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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden89 View Post
    I said in another post that Cal will compete for the 4 spot in the PSAC west, which is a significant improvement for them from the past years and is a credit to Sancomb and the players. But with Cal's 4-7 record going into the game, I stand by my assessment -- yes they are improving, but they have a long way to go - they aren't in the same class with IUP, or even Slippery Rock or Mercyhurst. Getting outscored 54-27 on your home floor against a 4-7 team speaks for itself. I wish I could call my Knights "mediocore to bad."
    The pattern you see in Cal's schedule is they are struggling against teams with legit bigs. Cal is just undersized. That will be a major problem against SRU, Mercyhurst and IUP. UPJ will be an interesting match-up. That should have an MEC tempo to it.

    Look for Micah Till to go bonkers Wednesday night at the Angelo Dome. No idea how Danny will try and slow him down. If I was Cal I'd try and run him out of gas.

    SRU has been sporadic. The hope is you catch them on a bad night like Seton Hill did.

    Speaking of the Griffins, they are actually showing some life as of late. If they beat Gannon in two days -- and they may -- the walls in the Hammermill may come down. Seton Hill may actually be a small favorite in that game. Depends who plays for Gannon (and isn't in the famous JR doghouse).

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    The pattern you see in Cal's schedule is they are struggling against teams with legit bigs. Cal is just undersized. That will be a major problem against SRU, Mercyhurst and IUP. UPJ will be an interesting match-up. That should have an MEC tempo to it.

    Look for Micah Till to go bonkers Wednesday night at the Angelo Dome. No idea how Danny will try and slow him down. If I was Cal I'd try and run him out of gas.

    SRU has been sporadic. The hope is you catch them on a bad night like Seton Hill did.

    Speaking of the Griffins, they are actually showing some life as of late. If they beat Gannon in two days -- and they may -- the walls in the Hammermill may come down. Seton Hill may actually be a small favorite in that game. Depends who plays for Gannon (and isn't in the famous JR doghouse).
    I can't think of any reason why THE ROCK would sweat this game. They really just need to show up and take home the W. Now Saturday's game @ MFH that is a game to worry about. If they're not careful they could be run out of their own gym. Just sayin' never too early to
    start thinking about the C'HAWKS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CALUPA69 View Post
    I can't think of any reason why THE ROCK would sweat this game. They really just need to show up and take home the W. Now Saturday's game @ MFH that is a game to worry about. If they're not careful they could be run out of their own gym. Just sayin' never too early to
    start thinking about the C'HAWKS.


    That's the exact reason I think Cal could pull an upset Wednesday night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

    Speaking of the Griffins, they are actually showing some life as of late. If they beat Gannon in two days -- and they may -- the walls in the Hammermill may come down. Seton Hill may actually be a small favorite in that game. Depends who plays for Gannon (and isn't in the famous JR doghouse).
    Gannon hosts UPJ on Wednesday hoping to avoid its seventh straight home loss (something I thought I'd never type). The Knights travel to Greensburg to play Seton Hill on Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
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    That's the exact reason I think Cal could pull an upset Wednesday night.
    Hmm, hadn't thought of that !!!

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    Not a fantastic slate tonight but a couple good games -- likely a lot of blowouts.

    BEST GAMES

    IUP at Mercyhurst -- Nobody goes undefeated and many believe this could be the night IUP stumbles. The MAC is a tough venue for many reasons. That said, Joe Lombardi does a fantastic job of keeping his teams focused on the next game. These are two coaches and programs that know each other very well. Every game in this series is always close. Tonight will be no different. IUP does just enough and sneaks out of Erie with a tight win. Crimson Hawks -1.5

    Shippensburg at Millersville - The time has come for Millersville. The Marauders can't talk about being part of the East wrecking crew until they join the party. Close losses don't count -- and they've had a ton of them. Shippensburg is a much better match-up for the Ville than West Chester was. Unfortunately for the Marauders, the story remains the same. The Red Raiders have too much 1-7. Ship wins a tight one. Red Raiders -7.

