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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Detroit YSU MBB
« on: January 30, 2021, 03:56:16 PM »
I agree with the above.  We need DQ to be competitive with our supporting cast and no real post player which hurts our outside game. Our remaining talent is ok in a support role, but not primary players. We shot better than I ever thought possible from 3 and still lost. I don't think a repeat of that can happen today and we will be in trouble. Other teams double Naz inside and the others can't take advantage of that and score.  If we try that on defense, it backfires. Need DQ and some better players. Detroit just looks like they had better players, especially with Davis taking the heat off the others.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: UIC Men's
« on: January 23, 2021, 09:54:39 PM »
Nice win today and much needed to keep the team's attitude up for a learning environment.

Still need to quit taking 3's with players who's ability to make them is 25% or less.  Need to get the ball to the hoop with others beside Naz.  Michael A had a nice game today, but much of it is inside the 3.  When he gets in love with 3's we are in trouble.  Garret also.  Both are big enough to go to the hoop.  When we go inside we have a chance.

Daniel O has surprised me, pleasantly so.  He is a tall guard which improves our defense and when he goes to the basket, he is not so intimidated by the big guys. If he can improve his outside shooting and keep attacking the basket, he will be a great addition as a taller DQ type player. Not that I think he is as good as DQ, but similar with the ability to drive and shoot from the outside as a point guard. Hopefully the other freshman can grow into productive players, both driving to the basket, pulling up for mid range shots, and 3's when they are there, and play defense.  Next week will be interesting to see if this continues, especially with our new guys.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: UIC Men's
« on: January 23, 2021, 11:17:32 AM »
I thought the same thing on the last shot. I guess the refs didn't want to get into that or didn't see it clearly enough to overturn the call.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: UIC Men's
« on: January 22, 2021, 08:15:29 PM »
Disappointing Loss. Poor shooting overall is killing us. At least today they didn't just pa$$ the ball around and throw up 3's like normally done.  Michael A still threw up 2 which were misses after playing a nice game in close which he can be successful at. Surprised that Daniel O played so much.  Garret C was missing at the end of the game when we sure needed him. Not sure why. We need shooters badly. DQ was one and he carried the team last year. Not sure what can be done with this group.  You can't make shooters.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU Oakland MBB game 1
« on: January 16, 2021, 06:59:33 PM »
Without DQ we are not good enough in the league.  Without him last year we would have been significantly below 500. He took the heat off of the rest of the team and could score when it was needed.  Also Mays is not as tall as the guards he needs to play against and that hurts on offense and defense.  They stole the ball a few times by trapping him with taller players, especially in the corner right past the time line. And they took advantage on the defensive end at times in the paint. Hopefully with experience he can avoid those problems for the most part. He has potential to be a good player and a difference maker. Our defensive scheme could help him also. The other teams seem to be able to penetrate almost at will and we end up pa$$ing the ball around beyond the 3 point line and taking a contested 3.  They get mostly uncontested 3's or drive to the basket. Tough to win that way.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Wright State
« on: January 09, 2021, 06:07:07 PM »
Wow! We were really exposed today. One team looked experienced and the other not so much. Offensive rebounds in the first half were like 11 to 1 against us.  Size is some of it, but experience, effort, etc is also a part of it.  Our new guys are getting a baptism by fire.  I sure hope they learn.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Wright State
« on: January 08, 2021, 09:53:48 PM »
Great game for YSU.  Strong start really helped and the seniors played well with Naz the huge difference.  As the game winded down all the new guys were mostly standing around on offense almost not wanting the ball.  Not Naz, he took control and won the game. He made many strong moves to the basket covered by multiple players and still scored. Just amazing.  Glad for Michael A having a good game.  He had good arch on his 3's and they went in. At times his shot is flat, like a line drive, and the percentages go down. We need his height and experience to be competitive. The freshman are needed but inexperienced and put in really tough situations without much practice or playing time to get ready. Hope for a repeat tomorrow, but Wright State will be motivated and ready. Hopefully the new guys will learn from these games and grow as players.  They have skill and are really needed with Q down for now.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Wright State
« on: January 06, 2021, 07:32:21 AM »
My error.  David is Michael.  But I think anyone who has watched the games would have known.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Wright State
« on: January 05, 2021, 06:48:20 PM »
Big weekend coming.  On national TV on Friday, ESPN2.  Naz will be fine as will Q and Mays. The rest I worry about. We need some mid range production, not just 3's and try's at layups. Our full court pressure needs to be limited or they we kill us with easy baskets. And David and Garret need to be productive for us to have a chance.  The new guys sure have a chance to step up, namely Vargo, Dunn, Hunter, and Traore. Dunn and Traore seem to be tall enough for an inside presence, but Dunn needs to bulk up some to survive inside and Traore probably needs some practice / playing time to get ready. Even David A could be more effective inside and help so much, but he likes to shoot 3's and that is not his game at this time. Unfortunately none of the redshirt freshman seem to be ready to contribute. I am not totally sure who the redshirt freshman are, Ogoro for sure and maybe Ganley.

