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Sunday, February 11, 2007

New top on six games in 15 days. How many do they win? Are they deep enough? Where does MU finish??

Big Monday, Big Week..Other NEC game tonight is CCSU at Sac Heart. As Dave said today..MU needs CCSU to run the table..except for Thursday of course.

That Thursday game with CCSU would be huge for MU to win as, while it won't make any difference for first place, MU would (so far) be the only team other than RMU to own a win over CCSU which would could play a pivotal role in tie-breakers.

Another topic Dave brought up today..with MU closing its regula season on Monday Feb 26th at SFPA and then opening NEC action that Thursday it would behoove the Hawks to play at home (or nearby) that Thursday. MU will be busing back from SFPA late Monday night and would probably rather not have to hop back on a bus Wednesday for a Thursday game.

Am wondering if CCSU's iron man five will catch up to it in the NECs....or - will Howie""rest" a few starters here and there in games if (when) CCSU clinches the top seed ....

Both Kenny and Calzonetti were out recruiting today....



Be sure to catch the break down from MU Mystery Coach on the comments -

Latest NEC standings..
Central Conn. St.* 12-1 .923 15-10
Quinnipiac 9-5 .643 11-12
Sacred Heart 8-5 .615 12-12
Fairleigh Dickinson 7-5 .583 12-11
Mount St. Mary's 8-6 .571 9-16
Robert Morris 7-6 .538 15-7
Monmouth 6-6 .500 11-13
Wagner 6-7 .462 9-15
St. Francis (NY) 4-9 .308 6-19
Long Island 3-9 .250 7-16
St. Francis (PA) 1-12 .077 4-20
#Clinched NEC Tournament Berth

MU remaining schedule




2/12/2007

Fairleigh Dickinson
West Long Branch, NJ
7:30 pm




2/15/2007

Central Conn. St.
West Long Branch, NJ
7:00 pm




2/17/2007

at Mount St. Mary's
Emmitsburg, MD
7:00 pm



2/20/2007

at Long Island
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 pm


2/23/2007

Sacred Heart
West Long Branch, NJ
7:30 pm


2/26/2007

at St. Francis (PA)
Loretto, PA
7:00 pm

end regular season

15 Comments:

Blogger bob curran said...

I'm hoping for 4-2.Six games in 14 days may be too much for Big John's knees.The home games are all tough but the Mount game may be the most important.

11:48 AM, February 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tony,
you know of anywhere on the web or in your collection to find the file of a picture of Chris Kenny's game winning layup last year?

2:31 PM, February 11, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Actually..it's six in 15 days..but..who'se counting!?

To me - biggest game may be CCSU as a win there would probably give MU a tiebreaker in many scenarios...

4:30 PM, February 11, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

If anyone has them MU would..it was on TV as you know

7:16 PM, February 11, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

I'll ask Tom Greene tomorrow after we get our revenge.

8:34 PM, February 11, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

This is a tough call, because MU has been such a streaky team this year. I want to see them finish winning out or 5 of 6, but then I think well, that would be followed up with a dissapointing stretch of games if the history of this season repeats itself. But, forget all that and I will break these games down as I see them anyway.
Game 1. FDU: WIN! Emotion, energy and execution (not to mention some ANGER)- 72-61, 40 minutes of excellent basketball this time. FDU is just not that good, as shown for 33 minutes last Monday night and Friday night when I watched them cough one up at home to St. Francis of NY. For that night I was a St. Francis of NY fan.
Game 2. CCSU: Statement game for the Hawks, without a game-ending collapse. Very strange how some of the Hawks' best performances this year have ended with a lack of execution at the end of games, allowing teams to creep back into the games and snatch wins away. A few games that come to my mind are Clemson, CCSU and FDU. Usually I feel that teams that find a way to scrape back in and win these games are generally the better team because they are more mentally tough. I feel MU had that toughness last year with Chris and Tyler running the show and making the plays down the stretch. I feel that Mike Shipman's return and the maturation of their 3 guards: Whitney, Shipman and The Jet will allow them to win these close games down the stretch. As Coach Calloway has said before, losses like those are a learning experience. I feel this game will come down to the last few minutes and MU will get their revenge. MU-63, CCSU-58
Game 3: At MSM: MU handled them earlier in the year, with John Bunch leading the way. MSM has some tough kids like Kearse on their roster, but lack star power like when they had Landy Thompson who always killed MU when he was at home. I see MU winning this one, with a solid game from their frontcourt leading the way and dictating pace. MU-67, MSM-59
Game 4: This is a tough game to pick. LIU has had our number the last few years, but watching them against other teams they just aren't that good. But, I am going to have to think back to last year when I was in their gym and watched them drop 3's like "gumdrops" I believe the saying was. I will pick LIU in the upset: LIU:69, MU: 63
Game 5: SHU: I feel MU could win or lose this game. Since I went against logical thinking against LIU, I will take MU in an upset in this game. SHU handled us earlier in the year, but the end of February/early March is our time. MU: 68, SHU: 63
Game 6: At St. Francis PA. Boy this place is a pain to get to. I drove there last year, it was a nightmare. MU will win because St. Francis PA isn't that good, and they can't take that LONG ride home saddled with a loss.
That makes their record 5-1 to end the year and 16-14 for the regular season, with a 11-7 NEC record.
I would guess that'd put them in the 3rd slot behind CCSU and QU (because they own the tie-breaker). My guess would set up a first round game with maybe Mount St. Mary's to start. That in my opinion, would be a best case scenario. I could also see them going 4-2 to end the regular season with a loss to SHU at home, but I will stick with 5-1 as my official prediction.
But it all starts with 40 minutes of energy, enthusiasm, execution and ANGER Monday Night!

