July 31, 2009 at 1:01 pm #535
In the weeks ahead, we’ll be treated to a number of "one-man’s" opinions in the form of PL Season Previews, Preseason Rankings, and stories of interest from those supposedly in the know. I’m opening this thread in hopes of capturing them all. First up: collegehoopsnet and it’s Top 144. Holy Cross was the first – and perhaps only (your thoughts) – PL team to break into the listing at 131. All in all, it seems to be a pretty accurate reflection of the Crusaders – a view shared by many on the Crossprorts Message Board. LU takes on the Purple gang in Worcester on Jan 30th and then again at Stabler on Feb. 27th , the last day of regular season PL play.
http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/holy-cro … 131-167032August 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm #543
More independent thoughts……….this time from midmajormadness.com, a blog that counts down the country’s Top Mid-Majors. Here’s what they have to say about the first four PL entries to make the list:
273. Colgate: Coach Emmett Davis found out among all the disappointment endured during the 2008-09 that he has a very promising young team. A core of young players emerged at the end of the season, which gives Davis and Raiders fans a lot of hope for the 2009-10 season. The most noticeable emergence was freshman forward Yaw Gyawu who finished as one of the Patriot League’s top scorers and shot 48.2 percent from the field. Gyawu looks to be the difference maker the Raiders need to achieve success. He will also have fellow sophomore guard Anthony Hill for assistance. Hill has a knack for finding the open man and also the ability to make it rain from beyond the arch as shown by his 32% 3-point shooting percentage
278. Army: Jim Crews built one of the strongest defensive programs in the nation for the 2008-09 season. The team ranked second in the Patriot League and senior guard Marcus Nelson was the main reason for this. Nelson was the leagues top defender last season. On the offensive side the Black Knights look forward to see Julian Simmons return for his sophomore year. As a freshman Simmons surged by scoring 173 points, which ranks in the most by an Army freshman since Matt Bell. The Black Knights will look to improve on their 2008-09 record and this is defiantly not out of reach as they return virtually their entire team. With a little improvement on offense, the Black Knights can make a big run in 2009-10.
283. Bucknell: The Bison had a very frustrating 2008-09 season that was plagued with long scoring slumps and weak defense. However, Dave Paulsen’s team looks as if it has the potential to be a dark horse for the 2009-10 season. The team will feature the combination of G.W. Boon and Patrick Behan. Boon is an electrifying scorer that has the ability to put up 20 points per game. Behan is an excellent inside scorer that can also be a rebounding threat. If Paulsen can teach his team to take advantage of scoring attempts they should be able to make a drastic improvement.
326. Lafayette: The Leopards are going to take a major blow to their backcourt with the loss of starting guards, Andrew Brown and Jeff Kari. The two starters combined, accounted for 24.3 points per game. Fran O’Hanlon is going to have to rely greatly now on his frontcourt which showcases 2008-09, sophmore standout, Ryan Willen.August 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm #544
What about us?August 5, 2009 at 11:24 pm #545
The countdown continues. LU, HC, Navy, and American U. await word. Your thoughts on who will be next and why?August 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm #548
Ok, I’ll bite.
Navy next another yr away from good
American really because I dont like them :mrgreen:
LU I like them if Manreri steps up he and Zahir will be very good. Our Gs s/b superb .
HC I really dont like them but if all injury players are back they have good backcourt and more depth on paper than us :xAugust 6, 2009 at 9:55 pm #550
I think Holy Cross will be ranked the highest. They have a lot coming back. The unknown is how they will adjust to a new coach and a more uptempo game.
Navy will probably be second, they lost some scoring but have a lot of players in their program and have shown improvement over the last couple of years.
I’d say Lehigh will beat out American for third although an awful lot rides on Carrington’s shoulders.
American has a transfer at center who is highly regarded but hasn’t played much. They also has a very good freshman last year who’s name escapes me.August 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm #552
Thanks for the input, Rich H and Wizard. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in my love of LU sports and, in particular, basketball.
