Game 20: Duquesne

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Game 20: Duquesne

Post by MikeUMA » Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:18 pm

Watch out kids, this is the best Dukes team in years. And flipping thru the history books, the last time the Duqies had a winning record was 93-94, when they went 8-8 in conference, and 17-13 overall and made the NIT.

Anyway, the 2007-08 squad is currently at 13-5, and 3-2 in conference. Their 13 wins are already the most since that 93-94 season.

Yesterday, they beat up on GW, 92-67 in Pittsburgh. Shawn James (6-10, Jr, F/C) tallied his 400th career block.

The Duqies have been streaky all season. They opened the season at 6-0, but no particulary noteworthy wins in there. Then they lost 3 straight: at Drake, home vs Pitt, and at West Virginia. After a 6-game win streak, they lost 2, and their last 2 have been wins.

Though they're 13-5, their RPI (RealTimeRPI.com) is at 67. Their SoS rank of 144 is the cause. No big wins under their belt. No disrespect meant, it is what it is.

Leading the Duqies are 3 players in double figures: James at 14.6 ppg (along with 7.3 rebounds), Kojo Mensah (6-1, Jr, G) at 13.8, and Kieron Achara (6-10, Grad, F/C) at 10.8.

Tough to say what kind of game we'll see on Wednesday. It may be a block party in Pittsburgh, as both UM and DU are 1 and 2 in the league in blocks on the season. UM has 143 to DU's 136. James is the A-10's Stephane Lasme this season, with 71 blocks already, averaging 4.2 per game. On the other hand, it may be a 110-108 score, as DU and UM are also the top 2 in scoring average. UM is worst in defense, giving up over 78 ppg, and DU is ranked at 11. But what doesn't make any sense is how DU leads the A-10 in FG % defense, with their opponents only shooting 40%.

The Duqies also clean the glass best in the A-10, averaging over 40 rebounds per game. But they also give up a lot, next to last in the league. We're last :(

DU leads the league in steals, but is worst in the league at the 3, at 31.1%.

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Post by 78 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:08 am

Two 6-10 guys among their stat leaders. Why am I already thinking this may not bode well for us? Maybe time to give Papa a little more run in this game. Let's hope our little guys can outplay their big guys and we sneak out with a W.
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Post by MikeUMA » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:30 am

Going by their roster weights, Achara and James outweigh Papa by 25 and 10 pounds respectively. Papa at 215 might be a bit of a stretch too. He's going to have challenges with a big center banging on him in the post.

This is a game where we need Dante to come up big and hopefully stay out of foul trouble.

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Post by kdogg8173 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:43 am

How can Trey Lang be this far behind on the depth chart? They are already getting practically nothing down low and how anyone can be a worse post presence than bonner is anybody's guess. I wonder if Forbes will start seeing some time at the 4 again?

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Post by umassfan0299 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:50 am

kdogg8173 wrote:How can Trey Lang be this far behind on the depth chart? They are already getting practically nothing down low and how anyone can be a worse post presence than bonner is anybody's guess. I wonder if Forbes will start seeing some time at the 4 again?
I like Forbes at the 4, he's a very good rebounder for somebody his size, and I prefer him posting up then jacking 3's or wildly driving the lane. As for Trey Lang, he's got to be redshirting this year, right? Either that or he is just that bad at this point, because we obviously need all the help we can get in the frontcourt.

And Mike, Papa Lo at 215 is a definite stretch, there is no way he is above 200.

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Post by throwdown » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:31 pm

Except he on the defensive end he gives up TOO MANY ofensive rebounds.

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Post by Quann » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:32 pm

Milligan has to do something in this game. How do you manage to foul out and only net 1 point? He's been the biggest dissapointment on the team this year.

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Post by umass21 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:11 am

Scoring isn't a big concern of mine with Dante this year. This style does not fit his offensive game. What is of concern is his inability to play defense and avoid fouls and his struggles on the glass.

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Post by 78 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:57 am

On the Lang and Hill thing, it would be a shame if they are both not redshirting this year, because it will basically have been a waste of a year with no playing time. Anyone have the latest scoop on these guys? Can they still be redshirted?
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Post by Kosty » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:02 am

78 wrote:Can they still be redshirted?
As far as I know, yes, they both can. I don't think either of them has seen any time.....if they have, it's been VERY minor. I think the rule is that as long as you don't appear in a certain percentage of games, you can be redshirted.

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Post by theguru » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:18 am

they have both been in games but as you stated , VERY minor time 3 or less miutes probably 3 or 4 times(not looking it up , way too lazy). definitly should be redshirted. would be a total waste of a year.

also i think dantes rebounding #'s arent horrible , its that if your only on the court 10-12 mins because of foul trouble ,you're only gonna get a couple of boards.when Dantes gotten minutes dantes gotten rebounds.

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Post by Kosty » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:23 am

Hill - 3 games
Lang - 4 games

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Post by umass21 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:41 pm

theguru wrote:they have both been in games but as you stated , VERY minor time 3 or less miutes probably 3 or 4 times(not looking it up , way too lazy). definitly should be redshirted. would be a total waste of a year.

also i think dantes rebounding #'s arent horrible , its that if your only on the court 10-12 mins because of foul trouble ,you're only gonna get a couple of boards.when Dantes gotten minutes dantes gotten rebounds.
And if the queen had balls, she'd be the king. Foul trouble is a legit problem with Dante, and no matter what his per minute averages may be, the fact is that he can't put up those numbers because he can't stay on the court.

Re: Lang and Hill, at this point you might as well redshirt them. How can you expect them to sit and watch for 19 games and then contribute anything worthwhile, especially as freshmen. It's not exactly like they're behind Parrish and McHale (or Ray and Steph) -- I hope this year doesn't do too much damage to their psyche.

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Post by theguru » Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:46 pm

dantes averageing like 8pts and 5 boards in 16 mins a game...that aint bad!

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Post by umass21 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:34 pm

Re-read my post. The problem isn't the 8 points or the 5 boards. It's the 16 minutes a game. He needs to find a way to stay on the court.

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