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Greg Peterson, who hosts a podcast, and JMU hoops writer Shane Mettlen talk about each team in the CAA.

I listened to this last year and Peterson trashed NU and had us finishing 9th.

This is his ranking this season...

Delaware
Northeastern
Drexel
Elon
JMU
Towson
Charleston
Hofstra
UNCW
WM

https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/otcolle...8807618585
Another preview. This one has NU in 5th.

Some of the other predictions here are nuts, like Elon finishing 7th and CofC in 2nd.

https://staringatthefloorboards.wordpres...n-preview/
Couldn't agree more that a healthy Doherty will be critical to our success this year.
Article from Adam Zagoria on Shaq Walters.

https://www.zagsblog.com/2021/08/09/from...ince-2019/
Some other hoops publications...

Lindy's has the CAA:

1)Delaware
2)Hofstra
3)Northeastern
4)JMU
5)UNCW
6)Elon
7)CofC
8)Drexel
9)W&M
10)Towson

Athlon Sports

1)Delaware
2)NU
3)Drexel
4)JMU
5)Elon
6)Hofstra
7)W&M
8)Towson
9)Charleston
10)UNCW
Polls are interesting but, in gereral, a waste of ink.

That being said, I'm on record as saying that Delaware has been WAY underestimated. I see us as 1-2 or 2-1 at the end. Hofstra has the challenge of integrating a bunch of talented newcomers. Who knows how long that will take. By CAA tourney time they should be clicking. For me, the NCAA bid will go to one of those three.
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook announced their projections for the CAA standings for 2021-22 and picked NU to finish first.

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BLUE RIBBON NU PREVIEW...

NORTHEASTERN

COACH Bill Coen (Hamilton ‘83)
RECORD AT SCHOOL 251-222 (15 years)
CAREER RECORD 251-222
ASSISTANTS Brian McDonald (NU ‘10)
Manny Adako (NU ‘10)
Joel Smith (NU ‘10)
WINS (LAST 5 YRS.) 15-23-23-17-10
KENPOM RATING (LAST 5 YRS) 159-96-89-142-168
2020-21 FINISH Lost in CAA Semifinals.


Northeastern lost electric point guard Tyson Walker to Michigan State but has 10 players who have started a Division I game. The deep, versatile roster combined with the CAA’s best coach should produce an exciting season for the league’s northernmost member.

Last season, the Huskies led the CAA in adjusted defensive efficiency for the fourth consecutive year, and they return the interchangeable parts Coen craves to run his system on both ends. Northeastern could easily start five players between 6-6 and 6-8, playing four around one with each of the perimeter players able to make a 3-pointer, feed a teammate or drive to the rim.

Another rigorous non-conference schedule will help Coen and his staff—three of his former players— define roles and tighten rotations.

“We mention [the schedule] in recruiting,” Coen says. “We want guys who want to play those games. Maybe they have a little chip on their shoulder because they didn’t get recruited by those schools. They have something to prove, and there’s an extra motivation there and an extra side of competitiveness.”

From year to year, Northeastern wins the battle beyond the arc as well as any team in the nation. The Huskies launched 43.9% of their field goals from 3-point range (38th) and allowed opponents to take only 31.2% of shots from there (23rd). Northeastern opponents scored only 26.1% of their points on 3-pointers (312th).

With their length, athleticism and experience, the Huskies should expect that trend to continue.

Jahmyl Telfort (11.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg) leads the Northeastern returnees. The 6-7, 230-pound forward won CAA Sixth Man of the Year honors last season as a freshman. He hit 37% of his 3-pointers and 78% of free throws.

“We had high expectations coming in, but I think he even surpassed those expectations,” Coen says. “His versatility, ability to play multiple positions, his competitiveness. He got better as the season went along, and what I’m really excited about for him is his commitment to improving since the season ended.”
Telfort has a magnetic personality, always smiling, something Coen identifies as essential to being a good teammate and weathering the storm of the season. He closed last season on a high note, pouring in 30 points in the shorthanded Huskies’ CAA semifinal loss to Drexel.

A clear example of the Huskies’ adaptability is Shaquille Walters (10.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg). The 6-6, 200-pound junior has started games at small forward and shooting guard during his career and is pegged to log a chunk of minutes at point guard in the season ahead. Although his former teammate Walker (18.8 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.4 spg) was voted CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Walters defended the opponent’s best perimeter player each night.

“He’s a great two-way player,” Coen says. “A tremendous rebounder at his spot, helps us get our offensive transition in gear. He makes winning plays. We’re going to rely on him to play the point to give us some experience there. Other guys will play. But he’s excited about it. It’s a growth area for him.”

Walters hit 51% of his 2s, 45% of 3s and 87% of free throws in conference while playing 91% of available minutes. The Huskies’ depth might allow him to catch more frequent breathers, but those breaks won’t last long.
long.

