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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU VS DAYTON
« on: November 24, 2023, 09:12:53 PM »
No moral victories but the guys fought and hung in there.  Can't complain and hats off to the flyers who had the size.   Nice to see Ziggy play well.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU VS DAYTON
« on: November 24, 2023, 04:04:24 PM »
My gut tells me this could be ugly.   My heart says no and my brain says the heart will lead you astray.   Go guins!

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU - Lake Erie MBB
« on: November 20, 2023, 01:21:23 PM »
To be fair, Lake Erie is D2 and they only lost to Utah Tech by 12 on Saturday, but the nonetheless that should have easily been a 30-40 point victory.

A lot better energy the 2nd half, but this team needs to learn how to play a 40-minute game.  They really were bailed out the last 2 games by bench players in Bates on Friday & Lovelace on Sunday. 

Not really sure what to think about this team after 5 games.  Looks like Burns is a pretty consistent player and hopefully can be a force all season. Need more out of Rush as he just can't get going.  Take out his 32-point game that he basically played the entire game against NAIA Ohio Christian and he's averaging under 9 a game.  Some other guys are going to have to step up.

Coach Calhoun really seems frustrated.  He said if he was going to rebuild he would have taken a job elsewhere so you have to go out and get seniors.  Tough stretch coming up with Dayton, CSU, RMU & Ohio.

Feel the same way about the team.  They seem hesitant/tenative and not sure of them self on offense which leads to bad takes.   Hopefully we won't be saying the same things about our shooting a month from now.   Shots are there but not dropping.

A 20 point win over a D2 is ok but being in battle with a D2 team with 10 minutes left is not good.   YSU won because they out athletic Lake Erie not by being better in basketball.

Langdon who has been the most consistent in the early season really struggled yesterday.   I think he bounces back and that was an anomaly.   Really like DJ Byrnes' enthuiasim.  Seems like a great teammate.  Lovellace needed that boost and needs to build off this performance.

Got a chance to chat with coach Slocum.  Seems like he's not up on the team or knew who the players were.  Does he live out of the area ?

Felt bad for Josh Irwin who didn't play well and looked to be amped up for the game.  I think he'll do well there and be a nice duo with #34 who was impressive for Lake Erie.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU - Utah Tech MBB
« on: November 18, 2023, 07:26:17 PM »
Nice to see Byrnes and langdon playing well.  Langdon has been consistent and he doesn't turn it over .  He has an inate ability to create space to get his shot off.

props to Jaylen Bates and would like to see him build of this performance.
B Rush is very gifted but he needs to know what is a good or not good shot .  Perhaps move in a foot or two on his shots and go strong to the basket instead of finessing it.

Defense has a bad tendency to leave their feet on pump fakes.  need to stay planted.

Credit the team for playing hard and hopefully level up.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Murray State Game Week
« on: November 17, 2023, 09:07:02 AM »
Murry state is 2-8 but has been in a few games this year.  I smell upset and the idea that we are playing for nothing but pride now.  Playoffs are a foregone conclusion that we will not make them even if we win 55-0 this coming saturday.  I call it like i see it.

Agree.  Can't see a 3 MVFC loss team getting in.  Hope I eat crow.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Mens basketball vs OHIO Chrisitain
« on: November 15, 2023, 09:38:03 AM »
     Strong research by ucfpengbuck on a fundamental aspect of YSU basketball.  The facts support questioning
Calhoun’s ability to recruit in the high schools.

     Bohannon and Ackuchie are the only high school recruits I can recall who came in as freshmen and stayed four years.



You can add Garrett Covington to that list.

I did this for fun and curiosity .  I really don't think it reflects on Coach Calhoun as bad as it might look.

1. I'm sure I could do the same for all the Horizon league schools and you would find that the guys who transferred out have a similar outcome.  Even a schools like OSU who gets 4 stars.   These guys don't go D2 but they might go another D1 and you never hear of them again(Alonzo Gaffney,luther Muhammad,Justin Ahrens).

