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Thursday, January 22, 2009

This Will Never Top the Last Game: The UMBC Preview

I still haven't gotten over last Monday's ridiculous win over Stony Brook. In fact, it took so much out of me that immediately afterward I contracted the worst flu virus ever. I am still now recovering from the flu (and the game), which is why I still haven't written about it. That's coming, along with photos, very soon.

But for now, we'll talk about tonight's UMBC game. The only thing about the last game that's relevant now is how tired our guys might be. John Holland played 60 (brilliant) minutes, and every other started played at least 47, because BU only played 7 guys in the whole game.

Luckily, the Retrievers also limit themselves to about 7 guys. Not only that, but a couple of them are hurt, including the best point guard in the conference Jay Greene. Greene had a concussion and it's unclear if he'll play... but based on Scott Brittain's experience, it may be weeks before he plays up to his potential again.

This is not last year's UMBC squad. These guys are not going to rip through the conference again. Maybe they'll repeat as champs, but it'll be a lot flukier if it happens this time. They are already 2-3 with losses to Stony Brook and New Hampshire, plus a blowout to Vermont.

With both teams shorthanded, I like the Terriers in this one.

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At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice wins - but still not very encouraging to see BU squeek out wins against these two teams...

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

With everybody bunched up so tightly in the standings, a win's a win right??

At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you give up a 19 point lead in the second half to a team that only plays 7 players? Maybe by playing only 7 players yourself?
Use your bench, Dennis. Even if they aren't good, surely they are good enough to give the better players a blow with a big lead.
These two OT wins, over mediocre opposition, only serves to temporarily mask the problem that is Dennis Wolff's poor coaching and lack of leadership.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This team will go as far as Corey Lowe will take them. If Corey keeps this up he deserves to be AE Player of the Year.

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or it will go as far it can overcome Dennis Wolff's ineptness!

At 1:05 PM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

It's a shame Corey will probably get snubbed of AE Player of the Year and potentially first team. He is playing out of position and is absolutely carrying this team. His ppg are taking a hit and I don't know that coaches will all fully appreciate what he's doing for the team as they should.

John will probably finish ahead of CLowe in PotY voting.


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