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mat1992

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  1. mat1992

    Monmouth II preview

    https://x.com/towson_mbb/status/1760346257921646821?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  2. mat1992

    2025 Offers

    PaLanding Drammeh 6-2 285 DT https://x.com/recruithoover/status/1760448556178034929?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  3. mat1992

    2025 Offers

    A 3-star 6-7 local TE/DE https://x.com/jt_taggart/status/1749481286580744468?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  4. mat1992

    2025 Offers

    Joseph Skipworth 6-5 TE https://x.com/joesephskipwor1/status/1760462604185583674?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  5. mat1992

    2025 Offers

    Jake Bauer 6-1 225 from West Chester https://x.com/jakebauer32/status/1760466942568120629?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  6. https://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=484862 Towson got behind by as many as 18 in the first half. They cut the lead to eight at halftime and then led by as many as five in the first half, but couldn't hold on to the lead as Hampton made several buckets at the end to win their first conference game 67-61 at home on Saturday. Charles Thompson led the Tigers with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Christian May added 12 points and two steals. Towson shot just 36.2% from the field for the game and 2-of-15 from beyond the arc (13.3%). https://towsontigers.com/news/2024/2/17/mens-basketball-mens-basketball-falls-at-hampton-67-61.aspx
  7. mat1992

    My 2 cents

    The date was Dec. 28, 1996. Lefty Driesell came to the Towson Center and the Baltimore area (if I recall) for the first since getting forced out at Maryland in October of 1986. I was on the radio at the time with Stan the Fan on the Sports Exchange, doing mostly local college basketball reports, producing, and about 1-2 nights a week. When I knew that Lefty was returning to this area for the first time in at least 10 years, I was hoping to get the Towson Center sold out or at least get 3,000+ (4,000 was about as full as it could get) by talking about the game and putting a bunch of guests on to promote it. We lost the game 83-75 and drew just 1,900. Marketing was not great back then or even good. Terry Truax was the head coach at the time and I lost it off the air while calling for his firing. Then Stan brought it up on the air and I agreed with im. The slight irony of that statement was that both Truax and Lefty were fired after that season. But I've never felt worse about a firing though I don't think my statement had anything to do with it. For me personally, having to see Coach T a few weeks after that statement walking to the Towson Center with my head down, I've never felt worse. He had his flaws (saved all his timeouts like Dean Smith until the end, rarely stood up during games, not a yeller or screamer, etc.), but having to cover the team since 1989 and on message boards since 2001, I'm not going to ever push for firing the head coach. If his contract is expiring, then that's different assuming the success has dried up or never really was there. I felt embarrassed because I had covered him since 1989 and he only found out due to some minion. But either way, I was apologetic since he did approach me and was fairly intimidating. That's one of the main reasons I don't call for the firing of coaches on here. https://jmusports.com/sports/mens-basketball/stats/1996-97/towson/boxscore/5136 After Terry was fired in 1997, he bounced around a lot and was never back in Division I which was sad. He was a pretty good basketball coach despite the average record. He had won 3 ECC Tournaments (2 NCAA's) and two Big Sout titles. I think the constant moving of conferences from ECC to the Big South to the North Atlantic/America East wasn't helpful for recruiting. He probably deserved another year or two to get things right, but recruiting in Baltimore was starting to dry up. We weren't getting the Devin Boyds, Kurk Lees or Scooter Alexanders anymore. The guys we were getting from B-More were fine, but not in that class and the step up in competition didn't help. I saw Terry Truax right before he passed away in 2015 when he was at the only Towson game he attended at SECU against Drexel. Unfortunately, it was right before he had suffered a stroke and passed away, not too soon after his mentor Dean Smith died. I was able to walk with him to his car where the "regular" people parked and he appeared to be in bad shape, but I didn't see him passing so soon at 70. He did lose his wife Pam a few years before that. She was a Flight Attendant who those who may remember, was at every game with their very young daughter Annie (his second wife) dressed at a cheerleader in every game. I was happy that I was able to get a chance to speak with Coach T. one final time. I didn't talk about