9:06 PM, February 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-4, shut the door, no seven straight winning seasons anymore. Sorry David.

11:13 PM, February 11, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

Tony,
If MU finishes 10-8 they could still be a 6-7 seed.There is a good chance there will be a 3 or 4 way tie at 10-8 with SHU,FDU,MSM.We are currently 1-2 vs these teams.If we can go 3-0 vs these teams we can steal the 4 spot,one loss and it doesn't look good.Winning % against CC is a later tie-breaker and most likely won't be needed.If we go 11-7 and are tied with QU and RMU,the best we can do is a 3 seed.The winner of RMU at QU would be the 2 seed with the loser the 4 seed.A 3-3 finish will most likely give us a 7-8 seed.A 12-6 finish looks like a 2 seed unless QU finishes 12-6...we lose the tie-breaker.

10:05 AM, February 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MU mystery coach, I fully agree with your assessment of each game, and I also believe the Hawks will end up 5-1 to finish out, giving Calloway 7 straight winning seasons. However, I think the final loss will not be against LIU, but a Senior Night heartache to Sacred Heart. I would prefer the loss to LIU, though, as it would not affect the tie-breakers (which the sweep by Sacred Heart would likely push us down to 4th).

10:16 AM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Fascinating stuff..We will be looking for your continued playoff scenarios from here on out!!!

If MU is going to play at RMU..they might as well stay out in Western Pa. after the SFPA game....

10:53 AM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

Tony,
There is a chance and it is a remote one, that there can be a 7-way tie at 10-8.Wouldn't that be kind of fun?

11:50 AM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

And why is it you haven't figured out who would be seeded where then? Boy, are you slipping!


I'll bet the NEC (Ron Ratner in particular) would just love that. Could you imagine publishing the "what if" scenarios???

12:00 PM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

Tony,
Of course I figured it out,lol.Can you believe MU can finish 10-8 and be a 2 seed.Here is what needs to happen:

1)CC
2)MU-10-8-beats FDU,CC,SHU,PA-Loses,MT,LIU.Tiebreak-6-4
3)MSM-10-8-beats-SHU,MU-loses at WAG and at NY TB-6-5
4)FDU-10-8-beats-LIU,SHU,CC--loses at MU,WAG and NY TB-6-5
5)QU-10-8-beats PA,-loses to RM,atSHU,at LIU.TB-5-5
6)RM-10-8-beats-Wag,QU,LIU--loses to CC and SFNY.TB-5-6-
7)WAG-10-8 beatsFDU,MT,CC,PA-loses to RMU-TB-5-6-loses in 3rd tie break vs MSM
8)SHU-10-8-beats-CC,QU-loses to MU,MSM,FDU.TB-5-7
I hope this clears the air....my head is spinning!

1:07 PM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

What took you so long?

Really amazing job.


We must keep this for posterity and future reference...


You are now jown as Bob "The Human Tiebreaker: Curran.

1:13 PM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

Tony,
If you look at it closely its not really that far fetched,except maybe WAG going 4-1.

1:25 PM, February 12, 2007  

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