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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome Terrence Samuel
« on: July 1, 2015, 07:14 AM »
Welcome to the PSU family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: June 30, 2015, 07:20 AM »

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: June 24, 2015, 12:12 PM »

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OT / Re: Golf
« on: June 23, 2015, 06:52 PM »
Fox cameras followed him walking from the 3rd hole to the 4th tee waiting for him to fall down, on a split screen while live action was going on...strange...

Odd indeed. But, that was a heck of a walk. How far was it? Seemed like a couple of hundred yards or so!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: June 18, 2015, 06:48 AM »
So does Robby Carmody have the best home town name? Just imagine his introduction in the starting line up. "Robby Carmody, he's from Mars!" Gotta love PA town names.

I believe the school nickname is the " fightin' planets!"

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Geno gone
« on: June 15, 2015, 12:10 PM »
I'm solid with Chambers at this point. I felt like he was the right choice at the time, and my only concern was my personal bias against 'salesman' types. Guess what? We need a salesman.

I liked PC's salesmanship! We needed a salesman. After 4 years where am I with PC????    While I may be leaning in one direction I will not answer with a positive or negative. I will answer with a "too early to forecast!!!" I think PC deserved 6 years. I will attempt to be patient this year!
I am not as much concerned with player movement as "quality of play!"  "Quality of play" = trying to "play the game the correct way." Of course this is a subjective evaluation!! 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Geno gone
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:39 AM »
1/2 empty......1/2 full?
1/3rd empty......1/3rd full
1/10th empty.....1/10th full
Subjective questions.  :-\  The answer is "in the eye of the beholder!!"

Am I happy with the situation we are in? No! BUT, all long time fans have seen the PSU program in worst shape. Nature of the beast!
I do not like where NCAA basketball has gone. Just too must $$$$$$$$$$$$$ oriented! I can't think of a single nice thing to say about the NCAA brass.  BUT I will continue to be a PSU hoop fan! 
Every year provides an opportunity for young players! This is what I enjoy. Back when I was attending a couple of games a year my favorite game was the Blue-White Game. I could not wait to see the new players! One might say this season provides a greater opportunity for new players!
What I expect to see from our team is a strong effort and the coaches insisting the kids try to play the game the correctly.  I expect effort to get quality shot attempts. Fouls and turnovers limited.  I believe a college team can be "fundamentally sound" regardless of the age of the players and talent level! The team is together most of the year!
When I don't see an combined effort (players and coaches) to play "solid" basketball then I will stop following PSU hoops and watch more local HS hoops. Maybe attend more RMU games! They have a quality young coach!

P.S. This season we need scheduled home court "wins" in the remaining OOC schedule NOT scheduled  RPI builders!!!!!!!!!!!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Geno gone
« on: June 12, 2015, 08:15 AM »
Geno was an easy player to like!  Fun player to watch. Played hard. Hate to lose a WPIAL kid! 

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Hard to pick a line-up. I think we mix and match during the preseason (Out of Conference) schedule. See what develops!  :-\

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Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: June 9, 2015, 11:00 AM »
More drastic changes for women's basketball

http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2015-06-08/ncaa-womens-basketball-adopts-new-rules-including-four-10


Strongly dislike the "advance the ball via Time-out" in the last 59 second rule!!  TERRIBLE  TERRIBLE rule. A team should NOT gain an advantage just by calling a TO!!!!!!!!!!! It's just NOT FAIR to the other team!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: June 9, 2015, 10:34 AM »
I would be interested WHEN the modern 5 second closely guarded dribbling violation became law!
I remember back in the 60s/70s when it was common for a player (usually a PG) to dribble time away (kind of Marcus Haynes/Bob Cousy like) at end game. Heck I even did it myself several times in HS. Sometimes the PG was "closely guarded" and dribbling for extended periods.
Plus remember the NC "four corners" end game dribble fest!  I think the rule was at this time the dribbling player needed to "make advancement toward the basket" within 5 seconds. But, he didn't have to finish his drive toward the basket. He could steer away and start all over again!

IF I had to guess I would guess the rule came as the result of the "four corners" offense!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: June 9, 2015, 07:52 AM »
I always thought it made more sense to only have the 5 second rule apply when the player picked up the dribble.  There also seemed to be inconsistencies in applying it.
Agreed.
I also think we will see MORE ref reviews and MORE fouls called! AND..................longer.......... more boring games!
As for the game become lower scoring.........................I blame the 3 point shot.

P.S. I do like the stopping of coach's calling live ball Time Outs!!
P.S. #2  I hope the stat guys monitor the exact number of commercial minutes during the game. I wonder if the reducing of time-outs will actually reduce commercials minutes. I would like to see commercial minutes increased during the half time break but greatly decreased during the 20 minute halves! 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: June 4, 2015, 06:57 AM »
Dan Urban
‏@durb1220
After a gr8 wknd at @SuperSophCamp '18 G Robby Carmody is receiving interest from Penn State University #obc @rodgerbohn @michael12duncan


http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4197298/highlights/261568398/v2


Excellent video!
FWIW Mars is a northern suburb of Pittsburgh.
I would "offer" early!!
 

