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Chris Datres

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  1. Chris Datres

    My 2 cents

    I was one of those 1900 in attendance that night and I remember that JMU seemed to have more people rooting for them than we did people rooting for us. Truax's teams were at least entertaining even though they could be frustrating as hell. He'd schedule anybody anywhere and the majority of the time, they'd hold their own. Just in my time of Towson awareness, they beat St. John's (year before I got there), West Virginia, and Louisville and they went to places like Arizona, Tennessee, and Virginia and didn't embarrass themselves. That was a product of the type of ball that he ran. I wasn't a fan of his firing and that seemed to be the result of a new AD wanting to put his stamp on the program. That led to one bad hire after another that culminated with the abyss that Pat Kennedy put us in. So there's a small history lesson for those young enough to not have had to suffer though the Jaskulski/Hunt eras. What Pat Skerry has done with the foundation he was given is very commendable. At some point (and that point could have come as soon as 5-7 years ago), the level has to improve. Since the last time we went to the Tournament, we're one of 18 teams that haven't even played in their conference championship game (the others -- Army, Central Arkansas, Citadel, Incarnate Word, UMKC, UMES, UNH, Presbyterian, Sacramento State, SIU-Edwardsville, UC Riverside, UTRGV, Utah Valley, Brown, Columbia, Rice, Dartmouth). In Skerry's time, we've had 2 teams that were beyond capable of not just advancing to the Final but also winning it. But as happens in conference tournaments, a bad shooting night can sink your entire season and we've lived that. Rather than being able to continue to raise our level from those teams, we regress and it seems that we don't want to adjust our systems. It's ok to make your mark on defense and rebounding but you'd better have offensive tools to back that up. With the exception of the Benimon team and the 2021 team, we've failed to cultivate any offensive skills. Thus, we win games via smoke and mirrors that may not even crack 60 on the scoreboard. That's entertaining, huh? But the biggest mark against us is the lack of improvement with players who obviously have talent but they're either held back by lack of minutes or lack of continued development (or both). If you didn't know anything about us and you saw a potential frontline of CT, Sulaiman, and Messiah, you'd think that we could be a pretty formidable offensive team in the lane. Nope, far from it. The potential that May showed us at the end of last season only comes in bursts this year. We have the potential to have a point guard that can engineer a transition game but the governor gets put on because we don't like to push the pace. There's 4 regular season games left. There's zero reason why we shouldn't go 4-0 in those games. This conference doesn't have that dominant boss at the final screen that it's had in past seasons. If Elon can win at Trask, we certainly can too. Somehow, we need to flush last week's offensive effort and use these last 4 games to ramp up for the tournament run. But I've also been beaten down by decades of failure so winning games in a big spot are more of a surprise. I let myself believe that 2021 was finally going to be the year and I was treated harshly for the belief. TL;DR -- I'm annoyed that we're living the Groundhog Day of college basketball.
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    The Five Year Rule For Coaches

    The idea does have a lot of merit. If this were 10 years ago, heck even 5 years ago, I might not have thought as much about it. But this is a new era where you don't build a program with longevity. With the portal and NIL being what it is, it's essentially a free agent world whenever the season ends. AD's will have to be smarter about the way they structure contracts (I've always thought that the immense buyouts given for firing are very irresponsible) and perhaps their philosophies need to evolve where they think more like an owner of a professional team rather than collegiate athletics. In a '5-year world', the coaches will have much more of an urgency to get results rather than biding their time to get 'their guys' in the fold.
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    Rhetorical questions

    Tore his Achilles in those 6 minutes. https://twitter.com/SamGuzmanTV/status/1742658134903009601?s=20
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    CAA Men's Basketball Thread

    This conference is a real box of chocolates, isn't it? It probably explains why a lot of the Bracketologies have the potential conference champion in the 14-15 hole.
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    Rhetorical questions

    Two other examples of regressing -- Sylla and Sulaiman. Sylla was a player of the year and yet he came in and looked lost. Sulaiman averaged a smidge under a double-double at IUP and while he's shown flashes of brilliance, his overall stat profile is a fraction of what it was and/or what it could be. Perhaps if he was given a bigger workload of minutes. But then, I read somewhere that we weren't supposed to complain about substitution patterns. 😉
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    Rhetorical questions

