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Username Post: Iona        (Topic#22304)
Eric Von Zipper 
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12-14-18 09:18 PM - Post#269120    

Opens Princeton -3

11:30 AM tip-off.

 
SRP 
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12-14-18 09:21 PM - Post#269122    
    In response to Eric Von Zipper

Hope the replay comes up fast on ESPN+, because those of us on PST may not want to ruin their Saturdays with an early rise.

 
bradley 
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12-15-18 12:55 AM - Post#269133    
    In response to SRP

Strikes me as a pivotal game for the Tigers. Iona, traditionally an excellent mid-major team has not played well last week. They lost by 3 points to Columbia last weekend at MSG. Better than George Washington but they are not a good team at this point and time.

Tigers could practice with Llewellyn this week. They should be the better team on the court athhletically and skill set but let's see. With Duke coming up next week, they need to get their act together.

 
TigerFan 
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Iona
12-15-18 01:15 PM - Post#269144    
    In response to bradley

Tigers very up and down in the first half. Iona uses a 10-0 run to take a 1-point lead at the half. I missed the beginning but it sounds likes Tigers went with four guard lineup for a lot of the half with Arririguzoh. I’d Much rather see Sebastian or Jerome in the lineup and have Morales come off the bench.

Edited by TigerFan on 12-15-18 01:18 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
AntiUngvar 
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Re: Iona
12-15-18 02:33 PM - Post#269153    
    In response to TigerFan

Guess the Llewellyn era has officially begun!


 
gokinsmen 
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Iona
12-15-18 02:38 PM - Post#269155    
    In response to TigerFan

What a game! First it looked like a Princeton blowout. Then an Iona blowout. In the end, we eked it out. Still not nearly where we need to be, but getting closer.

-Jaelin Llewellyn is a generational talent. How is this guy a freshman? How is this guy in the Ivy? He can really do it all and has the poise of a senior captain.

-Cannady is making his case as the best pure shooter in college hoops. He was 6-15 from deep despite 2-3 uncalled shooting fouls. Iona took advantage of lax officiating to hack him hard and poke him in the face. Devin still had his way in the end.

-Morales and Friberg provided a huge spark when it looked like Iona was cruising to victory. We've seen Jose do that all season, but it was nice seeing Friberg deliver on MH's claims about his 3pt shooting skills.

-Aririguzoh continues to be our rock down low and had some big plays on both ends, including a game-clinching defensive stand.

-I seldom if ever mention things like this, but Iona had some obnoxious players today. A lot of taunting and borderline dirty defense. Good to see their questionable attitude punished with a painful loss.

 
bradley 
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Re: Iona
12-15-18 02:53 PM - Post#269157    
    In response to gokinsmen

A win and especially a comeback win is always a good thing but to be honest, it was disappointing. I thought that the Tigers would win by 10+ against a average team at best with Jaelin and today's peformance. It would not be surprising if Jaelin is a trans-formative player but something is wrong with this team. Surprisingly, Myles is playing significantly below prior years and the bench other than Friberg today is useless == Gladson, Schweiger and Desrosiers. Cannady is a weapon but it was a matter of time that he could not continue to hit 55% on 3 pointers.

Duke will destroy the Tigers based on their current level of play. Perhaps, Llewellyn will dribble the ball to the end of the shot clock and pass the ball to Cannady near half court and Devin shoots it with Arirguzoh waiting by the basket or Llewellyn simply drives and tries to make an acrobatic lay up.

Much work to do before the IL season and Henderson has some real challenges but it will still be fun to watch Jaelin and Devin. How good is Jaelin going to be after playing more than two games.



 
Eric Von Zipper 
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Re: Iona
12-15-18 04:57 PM - Post#269168    
    In response to bradley

It was a game they figured to win and they got the job done.

Columbia beat the Gaels last game out.

 
bradley 
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Re: Iona
12-15-18 06:59 PM - Post#269175    
    In response to Eric Von Zipper

Llewellyn has a number of gifts but maybe the most impressive one right now is his ability to get to the basket and finish against the bigs. He has an incredible first step and stutter steps. If he keeps having sucess, defenses are going to have to collapse and he should be able to set up 3 pt shots. Additionally, he has ability to see the open man and pass.

I am not sure how many IL freshmen in their 1st two games have displayed his skill sets. Finally, he has the "eye of the Tiger".

Would like to know the real story of how Mitch sucessfully recruited him.

 
AntiUngvar 
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Re: Iona
12-15-18 07:32 PM - Post#269178    
    In response to bradley

Brad, All that you've just written I buy into, and piques my interest in the Duke game. Your team can compete in Durham. Don't think one Dukie can stay in front of your freshman for long; and if K plays zone, Cannady & the other frosh, from State College, should have some real opportunities.


 
1LotteryPick1969 
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Re: Iona
12-15-18 07:37 PM - Post#269179    
    In response to bradley

  • bradley Said:
something is wrong with this team.




A true stretch 4.....or some version of Mason Rocca/Ian Hummer.

