27.Nov.2010 Basketball Comments: Beavers @ Howard

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Beavers basketball tips off today at 1pm, and should be ending around the time the Stanford game kicks off.

Below is the scouting report on Howard. They are another bad team, so hopefully the Beavers can get above .500 and build upon Wednesday's confidence and momentum.

Howard is 1-4 this season, with a win against Bowling Green and losses to Purdue, Delaware and St. Francis (NY), after finishing 7-25 last year. Kevin Nickelberry is in his first year as the head coach of the Bison after serving as the head coach at Hampton University for the past three seasons. Howard lost freshman center Theodore Boyomo and junior guard Calvin Thompson for the season to knee injuries. Kyle Riley, the only senior on the team, has missed the last three games due to an ankle injury but is listed as probable against the Beavers. Sophomore forward Mike Phillips leads the team in scoring (10.4 per game) and rebounding (6.6 per game).

Today's game is not on TV. You can hear it on KKAD. I haven't been able to find a video stream for this one.

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  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Angry, the basketball game won’t be ending as the football game kicks off unless they play a 3 and a 1/2 hr game. I expect the Beavers to win by at least 20-25 points but should win by more than that. Howard is a really bad team so this game I doubt will be close passed the 15:00 mark in the first half.

    • angry angry says:
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      True. How long do basketball games even last? I never pay attention to that. Maybe 2 hours? Okay, so we’ll have an hour to bask or sulk before kickoff.

      I agree, I feel confident in at least a 15 point victory

      • Beavocalypse says:
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        It’s somewhere in the vicinity of 2 1/2 to 3 hours angry…depending on time outs, fouls, injuries, etc.

        Or at least that’s sorta how I clocked it.

        Am I wrong in wondering why we don’t try to schedule more difficult opponents?

        It’s not like football, where a shitty non-conference season can fuck your whole world up. Granted, I wouldn’t want a whole season of Duke, Marquette, etc- but more games that are televised would be nice.

        • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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          They put a schedule like this together to have the team have a good non conference season and build the confidence of the team by winning. When you have a losing culture like the Beavers have had you want them to start well and be confident and believe they’re gonna win when they take the floor. If they get crushed by Duke or some NCAA tourney caliber of opponent it would just hurt this group. I think it would snowball and the season could go south early on.

        • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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          If this team makes the NIT this season i think Coach Rob would want tougher games next season and challenge themselves. You usually don’t see teams having challenging schedules unless they’ve had success in the past and the coach feels they will bounce back if they lose.

        • angry angry says:
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          Well, there’s RPI, so playing weak teams hurts in basketball as well.

          • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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            Well yes it hurts the Beavers but I don’t think Coach Rob thought they were going to the NCAA Tournament to begin with. If he thought they were he wouldn’t be okay with the non conference slate.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    2 hours is generally the norm. I certainly hope we aren’t going to sulk. let’s hope both teams pull win today so it makes for a great Saturday. haven’t had too many of those the last month or so.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    I am hoping for a triple play….Beavers in both sports and the Utes in Football. Game starts in an hour….Go Utes….(Yes, I root for the Beavers when the play Utah).

    I thought the Howard game was scheduled for the team to hit the Whitehouse again? Maybe not since Obama is on the DL?

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Ahem! (I think that’s how you spell clearing-of-one’s-throat to call attention to something).

    The women’s basketball team won another game last night. Maybe this is a weak pre-season schedule too, but they need all the confidence they can gain after last year’s mess.

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    It’s nice to see that Devon is getting another start. I sure hope Lathen doesn’t get much time out there. Its hard to figure why he even got to start to begin with.

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    Barack Obama is at the game today. Got to say I didn’t expect him to attend the game.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Anybody found an internet feed?

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Appears the team is nervous with President Obama in attendance, a lot of turnovers.

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    McShane scores! Angry’s favorite player at it again.

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    Fucking Lathen Wallace!!!!!!!!!!

  • angry angry says:
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    Man, Lathan Wallace…that guy is a nightmare.

    Joe Burton is apparently Shaq on the line, too.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Games like these are hard to dominate throughout cause it feels like you’re playing in a small high school gym. It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re playing in an environment like Howard’s.

    • angry angry says:
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      Plus Joe Burton can’t hit a shot or make a free throw, and he’s been on the floor a lot.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Keeps getting worse for Lathen…misses a wide open dunk and gets a technical. Sounds like he is sitting down. Beavers seem to be shooting a lot of threes again.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Omari seems to be the only Beaver player who has came focused.

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    The miss layups need to stop that and free throw shooting is killing this team. If not for that OSU would be up at least 10-15 points.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Disappointing effort by the Beavers today. I thought they had finally moved passed this. This game shouldn’t even be close Howard is an awful team.

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    13 Turnovers in the first half?! unbelievable that’s a sign this team is not into the game mentally.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    hello?

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Hopefully Craig rips into the team and they come out ready to play in the 2nd half.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    I’ve made multiple attempts to post a link to what is supposed to be a live stream of the game

    My posts don’t show up.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    Angry, I’ve also sent you the link in an e-mail

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Beavers and Utes both played a crappy first half. I hope things get better or my sports weekend is off to a forgettable start!

    • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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      Yeah, both teams just weren’t ready to play for some reason. There’s no excuse for not being ready to play.

      • mckalk mckalk says:
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        Utes seemed to fall apart mentally after the TCU beat down, got very lucky against San Diego State. I was still hoping for a 10 win season, but that is in doubt. Usually Kyle Whittingham teams are tough as nails. Beavers hoop, back to the same old, same old. I am looking for a great second half to prove that things are changing.

        By the way, Oregon Ducks b-ball does not look that bad right now. Catron as been playing like a beast. I do not think there are going to be as bad as people thought unfortunately!

        • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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          Yeah, TCU jumped out on them early and they seemed just stunned and they haven’t been the same since. They should be better next season. I’m intrigued to see how they will do in the Pac-12.

          I still think Oregon will finish last.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    When you click on the link that’s on the media kings website you’re asked to sign up for something called isport.

    Does anyone know anything about isport?

    • mckalk mckalk says:
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      I messed around with it, but thought it was suspicious. Would anyone really have a live feed of this game?

  • JackBeav says:
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    That half was about as poor as we could have played. I was afraid the travel was going to affect us. It sounds like some of them are just starting to get warmed up.

    The true measure should be if we make adjustments to pound it low and just run away in the second half. TO’s are out of control, and FT shooting is ridiculous… not to mention the shooting of anyone not named Johnson, Starks and *gulp* Wallace.

    Calvin needs to step it up now, and Collier needs some time in the lane.

    Brandt would do us some good in this game as well. Do we know if his foot is good enough to play right now?

  • JackBeav says:
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    Howard has been shooting well from the floor. They’ve stunk it up from beyond the arc, but they’re 9-14 from inside. The defense needs to get after them.

  • aicandme aicandme says:
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    I thought I heard Brandt get in for a few min and he missed shot from the top of the key.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Lathen is hitting from deep now this is awful news. He will keep getting minutes then.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Howard’s PA Announcers is annoying as hell

  • JackBeav says:
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    We’re doing a good job of getting the ball in the paint. Now we need to shut down that option for them. Collier needs to rotate in now and take away their post play. I think he had a couple blocked shots in the first half.

  • JackBeav says:
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    It’s time for this team to win going away.

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Well boys- it could be worse- we could be the Ducks vs. Duke right now.

    Whew.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Ahmad is playing really well. Nice to see that 3 point shot is going down with more consistency.

  • angry angry says:
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    I hate how the broadcasters glorify this Globetrotter play. “He lobs it up and Cunningham tried to slam it!”

    Great, he missed. How about just a simple pass and simple layup? See, that scenario actually results in points, even if it’s not flashy.

  • aicandme aicandme says:
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    3 by Starks and Jared fouled on the alley-oop attempt. This is where we pull away.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Beavers pulling away now finally.

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Sounds like we’re pulling away slightly.

    I don’t care how they win- I just want the Beavs to win.

    WIN.

    WIN!

    No fucking football “victories”. Just win.

    Did I mention, win?

    Win!!!

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    You’re 14 pts ahead…

    Perfect time to lose all concentration and not put the game away.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Lack of focus is a serious issue for the Beavers. They should be up by about 20 and pulling away for good but they lost their focus and let them back in the game.

  • JackBeav says:
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    No points in 3:20?

    Come on!

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Beavers score 5 straight and then make a bonehead play unbelievable.

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    In nearly every game this team fouls a 3 point shooter. That’s a bonehead play that you cannot commit.

  • JackBeav says:
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    77% from the line in the second half wins us this game… that and getting to the line 26 times.

    They started moving the ball through the post, and Howard couldn’t keep up. You would think Coach Rob might scheme the game to start that way.

    No?

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Well, a win is a win. Still I would like a little bit more defense and better rebounding especially on the defensive end. All in all the Beavers got the win and that’s all you can ask for.

    • angry angry says:
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      Yeah, at this point a win is the most important thing. But…jeez, they really need to tighten everything up–that’s the most succinct way to put it.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Btw guys, College Gameday will be at the Civil War next week that’s great news I got to make it to Corvallis for that.

    • angry angry says:
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      Yay, the nation gets to see the Beavers lose by 40.

      • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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        Well, it’s regionally televised so I don’t know how much of the nation will actually see it. I personally don’t think it will be a blowout I think it will be a close one but maybe I’m just an optimist.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Ok…

    Coach Rob sounded like me when assessing this game. It’s good to prove to yourself that you can win on the road while playing poorly. FT’s sucked in the first half. Spacing sucked in the first half. Defense needs some work. Omari can be better than his stat line. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

    I guess I don’t have much to add.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Hopefully this team will be more focused for the rest of their games and get better. It is nice though that the Beavers are a fun team to watch a refreshing change from previous seasons.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Beaver hoops wins ugly, the Utes football wins ugly. 2 for 2 so far today, but in about 40 minutes the big one starts!

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