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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: A-10 Media Day Tomorrow to include Interview with Coach Neubauer on: October 20, 2017, 10:12:05 am
Interesting that they call Slanina a true center.

he's truly the center of the rebounding question.
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Fordham vs. Miami (OH) Pre-Game/Game Thread 11/10/17 at RHG on: October 19, 2017, 08:23:40 pm
Hard to believe, three weeks away from opening the regular season. (and two weeks from the scrimmage)

Miami (OH) was 11-21 last year. If I'm not mistaken, their top player Michael Weathers transferred to Oklahoma State (and his brother, Marcus to Duquesne)

New HC Jack Owens, I'm not familiar with him or system.

Not a bad way to open the season.
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 19, 2017, 08:04:59 pm
Not sure about Chuba.  He likely should concentrate down low.

So say the least. Every time a shot goes up, there should be a mental recognition of whether or not this is a 60-70-80% make. If not, the ball has to continue to move.

Tavares took a lot of 20%-type shots last year. Look forward to seeing the new Tavares.

Not to single out Chuba offensively, but an open shot from 15 ft, let alone 18-20 is still not a high percentage shot within the offense. He's making that 25-30% of the time if he's uncontested. This isn't the NBA, you can't waste a single possession. Every offensive set has to finish with a good look. As I alluded to in a prior post, I'm more concerned with him getting hacked under the glass and continually struggling from the line. That's a bad equation for us. Hope his FT is better, confidence has to get up and stay up.






4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 18, 2017, 11:29:27 pm
I'm more concerned about our defensive than offensive rebounding ability.  Ohams will be ++ on the off glass.  Also, yes we must hit free throws but first our FT rate needs to significantly improve, especially since the only guy whose rate was good is gone (Hawkins).  I think we will be better here, how much better is an open question.

I think that's right.

Hawkins was nearly automatic for stretches as a volume FT shooter. If early indications are 1/2 true, Tavares could slide into a leaner role as Jevontae Tavares (potential to get to the line is there) - is he an 80% guy? Probably not. 70%? Yeah, I'd hope so. (both CS/AA were average in the 70-range)

Evans is probably an 80 guy. Unclear how frequently he'll get to the line, but I'd think it's comparable to Chartouny.

Chuba will need to convert, particularly as an offensive rebounder. He could be a ++ OR, but shooting 32% from the line will kill a lot of plans. Can he hit 50-55%? he'll need to. Confidence is huge, can't be taken out of a game (literally or figuratively) because the opponent is forcing him to the stripe.
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 18, 2017, 04:26:44 pm
We won't rebound well, so how do we make up for it?

Are we saying definitively that this team can't be a league-average caliber rebounding team? I'm not so sure. The majority of guards (particularly the ones projected to be on the floor) all grade as average to above average in that area.

If Bunting is playing 20+ minutes, I have a hard time believing he'll be under 5 rpg.

As most have agreed, Chuba is the wild card / key to the season. His "potential" production is unique.
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 18, 2017, 02:36:15 pm
Love the pre-season talk, but just a reminder that we can strategize and project until we're purple, but the reason a game is often won/lost is very basic: hit your free throws, don't turn the ball over, and rebound. The complexities of defenses can be a distraction. This is mid-tier D1 college basketball, out-effort the guy across from you, be fundamentally sound, and have your desire to win exceed your talent. Playing time will be at a premium with a deeper bench, competition is good. Play on fire and the results will be evident.
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Another Hit to the Defense? on: October 17, 2017, 10:01:35 am
Who is DD?

Derric Daniels
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Pl Pick'em for Week 8 and Standings as of Week 7 on: October 16, 2017, 02:53:51 pm
Fordham
Bucknell
Holy Cross
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham New team podcast on: October 12, 2017, 10:45:07 pm
Episode 4 is now available! This week episode is joined by Joe Chartouny who discusses his summer playing on the Lebanese National team and his plans for the future, whether he will stay for his senior year or go pro.

Click this link:

https://www.brentonpetty.com/blank-4

Nice job, I like the non-softball Q's, not an easy thing to do. Keep in mind, when you pose these questions, you want to frame it in context of the team/program, not just Chartouny Inc. etc (Right?)

Aside from JC talking at length about his pro aspirations, he did speak well of the talent around him; suggesting an overall upgrade despite CS/AA departures...JC praise for Neubauer's pro scout contacts. Mutual back-scratching, all good.

Surprised to hear JC conclude with Steph Curry? I'd think Ginobili is a more accurate comp for style/ability, but maybe anyone between 4 and 24 wants to be Steph.




