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RE: Texas Road Trip #1 - Rice & North Texas
(01-01-2018 10:04 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  
(01-01-2018 08:59 PM)ODUDrunkard13 Wrote:  History tells me that the Texas trip is hard on these guys. We always struggle in one of the 2, no matter how good or bad the opposition is. While this might be our most well rounded team since joining the league, I would not be shocked if we laid an egg in either game.
The hope and expectation is that this team is better than those teams who were unable to maintain the focus to perform well in back to back road games. Anything less than taking care of business decisively in the two games should be disappointing to a team that is poised to make a run at winning this conference. Let's stop expecting crap performances against crap teams. It seems the team has.

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Yes, for sure. It must be a grind to make that trip ( Porter even said he hated that trip in the postgame show the other night) but this team is experienced enough now not to have any excuses.
01-02-2018 07:45 AM
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RE: Texas Road Trip #1 - Rice & North Texas
(01-01-2018 10:04 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  
(01-01-2018 08:59 PM)ODUDrunkard13 Wrote:  History tells me that the Texas trip is hard on these guys. We always struggle in one of the 2, no matter how good or bad the opposition is. While this might be our most well rounded team since joining the league, I would not be shocked if we laid an egg in either game.
The hope and expectation is that this team is better than those teams who were unable to maintain the focus to perform well in back to back road games. Anything less than taking care of business decisively in the two games should be disappointing to a team that is poised to make a run at winning this conference. Let's stop expecting crap performances against crap teams. It seems the team has.

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I'm not lowering expectations or even making excuses for them. I'm just using history/trends as a guide to not get ahead of myself.

Thank goodness, we get Rice first. They can probably come out flat and still win the game by double digits. They won't have the same luxury on Saturday.
01-02-2018 07:58 AM
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RE: Texas Road Trip #1 - Rice & North Texas
Thursday 8:00 in Houston: Rice (3-12, 0-2 CUSA).

Results to date: E Kentucky (72-73); Ga State (54-75); Northwestern St (65-87); UNLV (68-95); Mississippi (62-79); St Thomas, Tx (70-59); UT-Arlington (49-69); UT-Rio Grande Valley (67-69); SF Austin (62-81); St Edwards (91-86); Texas Tech (53-73); N Mexico (69-78); Texas St (66-74); UTSA (66-79); UTEP (62-80).

Last game: UTEP led by only two at HT (31-29), but shot 71% in the second half (80% 3s) and won running away in El Paso. Meanwhile Rice shot only 36% FG and 8-33 3s in the game. Connor Cashaw led the Owls with 17 pts and 8 RBs and Tim Harrison came off the bench for 11 pts.

Stats: 66.5 pts (vs 75.7); .393 FG (.304 3s); .660 FT; +1 RB; A/TO= 0.66 (17 TOs/g)

Starters (UTEP)
F Robert Martin (6-6 220 So). 21.9 min.; .442 FG (5-18 3s); .620 FT; 3.3 RB; 7.8 pts (9 starts)
F Malik Osborne (6-8 200 Fr). 25.0 min.; .408 FG (4-20 3s); .674 FT; 6.3 RB; 6.1 pts (11 starts)
G Malik Cashew (6-5 200 Jr). 31.4 min.; .388 FG (28-83 3s); .727 FT; 6.9 RB; 2.8 assists; 16.3 pts
G Bishop Mency (6-5 215 Sr). 28.7 min.; .364 FG (21-74 3s); .640 FT; 4.9 RB; 7.3 pts
G Ako Adams (6-2 170 So). 27.8 min. .310 FG (14-64 3s); .818 FT; 2.9 RB; 3.3 assists; 8.1 pts

Bench
G Lester Miles (6-0 170 Fr). 15.5 min.; .333 FG (11-29 3s); .762 FT; 1.5 RB; 4.2 pts (5 starts)
F Tim Harrison (6-8 220 So). 10.9 min.; .393 FG (9-30 3s); .526 FT; 2.2 RB; 4.2 pts
F Austin Meyer (6-9 235 So). 11.6 min.; .727 FG; .516 FT; 1.6 RB; 3.4 pts (4 starts)
G Najja Hunter (6-5 180 Fr). 13.4 min.; .346 FG (1-10 3s); .526 FT; 2.6 RB; 3.8 pts

