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Great end of game sequence by our sophomores. Williams with a go ahead basket and Mballa with a nice block.

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Big time win. Williams dominated the second half in the paint. It would’ve been a waste of a good offensive effort by Johnson and Williams but we got two stops at the end to seal it. Big win.

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You’ve gotta be excited about Williams potential. Just a studly offensive performance tonight. However, his defensive game still needs to improve drastically. 

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Miami downed Kent tonight so only one MAC team still undefeated and that is Akron high school. They’re blowing the doors off NI. Turner has returned for BG so those two will be strong. It’ll be interesting for sure this year 
 

 

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13 minutes ago, UB85 said:

You’ve gotta be excited about Williams potential. Just a studly offensive performance tonight. However, his defensive game still needs to improve drastically. 

Drastically. He gave up the lead on a really bad gamble, and was ice cold for the first 30 minutes.

But he was a beast for the final 10 minutes.

It is a bummer though that these games threads were getting 7+ pages before our heavy hitters quit this board!!!!

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Kinda ironic we hit the free throw at the end that Graves tried to miss 

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Haven’t looked through all the posts yet obviously Williams had a great game but we need to give credit to Johnson for stepping up bigtime tonight 

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I liked the way they took better care of the ball in second half - thought those turnovers were going to cost us.  What can you say about Williams development on offense. He is looking very comfortable out there.  As for Johnson, let's hope he can build on this and be a contributor for the rest of year.  Mballa added another solid performance with 9 pts, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks.  Looks like it will be grind 'em out most of the year, but good to come out with the win.

Edited to add: I would be remiss if didn't acknowledge good performance from FT line 11-14

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I've said it before but Mballa is the MVP of this season. I don't know if it's because Brock can't get anything going or Mballa's just really good, but it's night and day with him on the court.

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2 hours ago, DooleyBull06 said:

Also high school prospect John Orogun 6-11 Center is in attendance.

What John  Orogun's  story?  His stats seem good (other than FT shooting), all of the offers seem to be from last year, except Manhattan.

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Yeah Bulls!  That's more like it.  A tough, tough win tonight.  They played sloppy in the first half but somehow were only down 5 at halftime.  I thought the intensity was higher second half, and they clawed into a lead down the stretch.  I loved the competitiveness today, I loved hitting shots in the paint, I loved better free throw shooting (even when Graves tried to miss at the end!).  This team has plenty of ups and downs (more to come), but they have responded after a bad game or two so far.  Enjoy the ups right now.

Williams - he's moving so much more smoothly with the ball this season.  Taking a huge leap forward as a sophomore and becoming a more consistent player.  Both ends of the court.  Uses that long reach to get around defenders at the net.
Graves - a frustrating night for him but a big defensive play at the end to seal it.
Jordan - I expect a lot from him because he's a senior.  And he makes a bunch of dumb turnovers and bad shots a game that you'd expect from a freshman.  Then a couple really smooth buckets.  I was upset that he was getting repeatedly torched by a sophomore who looked like he's 12.  Come on man.
Mballa - didn't get a ton of points today but was so active under the net.
Johnson - credit when credit is due - he competed today, he hit a couple shots, double digits, well done
Grant - credit when credit is due, earned a charge at a time when they needed it first half
Brock - needs to box out if he wants to get more of those rebounds

Ohio - they have two players.  But they're really good.  Preston and Vander Plas are the real deal, and they're going to be a problem for us for a while.  Vander Plas can shoot from anywhere, and Preston had an annoying propensity for hitting layups from weird angles.  Ogbonda (transfer from Georgia Tech) wasn't as much a factor as I thought, though he was a big body inside.  I love beating Ohio, I'm still growling about some high profile losses in the past.

Crowd - a decent showing on a weeknight.  Props to a couple students who showed up and tried making some noise, I heard and saw you. 

I don't like to do this too much, but those refs were awful tonight.  Hesitant on calls, perplexing on many of them.  That foul near the end on Mballa that we all thought was a clean hit out of Ogbonda's hands, I was afraid those 2 points were going to decide the game.

Enjoy this tonight, this was a good, tough MAC win.

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Great games by Johnson and Williams. Ohio had no answer for Williams in the second half. It seemed like he scored at least 10 straight points for the Bulls. Last game’s stars, Graves and Segu, were sub par today. Good team win. 

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3 minutes ago, enrique14150 said:

 

I don't like to do this too much, but those refs were awful tonight.  Hesitant on calls, perplexing on many of them.  That foul near the end on Mballa that we all thought was a clean hit out of Ogbonda's hands, I was afraid those 2 points were going to decide the game.

 

That call (which was wrong and EXTREMELY late) was made by DJ Carstensen, who has done many games at UB over the years, but none recently (as he seems to get a lot of Big 10 games). His most famous game at UB was the infamous "no Goddamn socks" game vs Bowling Green back in our early days of the MAC. Probably my most memorable UB home game ever. A classic of epic proportions!

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4 minutes ago, skrabukes said:

That call (which was wrong and EXTREMELY late) was made by DJ Carstensen, who has done many games at UB over the years, but none recently (as he seems to get a lot of Big 10 games). His most famous game at UB was the infamous "no Goddamn socks" game vs Bowling Green back in our early days of the MAC. Probably my most memorable UB home game ever. A classic of epic proportions!

YES!  What a fun game in the end.  Run, Dakich, run!!!  When Yassin was shooting those technicals to tie it, that's the quietest I have ever heard that place for a free throw.  We contacted MSG to see if they had any old footage of that game (from Empire Sports) and Dakich's hilarious interview afterwards, they said they'd look but never responded further.  Unfortunately when people are this incompetent they don't tend to get retained as coach, so we didn't get a chance to heckle him about it again.