2.YSU being a mid-major or a lower mid-major has to recruit a player that might be under the radar or who has an upside down the road and might be a project his first 2 years.   Cheick Traore may be an example of a guy that has nice size and could be a defensive force down low and hopefully add some offense as he matures in the program.   If he's a back up at Chowan then obviously it didn't happen but was it worth a shot ?
On the other hand Josh Irwin had offers from MAC schools.   Saw him play and he was a knock down 3 point shooter with a strong frame and he sat on the bench for 2 years.

3. We have already beat the dead horse of Beeghly and other basketball facilities and Youngstown being in the rust belt .  Has to be some what of a disadvantage.

4.Transfer portal is the way coach C is now going and freshmen are going to sit while 5 year grad guys are getting the minutes which will always lead to an exodus.   Coach needs to win and some feelings might be hurt .

We can criticize coach C in the micro but not sure in the macro.  Program has had winning teams since he took over and a championship which leads to higher expectations after we  the fans get a taste of winning after so many years of mediocracy.   Still worried this present team might be a step back.  Long season to go and hope I'm wrong.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Mens basketball vs OHIO Chrisitain
« on: November 14, 2023, 05:59:03 PM »
Just for fun I thought it would be cool to update some ex Penguins and after looking at their stats I'm wondering why some were on scholarship at YSU.

Shemar Rathan Mayes NC Wilmington after 2 games is avering 4.5 a game as a back up.

Will Dunn Grand Valley State (D2) starts and is averging 10.5 pts and 9 rebounds in 2 games.

Myles Hunter University of Tampa (D2) has made 1 of 10 shots in 2 games .  Not a starter.

Daniel Ogoro St Thomas Fl (naia)  back up averging 4.3 pt a game on 29% shooting.

Jacori Owens Belmont Abbey (D2) starter 6.5 pts and 5.5 rebounds per game .  Played 2 games.

Michael Lucarotti Gannon college (D2) back up 6.0 pts a game,  Played 2 games.

Josh Irwin Lake Erie college (D2 ) 10 pts per game and 4.5 rebounds.  Started 1 of 2 games.

Cheick Traore Chowan college (D2) back up 3.5 pt per game and 6 rebounds after 2 games.

Owen Long Emporia state (D2) 16.5 pts per game.  Led them last season with over 17 pts per game.

Luke Chicone John Carroll university (D3) 26 points per game after 2 games.

Alex Vargo Garrett College MD (juco) 28 pts per game and 9 rebounds.   59% field goal

As you can see a lot of these guys might have been a reach playing D1 .   I watched two of Vargo's games and after the first one I thought maybe YSU can recruit him again but the 2nd one he had a bad game and I thought nice basketball player and maybe athleticsm might be an achillies heel at D1.    Alex was out of basketball for two years.  The competition was pretty weak.

Love Luke Chicone.  Should of red shirted his frosh season at YSU and stayed the course.   Needs strength at the D1 level to go along with his skill set.

It's early but shocked that Shemar and Myles are deep back ups,

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Mens basketball vs OHIO Chrisitain
« on: November 14, 2023, 09:10:42 AM »
I have to lower my expectations of this team.  I keep on hearing the narritive that with all the newcommers we are a work in progress and it will take time to jell.   I know we're an extreme case with a ton new players but most teams also have the same issue maybe they're not incorporating as many but they all can have that excuse.

Not seeing our wing players Farmer and Ziggy hitting shots and we need production from that area because the backcourt of Langdon and Rush look to be solid and Byrnes and the 7 footers will be ok in the post.

Wondering about the overall basketball IQ.  Not saying the guys don't have it but it's not showing .   No one is cutting like Covington did through out his career and the offense looks stagnant.  Even the passes into the post have been off and not being thrown from the right angles.

Playing a 2-3 naia team with a player not over 6-5 I thought we would win by 40 but Ohio Christian had really good shooters and looked like a team that was in post season form.  #20 played like he was a D1 off quard he smoked us the 1st half and he hardly played the 2nd half.

Like I said I need to lower my expectations but I believe in coach C and hopefully he'll get these guys to another level.  Where they're at now would probably be mid or maybe lower in the Horizon.

I'm coming up from Florida and will be at Friday and Sundays games hopefully will have a great crowd for the Utah Tech game.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Ysu vs Michigan
« on: November 11, 2023, 11:20:58 AM »
Really don't want to comment after that poor performance unless um is a national contender.   Need some players to start making 3s especially when playing teams who have the size advantage.

