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I love the enthusiasm, but at this juncture, a lot of things have to fall into place. Burke is proving himself to be a game changer. But a number of things that need to happen is out of his hands. And even though we are just halfway through conference play, we are deeply behind the 8 ball. The team definitely has to address one game at a time in order to reach the goal. It stands as crucial to beat Towson in order to make that goal much more visible. I think Burke has the ability to put the players in position to make this run. Then it is in the players hands to execute. Can't afford many, if any, hiccups to get there.
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Tribe losing to Huskies at half. If NE wins #1 -#7 will be a cluster with only 1 loss difference between them
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Okay, some of you know that I"m on a roll predicting against the spread...13 out of 14 on the official year for games that I stated. And, I'm a Christian so I don't bet because that is against what I stand for. With that written and you may lose money if you follow this advise....

Louisville minus 3 against State. Card are too much.
UNCW plus 3 now against JMU. At JMU. Hawks playing better ball.
Elon plus 8.5 against Northeastern. At Elon. Elon can score at home.
Towson minus 2 against C of C. At Towson. Tigers defense is unreal right now.
Delaware minus 5 against Drexel. At Delware. Hens have serious firepower and have underachieved.
Duke minus 6 against Syracuse. At Syracuse. Duke is better than recent play.
Louisville minus 3 against State. At State. Louisville is good and beat Duke at Duke on prime time.

I pick CAA games and 2 ACC games. I'm most sure about is Louisville, but you just don't know. If you lose money on my picks, that's on you. Some people won big last week using my picks, but it's gambling so you get what you get. Even if you're good, you end up losing if you bet so don't do it-EVER. I just do it for fun and that's enough for me. And, I spend zero time evaluating stats by the way so just take it for what it's worth which is zero.


Please debate why I'm wrong. That's the fun part for me because I don't bet because of my belief.

Just a back story...I did it for a while and had a system and won 22 straight games. I used that system and lost it all in 3 days by upping the dollar amount and never did it again. It's dumb. I would stay up until 2 am to see Loyala Maramount play St. Marys for like 5 dollars! Who cares? I need sleep to be at my best for work. That's why its dumb!!
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Delaware takes down Drexel 80-72.
CofC takes down Towson by 9
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(01-31-2020 11:47 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Louisville minus 3 against State. Card are too much.
UNCW plus 3 now against JMU. At JMU. Hawks playing better ball.
Elon plus 8.5 against Northeastern. At Elon. Elon can score at home.
Towson minus 2 against C of C. At Towson. Tigers defense is unreal right now.
Delaware minus 5 against Drexel. At Delware. Hens have serious firepower and have underachieved.
Duke minus 6 against Syracuse. At Syracuse. Duke is better than recent play.
Louisville minus 3 against State. At State. Louisville is good and beat Duke at Duke on prime time.
You picked Louisville twice and skipped Hofstra at W&M. You went 2-2 in the CAA and 2-0 in the ACC. You and Towson were wrong.

I don't have an objection to betting, but I don't. I spent $50 per year on an NFL Pool at one point. Now I only bet $10 per year on the NCAA Tournament and might have a lifetime net over $100. I don't know if I should call myself an expert without any involvement in playing, coaching, or sportswriting, but you can see my bracket percentiles in my signature. If you want my reasons maybe I'll post in CAA Conference Talk after the bracket comes out. I normally watch the Selection Show with my parents, but they have to go to a wedding. Other than the Super Bowl and maybe the NFL Conference Championship games, what's the biggest annual sporting event that's always on a Sunday? Is it Selection Sunday? MLB, NBA, and NHL could have their champion determined on a Sunday, but championship series doesn't have the date of the last necessary game known in advance. If you include individual sports, there's golf, tennis, and NASCAR.
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Okay my weekly picks and I'm 17 and 3 against the spread on the year. I don't bet because I feel that it's wrong and against my beliefs. If you take this advice, it's on you:

Davidson plus 9 at VCU. (Bob is a legend and can VCU blowout anybody right now in the A10?)
Boston College plus 7.5 at Va. Tech ( Can Va Tech blow out anyone in the ACC?)
Towson pk at Drexel (Tigers defense is so good)
NE plus 5 at Hofstra (Coen is very good and they will keep it tight you would think)
UNC plus 11.5 vs Duke. (Duke may blow it open but it's at UNC and is a rivalry game-will BRob play?)

That's my 5 picks for the week. I spent zero time per normal so laugh at me and you may. I've been lucky so far when I don't care about the outcome. Gambling overall can be exciting but a bad way to spend time. You lose the fun of the game and get caught up in it when there is so much more to life but I digress. I enjoy just seeing how I would do. The UNCW game would be fun to go with but we don't know if Shy can play and we can't stop they're 2 seven footers in a high low so you can't go with that. Elon sucked so bad the other night in a win that even with 13 points at C of C, you don't know.
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(02-07-2020 11:45 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Okay my weekly picks and I'm 17 and 3 against the spread on the year. I don't bet because I feel that it's wrong and against my beliefs. If you take this advice, it's on you:

Davidson plus 9 at VCU. (Bob is a legend and can VCU blowout anybody right now in the A10?)
Boston College plus 7.5 at Va. Tech ( Can Va Tech blow out anyone in the ACC?)
Towson pk at Drexel (Tigers defense is so good)
NE plus 5 at Hofstra (Coen is very good and they will keep it tight you would think)
UNC plus 8 vs Duke. (Duke may blow it open but it's at UNC and is a rivalry game-will BRob play?)

