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Bison89 
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03-13-17 10:21 AM - Post#226716    

I figured that a new thread is probably needed.

Here is a preview with lots of stats and videos.

"Press Virginia" is not going to be easy, but they are beatable. I think that it will come down to handling the ball and three point shots. If the Bison can take care of these two items, it will be an exciting game. If not . . .

https://campusinsiders.com/news/west-virginia-vs -b...
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
pjm_hoops 
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03-13-17 10:42 AM - Post#226725    
    In response to Bison89

The author of the article isn't too impressed with the Bison.

 
BUFan 
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03-13-17 10:55 AM - Post#226731    
    In response to pjm_hoops

Looking at WVU's OOC box scores, the press appeared to wreak havoc. 30 turnovers was a common theme for their mid-major opponents. Fortunately we are better than the teams they have destroyed, but we will still have our hands full.

I'm sure they will get their share of turnovers, but if we keep it to 15-20, do not get frustrated when they get a steal, and hit threes, I think we can hang with them and pull the upset.

 
crd012 
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03-13-17 11:13 AM - Post#226735    
    In response to BUFan

Just reading West Virginia's blog the press is extremely important to their success. They have the best turnover differential in the nation. I think they force about 9 more turnovers than they turn the ball over. From those turnovers they generate a lot of points.

By the West Virignia's board's own admission their half court offense is stagnant. Additionally they are not a very good free throw shooter.

Having said that the WVU board is already looking past us. They don't seem to be too intimidated, even though they lost in the first round last year. We will need to handle their press which is obviously an issue. But if we do we can definitely make this a game.

 
Bison89 
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03-13-17 11:40 AM - Post#226739    
    In response to crd012

Last year, WVU was 26-8 and KemPom ranked #8 going into the Dance as a #3 seed. Stephen F Austin, who was a very good #14 seed, beat them 70-56.

Here is video and post-game notes on the loss to SFA:
http://www.wvusports.com/page.cfm?story=29895&...

Here is something of interest about the game:
"The Mountaineers shot just 30.8 percent from the floor, were unable to convert the numerous transition basket chances they had, turned the basketball over 22 times and were whistled for 27 fouls, including two technicals."
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
BreakinBison 
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West Virginia Game
03-13-17 02:36 PM - Post#226771    
    In response to Bison89

Open Practice Times on Wednesday:

Noon - 12:40 p.m.: No. 12 seed Princeton
12:45 - 1:25 p.m.: No. 13 seed Bucknell
1:30 - 2:10 p.m.: No. 5 seed Notre Dame
2:15 - 2:55 p.m.: No. 4 seed West Virginia
4:25 - 5:05 p.m.: No. 1 seed Villanova
5:10 - 5:50 p.m.: No. 8 seed Wisconsin
5:55 - 6:35 p.m.: No. 16 seed New Orleans/Mount St. Mary’s
6:40 - 7:20 p.m.: No. 9 seed Virginia Tech

http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/13/heres-can- watch-...

 
BuffaloBison 
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03-13-17 02:52 PM - Post#226777    
    In response to BreakinBison

Article about traveling to Buffalo by teams and fans for the next few days: http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/13/major-wint er-sto...

 
BUFan 
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03-13-17 02:56 PM - Post#226780    
    In response to BuffaloBison

Surprised the article suggests we will wait to travel until Wednesday. I thought we would leave today like Nova.

 
BisonRoadWarrior 
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03-13-17 03:18 PM - Post#226793    
    In response to BUFan

  • BUFan Said:
Surprised the article suggests we will wait to travel until Wednesday. I thought we would leave today like Nova.


If I'm looking at the same paragraph you are, they were referring to fans traveling. Last I heard, the team was going to be leaving around 3 PM today.

 
MrPhillie 
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03-13-17 03:27 PM - Post#226795    
    In response to BisonRoadWarrior

Man, I'm bummed. As we were going to drive up ourselves but now my wife is nervous and doesn't want to risk bad roads/weather/getting stuck. Now I'm going to still take an afternoon off workcto make sure I can watch the game.

 
Bison89 
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03-13-17 03:40 PM - Post#226799    
    In response to MrPhillie

Mr. Phillie, I don't know if you can do this, but I scheduled a "Buffalo Meeting" at that time. I am cutting out of work to a local sports bar where I will YELL a lot!

GO BISON!!!
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
SojkaPsycho2012 
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03-13-17 04:48 PM - Post#226810    
    In response to Bison89

I was lucky enough to see WVU in person this year (vs. Texas A&M in Morgantown).

Their press is quite impressive (the best I've ever seen), but really, outside of that, there's not a whole lot they do that is outstanding. It is definitely a one-dimensional team.

As BUFan mentions, if we limit our turnovers to the 15-20 range, I think that we have a shot...a good one, in fact. We are not actually outmatched in size, like we would be against most other major conference schools. We've won games, and more importantly, we know how to win games in spite of turning the ball over a lot (our win vs. Navy in the PL semis, e.g.). Maybe that will help us.

Looking forward to seeing/cheering on with whomever will be in Buffalo on Thursday!

 
Paulie777 
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03-13-17 05:30 PM - Post#226826    
    In response to SojkaPsycho2012

Here's a great article that has Bucknell upsetting West Virginia. Mentions Zach Thomas.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/20 17/03...

I think they can do it. you have to think conceptually like Huggins then take them off their game. Limit rebounds by making baskets. Adjust the pace of play, etc. Once they are off their game, they won't have a clue to get back in it.

 
HuskyColonial 
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03-13-17 05:45 PM - Post#226830    
    In response to Paulie777

I'm drivIng to Bradenton on Thursday afternoon to catch some Pirates spring training ball this weekend. There will be a 2 hour pit stop.

 
BUFan 
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03-13-17 07:27 PM - Post#226848    
    In response to HuskyColonial

Will we have a pep band? Bus Selinsgrove HS up or have Princeton pull a UNI? They have the right color...

 
HuskyColonial 
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03-13-17 09:47 PM - Post#226871    
    In response to BUFan

Sad. True but sad.

 
BUFan 
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03-13-17 10:35 PM - Post#226878    
    In response to HuskyColonial

http://wvmetronews.com/video/?vid=031317791- 201703...

Doug Birdsong have a WVU radio station a preview of the Bison...

 
HuskyColonial 
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03-13-17 11:17 PM - Post#226882    
    In response to BUFan

Is it ironic to anyone else that we play the team that is best at what we are worst? Meaning, we've struggled with sloppy passing all season and now we play a first round opponent who's game play is predicated on disruption.

Brown, Toomer and Mackenzie have an enormous responsibility in this game.

 
bison63 
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03-14-17 09:27 AM - Post#226902    
    In response to HuskyColonial

Zach has to watch the careless pass too.

 
Bison89 
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03-14-17 10:17 AM - Post#226912    
    In response to bison63

  • bison63 Said:
Zach has to watch the careless pass too.



63, I imagine that we were all thinking about Zack when the topic of sloppy passing was mentioned.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
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