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Tiger93

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  1. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    I know people will roll their eyes at this, but this is a good game to get a sense of where we really are right now as a team. Our losses have been to two really good teams (Houston and Colorado), one very solid one (North Texas, by far our worst effort), and one major conference team (Wake Forest) that we could have beaten if our offense was a tick better that day (I am not trying to claim a moral victory, just putting forth a realistic assessment of the game). South Dakota State is also a better team than us. I am not sure I would say they are really good, but even if we played well that would have been a tough game to win (and we didn't play well). Our wins have been against the dregs, as Robert Morris, Coppin State and Morgan State are holding down 300+ NET rankings. So, we really didn't discover much from those games. With the UMass matchup, we get to play a very solid team in the comforts of SECU, who probably wants to deal out some revenge for last year. I would imagine UMass would be favored by somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-8 points. I think the effort level (which was questionable at times during this same stretch last year) has been good so far this year. However, the execution needs to get much better. I think we will get a focused and solid effort on Wednesday. What that yields, I have no idea. Which is why I am interested in this game.
  2. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    I am not sure the offense can be worse. I went to the SDSU game, and it felt like a football team with a really good defense, who eventually gives up points because it is exhausted from trying to make up for the offense. Obviously, the big difference is the same people are playing offense and defense. I expect the offense get a little better because it can't get much worse, and there are lot of young guys making inexperienced mistakes (of course there are many being made by experience players too). However, it needs to get a way better for us to even be a decent team in conference play.
  3. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    Bottom is very weak. The top is actually pretty solid. Monmouth looks like they are heading in the right direction to supplement the UNC-W, Hofstra, College of Charleston, Drexel group. Delaware also looks solid. Even Northeastern looks decent. I don't know where that leaves us, but we have a lot of work to do before conference play starts. Talent is there from an athletic standpoint as is the defensive effort, but the offense is unwatchable so far. I know we played some tough teams, but if we are going to have the least amount of offensive possession per game in the nation (362nd per KenPom), we can't also shoot 38% from the field (28.9% three-point land), turn the ball over 13 (13.3) times a game (I believe that means we are turning it over on nearly 22% of our possessions), and only make 10 more free throws than our opponents this is going to be a rough season. The rebounding has been good mostly, and is our calling card, but we need a lot more than that.
  4. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    You beat me to it. On the good end of things, the CAA is one of only six non-Power Conference leagues to have two or more teams ranked in the top 100 (Sun Belt 2, SoCon 2, Missouri Valley 7, Ivy 3, Conference USA 2, CAA 2). UNC-Wilmington and Drexel should only be helped by their wins this weekend against Kentucky and Villanova respectively. On the bad end, the CAA joins seven conferences with seven or more teams sitting at 250 or worse (SWAC 9, Patriot 8, NEC 8, CAA 7, OVC 7, Southland 7, Sun Belt 7). As was stated above, we are one of those teams and that is unacceptable. Our losses have come against some pretty solid teams (Colorado 54, Wake 133, Houston 1, North Texas 104, South Dakota State 164). Our wins have been against some very lowly ranked teams (Robert Morris 302, Coppin State 358, Morgan State 356) Our remaining non-conference looks like this: UMass 94, UMBC 309, Bryant 156 (even after beating FAU), Nicholls 199) Overall, our conference has rankings of Hofstra 67, Delaware 98, UNC-W 120, Drexel 123, College of Charleston 132, Monmouth 145, Northeastern 177, Elon 255, Towson 281, William & Mary 297, Campbell 315, Stony Brook 320, Hampton 334, NC A&T 355. At some point in January, I will do average conference ranking for my own amusement.
  5. Tiger93

    South Dakota State preview

    Getting ready to make the 3.5 hour drive from Minneapolis in about an hour. I hope it goes better than my trips to Chicago for the Northern Iowa and to Rhode Island for Bryant games last year. If it could match my experience in Philadelphia during the Penn win last year that would be great.
  6. Looks like we are heading to Chapel Hill. Just did a quick dive into their info. They just lost their first game of the year in the first round of the ACC Tournament at home to Pittsburgh. They are 10-1-8 (yes eight draws in 19 games). They are averaging over two goals at game at 2.05 (39 overall) and giving up 0.74 goals per game (14 overall). After getting knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2021, they were runners-up last year. Of course, they are women's soccer royalty and have producer several of the greatest players in US Women's Soccer history, including what most would consider the greatest Mia Hamm. Although, they haven't won a national title since 2012. I don't think I realized Anson Dorance is still there, and is coaching his 45th year as head coach of the women's soccer team. It is possible he has been coaching at UNC longer than some of the parents of our players have been alive. Seems like a fun opportunity. Hopefully, Towson can have a good showing. Wasn't UNC where baseball played in the NCAA Tournament in their only appearance?
  7. Tiger93

