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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A look at the MU men's hoops non-conference schedule - how many do they win?

Last year's records are in parenthesis. Other than the Paradise Jam and Seton Hall , the other numbers are: the returning starters each team is bringing back and where each team is picked in their league and how many teams are in their league per Lindy's which is now on the newstands...

As I come across other publications I will list where they have MU picked.

Non-conference opponents:

at Colgate (10-19) 3 starters return; picked 4 of 8 in the Patriot League

at Seton Hall (13-16)

at Paradise Jam: Notre Dame (24-8)

Paradise Jam Summary below - for more on each team and brackets go to

Seattle, Washington -- Eight division I men’s basketball teams will travel to St. Thomas to participate in the 8th annual U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament at the University of the Virgin Islands. Basketball fans can look forward to an impressive men’s field, with three of the 2007 participants earning berths to the NCAA tournament last March. Georgia Tech (20-12), Notre Dame (24-8), and Winthrop (29-5) each competed in the NCAA tournament, with Winthrop advancing to the second round with a win over fellow 2007 Paradise Jam participant, Notre Dame. Georgia Tech lost to UNLV in the first round. Although these three NCAA-hardened squads bring high expectations to the islands this November, they will be hard-pressed by the other five teams also seeking early season success. Wichita State (17-14), Baylor (15-16), Charlotte (14-16), Monmouth (12-18) and Illinois-Chicago (14-18) round out the eight-team Paradise Jam field, making it one of the most competitive, neutral court, early season tournaments in America. Three of the 2007 participants are returning to the islands for the second time to compete in the Paradise Jam: Winthrop (3rd in 2004), Wichita State (2nd in 2003), and Monmouth (3rd in 2003).

Looks to me MU gets the loser of Wich State-Baylor in the second round and then probably Ill.-Chi in the last game..

at Saint Peter's (5-25) 4 10 of 10 MAAC

(H)Penn (22-9) 2 3 of 8 IVY

at Hartford (13-18) 3 6 of 9 Am. East

(H) Rider (16-15) 4 5 of 10 MAAC

(H) Fla. Atlantic (16-15) 3 5 of 6 (Eastern Div., Sun Belt)

Lehigh (12-19) 3 3 of 8 Patriot

(H) Princeton (11-17) 3 6 of 8 IVY


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe there are two potential outcomes, and it all depends on how they do against Colgate. I think the Colgate game is a "pick'em" game because of the unknown chemistry surrounding the team past the Jet and Whitney. If the Hawks can defeat Colgate, I will predict 5 or 6 wins (including Colgate) in the non-conference season, and going 1-2 in the Jam. The other wins would be against (whoever they play for 7th in the Jam), St. Peter's, Hartford, Fla Atlantic, and potentially Princeton. However, a loss to Colgate will turn into losses to Hartford, Princeton, an 8th place finish in the Jam, and possibly to St. Peter's, resulting in a single non-conference win against Fla Atlantic. (Please Santa, give Coach Calloway a win for Christmas.)

Side note: Could the Ivy actually have a 2008 Tourney rep without an initial "P"?

2:15 PM, September 04, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Lindy's has Cornell to win the IVY..!!

2:58 PM, September 04, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I am going to reserve my number of non-conference wins until I see this team in pick up games, etc. in Sept-Oct. and probaby right up until the season...

At that time I will issue an update on my Lindy's pick (10th place in the NEC) which will only run here - unless Lindy's decides to publish a special edition ..kidding.

3:08 PM, September 04, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

i'm scared...

10:41 PM, September 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did it all go wrong?

1:39 PM, September 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

0-13 NO front court players,The JET will be doubled all game long and the match up zone will not work with the players up front SLOW SLOW and SLOWER.It will be a long season,rebuilding is never fun to watch at any level...

3:11 PM, September 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FDU Coach Tom Green got a late present with the addition of 6-foot-8 Dejuan Pursley to the Knights. Pursley played at Lawrence Academy in Groton Academy in the 2005-06 season but kind of fell off the radar since then.

The athletic post helped lead Lawrence Academy to a 23-4 season and spot in the New England Prep School Class C Championship game.

He was a late academic qualifier and will be a major addition to the Northeast Conference school.

At one time Pursley was being recruited by Big East schools and had an offer from Syracuse. He was rated 79th in the country in the Class of 2007 by Pursley will provide an immediate impact up front for FDU.

Pursley is an Ohio native who has been living in Northern New Jersey the past year with family.

NJ Hoops is published by a former NJ college coach and scout for the past 18 years whose full-time career for the past four years is covering NJ basketball.
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12:58 PM, September 07, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

If he's legit he certainly may boost them them since the front court was a big question mark going in.

3:02 PM, September 07, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

The last post from anon is from NJ

Also, Athelon picks MU 8th in the NEC and Sacred Heart first.

3:06 PM, September 07, 2007  

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