the JMU game and I felt bad for him that he wound up not really in coaching at the end. The bottom line was that I realized that once I called for Terry's firing, there were going to be repercussions. I couldn't have a professional relationship with a coach and call for his firing so I've never really done that since. Guys, you can do what you want here, but I'm also getting older and impatient. Some things cross the line. Not talking about PS and y'all wanting him gone or Steve Eingenbrot or whomever. I've just had enough of the bullshit. Call me sensitive, call me a bootlicker, but the biggest reason I wanted to moderate this board was to bring Towson people together. I don't give a rat's ass if you have different opinions about the head coach or any head coach. If that person likes PS, he shouldn't be dragged through the mud and vice versa. If people are afraid to post here and I know some have left for various reasons, then there will be actions taken if that is continue. Now, I'd also like people to actually constructively criticize. Everybody thinks they are Red Auerbach or Erik Spoelstra or Pat Riley and some just take shots without giving info.. Kudos to Tiger93 for coming up with salient points and numbers. But here goes my middle age BS opinion about this team. I needed two days to get my emotions in check. 1)Push the effing tempo. We're not going to get much better than shooting 41.6% from the field and 32.8% from beyond the arc. This is who we are with 4 games left, but we don't have to be 359th in pace for the rest of the year. Push the ball off every rebound, steal, block, etc. We've been pressing full court lately, but more of a mild press. If Lowery is in the game, use him to trap. Nobody can really throw the ball over his 7-2 wingspan. 2)I've been watching Towson basketball for nearly 35 years so I've seen some of the shittiest offenses, but when they were home and I was there for basically every game in 16 straight losing seasons, I couldn't just walk out. The 10 or so minutes against W&M (not Hampton) nearly drove me away for the first time from Flo SPorts. The offense was so boring and predictable and we just did nothing to really alleviate it. Maybe our intensity needs to be ratcheted up because talent isn't going to overwhelm the other team and playing bully ball can get us so far. 3)Yes, defense can be a problem at times, but a lot of that is effort. Lowery, May, Tarke, Sulaiman and Charles are all capable defenders. We can't shoot the ball on the road lately, and defenders aren't going to just defend if they can't make shots. Our overall road numbers aren't terrible, but in the last four games, we are shooting 37.4% from the field and 26.7% from long range. Time to do something other than run the offense through CT. It's fine to go to him down low or go inside out. But mix it up. 4)What I noticed against Hampton was how unathletic we are. Yes, Lowery is and Williamson in transition, but nobody was getting to the basket against them. Not Tarke or Williamson, who are decent drivers. Tarke is stocky, but a bit heavy legged. He doesn't explode past guys and some quicker point guards get past him. BTW, Tarke has been brutal. I don't expect great shooting numbers, but 36% from the field and 31.5% from beyond the arc is brutal and worse than expected. Last season, he shot 42.6% from the field and 32.7% from beyond the arc. My biggest issue with Tarke was his FT shooting (54% LY) and he's done pretty well (72%), but isn't getting to the line a ton. You do have to wonder when your two top transfers Tarke and Jones are shooting much worse at Towson than last season with other teams. Even Messiah Jones was at 57.2% last season and is now shooting 47.8%. Something is wrong when your players are shooting worse and it's mianly twos. 5)With a bunch of guys that are graduating, but may have a year left, I have to wonder who many if any of those guys return. It's a business and we need better players. More skilled, length, better guard play, etc. Better free throw shooters. Charles has the most attempts at 116 and is shooting just 58.6%. May is second at 69 and is shooting just 62.3%. Maybe adding a bigger Gibson-type of player would have helped. Personally, I don't know about everyone else, but I want to see them respond well against Monmouth, who is a very dangerous team with Xavier Rice. I love this program and I know what it's capable of, though in this era of NIL, we have to be creative with D2s, NAIA, Euros, juco, etc.
  8. mat1992

    MLax Thread 2024

    DeMaio got National Player of the Week https://x.com/towson_mlax/status/1759963853960757336?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  9. mat1992

    MLax Thread 2024

    https://towsontigers.com/news/2023/11/16/mens-lacrosse-towson-mens-lacrosse-announces-signing-class-for-2025-season.aspx Here is a rare recruiting story about the 2025 recruiting class. A lot of kids from outside of Maryland.
  10. mat1992