Jason Strong (9.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .372 3PT) started 17 games last season. The 6-8 junior forward helps the Huskies stretch the floor (43% on 3s in CAA games). He seized a larger role in the offense last season, and Coen believes he has even more room to grow.

“He had some complete games for us at times but has another level to get to,” Coen says. “He certainly can shoot the ball and stretch the floor and give us another floor spacer at that position. He’s got experience, knows our stuff. He’s ready for a more consistent role.”

Coen’s trust in Coleman Stucke (6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg) was evident from the outset. Stucke, a 6-7 wing, started every game for the Huskies. Inconsistent at times in his freshman season, Stucke found the touch late, hitting 10 of 25 3-pointers over the last eight games.

“He adjusted to the speed of the game,” Coen says. “He’s an incredible young man who has a great work ethic, can rebound, take the ball to the basket, and has a bright, bright future.”

Quirin Emanga (4.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg) played 51.9% of available minutes last season and also excelled against conference opponents, posting a 116.3 offensive rating in CAA games.
He made 39% of his 3-pointers. At 6-5, 220-pounds, the sophomore is yet another ideal fit on the perimeter.

Chris Doherty (5.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) was productive when he was healthy last season and is a strong candidate to fill the fifth starting role. He hit 61% of his shots, recording a 121.5 offensive rating.

The 6-7, 240-pound sophomore did not play in either of Northeastern’s regular-season CAA defeats, which Coen thinks is not a coincidence.

“He’s a guy that’s capable of going out and getting 20 rebounds,” Coen says. “He’s really worked on his skill development this summer and he’s a big strong kid with a high motor. He can give us a backbone to our defense and particularly on the glass. He can change games with his ability to rebound.”

Alexander Nwagha (0.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg) will also have an opportunity to crack the rotation because of the freshman’s size—6-8, 230 pounds—and energy on the glass.

Coen and his staff secured valuable additions through the transfer portal, enhancing the roster’s depth and providing intense competition for playing time. Northeastern should be able to maintain efficiency and production when it goes to the bench.

A 6-5 graduate transfer, Tyreek Scott-Grayson (9.3 ppg) averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 95 career games at UAB. He made 34% of his 3-pointers and dropped 30 points on Rice in a Conference USA game last season as a senior.

Joe Pridgen (12.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg), a 6-5 sophomore forward, comes over from CAA rival UNC Wilmington. He finished in the top 20 in the conference last season in scoring, steals and field-goal percentage.

Glen McClintock averaged 5.4 points and made 35.4% of his 3-pointers in Air Force’s deliberate attack as a 6-2 freshman. He gives the Huskies another option at point guard.

A grad transfer, Nikola Djogo (5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg) was a team captain at Notre Dame last season as a redshirt senior. The 6-8, 230-pound forward, who Northeastern recruited out of high school, delivered a 21-point game versus Boston College and scored 11 points in an upset win over 11th-ranked Florida State during his time with the Fighting Irish.

To Randriasalama, a 6-3 guard from Montreal, is the only freshman on the roster.

BLUE RIBBON ANALYSIS
BACKCOURT A
BENCH/DEPTH A
FRONTCOURT A
INTANGIBLES A-


Coen will rely on his best players to play the bulk of the minutes, and his rotation has rarely gone more than eight or maybe nine players. It will be interesting to watch how the battle for playing time unfolds during November and December.

With the plethora of options, Coen should have his team fine-tuned by the time conference play starts in the final week of 2021.

BLUE RIBBON FORECAST
1. Northeastern
2. James Madison
3. College of Charleston 4. Hofstra
5. Delaware
6. Elon
7. Drexel
8. Towson
9. William & Mary

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
F-Dylan Painter, SR, Delaware F-James Butler, SR, Drexel G-Camren Wynter, JR, Drexel G-Jalen Ray, SR, Hofstra
G-Vado Morse, JR, James Madison

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jalen Ray, SR, Hofstra

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
John Meeks, SR, College of Charleston

2021-22 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
March 5-8, Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington D.C.

2020-21 CHAMPIONS
James Madison, Northeastern (Regular season) Drexel (Conference tournament)

2020-21 POSTSEASON PARTICIPANTS
Postseason record: 0-1 (.000)
NCAA
Drexel

TOP BACKCOURTS
1. James Madison 2. Hofstra 3. Northeastern

TOP FRONTCOURTS
1. Northeastern 2. Delaware 3. James Madison

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
2020-21 KenPom Rating: 19th (of 32)
KenPom Rating (last 5 years): 12-15-22-18-19
Two things about the BR preview...

IMO McClintock should be the PG. Walters scares me with his decision-making and carelessness with the ball.

The stat that stood out to me was the fact that Doherty didn't play in NU's 8 CAA regular-season losses.

That says so much about how important he is in the paint...
(09-28-2021 02:33 PM)geewizNU Wrote: [ -> ]Two things about the BR preview...

IMO McClintock should be the PG. Walters scares me with his decision-making and carelessness with the ball.