Right now our best player is Bryson Langdon and it's not close.  Ziggy playing ok too.   Rush needs to get out of this funk and be a team leader.  Instead of jacking up 3s or going into traffic at the basket maybe he should pull up and use the mid-range.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Ysu vs Michigan
« on: November 09, 2023, 10:21:17 AM »
Not a game I expect to win but let's get after it and make it hard on scum.      Punchers chance and at worst the team plays better in that enviroment makes them better for the season.

Need the bigs to stay out of foul trouble and get the 3 point shots to fall.  8.7% against the Louisana was as bad as it gets .  Hope that was anomamly. Guys like Ziggy,Farmer,and Rush need to nail those shots.

Thinking they might want to slow the tempo down and not try to get in a track meet.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU vs Louisiana mens basketball
« on: November 07, 2023, 07:00:53 AM »
Had some defensive break downs late in the first half especially down low on the left side where the cajuns scored about 3 to 4 times uncontested that gave them a lift going into half time.

Rush had too many unforced turnovers expect better form the team leader.   Liked they way Langdon ran the point and Dynes gave much better play than I would of expected.  Had some nice blocks.

Thought Ziggy was ok and Farmer didn't get going.  Not sure what his game is.

DJ Byrnes played tough and had some phantoms calls that took him out of the game.  Kind of cool to see him rebound and push the ball the other way.   looks like coach wants this team to run and run a lot.

Winnable game but need guys to hit  shots from the perimeter.  Only one game and a long season ahead but need to get better than what we saw last night although the guys did play hard.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU vs Louisiana mens basketball
« on: November 06, 2023, 10:25:19 PM »
Three point shooting and over all bad perimter shooting tonight.   Compound that with turnovers and foul trouble make for tough game on the road.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU vs Louisiana mens basketball
« on: November 06, 2023, 09:35:22 PM »
Need to rebound better and win those 50/50 balls.  Down 4 at half.

YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU vs Louisiana mens basketball
« on: November 02, 2023, 10:01:31 PM »
Who Starts ?   I have no clue.  Coach said something like that this is his deepest team 1 through 10.   Not sure there if one guy that could take over a game like Cohill could and not sure we're better in the paint with the graduation of Nelson and Green.

A lot of  new guys who have played 4 years of baksketball and some double digit scorers.

Brandon Rush will start and might lead us in scoring .He was good for about 14 pts a game last year.  EJ Farmer plays a similar position to Rush and was a part time starter at Toledo .  Nice size for 2 guard at 6'5" and in the limited videos I saw he looks like he can put up some points with 3s and drives.

The point guard position has two canidates in Brett Thompson who averager 12 pts a game at Tennessee Tech and Bryson Langdon who started for 3 seasons at NKU.  They might be able to play together with Thompson playing off the ball.

Ziggy Reid averaged  14 pts a game at Merrimack and at 6'6" 245 lbs brings some beef.   Not sure if he plays more of a three forward since he's a 3 point shooter or plays on the post.   Probably both.

John Lovelace was our 6th man last year as a frosh.  we'll see if he makes a level up and proves he can hit some outside shots.  Great defender and athletic.

DJ Burns looks to be strong post player at 6'7". Two year starter at Murray State brings experience and toughness.  Looks to play bigger than his size.

Jaylen Bates is 6'7" and put up 9 pts a game at Florida A&M .   Looks to me more of a non post player.  Looks very athletic and plays above the rim.

Two bigs at 7'0" and 7'3".   Not sure where they are at with their development but Zorgvol should probably get more minutes than Dynes based on experience.

Four fosh and a juco.  Not sure where they fit in the rotation.

Lousiana Lafayette went 26 -8 last season and 14 -0 at their home court. lost by 3 to Tennessee in the NCAA tourney.  Real tough opener for the penguins.

I just want to mention that I have 0 inside knowledge.  I'm looking at videos which can be deceiving and what they did at previous colleges.

« on: October 30, 2023, 05:30:44 PM »
I live out of town and was coming up for the Friday Sunday Utah Tech and Niagara games and now they're playing freaking Lake Erie instead.   Probably see a lot of back ups get some minutes.

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