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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Howie's Heroes roll on...Monday night game..from Assoc. Press

My observation - They may lose some games second half..but I don't see anyone strong enough to overtake you?

Central Connecticut 65, Quinnipiac 54

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) -Obie Nwadike scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds to lead Central Connecticut to a 65-54 win over Quinnipiac Monday night.

It was the seventh straight victory for the Blue Devils (12-10, 9-1 Northeast Conference).

DeMario Anderson led Quinnipiac (8-11, 6-4) with 16 points and Victor Akinyanju had 13 rebounds. The loss snapped the Bobcats' six-game win streak.

Tristan Blackwood added 15 points and Javier Mojica 14 points and 12 rebounds for Central, which held Quinnipiac to just 29.4 shooting from the field. Central led 33-20 at the half.

The Bobcats shot just 20 percent in the first half, matching a season-low when they played at Connecticut in the season opener.

The Associated Press News Service

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Final 1 2 T
Central Connecticut State (12-10) « 33 32 65
Quinnipiac (8-11) 20 34 54

Team Conf. W-L Tot. W-L
Central Conn. St. 9-1 12-10
Sacred Heart 6-2 10-9
Mt. St. Marys 7-3 8-14
Quinnipiac 6-4 8-11
Robert Morris 5-5 13-6
Fair. Dickinson 4-4 9-10
Monmouth 4-5 9-12
Wagner 4-5 7-13
Long Island 3-6 7-13
St. Francis (N.Y.) 3-7 5-17
St. Francis (Pa.) 1-10 4-18


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We might as well start rooting for CCSU to keep winning (except for when MU plays them), and concede 1st place to them. At least they'll be pinning losses on others. That will help us close in on the rest of the NEC.

6:12 AM, January 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CCSU may win regular season, but they will not win the tourney. MU played s*itty the last 12 minutyes of that game and still lost by jus 3 to them up in New Britain, where Chris Kenny has been, still is, and will always be the #1 Sheriff in town (sorry Blue Devils--guns ablazing!) They will faulter in the tourney no matter what seed they are. They have zero hight, and zero depth, if one guy went down they would be done!

8:55 AM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

I'm just glad Demario Anderson transferred from CCSU TO QU.Then CCSU would have been real scary.

10:13 AM, January 30, 2007  
Anonymous blue devil said...

Too much work left to do, but CCSU looks like a team on a mission. And as MU fans know - defense wins championships! I think there is no doubt who has the best D in the NEC this year.

That being said, CCSU has a brutal stretch @ Monmouth, @ FDU, vs. RMU in late Feb. We also don't have a deep bench. Led by 3 seniors - Obie, Javy, and Tristan - our core is as good or better than anyone in the NEC. And we will not be outcoached by someone like Schmidt.

I have SHU as a real contender and we will see how they repond after the CCSU loss. RMU has talent, but can't win on the road. MU is too young in the backcourt. LIU is inconsistant. QU is horribly coached.

The NEC is wide open, but with an NIT bid as an extra incentive, I'm hoping CCSU can pull it off. But by no means will it be easy - too much parity in the NEC.

10:29 AM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Hey Blue Devil...nice job, you know your stuff.

10:35 AM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

To Blue Devil:Nice to have you on here.I disagree though about our young backcourt.Coleman has played 50 plus games,Shipman 40(missed 11 due to suspension)and both have played big,quality minutes.Youngblood has ice in his veins and plays like a junior.Our front court has been the problem.Marques getting into foul trouble and not getting enough touches.Deki has shot well but needs to play better defense.Hallet is not rebounding and giving us no offense.Lastly,Bunch being very erratic at best.

12:03 PM, January 30, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

That's fine with me. Let CCSU beat up on other teams but us. If MU can gain a 4 seed against someone they match up well with like Mount St. Mary's, then go on to play the #1 seed CCSU I will feel pretty good about their chances. They've owned CCSU for years and always seem to beat them at the most important times (NEC championship game 2004, Marques' last second layup in NEC Tourney 05).
That being said, I again tip my hat to Howie. He is a very good coach and has some tough players like Obie, Tristan and Mojica on his roster. However, they are small and have a lack of depth. John Bunch will eat them alive in a big game.