The stat that stood out to me was the fact that Doherty didn't play in NU's 8 CAA regular-season losses.

That says so much about how important he is in the paint...

Time will tell if your decision on who should be our point guard or Coen's decision is the correct one.
NU with 2 (not so) secret scrimmages.

Oct. 23rd at Dartmouth and Oct. 30th vs. Bryant.
(10-15-2021 11:30 PM)geewizNU Wrote: [ -> ]NU with 2 (not so) secret scrimmages.

Oct. 23rd at Dartmouth and Oct. 30th vs. Bryant.

These are "closed" and no stats are available for them, usually, right?
(10-16-2021 08:51 AM)NUGUY Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-15-2021 11:30 PM)geewizNU Wrote: [ -> ]NU with 2 (not so) secret scrimmages.

Oct. 23rd at Dartmouth and Oct. 30th vs. Bryant.

These are "closed" and no stats are available for them, usually, right?

That's correct.
One last CAA preview, this one from 3 Man Weave...

https://www.three-man-weave.com/3mw/colo...22-preview
I like reading the predictions even though they are meaningless. Thanks for finding all these and posting them!

This section of the last preview definitely scared me: "When Walker sat, Northeastern scored 81.5 points per 100 possessions. The worst offense in the country last season (Mississippi Valley State) scored 79.4 P/100 possessions and the second-worst (Alabama State) scored 84.4 P/100 possessions. Though the sample size is small, the eye test last year 100% backs up the hopelessness of the Huskies when their leader was off the floor. If Northeastern is to compete for a CAA title and Tourney berth, it must improve on this end."

I think it was mental last season. When your best player isn't playing, sometimes it can be demoralizing. This season without Walker at all I think the team can come together early on and we'll be much better.
(11-01-2021 03:51 PM)SomebodyToLove Wrote: [ -> ]I like reading the predictions even though they are meaningless. Thanks for finding all these and posting them!

This section of the last preview definitely scared me: "When Walker sat, Northeastern scored 81.5 points per 100 possessions. The worst offense in the country last season (Mississippi Valley State) scored 79.4 P/100 possessions and the second-worst (Alabama State) scored 84.4 P/100 possessions. Though the sample size is small, the eye test last year 100% backs up the hopelessness of the Huskies when their leader was off the floor. If Northeastern is to compete for a CAA title and Tourney berth, it must improve on this end."

I think it was mental last season. When your best player isn't playing, sometimes it can be demoralizing. This season without Walker at all I think the team can come together early on and we'll be much better.

STL......that stat jumped out for me, too, but he more I thought about the less it bothered me. Here's why. We were not deep at the guard position last year. That's why Tyson and Shaq averaged in the high thirties in minutes. There was a huge dropoff in talent after those two. So when Tyson was not in the game his replacement was not much of a contributor. Plus if E was on the floor then we were down to three potential scorers at that point.
I’m not thrilled that Walters is running the point.

I hope that he can turn into Adrian Martinez and value the basketball. And what I mean by that is in Coen’s first year in 2006, we didn’t have a true PG after JJB left. He had Martinez, who was a senior and a shooting guard mired on the bench as a backup the year before, play PG with Bobby Kelly and a freshman in Matt Janning at the other guards (I know there have been stories that Janning was the PG, but he really wasn’t).

I thought Martinez did a great job considering a new coaching staff, killer schedule (NU played 6 Power 5 teams) and a very deep and talented CAA back then. And despite all of that NU still managed to finish 5th.

Now I not saying we’re going to finish 5th, but I hope Shaq can handle the point early on.
I agree that you don't look at Shaq's game and say, "he 's a born point guard.' I think what happened is that the coaches had all July to evaluate the PG candidates and they decided Shaq, for now, was their best option.

I don't see us finishing as low as fifth. Last year's team had a fatal flaw....no depth......especially with Doherty missing so much time. Coen did an amazing job taking them as far as he did. I counted up the minutes of three guys who I wished we didn't have to play and it came to 500 minutes. This year, with transfers coming in who have proven themselves at the d-1 level, depth looks like a strength for us.
(11-02-2021 06:15 PM)geewizNU Wrote: [ -> ]I hope that he can turn into Adrian Martinez and value the basketball. And what I mean by that is in Coen’s first year in 2006, we didn’t have a true PG after JJB left. He had Martinez, who was a senior and a shooting guard mired on the bench as a backup the year before, play PG with Bobby Kelly and a freshman in Matt Janning at the other guards (I know there have been stories that Janning was the PG, but he really wasn’t).
Assists were close, with Martinez leading with 3.03, Janning with 2.81, Kelly with 2.38, and Bennet Davis with 2.22.

After leading the CAA with 5.6 assists, Hofstra fans are predicting Caleb Burgess won't start. Your third-to-last game is at Hofstra, and Hofstra ends with three home games, which are you, Elon, and W&M.
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