December 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm #3067
Rankings (345 D-I schools)
SP / Lehigh
Sagarin: 165th / 193rd
RPI: 133th / 214th
Pomeroy: 191st / 207th
Resulting Line and Odds of Winning
Pomeroy: LU wins 62-60 (60% Chance)
Game Notes – await publication
After starting out 0-3 with losses to RMU, Old Dominion, and Long Beach State, the Peacocks have gone on a tear winning 7 of their next 9 while losing only to Seton Hall and Rutgers. They currently sit atop the MAAC @2-0 tied with Marist, Fairfield, and Iona. Wagner has been our only common opponent. We both beat the Seahawks – SP by one in a visit to Wager and LU by 16 in a game we hosted.
The big news out of Jersey City these days is the apparent loss of star guard Wesley Jenkins and forward Ryan Bacon – two standout Peacock performers (see stats below). For more, read Steve Amedio’s Dec. 26th posting regarding the injuries to each.
Jenkins 29.4 mpg, 11.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, .358 FG%
Bacon 27.3 mpg, 9.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, .586 FG%
Along with every other fan of Mountain Hawk basketball, I’ll be anxious to see how we rebound from our worse performance of the year – the 27 point loss to USC in what was termed a "bludgeoning" by Los Angeles Times sports writer, Baxter Holmes. Blame it on the holidays, a 10 day lay-off, the great distance traveled, or whatever you wish, it’s time we snap back and right the ship before opening PL play a week from Saturday at American. Three games to set the record straight and put our collective minds at ease: home to St. Peter’s and visits to Yale and NJIT. Finishing 9-6 in OOC play would certainly take away the sting of our lopsided loss out in LA and put us in a good frame of mind to open Patriot League play. A home loss to the what will probably be a short-handed Peacock squad or a slip-up in our finale – a game against the 336th ranked NJIT Highlanders (0-7) would be unsettling to say the least.
Bucknell (Pomeroy 142) has gone 4-1 over their last five, highlighted by a win over La Salle on 12/17 (Pomeroy 122). Their only setback was a 4 point road loss to the Eagles of Boston College (Pomeroy 44). Both Pomeroy and Sagarin place the 6-7 Bison atop their PL rankings – a clear acknowledgement of their work against superior competition (SOS).
BU @ Loyola (MD)
SP @ LU
Army @ Texas – Pan American
Colgate @ Stony Brook
LC @ Gonzaga
For the record……….
AU (7-5) is the only team playing +.500 ball
Holy Cross and Colgate are a combined (1-19).
The league is a combined 34-60December 27, 2010 at 9:32 pm #3068
Kevin Doyal, Rush the Court PL Correspondent, checks in with this article highlighting the good work of Bucknell and gives props to CJ. A good read.
http://rushthecourt.net/2010/12/25/chec … league-13/December 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm #3074
Game Notes – from SP
http://www.spc.edu/Include/Athletics/10 … game13.pdf
Confirming Jenkins and Bacon out. They’ll start 2 seniors and 3 sophomores who combine for 36.0 ppg.
Bacon, a 6/7" senior forward out of St. Benedict’s Prep, will be missed sorely. He had been connecting on .586 of his field goals. Conely (.413FG%) and Belin (.309FG%) will attempt to fill the scoring void from the forward positions. Not a pretty picture. Expect Safstrom, Knutson and Company to keep the lid of them. To counter, SP may try their luck from outside and, in particular, from deep where Samuels connects 44.7% of the time. His backcourt mate, Leon, who leads the team in 3pt attempts hits just 34.6% of his shots from beyond the 3 point line.December 29, 2010 at 2:00 am #3077
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