As for midmajormadness.com, I’m not sure who "aGent37" is or his qualifications to author so many (actually, all, to date) team reviews this year in the site’s countdown of the best in basketball, but I’ll take a stab at what I think will be "his" final four in the PL this year. Namely, in countdown order: Navy, AU, LU and HC. Personally, I would flip-flop Navy and AU. How in the world will AU replace their starting five? They head into the season with a 13 man roster void of seniors and will be looking for quick contributions from the 10 freshmen and sophomores new to PL play. As for Navy, gone are: Kina, Teague, and Colbert. That’s 35 ppg and 83+ minutes of playing time. Coach Lange and Coach Jones will be tested, for sure. A healthy Holy Cross and talented leadership will be tough to be. They should march on without missing a beat. But, all in all, I like our chances to compete for it all this year and would suggest the final regular season game of the year, HC @ LU, on Feb.27th, might be special. We should enter play this season with a very balanced lineup in terms of experience (4 seniors, 4 juniors, 4 sophomores, and 4 freshmen) with superior talent up top and under the boards. The hope here is that the senior crew of Carrington, Hall, Buchberger and a returning Matt Shamis put the team on their collective backs and carries them into the playoffs. March 2004 is a distant memory. For those who would like to relive those moments, I offer:
http://www1.american.edu/athletics/mbb/ … Champs.htmAugust 11, 2009 at 9:47 am #562
KENTUCKY vs. LEHIGH
I know it very, very early, but get a look at what rivals just published. The HC Board should soon be buzzing. Hopefully, ours too.
http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball … &type=lgnsAugust 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm #563
Gee, I pick us to win , nice to have some agreement. HC fans will go nuts. Seriously, I do think we have a real shot. Mc Collum may be the differnce if he can adjust to college ball quickly.August 13, 2009 at 6:32 am #566
Wow! That would be a shock to many people.August 16, 2009 at 7:18 pm #580
midmajormadness.com places LU @ #257
257. Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks struggled throughout the 2008-09 season with ice-cold shooting. The team was not able to step up to the challenging defenses from their in-conference rivals and this caused them to fall 5-9 in the Patriot League. They will need big play from Zahir Carrington. He is perfectly capable of this as he averaged 14 points and 8.6 rebounds per game finishing fourth and first in the conference, respectively. Although Carrington is clearly very talented, I am not sure if he is the kind of player that can carry a team by himself. If the Mountain Hawks continue to shoot the ball poorly they will continue with their ever so frequent losing streaks, simple as that.
Still to come in the countdown are: AU, NAVY, and HOLY CROSSAugust 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm #582
As hchoops said on the Holy Cross Message Board:
"how bad a site to leave out pl 1st team Hall’
Couldn’t agree more. How can you leave out the heart and soul of this team, Marquis Hall!?!?!
He was the only player to start every game (29) and led our team in minutes played/game with 32.9 and assists (118/season). He was second in scoring (13.9ppg), third in rebounds (5.1pg), and first in steals (58/season). Just maybe this website and their team of contributing editors bit off more than they can chew as they set out to review all the nation’s mid major teams. Let’s see what they have to say about: AU, Navy, and HC.August 18, 2009 at 6:11 am #584
I agree LU65. What an oversight or lack of knowlege. How much stock can one put into these rankings? Looking forward to the season.August 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm #588
A lot of clueless people put out "previews" on the internet. This site appears to be right at the top of the clueless list.
– No mention of Hall
– No mention of Colgate’s Roemer
– No mention of Bucknell’s Tyree
– Names GW Boon as one of Bucknell’s two key players, even though he is the weakest of the five starters and might not even start at all.
– Has American ahead of Colgate, Lehigh, Army, and Bucknell. That makes no sense.
– Etc.August 29, 2009 at 12:50 pm #611
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