November 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm #32899
As for Pitt, I pointed out in another thread how weak they are this year with almost every player having left. They are a Pomeroy underdog vs Navy, and an LU win in that game would not be a big upset. Finally, Monmouth will be good this year but not as good as the last two years. An LU win at home would not be a surprise.[/quote]
Pitt’s results thus far:
1. Lost to Navy 71-62
2. Lost at home to Montana 83-78
LU should have a legitimate shot at winning that game.December 6, 2017 at 2:25 am #33177
Going into this season Bucknell the consensus #1. They got hammered tonight by Northeastern. Not sure what that means but if tbey are the #1 then Bball may be a repeat of a weak PL football season.December 6, 2017 at 10:42 am #33180
They also looked really bad against St. Joe’s in Philly. Yet the Bison gave North Carolina a real run and should have beaten Maryland, losing by two at College Park. Very inconsistent so far.
Just noticed that they beat Ball State in Lewisburg, and last night Ball State took down Notre Dame in South Bend 80-77. Go figure.
Also note, Bucknell has VCU, Richmond (both away), and LaSalle coming up next. Yipes!
December 6, 2017 at 8:28 pm #33184
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by jimk72.
[quote quote=33177]Going into this season Bucknell the consensus #1. They got hammered tonight by Northeastern. Not sure what that means but if tbey are the #1 then Bball may be a repeat of a weak PL football season.[/quote]
It’s easy to cherry pick one game and try to draw conclusions from it – but not very meaningful. As pointed out, Bucknell has been inconsistent. But they do have some quality wins – Vermont (who almost beat Kentucky) and Ball State (who did beat Notre Dame). Also as noted, close games vs Maryland and UNC. Their loss to Northeastern last night was easily their worst game of the year. The loss at St. Joes was really a function of missing virtually every open 3-pointer. They didn’t play badly overall.
One issue is that Bucknell is missing two starters – both of whom also started last year: All-PL guard Kimbal Mackenzie, who had surgery for a torn abdominal muscle; and wing Avi Toomer, who is a very good defender. The loss of those two players has certainly had an impact. Also Mackenzie earlier tried to play through the injury and his inability to shoot cost them a win at Monmouth, which they lost by a point. He went from being a 41% 3-point shooter last year to under 30% this year.
Bucknell’s Pomeroy ranking has fallen to #103 after the bad loss last night – but it was #135 at the same stage last year. One thing of note is that they have the 11th toughest OOC schedule in the nation (after adjusting for teams that played games vs D2/D3 teams) – by far the hardest of any PL school.December 10, 2017 at 11:53 am #33216
with just one more OOC game after finals week, things are looking up for this group, I think most would agree that the team may be stronger than the pre season ranking of 4th, if Doc can keep them playing some D they can probably compete with everyone except maybe Bucky
and with just Karon leaving the starters next year, and another year of experience for the young guys, next year could be better
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