Cam have no idea what that past is can will hopefully push us through.
  10. 2 points
    We are now top 50 in the nation in 3pt %, ranked right in between Kansas & Gonzaga....
  11. 2 points
    I told you guys this is the best TU hoops team in 20+ years....Keep the train rolling guys!
  12. 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
  13. 1 point
    I appreciate your thoughts regarding building a program that is solid beyond the goal of conference championship. You talk about strong foundations, so that we can be good for years going into the future, etc. These are worthy and noble goals. You mention this is a Skerry issue because he is the coach now....which is true. I suggest you remember that he has had over a decade to get this done and he has not accomplished this goal. The team is having a very good year thus far. If any coach coaches long enough, that coach is bound to have one good year, if only by accident. I will wait for ongoing proof before acting as this is that magic moment that Towson becomes Gonzaga. It is fun to watch this squad but there is still quite a bot to prove. Skerry teams have set a low bar to get Towson fans excited about.
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  15. 1 point
    I know I am probably nitpicking a little much, but if we were a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament (meaning we won the regular-season) I would consider the season a success before the conference tournament started. If we lose anywhere in the tournament it would be a bitter disappointment, but it would not make the whole season a failure. I agree that out of three phases of the season I listed the conference tournament is the most important, but they all build off each other. Hypothetically if we had somehow beaten Ohio State and San Francisco we would have a NET ranking good enough to get us an automatic bid going into conference play. If we finished first and lost three or less games in conference play that bid still might be in play. That would lessen the importance of the conference tournament. My overall point is I would like the raise the standards on those different phases of the season and the overall quality of our program's level of play for the season so we don't have to only rely on a conference tournament to define success. This season is a good small step in that direction. Call it "pie in the sky" if you will, and it probably is now, but I find it more important to build a team where this is a possibility than one that can win in the conference tournament. Sometimes you can control when a No. 8 seed (or any other team) shoots out of their mind and knocks you. The one point where I will completely agree with TuTigers2012 is we have to play better in the conference tournament. That is a Pat Skerry issue now because he is the coach, but it has been an every coach issue at Towson since I have been here (with a couple of exceptions where we maxed where we belonged). My final point is good mid-major programs take care of business the whole season and let the chips fall where they may. That is the place I want to get to.
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  18. 1 point
    You have no choice but to be glass half full at this point!
  19. 1 point
    Seems like a good get for both football & MBB. Gives some geographic balance to go along with the northernmost members of the conference. Also gives the conference a footprint in NJ, FWIW. Fun fact, with the addition of Monmouth, the CAA, in terms of football and basketball, now will have a member institution in everyone of the original 13 colonies, except…? Class, for extra credit, can anyone answer this question?
  20. 1 point
    Once Nolan & Hicks return, you’re not going to quote “Reunited” by Peaches 🍑 & Herb, are you?😆. Just kidding with you. It’s a helluva lot more fun than griping about some of our offensively challenged teams of the past. Who knows where this will wind up, but it’s sure fun right now. I would imagine the team’s confidence is burgeoning, which hopefully will manifest itself in the upcoming home stand. Still want to see how we fare vs DE, C of C & JMU, but it would appear we can more than hold our own against anyone in the conference
  21. 1 point
    “Ain’t no stoppin us now! We’re on the move!” All you younger Towson fans need to add McFadden & Whitehead to your music “There’s been so many things that’s held us down But now it looks like things are finally comin’ around I know we’ve got, a long long way to go And where we’ll end up, I don’t know” 13-5 and this is not fools gold. I think we have something special here. We all deserve this and the simple fact that eventually we will get Nolan and Hicks back and Chris/Derrick are fighting to get playing time tells me this group could really do something special. Time will tell.
  22. 1 point
    This team is playing with confidence and unselfishness. We gave them a whooping to the point where you almost have to feel bad for the fans that came out to watch W&M. Love that different guys are getting quality minutes to develop and grow. Would like to see lots of these guys come back next year bigger and stronger. Been a fun ride so far this year. The train continues on. I think we have found out rhythm and it plays to our advantage that we have games basically every other day for the next two weeks. Keep the good times rolling. We seem to cool off after extended breaks. Need to keep the 3’s raining! We have never been this fun to watch? Hope some good crowds will come out to secu to support the boys and girls
  23. 1 point
    William & Mary is not a good team, but they beat Hofstra and Elon at home and had JMU up big on Saturday before losing in OT. Here's what we have: The best rebounding team as usual in the league at a +6.5 ratio. That's normal. You have quality bigs in Thompson and Paar with Gray and Holden who can go inside-out. Surround them with THE BEST three-point shooting team in the league. We shot 44% from three-point range tonight and lead the league in three-point percentage at over 36% and in field goal defense at 40. I know the schedule gets tougher with Charleston and UNCW coming up at home. Need to use your size up front to go inside and out. Maybe Nolan returns, maybe not. If he does, the defense gets better. If he doesn't, well it's all about Gibson, Timberlake and Rizzuto to defend and hit some 3s.
  24. 1 point
    If Gibson and Nolan remain out, I'd take the points in a heartbeat...
  25. 1 point
    Sounds like you have Skerryitis....very contagious disease

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