10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Discussion about Neubauer Strategy / Golden State Warriors on: October 12, 2017, 02:51:55 pm
If we're connected on LinkedIn, you'll have found the following link that I shared today from Baxter Holmes:

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/enterpriseWarriors/how-steve-kerr-revolutionized-golden-state-warriors-offense-charcuterie-board

A few key quotes that I believe are very Neubauerian:

Kerr says, "that if you get to touch the ball and you get to be a part of the action -- whether it's as an assist man, ball mover, shooter, dribbler -- the more people who are involved in the offense, the more powerful it becomes."

The less they passed, the sloppier they played. He also knows that when they passed more than three times in a single possession, they led the league in points per possession on such plays....

"It wasn't just play your best five guys to death," Kerr says. "It was play everybody. You go deep into your rotation, even if it means losing a couple of games in the regular season, just empower everybody. It's kind of the beauty of basketball, the old cliché about the total being greater than the sum of its parts -- I believe in all of that. Five guys have to operate together, but the other seven on the bench, or nine, however many, they've got to feel part of it."

“It's kind of the beauty of basketball, the old cliché about the total being greater than the sum of its parts -- I believe in all of that.”

and most importantly, IMO:

The Warriors ultimately found that if defenses were panicked about the first pass, by the time their third pass arrived, they were rewarded with a wide-open corner 3. "The main goal," Curry says, "is to just make the defense make as many decisions as you can so that they're going to mess up at some point with all that ball movement and body movement and whatnot."

11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 11, 2017, 08:26:53 pm
    Peter,
     What I mean is when the game is on the line and we need a stop, or a bucket, or a big defensive rebound or someone to take a charge, what guys are gonna be out there?   Maybe slanina doesn't start because he tends to get in foul trouble and his minutes get backloaded? Maybe someone is 2 for 11 from the field and we need a big shot so our 6th man is in the game instead. Starting lineups can change. I just want to know who will be on the floor at the most important time of the game, which might not always be at the end of the game. There are also match up concerns which could effect our lineup.  It looks like we are gonna play a decent number of guys this season so we need to find our best five for the biggest moments. As I read your concerns they seem similar but worded differently. Hope that helps a little. Thanks

Saturday afternoon, mid-January v. Davidson on NBCS...under 4 TO, 63-60 game. Who are those 5 players? My guess for the "best 5' - Chuba, Chartouny, Evans, Slanina, Hicks - Foul trouble for Slanina? Bunting would seem like a good defensive option on the floor with Tavares. If you need offense, Pekarek slides into the Sengfelder role. I don't know if he can make enough shots, I suppose we'll see. Chuba/Evans/Hicks will have enough toughness to change the 'soft' culture.
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 11, 2017, 03:40:44 pm
Starting to wonder if Pekarek is going to get more minutes than we anticipate.

In very plain terms, it's shaping up to be a Sengfelder replacement.
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 11, 2017, 02:10:06 pm
im not worried about our starting 5 Im more concerned with the 5 that will be on the floor in a tight game with 3 minutes to go and can they get the job done.

Not sure I understand this, at all...If it's consistently tight (in league play) with 3 minutes to go, that's a very good sign. Under that scenario, I think the vast majority here would take that problem in a heartbeat.

If anything, an above-average in-game coach combined with a (conceivably) deeper bench should be checkmarks for that criteria.

Can you be more specific with your end-of-game concern?

As for me, my concerns are much more 101: Starting lineup questions. Backcourt chemistry/combinations. Talent at forward. Depth at forward.
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL PIck'em Week 7 and Standings as of Week 6 on: October 10, 2017, 01:29:02 pm
Colgate
Lehigh
Yale
Harvard
Bucknell
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham New team podcast on: October 09, 2017, 03:14:28 pm
Peter, no need for the additional commentary/personal insults.

Roger that, but it could be a compliment. RIP Hugh Hefner.
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: K Patrick Murray: Bucs reach deal to replace Nick Folk on: October 09, 2017, 02:41:47 pm
That's awesome.  Great opportunity with a playoff caliber team.  The one thing that's been missing for them more than anything is a dependable kicker.  Hope Patrick takes this over. 

As you said, playoff caliber team, what an opportunity - this has to be it for him. Butker with KC just nailed 5 FG's yesterday to strangle his new job. Hopefully Murray seizes this chance.
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 09, 2017, 02:35:24 pm
Interesting music choice, I must be very out of touch  Huh?

Shots aside, nice high-low look around 0:56 with the bounce pass from the top of the key. Granted it's a light October scrimmage with a dummy zone, that's the perfect movement and look.
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / K Patrick Murray: Bucs reach deal to replace Nick Folk on: October 09, 2017, 02:30:36 pm
Some good news, finally. Take it and run with it.