    Colorado MBB Preview

    Sling TV (Dish) has it as part of their sports package, but I am working tonight and will have to watch it when I get home.
  8. Also, very cool to see over 1,000 fans in attendance. They all certainly got their moneys worth. The positive vibes that volleyball and women's soccer have provided are very cool to see. Hopefully, this is the start of building something that can continue. What a season!
  9. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    I know, but my main point is COVID is still affecting transfers and eligibility requests. With NIL in play, there are still a lot of people trying to figure out ways to get paid or extend their careers. Makes for a lot of paperwork, and obviously the NCAA hasn't invested in the resources because it doesn't produce revenue and they don't really care about student-athletes. No surprise at all.
  10. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    Yeah, I heard somewhere that the NCAA is overburdened from all of the transfer paperwork and requests from the COVID timeframe. I am probably speaking from ignorance, but to your point either uniformly let all of the two-time transfers do it or don't. This one-by-one case examination seems inefficient and likely unfair to the lower profile kids who are trying to do it.
  11. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    Towson is 139 on Kenpom, which isn't that far away. It is funny that our logo is included on the tease. We aren't one of the best 101 teams now, and probably will have trouble doing so this year, but on top of the main goal of making the NCAA Tournament being a top 80-90 team annually would be something I would like to accomplish from a stability standpoint. I do realize it would be extremely difficult. Just for a reference point, Charleston was 52 on this list and 97th on KenPom. Drexel is 107 and Hofstra is 113 in KenPom. That all means nothing, but I always find it interesting to look at before games get started. https://kenpom.com/. Colorado is 31st on it and 29th on KenPom. Not an easy way to get things started this season.
  12. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    You would think it would leak out from LaSalle's ending. Didn't (or don't) we play James Madison in one as well?
  13. Tiger93

    2023 Women’s Soccer Thread

    The website story says we clinched a top 2 spot. A loss and Monmouth win ties the two teams on points. We tied with them, would be equal on wins, and I have no idea what the goal difference is between the two teams (or if that is even the next tiebreaker). However, I am guessing they are locked into the the No. 2 spot if they stated it so definitively in the story. https://towsontigers.com/news/2023/10/19/womens-soccer-womens-soccer-clinches-top-two-seed-in-caa-championships-with-3-0-win-at-william-mary.aspx
  14. Tiger93

    2023 Volleyball thread

    The standings seem pretty packed 1 through 6. Not as good as last year, but still sitting at 84 in the RPI is impressive playing in this conference. Towson 8-2 15-5 Delaware 7-3 14-4 Northeastern 7-3 9-7 Campbell 7-3 10-10 Hofstra 6-4 16-5 William & Mary 6-4 11-9
  15. Tiger93

    2023 Women’s Soccer Thread

    Tough loss, but it still looks like we mostly control our own destiny to win the regular-season (or at least tie for first). Here are the standings and remaining schedule Hofstra - 8-1-1 - 25 pts (tied Charleston, lost to William & Mary) - remaining schedule - at Monmouth, at Towson Towson - 7-1-2 - 23 pts (tied Delaware and Monmouth, lost to Northeastern) - remaining schedule - at William & Mary, vs. Hofstra Monmouth - 7-1-2 - 23 pts (tied Towson and William & Mary, lost to Northeastern) - remaining schedule - vs. Hofstra, vs. Campbell Northeastern - 6-1-3 - 21 pts (tied Drexel, tied Delaware, tied Campbell, lost to Hofstra) - vs. Stony Brook, at William & Mary Other contenders for seeds 4-6 William & Mary - 5-2-3 - 18 pts Stony Brook - 4-4-3 - 15 pts UNCW - 4-4-2 - 14 pts Six teams make the conference tournament, first and second place teams host first round and semis, and highest remaining host the championship. https://caasports.com/tournaments/?id=207
  16. Tiger93

