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Username Post: St. John's        (Topic#22256)
SecS3 
Freshman
Posts: 44

Age: 70
Reg: 03-17-16
12-11-18 12:40 AM - Post#268553    
    In response to whitakk

Sorry about that. Didn't realize your age until after I posted. For old guys like me, I go back to the early 60s, anything this century is like yesterday.

 
gokinsmen 
Postdoc
Posts: 2676

Reg: 02-06-10
St. John's
12-11-18 06:33 AM - Post#268555    
    In response to SecS3

Whoa! Looks like I missed a heckuva game!

They hung with a 9-0 St. John's squad till late (6pts with 3:41 left) and Llewellyn had a great debut. I'm beginning to see why this team looked so awful to start the season -- they really were relying on the star freshman to play a big role.

Wow. Suddenly, Ivy play got a lot more interesting...

 
gokinsmen 
Postdoc
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Reg: 02-06-10
St. John's
12-11-18 08:03 AM - Post#268557    
    In response to gokinsmen

I just caught the replay on FoxSportsGo and that was indeed an impressive display. SJU made more tough shots and we made more unforced errors...and it was still competitive until the final minutes.

Jaelin Llewellyn can get to the rim anytime he wants -- even the layups he missed will fall once he gets more in-game reps. He's a legit all-around player who can dribble, drive, shoot, pass and defend. He even has great hops for a guard like Cannady. I can't wait to see more.

Morales is becoming my favorite player -- the definition of an "energy guy" who is just a pest for the opposing team. His on-ball pressure is so valuable and he's never afraid of the big moment. Aririguzoh must have worked his butt off this summer because he also took a huge step forward. He might be our second most valuable player outside of Cannady because he's our lone interior presence.

I'm baffled by Much's missing shooting touch -- he's way too talented to be playing like this. This time last year, he was lighting up a Top 40 USC team, but this year, he's struggled against the likes of Desales. Is he nursing an injury? Guys have certainly "flipped the switch" (both on and off) in the middle of the season, so I hope he can figure it out.

 
umbrellaman 
Masters Student
Posts: 414
umbrellaman
Reg: 11-21-04
12-11-18 10:27 PM - Post#268717    
    In response to gokinsmen

Much and Desrosiers are the key to the season, no? Doesn’t look like either made the leap yet.

 
JadwinGeorge 
Senior
Posts: 327

Age: 70
Reg: 12-04-15
12-12-18 10:55 AM - Post#268808    
    In response to umbrellaman

Based on what I saw last night at The Palestra St. John's can certainly compete with Villanova, while Penn appeared to be the better team. To have a chance against Penn the Tigers will have to get top level performances from EVERYONE, especially Richmond and Myles. And that assumes that Cannady and Llewellyn have huge offensive nights, while Morales is his usual pesky self.

 
bradley 
PhD Student
Posts: 1120

Age: 69
Reg: 01-15-16
12-12-18 12:24 PM - Post#268829    
    In response to JadwinGeorge

For Princeton to compete against the Big 3 will probably require two things -- either Desrosiers or Much step up and become a valued contributor and Llewellyn performs as a transformative player. Both are possible but big iffs.

Last evening, Bella once again demonstrated what a transformative player can do for a program but she is a Junior and last year's IL POY at 6'4". Jaelin needs to be something truly special in year one for the Tiger to not only compete but win. Transofrmative players can drastically change results based on only 5 players on the floor. Tiger's women team would probably be 8-3 vs. 4-7 if Bella was on the floor for all games. Then again, there is always IvyMadness to fall back on.

 
gokinsmen 
Postdoc
Posts: 2676

Reg: 02-06-10
St. John's
12-12-18 09:29 PM - Post#268942    
    In response to bradley

Penn's win vs. Nova was insanely impressive, no doubt. But Ivy play has always been a different animal altogether -- even (especially?) when we're the team to beat.

With Llewellyn in the starting lineup, we got a shot. If either Much, Desrosiers or Schweiger look like sophomore versions their frosh selves, then I love our chances in an Ivy Tourney.

 
Tiger69 
Postdoc
Posts: 2358

Reg: 11-23-04
12-12-18 10:12 PM - Post#268952    
    In response to gokinsmen

I like being the very dark horse. But, you can’t deny what a great coaching job Penn is getting. I thought that they had been neutralized by injuries. They seem only to have gotten better.

 
AntiUngvar 
Masters Student
Posts: 530

Age: 64
Loc: New York City
Reg: 07-23-18
12-14-18 09:18 AM - Post#269099    
    In response to Tiger69

Tiger, They have an incredible base of support as is evident, herein- some are attorneys; some are physicians; some are both!


 
palestra38 
Professor
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Reg: 11-21-04
12-14-18 10:27 AM - Post#269100    
    In response to AntiUngvar

Now you're trolling the Princeton board??

 
Tiger69 
Postdoc
Posts: 2358

Reg: 11-23-04
12-14-18 12:22 PM - Post#269105    
    In response to palestra38

People who live in glass houses ....

 
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