Bucs reach deal with Patrick Murray to replace Nick Folk

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20969392/tampa-bay-buccaneers-add-patrick-murray-replace-erratic-kicker-nick-folk
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham New team podcast on: October 09, 2017, 01:44:31 pm
The access gives the platform potential to be really good.

My advice for BP is to be more specific with what he wants to cover. Keep the format regimented.

So far, so good, and it'll get better with time.
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham New team podcast on: October 09, 2017, 01:19:40 pm
Just leave the kid alone and let him play.

I hope he enjoys a great season. Competition for PT will be stiff...

My point was that it's not useful to talk about yourself as being the best on-ball defender. Just do it, let the coach or teammates praise your play; especially after last year.
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham New team podcast on: October 09, 2017, 01:04:01 pm
This kid has worked harder than other player on our roster in the off-season

For Rambacker, the Larry Flynt-looking computer bot: Why has he "worked harder than anyone else on the roster?" aside from the MBB tweet that says "he's worked hard?"
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham New team podcast on: October 08, 2017, 10:52:18 pm
I also was happy to hear Will considered himself and Perris the best on ball defenders on the team.

A good general rule: Unless you're Kobe Bryant, don't reference yourself as the best on-ball defender on the team. That's horses*t coming off the season he had. A "totally different player" wouldn't refer to himself as the best at anything.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Ranking Returning A10 Game Coaches on: October 08, 2017, 11:05:13 am
Good list. Agree with Mooney and Schmidt leading the pack.

Mike Rhoades (VCU) has a good chance to be atop that group.
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: October 06, 2017, 07:23:51 pm
Whether it be URI, Dayton, VCU, Saint Louis, etc A10 (big name/real gym) schools receive 4-star commitments/Top 125 signings every year.

Some become legitimate conference stars (and better), some are busts, and some never even see the floor for one reason or another. If you chart it out, there's a wide range. High ranking doesn't necessarily correlate to huge career. It's not big conference news - it doesn't move a needle for the conference any further than it already has, nor does it pertain to Fordham's recruiting pool, at all whatsoever.

25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Nick Honor PG 2018 Commits on: October 05, 2017, 08:03:53 am
Welcome, Jarrett Jack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqbMrUcK2Ms
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham Football Falls - How far would this set us back? on: October 04, 2017, 11:24:34 pm
I know we play a 4-2-5 and other than googling it during summer camp I can t say Im an expert.  Its not working.  Maybe move back to a more traditional 4-3 with a 3rd LB instead of a extra DB.  Our DC really needs to clean up the mess.              

You may be on to something. A "4-2-5" may be a bit cute when you've held the opposition under 40 (looks at paper)...once.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Fordham Football Falls - How far would this set us back? on: October 04, 2017, 09:12:25 pm
This is eerily reminiscent to the Masella debacle. The progress of the Clawson years was quickly blindsided by the years that followed. Seemed like a nice guy, but Masella was clearly out of his element. Moorhead turned out to be an improbable savior, and he'll be appreciated even more after he gets a head job at a major NE region program next year.

My question/debate is: How badly would a 2-win-caliber Patriot League season set us back? From a recruiting standpoint, I understand the Indiana QB (rightfully so) perked ears a few weeks ago, but the fight to become a formidable program is such an effort...the results we're seeing isn't consistent with a "down year," it reads more like a breakdown of coaching. It feels like a 3-4 year killer. These games are not competitive; and we're getting the least possible at several positions.

Football is not my coaching forte. I played some QB at the high school level but I can't scrutinize a defensive back group the way I can with baseball or basketball. I suppose my next question for those who can decipher: which players are not showing improvement? are the parts as bad as the sum? Name names, particularly on the defensive end. I have a hard time believing the talent level is that bad.
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Nick Honor PG 2018 Commits on: October 04, 2017, 02:22:54 pm
Are you saying he plays "New York style" basketball?  Grin

Pecora is laughing through the windows of his Dix Hills home. An Acura salesman took Fordham to the cleaners worse than the bad coach.

In all seriousness, we need more toughness. Several of these incoming players have that "Philly-feel" to withstand comparable A10 opponents.
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Chris Austin 2018 6-4 SG commits on: October 03, 2017, 05:07:34 pm
Myles Johnson also played for them, who ended up choosing Rutgers over Fordham and Hawaii. 

Not to forecast...but to forecast, when Myles Johnson is stapled to the ninth seat on the Rutgers bench, playing with former teammates at Fordham may be a good selection.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 02, 2017, 04:50:53 pm
Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. Saw a few guys at the Yale game (or the first quarter, that is). Forwards do look stronger. Interested to see practice.
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