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Everything posted by Let'sGoZips94

  1. Back to double digits after a couple quick buckets by WVU. Damn.
  2. Every time I hear the WVU announcer say Sherman, I can't help but think...
  3. 33-47 at the half. Not bad. Make a few more shots, cut down on the turnovers, and this is a game.
  4. 1350 on the radio is airing the Akron game. 1350 on iHeart is airing the Hoban game. Listening to the WVU radio on their website. Reece had a block then scored. The WVU announcer, "Blocked from behind, RUDELY, by Reece."
  5. I'm getting premium content. Tried to sign up, it was charging me $0, but then wouldn't process the payment.
  6. Outstanding comments from Alford. Very respectable.
  7. This is about as accurate an assessment as you can make. Well said. When you look at the past couple of seasons, we've been a couple made shots away from flipping the records. The biggest thing I appreciate from Groce's teams thus far is their commitment to the defensive side of the ball. I think we took for granted last year what it meant to have a top 25 defense IN THE COUNTRY. It's an aspect of basketball that is quietly disappearing as AAU continues to promote offensive stat sheets over basketball fundamentals. Hopefully the shots fall this season as we continue to commit to high-intensity defense. We'll see tonight pretty quickly if this team has bought in from the get-go, or if we'll need 2 months of OOC basketball to develop the commitment to the fundamentals we've seen in recent seasons. If WVU doesn't get you amped up, sheesh. Wow. Thanks for that insight. I wonder if other coaches trust previous players to stay through a coaching change when they take over the program. I'd have to imagine Parrish was one of the key pieces.
  8. Since you brought it up, let's spread some good vibes and listen to the joy in Frenchie's voice.
  9. 3 words will define this game. Conditioning. Composure. Effort. I'm assuming West Virginia will continue to roll with their Press Virginia defensive scheme, meaning we need to be composed enough to not turn the ball over a gazillion times. On top of that, I'd like to see us truly push the ball like we supposedly did against Malone and have done all off-season. We can't afford to get tired out; that will only lead to mistakes and mental breakdowns. Lastly - and this basically goes without saying - we need to out-effort WVU. Loose balls, rebounds, etc. The little things are a product of effort, and the little things are what lead to couches being burned on porches out of anger. X, Cheese, and LCJ are going to be MASSIVE key players. Get er done, Zips!
  10. There really wasn't much on him. Very little-to-no recruiting activity, limited press, and his highlights were largely from earlier in his high school career. I think the general census on the board was that he might be a diamond in the rough, but that he was raw and would need developing - both physically and skill wise.
  11. "Excitement is building." - @NWAkron (probably)
  12. Personally, Akron football at this particular moment is unwatchable. The offense is horrid and the defense is porous. I don't know if it's a talent-to-scheme-fit problem or a coaching/game plan problem, but it's plain garbage right now. With that being said, when I watch Arth coach, he doesn't come off as a guy that will be complacent in his work. He has a lot of passion. I think the jump to DI FBS has come as a shock to him, but I also think he'll make the necessary corrections next year to change that. Bowden was fired because he became complacent and dug in. If I'm wrong, the football program and University as a whole are in deep, DEEP trouble.
  13. Groce mentioned in one of the interviews with Chad that we're playing fast/uptempo on offense. Has anybody seen a practice? Are we playing an aggressive uptempo offense where we're constantly driving to the basket, or are we running down the floor and pulling up or kicking out for a jump shot? How's the shooting ability on this team? The roster make-up screams DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE with what looks to be some solidly built guards (size, control, speed wise), but our Achilles since Groce took over has been shot-making.
  14. Same. It's hands down the best sports package available, especially for the price.
  15. More like Christmas Eve. Today's Nov. 1st - the start of Christmas for some people. Not to mention NEO decided to dress as Winter/Christmas Season for Halloween. I love college basketball season, but I could easily do without the winter weather.
  16. Just a heads up for anyone that has Playstation Vue. Sony is shutting down Vue on January 30th, 2020, so all of the above games will be unavailable to you unless you find a new service or pay for the individual networks.
  17. 2005 MAC Title Game. What a road to get in, needing help from the NIU/WMU game. What a comeback. Garrett Wolfe throwing up over 200 yds on the ground, prompting the SportsCenter personality to say in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice, "I will poop on all your defense!" My dad wanting to leave with something like 3-5 minutes left in the game before wisely appeasing his 11 year old son at the time who wanted to stay (I still remember the pessimist in him thinking Hixon dropped the ball, thinking "that's an Akron thing to happen"). Hixon battling cramps all game. And of course, who could forget... "Getsy pumps, he throws for Hixon and it is... CAUGHT! FOR A TOUCHDOWN! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!"
  18. Solid news for them. 6'7" 215 lbs Sophomore. Excerpts from Texas Tech's website... FRESHMAN SEASON (2018-19) Mballa appeared in 17 games in his freshman season for the Red Raiders with a season-high three points at Kansas… He also scored in games against Incarnate Word, Northern Colorado, Northwestern State, Abilene Christian and Baylor… Mballa finished the season 4-for-9 from the field and had two blocked shots coming against Kansas and West Virginia... He gained NCAA Tournament experience in the second-round win over Buffalo and the Sweet 16 victory over Michigan. PRIOR TO TEXAS TECH Mballa is a strong rebounder and defender who is long, athletic and plays with a high motor … Prepped at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut under Tom Espinosa, the same program as forward Malik Ondigo … Team turned in a 38-4 record and won the program’s first national championship in 2018 … Mballa was born in Detroit, Michigan but grew up in Bordeaux, France where he played for Kameet Academy while growing up before coming back to the United States for high school... Possesses extensive international experience with the French National Team … Played in the FIBA U17 World Championships in 2016 and the FIBA U18 European Championships in 2017 … Posted 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during the 2017 event … Signed his Athletic Scholarship Agreement (ASA) in July 2018. Their cupboard still emptied with last year's graduating class. We'll see how they're able to re-tool - IF they're able to re-tool. Interesting. Looking forward to hearing how the scrimmage against Xavier ends up in 2 days. *Plugs Robert Morris into the Excitement Meter* Oh! I think it twitched! Wait... Nevermind. That was just Joe Akron tapping on it to see if it's working. They have the most experience returning. Choke-masters or not, this shows how wide open the MAC is this year.
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