Holy Crap…basketball started!

So now that my damn Philosophy paper has been finished I can take a moment to post up a bit about the home opener against the Penn Quakers this Friday at 7:30 at the BJC. Should be an exciting year after winning the NIT. I’m not sure how I’m going to handle the games, I may do a preview of the games we’ve got each week and a post game reaction after each, we’ll see. Depend on the work load and the time I’ve got to do it. But for now, I’m going to copy my own post off of www.pennstatehoops.com  and show you what the Nittany Lions have in store for them for the home opener.

Quick Hits-
-Penn’s first losing league record since 1990-91 was last year.
-Four starters back Tyler Bernardini highlights the returnees and the 6-6 guard, who was the 2007-08 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, paced Penn in scoring with 13.7 ppg last season.
-Jack Eggleston heads the frontcourt after the 6-8 forward produced 9.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg a season ago
-The Quakers have some solid depth in the frontcourt, including 6-9 Andreas Schreiber, who is back following shoulder surgery.
Yeah…trying to forget about that-10-18, 6-8 in conf last season.

I’m incharge,lucky me-Glen Miller, who started his career alongside Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, where he served seven years as an assistant. He also spent six seasons as head coach of Division III Connecticut College, reaching the D-III Final Four in 1999. The team was undefeated until they lost national semifinal. He also ends practice with a trombone solo…you’ll either get that or you wont..

What do I have to look forward to coach?-Nova,Duke,Davidson,Temple,Saint Joes are on the Quakers slate this year.

How not bad might we be?-Projected 3rd in the Ivy League behind Cornell and Princeton

Who wants to take the blame today?-By vote of their teammates, the Quakers will be led this year by sophomore Zack Rosen(2008-09 Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year,Between his freshman and sophomore years at Penn, played on the gold medal-winning United States Men’s Open Basketball Team at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel) and senior Darren Smith,(Helped South Plainfield to Middlesex County championships in 2003-04 (27-1 record) and as a captain in 2004-05 (17-6) … McDonald’s All-American nominee…didn’t play last season due to a kneecap injury)

Put me in coach!-Tyler Bernardini is the Quakers leading scorer with 13.72 ppg, Jack Eggleston averages 9 ppg. The closest thing to a nice match up for the Quakers would be Eggleston and Andreas Schreiber who are 6’8 and 6’9 respectivly. Schreiber however only averaged 2 points a game so that isn’t looking too promising.

Least worst stat-They were ranked 78th in the nation in assists, but then all their other stats where in the 200s….it’s nice to pass the ball, but scoring helps. Complete stats here-https://www.nmnathletics.com//pdf4/386643.pdf?ATCLID=1627848&SPSID=8628&SPID=539&DB_OEM_ID=1700

According to Ed this is more or less what the starting line up should look like going into friday:

F – Jones
F – Jackson
F – Brooks
G – Battle
G – Babb

Backups that play:
F – Sasa
F – Edwards
G – Frazier
G – Woodyard

So here is to building on a good thing. Each game is important and every game is no harder than one play at a time. Come out early and help this squad out.

~ by blj1887 on November 10, 2009.

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