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I know always back him, but I thought Whitesell showed a lot of the passion and energy people on this board were questioning.

He was trying to fire the crowd up multiple times and he smacked the scorer's table after an Ohio offensive rebound.

Was good to see that energy in such a competitive game.

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7 minutes ago, BullBoy said:

I know always back him, but I thought Whitesell showed a lot of the passion and energy people on this board were questioning.

He was trying to fire the crowd up multiple times and he smacked the scorer's table after an Ohio offensive rebound.

Was good to see that energy in such a competitive game.

It's almost like they read these threads or something.....

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4 hours ago, DocCas86 said:

What John  Orogun's  story?  His stats seem good (other than FT shooting), all of the offers seem to be from last year, except Manhattan.

He’s having a strong season for Park and is set on going to prep school next year to be able to start college as a more polished product 

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I rewatched the game from yesterday and it seemed like Antwain Johnson woke up a bit on that first dunk of his. A lot of rage went into that dunk. The guy has got to be so frustrated with himself to this point. HOWEVER, what a good performance from him yesterday. Best offensive performance by far from him and he was good defensively. Stepped up big while Graves had an off shooting night. You have to imagine Johnson is relieved. Credit to him for continuing to work at it and get better. I have been harsh as hell on here about him but last night he showed me a lot and what he is capable of.

For me, the star of the show was Jeenathan Williams and for good reason. That huge game winning bucket. Great offensive showing by him getting 26 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. He still needs to work on his jump shot and at times can be a liability on defense, but my god, what a step forward he has taken. Both Williams and Segu have taken a great step in the right direction and have improved mightily since last season.

I hope that we can soon get Josh Mballa help inside for the purpose of rebounding and giving him the ability to play the 4 position. The guy has been so solid for us to this point and last night came close to another double double. He has had at least 5 games this season where he’s come so close to getting a double double, on top of his already 4 double double games. 

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10 hours ago, enrique14150 said:

Yeah Bulls!  That's more like it.  A tough, tough win tonight.  They played sloppy in the first half but somehow were only down 5 at halftime.  I thought the intensity was higher second half, and they clawed into a lead down the stretch.  I loved the competitiveness today, I loved hitting shots in the paint, I loved better free throw shooting (even when Graves tried to miss at the end!).  This team has plenty of ups and downs (more to come), but they have responded after a bad game or two so far.  Enjoy the ups right now.

Williams - he's moving so much more smoothly with the ball this season.  Taking a huge leap forward as a sophomore and becoming a more consistent player.  Both ends of the court.  Uses that long reach to get around defenders at the net.
Graves - a frustrating night for him but a big defensive play at the end to seal it.
Jordan - I expect a lot from him because he's a senior.  And he makes a bunch of dumb turnovers and bad shots a game that you'd expect from a freshman.  Then a couple really smooth buckets.  I was upset that he was getting repeatedly torched by a sophomore who looked like he's 12.  Come on man.
Mballa - didn't get a ton of points today but was so active under the net.
Johnson - credit when credit is due - he competed today, he hit a couple shots, double digits, well done
Grant - credit when credit is due, earned a charge at a time when they needed it first half
Brock - needs to box out if he wants to get more of those rebounds

Ohio - they have two players.  But they're really good.  Preston and Vander Plas are the real deal, and they're going to be a problem for us for a while.  Vander Plas can shoot from anywhere, and Preston had an annoying propensity for hitting layups from weird angles.  Ogbonda (transfer from Georgia Tech) wasn't as much a factor as I thought, though he was a big body inside.  I love beating Ohio, I'm still growling about some high profile losses in the past.

Crowd - a decent showing on a weeknight.  Props to a couple students who showed up and tried making some noise, I heard and saw you. 

I don't like to do this too much, but those refs were awful tonight.  Hesitant on calls, perplexing on many of them.  That foul near the end on Mballa that we all thought was a clean hit out of Ogbonda's hands, I was afraid those 2 points were going to decide the game.

Enjoy this tonight, this was a good, tough MAC win.

Thanks for this write-up.  It helps.

Certainly Williams has a high ceiling and, by his senior year, he will be a MAC POTY candidate.  He is progressing on offense, obviously (only 1 turnover).  On defense...it seems it is another story (judging from this thread).  He had one block, one steal and was not even close enough to his man on defense to commit a foul!

What was up with Segu?  A quite 15 minutes from the stat sheet (and the game thread).

I think we have to live with the fact that Graves and Jordan are not going to be the consistent players we projected for this year.  They are complimentary players...guys who can have good games and lead the team, but can also have their fair share of off days.  When that happens, you need other guys to step up (like Williams today).  If not, you lose on the road by 20 to Ball State.

On to the next one...in Mt. Pleasant this Saturday.

 

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38 minutes ago, UB92 said:

What was up with Segu?  A quite 15 minutes from the stat sheet (and the game thread).

It was reported that Segu had the flu and was well enough to play but I think it obviously limited his ability to play major minutes. 

 

Graves posted about being sick on social media this morning as well. Could definitely explain why he looked off last night too.

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The flu bug went around the locker room. Segu had it and Hardnett wasn’t dressed bc of it. 

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32 minutes ago, DooleyBull06 said:

The flu bug went around the locker room. Segu had it and Hardnett wasn’t dressed bc of it. 

Happy to get the win, that type of thing has a way of setting teams back a game or two 

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