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Thursday, November 08, 2007

HOOPS - Monmouth women's and men game days for Friday/POLLS/ and also make any post game comments here

The Press is not - in person - covering either game and will get both stories from the MU SIDs and web sites. (I am at a HS football game Friday night). I will be talking to Dave Saturday morning and plan to preview, and will cover the Seton Hall game.

Went to both practices today. George Barbour was dressed but did not practice do to a thigh bruise and slightly turned ankle. He told me he planned to play but I think it's questionable. Calloway said freshman Nick DelTufo will start if Barbour does not. Also, Rickie Crews has cleared his latest off the court hurdle and is expected to come off the bench Friday night. I think if - always an if - Rickie can keep the act together he could be starting before too long.

The coaches are working with Barbour extra on his free throw shooting. At times he makes 3-4 in a row, but then clangs a few...I was told he has made eight in a row..his high so far.

WHAT: Monmouth at Rider.
WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

THE SKINNY: Monmouth (18-13, 10-8 NEC last year) will open minus senior point guard and leading scorer Brianne Edwards (10.1 ppg.), who had off season knee surgery, and junior guard Marisa Jimenez (gall bladder surgery this week), both out until maybe around Thanksgiving. A tentative starting lineup consists of junior guard Marbely Montas, senior guard Nyaimah Ware, junior Jennifer Bender at center, and junior Rachel Ferdinand and sophomore Brooke McElroy at forwards. Rider (2-28 last year), now under first year coach and alumnus Lynn Milligan, has 11 returnees has also added a new piece in George Mason transfer guard Tammy Meyers.

My women's outlook was in the Press today and on porior thread. Basically, I think they can win the NEC but be very wary of LIU, RMU, and Quinnipiac.

WHAT: Monmouth at Colgate.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

RADIO: 88.9 FM

THE SKINNY: Monmouth (12-18, 7-11 NEC last year) opens the season with the first of two
games in three days as it visits Seton Hall Sunday. Monmouth coach Dave Calloway has announced a tentative starting lineup of returning guards Jhamar Youngblood and Whitney Coleman, freshman point guard James Hett, freshman forward George Barbour, and redshirt freshman center Dutch Gaitley. Barbour (bruised thigh, twisted ankle) could be questionable but hopes to play. Colgate brings back three starters and a slew of reserves from last year's 10-19 team. Kendell Chones, a 6-6, 243 pound senior, is the returning leading scorer (10.0
ppg., 3.5 rpg.).

Monnmouth men: MY SEASON OUTLOOK: A classic rebuilding year. Aside from its two experienced guards, Jhamar Youngblood and Whitney Coleman, it's anyone's guess what fate awaits a team with mainly freshmen, redshirt freshmen, and a smattering of other returnees without much collegiate playing time. Lineups and rotations may vary from game to game. It was a bitter disappointment when Monmouth failed to make the 2007 NEC Tournament. It would be a major achievement if this year's team did.

- Tony Graham


Blogger Tony Graham said...

Made the correction you noted (on here anyway).

Speaking of Brooke McElroy, another player who to me has looked very good in practice. May be poised for that for that freshman to sophomore quantum leap. She can really shoot it.

By the way - the men's game Friday is on live video on the Colgate web site. I believe there is a fee...

11:01 PM, November 08, 2007  
Anonymous Sweet Lou said...

Question: What happens when you worry about what the NEC coaches pick you in the pre-season?

Answer: You lose to perennial MAAC cellar dweller Rider by 13 in your season opener.

* Show them what they win Johnny...another sub-par under achieving season!

8:02 PM, November 09, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To Sweet Lou - certainly a disappointing showing. They may miss Jimenez and Edwards more than I thought. Maybe Rider is better than I thought, but still a disappointing performance.

1:00 AM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a live feed of the mens b-ball game against Seton Hall? Can anyone recommend an internet site to catch all/most Monmouth mens basketball games?

8:49 PM, November 10, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: MU Men. The game is on TV on SNY.

If you are out of this area it may be on live video at the SHU web site.

All MU home games are on live video at the MU web site and many road games as well on the host school's web sites...

8:59 PM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tony if you look back to the last half of last year edwards and jimenez were giving you about 30 pts per game plus opening up scoring chances for other players, of coarse your going to miss this.these 2 will not be effective untill they get at least a month of playing time in

10:05 PM, November 10, 2007  

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