That's my 5 picks for the week. I spent zero time per normal so laugh at me and you may. I've been lucky so far when I don't care about the outcome. Gambling overall can be exciting but a bad way to spend time. You lose the fun of the game and get caught up in it when there is so much more to life but I digress. I enjoy just seeing how I would do. The UNCW game would be fun to go with but we don't know if Shy can play and we can't stop they're 2 seven footers in a high low so you can't go with that. Elon sucked so bad the other night in a win that even with 13 points at C of C, you don't know.

Good stuff Bill 03-yes
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Went 4 and 1 for the week so that’s 21 wins and 4 losses against the spread.
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(02-08-2020 09:49 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Went 4 and 1 for the week so that’s 21 wins and 4 losses against the spread.

I am curious Bill.

Where does it say you’re not allowed to bet?


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Back on topic. It's really a shame Shy went out when he did. Not sure we'd have taken down Towson, but I feel sure we'd have at least gone 1-1 against JMU and Elon and maybe won both. With wins against NU, CofC and William and Mary , we'd have had the upper hand on tie breakers and the 6th place spot would have been attainable with the fall of NU.
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(02-08-2020 09:58 PM)82hawk Wrote:  Back on topic. It's really a shame Shy went out when he did. Not sure we'd have taken down Towson, but I feel sure we'd have at least gone 1-1 against JMU and Elon and maybe won both. With wins against NU, CofC and William and Mary , we'd have had the upper hand on tie breakers and the 6th place spot would have been attainable with the fall of NU.

Yep. The timing of that injury, and having it at all is really unfortunate.

On the flip side, if he and the rest of the team are healthy, there’s not a team in this conference they’re not capable of beating, especially on a neutral floor.


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I think this league this season have proven 1 thing. Anybody can beat anybody on a given night and you might as well flip a coin on any result. That has not been normal for the CAA
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I think things are similar to recent years. I don't anyone can win 4 in a row from the 7 to 10 slot. Hofstra appears to be the best team. Right now, unless Northeastern gets on a roll and wins the CAA tournament(with Roland and perhaps a returning Murphy?), the winner will be one with little to no CAA tournament pedigree. Hofstra and William and Mary have never won, Towson has never even made the final. Delaware has the 1 title(worst 90 seconds of my basketball viewing life) and Charleston has the 2018 title. It is another reminder of how many titles left the CAA about 10 years ago. Only the Hawks and Huskies(2) remain as multiple title holders.

As usual, there will be likely be 1 upset prior to the semis and then the final will likely be the 1 seed vs the 2 seed or 3 seed in the final. The only question is whether the venue will provide any help for the Tribe, Delaware or Towson in the tournament.

There are lots of possibilities for changes in the 2-7 seeds right now. 2015 was the last year(four teams tied at 12-6) where there was not a clear favorite or two. You guys and Hofstra in 2016, the Hawks and Cougars in 2017, Cougars and Huskies in 2018, and the same two plus Hofstra last season. This year, Hofstra appears to be a little better than the (W&M, Delaware, Towson, Charleston, Northeastern) group following them.
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(02-17-2020 05:11 PM)TribePride91 Wrote:  I think things are similar to recent years. I don't anyone can win 4 in a row from the 7 to 10 slot. Hofstra appears to be the best team. Right now, unless Northeastern gets on a roll and wins the CAA tournament(with Roland and perhaps a returning Murphy?), the winner will be one with little to no CAA tournament pedigree. Hofstra and William and Mary have never won, Towson has never even made the final. Delaware has the 1 title(worst 90 seconds of my basketball viewing life) and Charleston has the 2018 title. It is another reminder of how many titles left the CAA about 10 years ago. Only the Hawks and Huskies(2) remain as multiple title holders.

As usual, there will be likely be 1 upset prior to the semis and then the final will likely be the 1 seed vs the 2 seed or 3 seed in the final. The only question is whether the venue will provide any help for the Tribe, Delaware or Towson in the tournament.

There are lots of possibilities for changes in the 2-7 seeds right now. 2015 was the last year(four teams tied at 12-6) where there was not a clear favorite or two. You guys and Hofstra in 2016, the Hawks and Cougars in 2017, Cougars and Huskies in 2018, and the same two plus Hofstra last season. This year, Hofstra appears to be a little better than the (W&M, Delaware, Towson, Charleston, Northeastern) group following them.