    1. What would you define as a bigger program? Power 6? If so, none of what we got is that caliber. Heck, I was surprised that Timberlake got the attention he got and now that he's on a big-name team, the rest of the nation is seeing what limitations we had known he had for his career. But if you're talking about a player going from here to an A-10 team or a AAC or goes out west to the Valley or MW/WCC, I think May and Tejada certainly would qualify and I bet certain coaches could get a lot out of DW, Lowery, and maybe even Cole. I've said it once or twice in the chats the last few games that the backslide of Charles around the bucket as well as our softness around the rim plus the pathetic free throw shooting is a direct indictment of how we develop players. How does someone like Messiah Jones, who shot 57% last year at Wofford comes here and often looks lost on the offensive end? But if you get a certain mindset about being in the lane and around the rim and you learn to finish through contact, we don't have the pathetic numbers on layups that we do. If you look at our roster and think back to the beginning of the season, who has gotten significantly better from Colorado to today? I'm not sure if we can answer anyone confidently. 2. No chance. When a player is in the portal, I wonder how much his 'team' looks at the below-the-surface stats like pace, etc and not just look at 'oh, they lost this guy, this guy, and this guy, so you can step right in and be the big dog'. Do they take into account that we haven't been to a conference championship game in over 30 years? How much of that do they even prioritize? Are they more about winning or more about themselves and getting noticed for their future? It would be interesting to hear what the selling points were to bring in the transfers that we have in the past.
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    MBB falls at 0-13 Hampton 67-61

    I leave these guys alone for one day to go play in a golf tournament and this happens…yikes.
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    Jason Gibson Update

    Oh yeah, of course. Who knows what kind of situation he walked into. Also, MaxPreps isn’t the most updated site at the time so 2-14 may have been a bit off. Hope he can be in it for the long haul and build a strong program.
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    May leads MBB over W&M 61-52

    Given the offensive holes with this team, it's tremendous that they're in 3rd. Top 4 is the #1 goal at the moment to get that double bye and if they can maneuver their way into winning the regular season again, great. The NIT bid not being an automatic anymore for that is a real downer but that's out of our control. But if you poll anyone on this board, I think most everyone would agree that we're sick of being happy with having a chance to win in DC. With a conference as volatile as this one is, there's no good reason why we can't be the ones hauling the trophy out of that arena.
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    May leads MBB over W&M 61-52

    To win the CAA, we need to have 3 efforts like the Charleston game. That's our peak performance. Obviously, that's asking a lot for this group. We could probably have an Elon performance in the quarterfinal game after the double-bye and MAYBE get by (our luck, the Chickens would show up against us again) but after that, it has to be A+ because our history tells us that we go belly-up in the biggest spots at the end of the season. But that's still a few weeks away. Let's take care of the winless team this weekend and set our sights on the top of the table.
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    May leads MBB over W&M 61-52

    Wonder how he'd respond to his critics about his substitution patterns. You sprint out of the gates with a 12-0 lead and all the points come from the paint. WM calls timeout to regroup and we come out of the timeout with a new lineup and everything stagnates. Why?? Drill the F out of them with the starters and then work in the bench. Just mind boggling why we'd change what works, especially after having so many sleepy starts. As 88 said, it's remarkable that we're in 3rd place given how ragged this team plays and how disjointed we are at times.
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    Jason Gibson Update

    2-14 this season with a point differential close to -400. That's a rough first year.
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    Tejada leads MBB over Elon 80-55

    Once they figured out how to handle a zone after the first 8 minutes, things ran a lot more smoothly. But that hints at a bigger problem in either a lack of prep or we STILL don't have a lineup that we can start and get out of the gates. This is wayyyy too many games in conference with slow starts and now it's almost more expected that it happens rather than a quick start to put confidence into everyone. I think I'd go back and find May's best couple of games from this year as well as the breakout games he had last year and show them to him to help him remember what he's good at and maybe that gets him going. If the first couple of shots don't go down, he goes into a funk. Unfortunately, his game lately has been more of the hang around the perimeter and hope a shot drops rather than any sort of progression toward the basket. And they only run that give and go handoff with CT once per game and sometimes the handoff doesn't come. They really need him to find his game again and quickly.
  14. Chris Datres

    Elon (Pajama Jam) Preview

    We're the back end of doubleheader on CBSSN with that monster Patriot League clash between Lehigh and Bucknell as the lead in.
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    CAA Men's Basketball Thread

    All 4 teams get thrown into a mini conference based on their standings against each other. Towson 2-2, Drexel 1-1, Chickens 1-3, Dutch 2-0 So it would be Hofstra 3, us 4, Drexel 5, Chickens 6

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