    2025 Offers

    OC Devin Ancrum 6-3 295 https://x.com/devinancrum/status/1759747612146569502?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  11. mat1992

    2025 Offers

    DT Jacari Gatling 6-3 290 https://x.com/d1carii_/status/1759751755032592547?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  12. mat1992

    2025 Offers

    Jonathan Harding DE/TE from Florida https://x.com/jjharding18/status/1759738273008648450?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  13. mat1992

    MLax Thread 2024

    DeMaio and Downs named CAA Off. POW and Defensive POW https://towsontigers.com/news/2024/2/19/mens-lacrosse-towson-duo-honored-in-caa-mens-lacrosse-weekly-awards.aspx
  14. All about CAA men's hoops including Towson, but especially the other 13 programs. These are overall stats, which includes the non-conference games 1)Drexel 8-1 (15-7 overall) 2)Charleston 6-2 (15-6) 2)Towson 6-2 (13-8) 4)UNCW 5-3 (14-6) 5)Campbell 4-4 (10-11) 5)Delaware 4-4 (12-9) 5)Hofstra 4-4 (11-10) 5)Monmouth 4-4 (11-11) 5)NC A&T 4-4 (6-15) 5)Stony Brook 4-4 (11-10) 11)Northeastern 3-5 (8-13) 11)W&M 3-5 (8-13) 13)Elon 2-6 (9-12) 14)Hampton 0-9 (4-17) As of Jan. 30, Towson is: 14th in scoring offense at 67.62 ppg. 2nd in scoring defense at 63.90. 6th in scoring margin at +3.71 14th in free throw percentage at 63.1% 3rd in field goal percentage defense at 42.6% 13th in field goal percentage offense at 41.9% 1st in three-point FG percentage defense at 30.4% 9th in three-point offense at 33.3% 3rd in Rebounding Offense at 38.8 3rd in Rebounding Defense at 31.10 2nd in Blocked Shots at 4.14 2nd in Rebounding margin at +8.71 (Drexel 1st at +9.68) T13th in Assists at 10.81 6th in Steals at 6.29 14th in Assist/Turnover Ratio 0.89 10th in Turnover Margin -0.90 1st in Offensive Rebounds Per game at 15.14 10th in Defensive Rebounds per game at 24.67 1st in Offensive Rebound Percentage at 40.8% 4th in Defensive Rebound Percentage at 73.1%
  15. mat1992

    ***Warning***

    You can criticize the program all you want. You can critique the coaches, you can disagree with me on my comments after the game, you can love the team or piss on them because that's what some love to do, but no personal attacks on coaches, players, myself, or any other poster on here or people will start getting banned. Just tired of it. We all can disagree without calling people names. If not, it's time to move on.
  16. mat1992

    CAA Men's Basketball Thread

    A lot of people that are blocked are gamblers. The others should be able to express their opinions
  17. mat1992

    2024 Football offers/commits

    6-3 juco wide receiver offer https://x.com/nicholasdipucc7/status/1759354682357797358?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  18. mat1992

    CAA Men's Basketball Thread

    Thanks but expecting that response but just showing how anybody can lose to another team in this wonderful league. Just when I thought UNCW was the team to beat, they aren’t. Monmouth could get hot and win this league because they have a star player. We do not have that.
  19. mat1992

    Navy Lax Thread

    Good start up 2-0. Weishaar and DeMaio with goals.
  20. mat1992

    MBB falls at 0-13 Hampton 67-61

    Huh? He didn't do the post game because the broadcast was up in the stands, not on the floor.
  21. mat1992

    CAA Men's Basketball Thread

    What an effed up league. UNCW goes from beating Kentucky on the road to losing at home to Elon, their first home loss of the season on their Homecoming. Maybe we beat them for worst loss of the day, but it's close. I also have to think something is up with Trazerian White. He missed the last game and it wasn't due to injury issues. Had 12 points tonight off the bench.
  22. mat1992

    MBB falls at 0-13 Hampton 67-61

    As of now, no.
  23. mat1992

    CAA Men's Basketball Thread

    Elon shocked UNCW tonight at the buzzer 73-72 on the road after beating Delaware Charleston just needs to beat W&M on Monday night at home to get back the top seed at least for now.

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