    Slippery Rock at California - The Vulcans enter on a bit of a hot streak but it's came against basement dwellers. Tonight is a big step up in competition. The best bet for Cal is if SRU is already mentally on to IUP -- much as UPJ was a week ago when it barely beat lowly Clarion prior to its trip to Indiana. Cal's post player size is so limited that it's hard to imagine how they deal with Micah Till and his buddies under the basket. The only chance is to run, run and run some more. Tire them out. Cal has to shoot the lights out. They won't be getting many rebounds. Vulcans keep it close for awhile but SRU pulls away in the final 15 minutes. Rock -10


    Games of note:

    UPJ at Gannon: Mountain Cats should enter the Hammermill in a bad mood. The Knights have to score at least 70 to have any shot of winning. Their physical play will keep them in the game. GU has to prevent giving up open looks. If they don't, UPJ will have a field day from outside. UPJ -7

    Edinboro at Kutztown: Will the Fighting Scots have enough players to form a Starting Five? Does anybody on Earth know what injuries they have or when their players will be back? A lot has changed in one year up in McComb. Kutztown - 18

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    SCORES

    IUP 77 Mercyhurst 66

    SRU 95 CAL 84

    West Chester 87 Mansfield 56

    Shippensburg 75 Millersville 66

    Gannon 64 UPJ 61 --------------------------> UPSET CITY

    Bloomsburg 109 Wilmington 87

    Kutztown 87 Edinboro 48

    Clarion 76 Seton Hill 72 (OT)

    ESU 83 Lock Haven 65
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    Watched the IUP v Mercyhurst first half. Thought Mercyhurst just might have had IUP’s number but IUP’s second half D was phenomenal.

    Big win for Gannon. Favorable schedule the next three games might get Gannon back on track.

    Seton Hill was winning by 18 in the second half at Clarion and lost! Wow. No Blondin in the box score??

    Here comes the Rock.....

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    Anybody else think #5 from Mercyhurst looks like the old guy playing ball at the YMCA? Kid can really shoot but if he isn't spot shooting then he's a nightmare. Any time he had to dribble or defend it was god awful!

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    UPDATED STANDINGS


    EAST

    Shippensburg (7-1, 13-3) - Rival Kutztown visits this Saturday. Never know what that may bring.
    East Stroudsburg (7-1, 10-4) - Idle this Saturday. Week to prepare for IUP's visit.
    West Chester (6-2, 9-5) - Here they come. Rams should play the role of poor host to Bloomsburg in a couple days.
    Kutztown (4-4, 10-6) - Bears have won three straight after very inconsistent start. Trip to Ship is a must-win.
    Lock Haven (4-4, 5-6) - Cal comes to town Saturday.
    Millersville (3-4, 7-7) - Close but no cigar.
    Bloomsburg (2-5, 5-7) - Hung a hundy on Wilmington. Trip to WCU won't be easy.
    Mansfield (0-8, 1-12) - Going to be a long, cold winter up North.


    WEST

    IUP (7-0, 14-0) - Finish one big game. Prepare for next big game. Schedule finally lightens up after trip to ESU next week.
    Slippery Rock (6-1, 9-5) - Rock is rolling. Total shame they have to host IUP over break in what will be an empty Morrow.
    UPJ (4-3, 9-5) - The perfect cure for the Mountain Cats hangover visits Johnstown this weekend: Edinboro.
    Mercyhurst (3-4, 8-4) - Lakers aren't going away. Tough team.
    California (3-4, 5-8) - Vulcans should have an easy trip to Lock Haven prior to their likely shootout in Johnstown next Wednesday.
    Clarion (2-5, 4-7) - Tremendous comeback win against Seton Hill. Unfortunately, an angry Mercyhurst visits in 48 hours.
    Gannon (2-6, 4-10) - Huge upset over UPJ. Next three: Seton Hill, Edinboro, Clarion. If a turnaround is in the cards, this is the time.
    Edinboro (1-6, 4-8) - An already short bench got further decimated with injuries.
    Seton Hill (1-6, 3-10) - Trevor Blondin, where are you?

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    * Hurst won't go away boys and they are hitting that part of their schedule that they can wheel off 5/6 wins. I'm impressed with that team. They can score this year.
    * The Rock is back and starting to hit their peak.
    * Am I the only one that thinks UPJ isn't as good as their record? I don't see Gannon beating them as an upset.

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    * Am I the only one that thinks UPJ isn't as good as their record? I don't see Gannon beating them as an upset.



    Fair question. They started well. UPJ beat Virginia State, lost late to Concord and took Le Moyne to 3 OT.

    Were VSU and Le Moyne looking ahead to IUP the next night? Perhaps.

    They did play a very good Shippensburg team down to the wire before losing and beat up Kutztown.

    That said, their last 3 games they beat Clarion by 1 point, got beat up in Indiana and lost to a previously 3-10 Gannon team.