We need to start fast to have a chance I think.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Game 2 CSU 81 YSU 74
« on: December 27, 2020, 06:53:51 PM »
CSU got too many easy baskets by beating us off the dribble as stated. Our new guys are not up to the defensive skills needed to play man against them.  Maybe zone would have helped, maybe not. Their outside shooting would get us then instead of the layups we gave up. When Mays fouled out we were in big trouble. He is a big part of our offense.  Too bad Jalani is gone, could have helped I think. Last year I would have played him more instead of Devin and he may have stayed.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Mens basketball vs CSU game 1
« on: December 26, 2020, 04:33:50 PM »
Q had an ankle issue today. Hopes to play Sunday.

Poor showing without him. Too many missed shots by all our guys and the pressure defense of CSU caused turnovers leading to layups.  And Cleveland State shot lights out after they got ahead.  Our new guys are not ready except Mayes and our experienced guys without Q were lacking today.  Hope tomorrow is better.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Game two YSU vs NKU on ESPN2
« on: December 20, 2020, 05:52:14 PM »
Great win!  I am surprised with the big turn around defensively. Played with much more intensity defensively than yesterday, even with back to back games and the Covid breaks which would hurt our conditioning. Not nearly so many open 3's. And our press was only used a bit and didn't give up the layups it does at times. Played only 8, really 7 players, as one player had 1 minute of time. More experience on the floor today.

Vargo looks good as does Mayes.  And Vargo is taller so that really helps us overall.  Naz was great especially down the stretch. I was worried late in the game when we had a 5 point lead. I feared missed free throws and missed shots and turnovers, but Naz and Akushe made free throws and shots to help nd overall played great.  Then Mayes had 2 big threes which saved the day.  Still worried about our lack of height as at times taller NKU players got rebounds over the back of our smaller guys without fouling. Now hope we can go to Cleveland State and do well.

I think the Radio show is on tomorrow 5 to 7.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU mens basketball preview
« on: December 19, 2020, 10:05:45 PM »
Obviously looked bad today.  Reminded me of nearly the first game of coach Calhoun's time with us when we played Kent I think at Akron in the Coaches Against Cancer game I attended.  We kept on full court pressing and they continued to get easy lay ups after breaking our press.  Today we doubled the ball and they found the open man for wide open 3's and made them.

We miss Jelani Simmons badly. He left over playing time I think.  Darnell C and the other Senior were done with eligibility, but not Jelani. He was quick, tall, long, and fast.  Our new guys don't have his skill and our lack of size is really hurting us. And as others have said NKU freshman looked really good compared to our guys. The Covid break hurt us, but I think it is more than that. We need to play hard and make shots to succeed. Our new guys looked very tentative at times and really didn't contributed much. Let's hope tomorrow is much improved.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Mens basketball at Binghamton
« on: December 13, 2020, 06:12:09 PM »
I heard that Jamir Thomas is probably out for the year with a torn ACL.

Our inside game will be our problem, no big without Jamir.  Naz will be good, but against bigger inside guys he will not be able to hold them off. Foul shooting of some will be a problem also. 

The new point guard looks good as a person to spell Q.  He is small but good.  Probably how we were able to get him. It will be interesting.

Michael A was real good today and a big part of our season as another presence inside. Garret C also.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Horizon League Basketball Tourney
« on: March 06, 2020, 12:10:03 PM »
I agree we didn't have a good night and the rebounding battle was lost by us and our shooting in large part was not good.  But we played on Tuesday night till 9 or so.  The players got home and the were up the next morning and got on a bus trip to Chicago ( I am fairly sure it was a bus trip).  That is a long tiring trip even if it was a flight from Pittsburgh or Cleveland.  Then play the next night.  UIC stayed home through all of this and was just fresher in my opinion.  Should have played on Friday to be more fair.

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