Team has shot poorly and been hurt badly by TOs (and resultant points). When not shooting 3s (25.4/game), team attacks baskets and gets to the FT line (24.5/game).
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RE: Texas Road Trip #1 - Rice & North Texas
(01-01-2018 10:04 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  
(01-01-2018 08:59 PM)ODUDrunkard13 Wrote:  History tells me that the Texas trip is hard on these guys. We always struggle in one of the 2, no matter how good or bad the opposition is. While this might be our most well rounded team since joining the league, I would not be shocked if we laid an egg in either game.
The hope and expectation is that this team is better than those teams who were unable to maintain the focus to perform well in back to back road games. Anything less than taking care of business decisively in the two games should be disappointing to a team that is poised to make a run at winning this conference. Let's stop expecting crap performances against crap teams. It seems the team has.

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Agree, but the back to back crap performances @Fairfield and @Scope were concerning. Got away with it and would likely get away with it against Rice, but we cannot afford a crap performance against North Texas. They are better than bad... probably closer to mediocre and probably better than Fairfield.

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RE: Texas Road Trip #1 - Rice & North Texas
(01-02-2018 09:12 AM)EverRespect Wrote:  
(01-01-2018 10:04 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  
(01-01-2018 08:59 PM)ODUDrunkard13 Wrote:  History tells me that the Texas trip is hard on these guys. We always struggle in one of the 2, no matter how good or bad the opposition is. While this might be our most well rounded team since joining the league, I would not be shocked if we laid an egg in either game.
The hope and expectation is that this team is better than those teams who were unable to maintain the focus to perform well in back to back road games. Anything less than taking care of business decisively in the two games should be disappointing to a team that is poised to make a run at winning this conference. Let's stop expecting crap performances against crap teams. It seems the team has.

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Agree, but the back to back crap performances @Fairfield and @Scope were concerning. Got away with it and would likely get away with it against Rice, but we cannot afford a crap performance against North Texas. They are better than bad... probably closer to mediocre and probably better than Fairfield.

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Hopefully the crap performances at Fairfield and Scope can be chalked up to holiday season woes. Yep, I'm well aware that's an excuse and I could be wrong. Glad the team came out with all cylinders firing vs UNC-C
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RE: Texas Road Trip #1 - Rice & North Texas
(01-02-2018 10:12 AM)odu09 Wrote:  
(01-02-2018 09:12 AM)EverRespect Wrote:  
(01-01-2018 10:04 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  
(01-01-2018 08:59 PM)ODUDrunkard13 Wrote:  History tells me that the Texas trip is hard on these guys. We always struggle in one of the 2, no matter how good or bad the opposition is. While this might be our most well rounded team since joining the league, I would not be shocked if we laid an egg in either game.
The hope and expectation is that this team is better than those teams who were unable to maintain the focus to perform well in back to back road games. Anything less than taking care of business decisively in the two games should be disappointing to a team that is poised to make a run at winning this conference. Let's stop expecting crap performances against crap teams. It seems the team has.

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Agree, but the back to back crap performances @Fairfield and @Scope were concerning. Got away with it and would likely get away with it against Rice, but we cannot afford a crap performance against North Texas. They are better than bad... probably closer to mediocre and probably better than Fairfield.

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Hopefully the crap performances at Fairfield and Scope can be chalked up to holiday season woes. Yep, I'm well aware that's an excuse and I could be wrong. Glad the team came out with all cylinders firing vs UNC-C

I actually think that is a reasonable excuse. Lots of good teams crapped the bed over the holiday break. It happens.
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Texas Road Trip #1 - Rice & North Texas
Distractions (social/family events and more free time), routine change (no classes), and conflicting interests (total focus on next weeks game against low quality opponent or trying to fill holes in the schedule to bang your hs booty call) are of issue around the holidays. It is not an excuse, but it is an explanation. It's kind of like when work has a little lull and you naturally want to use the time to take a break and disengage a bit. Good leadership can turn it into a strength.

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Did Marcus Evans eventually transfer to FecesU? Or did he go to a Power5 school?
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(01-02-2018 03:21 PM)Petey Hodge Wrote:  Did Marcus Evans eventually transfer to FecesU? Or did he go to a Power5 school?

VCU. Sitting out since he transferred. He also tore his acl last summer.
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Didn't hear about the acl. Wouldn't wish that on anyone.
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