    My guess is they caught some people off guard early in the year. You look at their roster and it's so young.

    UPJ may be a pretty scary bunch next year. Remember star guard Drew Magestro is sitting out this year. He'll return next year along with Josh Wise and this current freshmen class (which is getting a ton of experience).

    This year's team: You rattle Josh Wise and you rattle the whole team. IUP did that. Gannon did last night. Everything flows through him.

    They will continue to struggle this year with the bigger, more physically stronger teams, but will always be a tough out in Johnstown. They shoot the lights out up there.

    I don't see them beating Mercyhurst or Slippery Rock. IUP causes way too many problems for them. They could certainly be in line for that fourth spot, though.

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    Seems Shippensburg had (4) mid-year departures. All bench guys.

    Jermaine Samuel
    Michael Griggs
    Broguen Nicholas
    Marc Hall Jr.


    Nicholas played in 12 games and averaged about 7 mpg. The rest were deep bench types.

    Odd, nevertheless.

    If anything they won't need a second row on the bench for all their coaches.

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    Ship big

    WCU big

    UPJ over Boro

    Rock over IUP

    Cal over LH

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    Seems Shippensburg had (4) mid-year departures. All bench guys.

    Jermaine Samuel
    Michael Griggs
    Broguen Nicholas
    Marc Hall Jr.


    Nicholas played in 12 games and averaged about 7 mpg. The rest were deep bench types.

    Odd, nevertheless.

    If anything they won't need a second row on the bench for all their coaches.
    Yeah, that came out last Saturday. The one thing they lose is Biss' backup at point guard in Nicholas. The other three were getting no playing time. The result -- Biss is going to play 37-38 minutes, with Kellem sliding out to the point when necessary. They're eight-deep now instead of nine-deep; Dom Sleva, Daylon Carter and Carlos Carter are all quality reserves.

    I'm told Nicholas chose to transfer. One was asked to leave, one couldn't spell "cat" if you spotted him the C and the T, and the third, nobody knows and fewer asked.
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    Good week for Gannon. Saw the second half of both games via webcast.

    UPJ, the ultimate finesse team, is the perfect matchup for a physical team like Gannon. The Knights stifled them all night.

    GU somehow scored 47 second half points to knock off Seton Hill. This week pretty much solidifies the fact that the Knights won't lose 20 games. We'll see after that.

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    UPDATED STANDINGS

    EAST

    Shippensburg (8-1, 14-3)
    East Stroudsburg (7-1, 10-4)
    West Chester (7-2, 10-5)
    Millersville (4-4, 8-7)
    Kutztown (4-5, 10-7)
    Lock Haven (4-5, 5-7)
    Bloomsburg (2-6, 5-8)
    Mansfield (0-9, 1-13)


    WEST

    Slippery Rock (7-1, 10-5)
    IUP (7-1, 14-1)
    UPJ (5-3, 10-5)
    Mercyhurst (4-4, 9-4)
    California (4-4, 6-8)
    Gannon (3-6, 5-10)
    Clarion (2-6, 4-8)
    Edinboro (1-7, 4-9)
    Seton Hill (1-7, 3-11)

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    Looks like this weekend's Slippery Rock at Mansfield game has been moved up to Friday due to the expected winter storms.

    I wonder if more games are going to follow this path.

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    Overall it's a pretty weak lineup tonight.


    Clarion at Slippery Rock - Will be over by halftime. Rock -18

    Mercyhurst at Seton Hill - Trevor Blondin has missed the last two games. It won't matter with or without him. Lakers -16

    Cal at Pitt-Johnstown - One of the better games of the night. Over/Under may be 200 points. There won't be any defense played. UPJ -3

    Gannon at Edinboro - Rivalry game doesn't have much sizzle this year. With no Boro inside game Gannon should pull away. Knights -10

    West Chester at Goldey-Beacom - GB keeps this close for 25 minutes but WCU has too much. Rams -12

    Shippensburg at Lock Haven - Stat game for the Raiders. Ship -18

    Kutztown at Mansfield - Anthony Lee may go for 50. Bears -24

    Millersville at Bloomsburg - Huskies have shown some life lately. Millersville is a step up in competition. Marauders -7

    IUP at East Stroudsburg - Game of the Week. IUP wins in the end. Size is the difference. Hawks -3

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    Gannon men score 56 points to take control of the game early in the second half and cruise to an 8-point victory! The speedy guard-oriented lineup has been the answer for Reilly. It's too bad that it took half the season to figure it out.

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