12:17 PM, January 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any clue why CCSU only has 9 players on their roster? Is it due to a lack of a budget to account for 12 scholarship athletes? Just wondering...

12:23 PM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

Tony,here is my mid-term coaches report card:
1)Milan Brown-a+
4)Mike Dean-b+

1:01 PM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

They only had 10 on their summer roster they submitted to the kid- Redzic..a JUCO transfer has only played in seven games....

As good a coach as he is, some people bail out on Howie because he's so tough..I doubt if it's a budget situation...

They had 14 players appear in games last year..I know that big 7-3 kid left...

Maybe Mr. Blue Devil can shed some light here..

6:16 PM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

DAVE a D plus?

Let's see what the fans have to say about this.....

6:20 PM, January 30, 2007  
Anonymous blue devil said...

Yes, Howie is tough on his kids and demands a certain things of his players. We've lost more than a dozen kids in his tenure. Then again we've had 3 POY, so you take the good with the bad. Its his program and his way - take it or leave it.

This year he had 6 recruits.

Hutchinson wasn't cleared becasue of papaerwork (immigration stuff).

Another left before the first game (Bouie). Couldn't hack it???

Redzeck left after he blew the game vs. St. Bona and found a spot riding the pine.

Freshman Joe Seymore has a chance to make the all-rookie team.

Classmate Meyers plays limited minutes but will grow into a solid player.

JC transer Powell started at the point, but is now comes in off the bench.

Rumor is we have 7 signings for next year, but we always hold are breath until the fisrt game.

8:01 PM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

What grade would you give Dave?

9:35 PM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

SHU just dropped another one.Was curious to see how they would respond after that choke job at CCSU.Is this the beggining of the slide?Was also happy Wagner won.This put a little distance on LIU and Wagner has a pretty rough remaining schedule.If we play MU basketball we may be ok.

9:48 PM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I'd give Dave a C-, which isn't far from a D plus.

C is average and right now MU is just below average in the NEC.

Hawks were the preseason favorite (well, I had them second) and have been overall disappointing in their up and down performances.

Not having Ship I think cost them at least one game (CCSU) in their nose dive.

Bottom line...performance has been somewhat below average...
Grade: C-.

Here is my mid-term coaches report card:
1)Howie A plus (wow!)
1) Bike A plus (wow and wow again)
3) Brown B plus (having much better season than expected)
4) Green B (same as above)
5) Deane B - (working without best player - Vinson)
6) DeSantis B- (doing better than expected)
7) Dave C- (disappointing but showing signs of life)
8) Ferry D (SFNY and LIU not showing much progress)
9) Nash D
10 Schmidt D- (with that talent should be a lot better than 5-5 NEC)
Jones - incomplete at the moment. ( I just feel bad for the guy)...

10:01 PM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

The reason I gave Dave a D+ was I thought this may have been one of MU's best teams on paper in a long time.Maybe i'm too tough and should change it to a C.Marques and Bunch have been a little injured and Ship,Crews were suspended.This team just can't lose to LIU(at home)and SFNY......sorry.

9:51 AM, January 31, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave is doing an AVG job I also give him a C as a mid term grade.But the final grade is what counts soooooo how about an A+ if they win it all and a B- for a NEC SEED of 4th or better.

5:36 PM, January 31, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

If they finish 4th B- would initially seem logical. There are always variables, injuries, momentum, etc. in issuing a final grade.

If they come all the way back to finish first or even share the title this year, there may not be a grade high enough.

12:27 AM, February 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the staff,Ron K Mark C Chris K.... How do you feel they contribute at practice?How about game prep and of course recruiting?

9:51 AM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

This would appear to be a top notch staff.. based on results.

I think the game preparation is excellent. Of course then the players have to apply it.

These days Dave and Krayl do most of the instructing at practice.
Calz ..a little less. Chris..not so much (this being his first year and all). Billett didn't say a whole lot in practice his first few years.

Later he become one of the lead guys.

Recruiting? I think we would all like to see them bring in more guys that can jump out of the gym (Rickie can I assure you!) " but at the same time..the blend of athletes and 'system players" over the years has worked very well.

This would be one of their more athletic teams, by MU standards anyway.

Jhamar is a teriffic athlete for his size..Whit and Shipman very good as well.

Corey is a pretty good athlete, especially for a big man.

10:54 AM, February 01, 2007  

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