    2023 Women’s Soccer Thread

    Draw between the last two unbeatens in league play against Monmouth yesterday. That season finale at home against Hofstra, who is second in the conference, on October 22 seems to be matchup that is looming on the horizon. Need to take care of business with the next three games against vs. UNC-W, at Northeastern and at William and Mary first. https://towsontigers.com/news/2023/10/5/womens-soccer-womens-soccer-battles-monmouth-to-scoreless-draw-on-thursday-night.aspx Standings are packed pretty tight among the top five teams right now. Towson - 6-0-2 (20 pts) Hofstra - 6-1-1 (19 pts) Monmouth - 5-0-2 (17 pts) Northeastern - 4-1-3 (15 pts) William & Mary - 4-1-2 (14 pts)
  17. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    Fair enough. I mainly took issue with laying that at the AD's feet right now. The guy has been here for a year-and-a-half and seems like he is trying hard to get us up and running on some of the areas where we are behind the times. We will find out in a couple of years how the football coach hire works, and I do think he is laying the groundwork for future scenarios. However, I certainly can't argue against the fact that schools like Charleston and Delaware have more appeal than us in general for what they would bring to a conference. I do think being the second-largest public university in Maryland and our geographic location can marginally help us in the future shuffle of mid-major conferences, but not anywhere higher where we all would like to be. We are hurt by the lack of recent evidence of high-level success in hoops and football, but I think there is potential for us to be good at the right time in the next 2-4 years. That is the optimist in me, because we have been pretty solid in hoops lately and there is small evidence that we are capable of big things at our level of football. Even if that evidence is over a decade old and growing mold on it
  18. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    I am not saying he has done anything earth-shattering, but what specifically has Eigonbrot done since March 2022 that gives you insight that he isn't qualified to try to tackle some of these issues, other than the tired retort of "Same Old Towson"? I am not specifically accusing you of this, but I just think we need to see what the next move is before we put forward the same assumptions from the past. I had enough data on Tim Leonard to not trust his vision or decision-making. I just don't have enough information to blindly cast the same judgements Eigonbrot's way yet.
  19. Maybe not, but it would be better for the product if they just played each other and had high level games for week-to-week. It would also be a way to truly control the whole pie on their own terms. My point is they don't really need any of these other FBS team, which makes them irrelevant. Those teams are at the mercy of the big boys, and while you are right that they will probably remain on their schedule they can change that any time they want. That is the type of thing that would have a chain reaction all the way down every level of football.
  20. I suppose that is true, I just think right now that the lower FBS tier teams survive financially by being in the orbit of the big conferences. It is very possible in the future that those conference take their ball and go honor. For instance, it really makes no sense for those schools to pay others the fee you talked about when they could just scheduled the 50-60 big boys every week. I know most coaches would never accept that, but it is a question that needs to be asked. If they don't get the payouts or the trickle-down publicity from those big schools, their product becomes watered down. This will trickle down to all levels if and when it happens. I am not saying it will, but whatever the big conferences decided to change in the next 5-7 years (or possibly 3-5 years), and some big change is coming, it will spill over to everyone else. College football is often sighted as one of the few sports that keeps growing in TV popularity, but the assumption is that it is all those 50-60 schools. That assumption is probably right, but we will find out if they can create a better system or mess things up. We will also find out how the spill over of those decisions affect everyone else.
  21. I still think all the schools that move up are just going to be FBS JV once the dust settles in 4-5 years and the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12 are finished with all of their chess moves. It is only a matter of time until the big boys lock the door on possible national title aspirations for anyone outside of their money club (they have already done it, but just not officially). That will make all of the conferences that are fighting to be FBS, basically FCS+. I imagine that will leave us with a hodge-podge of good FCS schools that don't want to spend the money to go up and ambitious D-2 schools who are ready to do more. Doesn't seem like a very financially feasible place to be, but outside of South Dakota State and North Dakota State (maybe Montana when things are going well) what others schools don't mind being at this level because their fanbase is so good the conference or level doesn't matter unless they get a lottery ticket into the big conferences. College football is the one American sport that would really be even better with a promotion-relegation European soccer model, but obviously there is too much money for that to ever happen. As far as where that leaves us. I really think unless we do anything bold it is pretty much where we are with the group of teams we are with now. Delaware really feels like the the last school in the CAA that could move up, and frankly I am wondering what took so long. The big question isn't what is Towson's future, it is what is the future of all the teams that like having football, could never afford to really be current FBS-level type schools, want to give out scholarships, but have no shot to be part of the high-level NIL nonsense in the FBS. I have no idea, but we probably fit somewhere similar to where we are now.
  22. Tiger93

    2023 Volleyball thread

    The Washington State Tournament with Washington State, UC Irvine and especially BYU should be an interesting one. I expected to beat South Carolina once, and was hoping we could sweep them. Theoretically based on what we have done the last couple of years, and what they are projected to do we are a better team. This team has built up expectations to crazy levels at this point. We can do that from the outside, but from the inside to have a dominant run like they have had I am sure they are very process-oriented about getting better. There are so many parts to volleyball for a team to be synched up that it seems tough to play well the first week or two, event when you have a ton of experience. The Washington State Tournament is interesting, because I believe we will have seven matches of player under our belt, and will be facing solid competition. We had seven matches under our belt entering the Pittsburgh Tournament last year when played that amazing match, and also grabbed a solid NET win over Bowling Green.
  23. Tiger93

    The Canada Trip

    If there is a year where Skerry has to give-in to youthful mistakes and play freshmen more to help the team have a chance of winning later in the season we seem more equipped talent wise than usual to do it.
  24. Today's game is at 3 p.m. on ESPN+. The play USC-Upstate tomorrow along with Southern Illinois and then play USC-Upstate again on Sunday. Here is the preseason poll, which we are predictably picked 10 of 11. Stony Brook adds a CWS participant to the league. Of course, that was a while ago. https://caasports.com/news/2023/2/7/charleston-chosen-as-overwhelming-favorite-in-2023-caa-baseball-race.aspx
  25. Tiger93

    General MBB 2023-24 thread

    Agreed on Paar. He is solid inside depth that I think can be serviceable for us off the bench. In this day and age of kids transferring left and right, it is great that despite his injuries he has stuck with it and will have a chance to be part of this program on the floor again this year. This seems like it could be a very physical and athletic team. To beat a dead horse my main worry is where the shooting comes from. If we can answer that question, my expectations will go up quickly for this team.

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