 
HTK9 
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12-15-18 07:59 PM - Post#269180    
    In response to 1LotteryPick1969

I know numbers are never everything, but it's worth noting that according to KenPom Devin is 10th in the nation in true shooting percentage at 73.1%. Even more interesting, Rich Aririguzoh is right behind him in the 11th spot at 72.9%. Wild considering ts% favors 3pt shooters and RA has yet to make a single one this season. (oh and he's also second in the country in FT rate.)

 
bradley 
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Re: Iona
12-15-18 09:52 PM - Post#269187    
    In response to AntiUngvar

Like the thought that Tigers can compete at Cameron but simply impossible based on Duke's size and athleticism. Dukies just ate up Yale with pressure and the Bulldogs cracked in the second half. Unlikely, but possible that Henderson plays with 3 guards plus Stephens and Arirguzoh but it will be playing against Goliath. I hope that they simply do a good job of handling and protecting the ball and keeping their composure. If they can only beat Iona by 4 points on a neutral site, 30 point loss or less would be an accomplishment. It would be enjoyable to see the Tiger "gnats" drive the Dukies crazy with small ball for a while.

I am also interested to see if Jaelin can handle the pressure better than Yale's guards. When he goes to the hoop, he will have to go against two to 3 bigs on the back line. You would think that he may have a case of the nerves.

Fortunately, Duke is not a great 3 pt or FT shooting team but it does not matter when they face an IL team.

Llewlyn was listed as one of 5 mid-major players that could possibly be one and done but I would be shocked. As a Tiger fan, let's hope that he plays well but not too well.

 
SRP 
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12-15-18 11:10 PM - Post#269194    
    In response to bradley

A game won at that foul line, with each team having the same number of two-point and three-point baskets (on very similar numbers of attempts), but Princeton gong 12-14 vs. Iona's 8-10 at the charity stripe. Nineteen assists on thirty made baskets is also pretty nice.

The problem for this team is getting stops. Cannady had four steals, which is terrific, and the rest of the team had another four (while Iona only had three steals, helping Princeton's D by preventing too many easy baskets off turnovers). Iona shooting 62% in the second half, 66% from three, is not very good defense. Twenty-six defensive rebounds on 33 missed FGA by the opponent is good, though.

Duke beat Yale with aggressive half-court man-to-man pressure, and Princeton has been very turnover prone so far without showing much in the way of backdoor passing against the overplay, so that doesn't bode well, nor does the team's weakness in grabbing loose balls. OTOH, if they can play a three-guard, two-PG offense without getting overrun on D, they ought to be able to avoid some of those turnovers because of all the ball-handling and dribbling ability.

 
Tiger81 
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12-16-18 08:52 AM - Post#269204    
    In response to SRP

I have not been able to follow Princeton hoops closely for the past year and have mostly seen highlights on the PU athletics website.

One obvious comment is that Llewelyn’s bursting on the scene and Aririguzoh’s development now give the Tigers 4 starters who can play at an elite level. The clips I have seen of Morales are impressive but it is not clear to me that such a small lineup can beat the better teams in the Ivies. But between him and Llewelyn against Iona Princeton seemed to get ball movement that has been lacking since Spencer Weisz ran the team.

I tend to agree Duke will be a very difficult game given lack of depth and size. If Princeton can somehow limit offensive rebounds and turnovers and keep Aririguzoh on the court for 30 minutes they might keep it respectable.

For Princeton to become a threat in league play the Tigers will need to find the defensive intensity that was embodied by Steve Cook during the amazing title team run. That and 2-3 of their touted frosh/sophs need to step up so that the starters don’t have to play 37 minutes every game.

 
AntiUngvar 
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12-16-18 02:53 PM - Post#269222    
    In response to Tiger81

81 was Steve Mills's class-correct?


 
SRP 
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12-16-18 03:04 PM - Post#269223    
    In response to AntiUngvar

IMO the play of Stephens has been as big an issue as that of Much and Derosiers. His D is OK but not dominant and he's looked out of sorts offensively. Hope he and the others can pick it up as the season wears on.

 
Tiger81 
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12-16-18 03:42 PM - Post#269225    
    In response to AntiUngvar

Correct, and David Blatt as well

 
bradley 
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12-16-18 06:20 PM - Post#269232    
    In response to SRP

Agree that Stephens has not consistently been a great defender up to this point and time. At the beginning of the season, Mitch stated that Myles almost had NBA defensive skills. It makes one wonder if he has an injury -- let's hope not. It just seems that he in a funk especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Tigers need him to raise his game back to his sophomore and junior years.

It would be ironical and certainly premature, to say that the Tigers may have three of their gest all time players performing at the same time in Cannady, Alarie and Llewellyn. Since Bella's return, Tigers are 3-0 vs. being 1-2 without her. She averages 19 pts, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals per game and may have the game to play forward in the WNBA. Last night, they simply lose the game without her.



 
SecS3 
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12-16-18 08:48 PM - Post#269234    
    In response to bradley

Not to nit pick but the Tigers were 2-7 without Bella, albeit against a brutal schedule.

 
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