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: May 30, 2015, 07:09 AM »
Bucs might never lose another game    :)      :)        :)

Stop saying stuff like this. You made us lose.

Yeah , but, all my other predictions come through!    ;)   

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: May 29, 2015, 11:21 AM »
Bucs might never lose another game    :)      :)        :)

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Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: May 28, 2015, 10:30 AM »
My 2 cents:
We will see what the new shot clock rule produces.  :-\

To me "how the refs call the game" will decide what direction the sport goes. It looks like the bureaucrats want a "cleaner, less physical game."
To me there are basically 2 types of refs!

The first type of ref WAITS for the play to occur THEN blows his whistle (or not) after his eyeballs sees the play and his brain processes the data!!!
This is the correct way!!!!!!!!!!!! Fouls are fouls. Flops are not! This ref calls what he sees. He does NOT ref a game based on how bureaucrats seem to think the game "should be" called. He is NOT worried about the average number of fouls he "should be" calling!

The 2nd type of ref anticipates the play and blows the whistle based on what he thinks will happen. For example: small fast guard beats his man and drives to the basket. Big guys come over to block shot. Small guard hits the deck! Foul called!
BUT was there any actual contact at all ???? Doesn't matter.......fouled called before ref was sure of any contact or not!
Example #2: Outside shot taken. Bigs begin to "box out." A big guy hits the deck!!  Even though you are the closest ref you did NOT see contact. Your eyes may have been focused elsewhere. Ref type #2 blows whistle and calls foul on the closest player from the opposing team!! 
In my mind this type ref will be more prone toward bureaucratic suggestion.  He will try to "clean up " the game with more whistles regardless of the type of play. Flopping will become as common as it was a few years ago!  Game will suffer.   

I admit basketball is a difficult game to ref. But I am a firm believer it CAN BE DONE properly!  In years past I've watched a good bit of Pgh Summer League games. College level, fast, action packed, end to end games! BUT to a very large degree I seen GREAT officiating!!  ENOUGH fouls are called. Pace of game is maintained. Extreme aggression is curtailed! No back talk, no fights, no extreme physical fouls. Just good enjoyable action!
 
In college basketball there are 3 refs. 6 eyeballs. To a VERY large degree EVERYTHING occurring on the court is seen by one of the eyeballs. There should be NO anticipation whistles. Only visualized actual contact becomes a foul AFTER the brain processes the information!
Fouls that actually occur are called. Flops and "no calls" are not.   

MAYBE if the bureaucrats produced a "Ref Type #1" mandatory training video for all college refs  the game would "ACTUALLY" improve!!!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: May 28, 2015, 07:39 AM »
pitt gets it's 3rd grad transfer for 15-16 season...................... :o   

http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/8442364-74/nelson-ododa-pitt#axzz3bQrBvR8c

P.S.  Times sure are changing!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Chambers seeking assistant coach?
« on: May 23, 2015, 08:22 AM »
I'm confident in most experienced college coaches' ability to coach fundamentals. This is a recruiting job.


1. Relationship job. VERY important for each coach to have positive coach/player mentoring relationship (which may last 5 years.)  Coaches need to mentor the players thru a very important and extremely busy part of players lives which the player must balance basketball/school work/college life/family life.
2. Recruiting job 
3. Fundamental basketball skills coaching

P.S.  Why do we not see many posts about GREAT fundamental basketball coaching done by PSU asst coaches to help develop star guards like Battle, Newbill and Frazier????   BUT we hear about the alleged lack of successful coaching at another position!!!!
   

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Chambers seeking assistant coach?
« on: May 22, 2015, 05:58 PM »
Chambers knows what's at stake, and he believes Condon will get the job done.  I'm in no position to argue.  I have no reason to think that Condon won't be a great assistant.

Well stated.

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All I know is the coaching staff isn't doing themselves any favors in recruiting if one of their main pitches - immediate playing time - doesn't come to fruition for Reaves/Watkins when we're still undoubtedly towards the bottom of the league next year. Both of those guys are going to log major minutes from day one.
         
            
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I've watched Zemgulis play a few games posted on Youtube.  I know there have been a few concerns about his lack of scoring and general stat sheet stuffing, but I think he's going to be a player.  He is a very good athlete and a fantastic passer.  He gives up good looks because another guy has a better look.  He also had a putback dunk in traffic that was pretty eye opening

Thank you for the review!  I love "eyeball" reports!!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: May 20, 2015, 09:51 AM »
http://pennstate.247sports.com/Bolt/Chambers-looking-to-embrace-potential-rule-change-37362140


I just think the proposed new 30 second rule will not lead to better basketball. I see it creating more bad shots and maybe more turnovers!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plus if refs try make the game less physical does this lead to more fouls??  How is that fun to watch??
A game with any more bad shots and any more whistle blowing may not be watchable by my eyes!!   

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