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Sunday, March 01, 2009

The End of the Road: The Hartford Preview

The end of this season is a little bit anti-climactic. Today's game against Hartford at The Greek could not mean less. The 3 seed is locked up. Hartford is so bad that they are guaranteed to be a non-factor in the tournament. We beat them by like 30 last time.

The only thing that means anything today is that it's Senior Day. Today we say goodbye to 3 guys who will (hopefully) graduate and who will not put on the red and white beyond next weekend (plus whatever happens with post-season for us, if anything).

Sam Tully - I can honestly say I have never seen the kid play. He hasn't gotten into a game this year, but had a rebound last year as well as a steal. But today, he will get into today's game and make his family proud. Let's see if he can but the biscuit in the basket.

Marques Johnson - I like MJ. He's a good backup PG and pretty much does his part when he's asked to. He was never a scorer but always had a good A/TO ratio when he was in. I remember hearing rumors about him possibly wanting to transfer a couple years ago, and I'm glad he didn't. I'll have two great memories about MJ. One was the career game he had this year when he stepped in for the suspended Corey Lowe against Albany - he played all 40 minutes and came away with 7 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds... and 0 turnovers. The other memory I'll have is when we went to to Holiday Classic at Madison Square Garden. We were taking the PATH train back to Hoboken after a tough OT loss to St. John's, and one of the train operators noticed our BU shirts. He told he us he had a nephew on the team - it was MJ's uncle. He told us how proud he was to have him playing ball up in Boston, and we told he we loved MJ.

Matt Wolff - Matt is probably the most controversial player we've had in our program. As the coach's son, he gets a lot of scrutiny. And since he doesn't score much, he catches a lot of flack for all the minutes he plays. After a very promising freshman year (ALLLL the way back in 2004-05), he had really bad luck with knee injuries. But since then, he has played in 60 straight games and has quietly been a solid player, whether anyone wants to admit it. For all the shit he has taken, I don't believe would have been as successful this year had Matt not been on the team.

Thanks for the memories, guys.

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At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one can really argue with the effort that Matt Wolff puts into the game. He is an honest, if limited player. He probably has Division 2 talent and wouldn't be at BU if his father wasn't the coach. Matt has gotten the most out of his ability, but it can easily be argued that his father could have received more had he given someone else a lot of his minutes. Certainly Brittain, if he was healthy enough and not just in the coach's doghouse earlier in the season. And probably some of the guys that left the program, or were run out and have thrived elsewhere.
Overall, Matt has handled the tricky situation a lot better than his father.

At 11:01 PM, Blogger the High Roller said...

I think most of us can agree that we wouldn't want to be in matt's shoes.

And I remember meeting MJ's uncle at one of the tournaments in binghamton. I'm pretty sure it was when he was a freshman

At 1:02 AM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

Matt's concussed - not good.

He (strangely) is the glue that holds the squad together. He doesn't do things that are reflected on the score sheet, but he does have a role. Sure he doesn't put points up but just look how the game went once he got hurt - UHA got right back in the game.

I believe that we need Matt Wolff back for the tournament, because this team doesn't have any other Matt Wolffs. Here come the haterz.

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Matt went out of the game, BU was up 4 points. They then go on a run to go up 21 mainly due to Sherrod Smith being Matt's substitute! Matt playing the top of there 3-2 zone is an utter joke. He is the slowest DI player, so he can not get out to the wings when necessary, and continually gets beat at the top of the zone! The only way Hartford was going to get back in the game was with a 3-point barrage. The best way to get 3-pointers is against a zone! Great in game adjustments by D. Wolff once again. And what's with him and his lack of using timeouts in middle of runs?! Bottom line is that Matt should have gotten about 10 minutes a game. Of course anyone who plays 35-40 minutes a game is going to get a few rebounds, and a few assists! This team will be better next year by subtraction! Now only if the elder Wolff would go as well!

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you talking about? Matt does a great job in the 3-2 matchup. Many of the baskets against the matchup come from corner 3's or a defensive lapse by one of the wings (usually Holland). Matt does his job very well on defense, and if you don't think so, you don't know jack about basketball.

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen Matt at the top of the zone continuously have the opponents point guard go right by him?! Then when someone comes over to help, the PG kicks it to the wing, and yet whoever is closest gets blamed, not the person responsible (Wolff)! Anyone who thinks Matt Wolff would average more than 10 minutes a game at the low-tier DI programs, does not know jack about basketball! He wouldn't even start at Bentley!

At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you can yell it until your blue in the face, but Matt, more often than not, does a solid job containing penetration from the perimeter at the top of the zone. The big weakness in the matchup has been the baseline 3, or defensive lapses from the wings.

The bottom line is that Matt Wolff is a solid low-major D1 basketball player. Should he play 30 minutes a game? Probably not, but that does not mean he should play 10, either. There are games when Matt tries to make plays that he can't make, but often times he stays within himself and contributes across the board.

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

Those are the frustrating ones for me -- when he tries to make a play that he can't make. But, more often than not, it's in a situation where everything has stagnated and nobody else is making anything happen.

At 1:08 AM, Blogger the High Roller said...

true that. What irks me is when he dribbles so far down the base line and gets trapped underneath the hoop, I've seen him do it dozens of times. Where does he think he's going?

At 6:28 PM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

His play against the press can be especially frustrating at times.

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

"The bottom line is that Matt Wolff is a solid low-major D1 basketball player."

Your standards must be extremely low. Maybe D2, but no better.


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