I agree, I actually believe there are 0 teams in this conference set up that would win 4 in a row. Teams are too close to each other for that to be reasonable. My point is even starting with the quarterfinal, basically every game will be a coin flip. If there is a year the 1 or 2 seed doesnt win, it will be this year, because the difference between #1 and #6 is razor thin.
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I don't think the overall talent level is close to where it was several years ago. The UNCW 2017 team stands as the best in the last 4-5 years I think. I think Hofstra is likely the best team, but they are not as good as they were last year(when they lost in the final). W&M is definitely not as good as they would have been had they retained their starting five from last year and added Van Vliet and Cam Brown. Northeastern is also not as good, although they are dangerous. Delaware and Towson are likely better than last season, but still not at the level of the last 3 champions in talent.

Drexel could make a move up this week if they can win 2 very tough games at home.
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The Tribe might just be dominating the league right now if Shaver hadn't gotten fired, given how much talent left.

Only Hofstra would be giving them a run for their money, at least in regular season play.
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Not sure if it is recruiting in general, the transfer rule, or something else, but the overall talent level of the league is down. Some of that can be attributed to good talent transferring for sure. The Hawks had amazing talent in 2016 and 2017 that eroded by the time Cacok was a senior. W&M's talent this season is significantly less this season than in the recent 4-5 years. Hofstra is not as good either. This season's Hofstra team is less talented than in the past. But, they are definitely getting the job done.
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Talent overall is definitely down, no doubt. I think transfers is definitely hurting our conference. Seemingly every team is losing 1-2 players every year so there is little continuity year over year. The players that are talented are also seemingly the ones leaving which hurts the conference. Realignment creating a steeper incline of the haves and have nots has not helped either.

When the CAA hit its peak prior to realignment the key to success was talent brought in, but also stability. You had longtime coaches that were good but were mostly happy where they were at and werent jumping at the first opportunity, but waiting for the right opportunity (Blaine Taylor, Bruiser Flint, Jim Laranaga, Matt Brady, Bill Coen, Tony Shaver). The only one that wasnt stable was VCU, but they built a coaching portal basically to prepare coaches for their sideline so that transition was seamless.

Once realignment started happening and the final four runs happened all of a sudden the coaches started getting poached. Talent breed talent. The CAA was good and recruiting was easier with good teams. Once good teams lost their coaches or changed conferences it became more difficult to get those top tier recruits because the conference was more void of talent. Stability in the league and coaches disappeared and started over. Even outside of the CAA post realignment those programs that were always top tier struggled. ODU still hasnt recovered from getting football and firing Taylor. Mason has started to show life after Laranaga left for Miami, but hasnt been easy. VCU has gone through coaches still and even they havent seen the level of success they were having here, though they have stayed a strong team. Georgia State had a fairy tale run due to the coach's son but overall have done nothing but struggle. So to me we need strong coaches here and that will lead to getting the talent back up. But post realignment the league basically started over, which sucked. Even in our current landscape CofC is stable, Northeastern is stable but nobody else is yet. W&M just changed over coaches, Drexel is still in limbo, UNCW is obviously searching again, JMU will be searching again. Until the league lands good coaches again it will be difficult to rise up to where the league was. Rule changes have not helped the mid majors either.
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The Tribe basically self-gutted its program and did it one year early. Not saying it isn't possible that they win the tourney next month, but it is far less likely with the movement made last March. BTW, the Tribe's prized recruit for 19-20 that had already committed(Cam Brown) is finding his way at St Joseph's even though that team has struggled. He scored 24 and hit the game winner last night. The Tribe talent(2020) might have been close to the 2017 UNCW team had Coach Shaver been retained.

I would agree that Northeastern and Charleston are the most stable programs in the league. Hofstra has also been at the top of the league for about 7-8 years they just haven't won the tournament title. The tourney venue is definitely a factor(even with reduced attendance). COC made the finals all 3 years it was in Charleston. When it was in Baltimore the prior 3, W&M played 8 tournament games in that venue. Will be interesting to see if the DC venue provides any benefit for Towson, W&M, Delaware or JMU. The lack of fan support makes the job Coen does at Northeastern all the more impressive(Hofstra too). A lot of the prediction models for this year have Hofstra as the favorite, but Northeastern still listed as 2nd choice. The Tribe is about the 5th or 6th choice. Northeastern and perhaps Charleston are the only squads with a significant amount of tourney success. Hofstra likely ranks 3rd on that list.

The Hawks made the right move to start their coaching search early. Whether they choose Coach Burke or another candidate, they likely helped their transition and potential recruiting with the move(hopefully). The season is more fun when there are no programs that are down. Now, if we can just get a media platform that the fans enjoy and gives the league some exposure, we may see a resurgence.
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I'm very surprised Rowe hasn't been fired yet. JMU's Administration just doesn't care about anything but football. Very sad.

My pick to win the tourney this year would be either Charleston or Northeastern. I'll never trust Mihalich, no matter how much talent he puts on the floor. You can't just roll the ball out there every year like he does, and also overly rely on your starting 5, and win 3 in a row on a neutral floor. You just can't. Whenever they make the finals, their guys have looked visibly exhausted.
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