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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

MU men's hoops: Wednesday practice

Got there towards the end. Watched a lineup of Shipman and Jhamar at guards with
Deki, Marques and Bunch up front.

I, personally, like this lineup with Ship back at PG allowing Jhamar room to roam as
the shooting guard. Later they went to the three guards which I think you will see more
of depending on the opposition and which we were seeing before Shipman went on academic
suspension. Dave said, however, he does not plan on any starting lineup changes Thursday
night. ""Right now I'm going to stay the way I'm going,'' Calloway said.

But - and this is just my personal feeling - you may see Ship wiggle back in as the
starting PG with Whitney off the bench. I do not see this as any possible "demotion" for
Coleman, if it happens at all. It just makes sense to me. You have a true point guard on
the floor with your best scoring guard - and that would be the "Jet." And then later
you go with three guards or a three-guard rotation anyway.

I asked Dave, "Can this team make the NEC Tournament?"

Calloway - "Sure, this team can win tomorrow. It can do alot of good things, we've
proven that already but we've also proven we can lose to anybody.""
Calloway repeated his remarks from the other night, saying right now he's mainly
concerned with getting better as a team, not about the standings.

""We've gone in the wrong direction, just two weeks ago we were pretty good, '' he
said. ""So we've got to get it back.''

Bunch did a better job of getting rid of the ball in quick fashion..hitting a cutting
Coleman for a layup, and then dishing back out to Whitney for a three.

I think, my opinion only, you'll see Rickie Crews at least in parts of first
halves of games for a while. Second halves..depends on any number of factors.

6-10 RS freshman Adam Dobriansky strained his left knee, according to Calloway.
Dobriansky ended the day on crutches. ""The way he went down it was scary,'' said
Calloway. No firm word was forthcoming on a return to practice. Trainer Adam Smith had
left so I will catch up with him Thursday for an update.

Also talked to SFPA coach Bobby Jones whose team was arriving in Boylan Gym for
practice as I was leaving. He said he thinks Sacred Heart is the best team in the
league. He has played everyone but MU and Wagner. The youthful Red Flash have lost 11 in a row, all
three on their last home stand to the Mount, SHU, and RMU.

They're lone NEC win was at SFNY..go figure.



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