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Sunday, July 15, 2007

MU Men's hoops Nov.-Dec. schedule/ and should MU open its new arena with Seton Hall in 2009-2010 (and probably lose) or with a more winnable contest ?

Re: the SHU question. I will let this thread run for a while. I am interested in hearing fans' views on this...



Recently - when I was over at Monmouth, Dave gave me this Nov.-Dec schedule (times TBA, Sat night home games at 7 p.m.)

Sun. Nov. 4 William Paterson at MU (preseason)

Fri. Nov. 9 at Colgate

Sun. Nov 11 - at`Seton Hall (opening of Newark arena)

Friday Nov. 16 vs. Notre Dame at 2007 Paradise Jam

That weekend - two more games at 2007 Paradise Jam

2007 PARADISE JAM FIELD (last year's records in parenthesis):

Baylor (15-16, 4-12 Big 12); Charlotte (14-16, 7-9 A 10); #Georgia Tech (20-12, 8-8 ACC); Illinois-Chicago (14-18, 8-10 Horizon), Monmouth (12-18, 7-11 NEC), #Notre Dame (24-8, 11-5 BE), Wichita State (17-14, 8-10 Missouri Valley), #Winthrop (29-5, 14-0 Big South)


# 2007 NCAA Tournament team

please go to http://www.paradisejam.com/pages/men.htm
for times, schedules, etc..






Wed. Nov. 28 at St. Peter's

#Sun. Dec 2. (H) vs. Sacred Heart

#Thursday Dec. 6 at FDU

Sat Dec. 8 (H) vs. Penn

Tuesday Dec. 11 at Hartford

Sat Dec. 15 (H) vs. Rider

Sun. Dec. 23 (H) vs. Fla. Atlantic

Fri. Dec. 28 at Lehigh

Sun. Dec. 30 (H) vs. Princeton

#NEC game

7 Comments:

Blogger B_uzz said...

Tony, A long time ago when Monmouth's new facility was being planned, the schedule added Seton Hall as an opponent. It was being discussed that Monmouth would play all games against them at their facility, the Meadowlands, and they would come and open Monmouth's arena. I'm glad that the chance to play them has remained in effect and wanted to know if Monmouth is still planning to open their regular season in the new facility with Seton Hall.

7:22 AM, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

MU is planning on playing SHU at its (MU's) new arena in 2009-10. SHU was said to be the first opponent. Not sure if that part of the arrangement is still in Dave's thinking.

My opinion is - if your'e MU - ..why open your new arena with a an all but guaranteed loss?

First game, you're probably going to come close to a full house even if you play Cub Scout Pack 102.

Sooo..schdule someone you have a decent chance of defeating. From a PR view, then everyone goes home happy on the first night...plus - you're going to have a near sellout for SHU anyway....

Also.. that should be Jet's senior year and all these 2007 freshmen will then be juniors sooooo....it may be a good team...

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

8:06 AM, July 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TG,

If the Jet is going to be a senior and the Phantom and the 2007 Frosh develop into a cohesive unit, SHU may actually have the potential to be an excellent game. Also, if you don't get the Pirates to open the season at the MAAC, you probably won't be able to get them in until winter break, when you lose the student body (I know they are not among the most vocal student body sections in sports - a la Cameron Crazies or the DAC Pack at Drexel - but I think they would come in droves to hound on an incoming power conference team, especially a local program). If you have a team more like this year's or the 92-93 squad, maybe you do hold off, but not when you look like a strong title contender (on paper) in the inaugural season at the MAAC.

9:03 AM, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last poster: while all that you say may be true, even the best MU teams during their six-year run of success haven't given SHU a serious challenge .....NOT ONE game has come down to the final minutes...

In my opinion - It comes down to..do they want to open their new arena with an almost certain defeat or would they want to have a significantly better chance of victory in their first game in the building ... ??



They'll pack the place for SHU if they play Jan. 25 at three in the morning...

Me? If I'm MU I try mu darndest to assure I win the first game and then bring in SHU with a little momentum....

I know Dave hopes to have maybe seven non-conf. home games lined up for that year - and hopes for 5-7 non-conf games in that building every year...

9:15 AM, July 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony,

You ABSOLUTELY open the MAC with an opponent you have a decent shot at beating. As you said, Seton Hall can come into the MAC any time (it doesn't have to be opening night) and fill the joint. I remember opening night at Boylan when MU took a 'reach' and upset St. Peter's, giving the home crowd a rush at they left -- this would be too much of a reach & a lopsided loss would kill the glitz of the new arena.

Of course, if we open with a weaker team on opening night and bring in the Hall later that season, that'll give us 2 guaranteed sellouts for the MAC & put us in danger of breaking the West Long Branch zoning code for capacity events right off the bat!!!

10:28 AM, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: WLB. Well, that'll be two down and 12 to go ....I think 14 was the agreement?

MU will be crossing those bridges when it gets there...

6:53 PM, July 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY PICK WOULD BE PRINCETON OR PENN,RIDER AS MY THIRD PICK.IF YOU WANT A LOSS THERE ARE BETTER TEAMS THEN SETON HALL.WHY LOSE TO A LOCAL TEAM ? 0/9 SEASON WILL BE THE LAST YEAR OF CALLOWAYS CONTRACT SO WINS WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT.07/08 SEASON WILL BE A REBUILDING YEAR AND THE FANS WILL BE NEEDED TO FILL THE MAC SO YOU BETTER THINK ABOUT THE SCHEDULE LONG AND HARD.

9:21 PM, July 19, 2007  

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