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  1. Very bad game. We were sleepwalking and JMU looked every part of an intense veteran mid-major who should complete for an NCAA birth. But we mostly had no real expectations going into the year and yet some are right back in the panic room after one bad loss. It was always expected to be a roller coaster of a year, especially early on. So while this one stung, especially in person, moving forward I still take just as much if not more from the Colgate game. We clearly need to figure out roles within the rotation. Guys didn't know where to be and with JMU's trapping it was a mess. Disappointed that we didn't have better coaching adjustments to deal with that. Adams looks rough so far, hoping he's not another transfer in the Antwain Johnson/Gabe Grant mold, as he does come with more pedigree. I'd like to see more of Ceaser and even Zaakir, although the rotation may be too deep as is. Need to run at every chance and steal points until the half court gets tuned up. Also find ways to get Powell running downhill at the rim, better spacing should help. All in all, still very interested in this season if only a bit lesas optimistic after today. Solid crowd.
    2 points
  2. It doesn't matter if you're a senior-laden squad like last year, or a brand new roster like this year: if you shoot 20-something percent, you're going to lose. I don't even think JMU was that great - they turned it over as much as the Bulls did. These Bulls still need to work on rebounding and working underneath the net. Boxing out. Curtis Jones of all people is probably the best at it right now. You are not going to win many games getting out-rebounded and shooting that bad. No matter how many times the plays get you into good shooting spots. Defensively they were getting beat to the basket too easily at times. The dribble penetration and kick it back outside for a three only works...if you're actually hitting some of them. On the plus side: free throw shooting was way better today. The defensive intensity is a double-edged sword - they're creating turnovers, but it also results in a lot of fouls. Powell - kinda what we saw the last two games, some good shots and some bad passes, and couldn't hit anything from 3 (but few could today) Blocker - more minutes today, and hit a couple shots Smith - he has the height, but if he's not going to be the type to physically own that territory, he has to do better at being in the right position. And more intentional with the ball. He was hesitant and passive today. Gets beat to the basket too easily. Jack - in a year or so it's going to start coming together. Right now he looks like exactly what he is, a freshman in his second regular season game. Purposeful movement off the ball on offense. Foster - I'm going to expect a little more from a grad transfer. Like Powell and others, just too sloppy today. Curtis - he's starting to act like a leader. He's the one who's flying back down the court if they lose the ball - forced two missed layups second half that way. Caesar - a guy in our group remarked that he doesn't hustle back on defense in transition. If he wants more time, has to get better at that. Adams - the shots weren't dropping, but that goes for about everyone. Got nailed on a couple travels along the sideline JMU - a quality opponent that was just less sloppy than the Bulls were today. 26 turnovers isn't something to be happy about. Got to the line FORTY-ONE times. Molson looks like he's about 30 years old, and didn't look any better or worse than when he was at Canisius. Every minute this team plays right now is useful. It's all real-time experience they desperately need. Foul shooting was better, let's see them get better at interior defense and rebounding. Crowd - okay for a Saturday afternoon. Student section was mostly full but did absolutely nothing. DJ's - be better. They can get anyone with an iPhone to play "Cotton Eye Joe" or "Wobble", come on.
    2 points
  3. After seeing the last two games some observations: JMU are much quicker on both offense and especially on defense. Agree there were no adjustments made by UB. UB would come out and try and pick the JMU player/players and just sort of fake a pick and run toward the basket and then both JMU players would smother the UB ball carrier and he would have no place to go and even see another UB player to pass too. Overall with that many turnovers combined with poor shooting and no ball movement spells a disaster . Happy to finally see Williamson play the last 6 minutes or so. It looks like he is over his injury problems from last year. I wonder why he is not getting some minutes with some of the starters?? Still think we have to give this team some time to play some more games before truly evaluating both the coaches and players. Go Bulls!!
    1 point
  4. Easy to dump on Whitesell and Co. after that performance. I think this team will be a work in progress and will be fun to watch as the season continues. Will probably be ups and downs. But that had to be one of the worst performances in my 20+ years going to games at Alumni. Whitesell is not a very good coach. He's been a mediocre head coach his entire career. I assume he will continue to be that.
    1 point
  5. As quickly as Hurley and oats brought this program up, Whitesell has tore it down. So frustrating that we are back to mediocrity..
    1 point
  6. Prediction: Molson will triple his assists by the end of the game.
    1 point
  7. Showing a bit of life at the end of the half. they’re too aggressive for how careless they are defensively. Sure they will get more steals as a result but sending JMU to the line to shoot 24 free throws in a first half is inexcusable.
    1 point
  8. Adams looks horrible, gonna hit double digit turnovers by himself at this pace..
    1 point
  9. I liked their killer instinct and attacking at the end. Last years team would have lost that one after Colgate took the lead. No panic which is what I liked most
    1 point
  10. I don't think I've ever saw a QB with worse awareness than Cole. He can't feel or see rushers right in front of him, he doesn't see defenders all over the receivers, he doesn't seem to understand how the ball needs to be thrown. There's multiple times a game I'm screaming at my TV "you can move" when he just stands there like a deer in headlights while a defender is about to destroy him. Coach Linguist should be on the hot seat. His coaching decisions are idiotic at best. He's an amazing recruiter but him and his staff have been terrible coaches.
    1 point
  11. The Colgate game was one of the most entertaining games I've seen in a while at the AA. This one, wow, I have no words. I've never seen a team turn their opponent over 26 times and lose by 35.
    0 points
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