Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Game Recap: Bona

Quality game by CJ Anderson. Fifteen points, 6 boards, and four assists. Most notably 5-6 from the foul line. Redford hit his first three treys. He finished 4-9 overall and tallied 14 points. The offense opens up when he is on the floor. Solid three point shooting in the first half (7-9) gave the Muskies the distance they needed headed to halftime 41-22. Jason Love continues to be solid and it should not be underestimated how much he brings to the team. Kenny Frease was 4-6 from the floor but still cannot get his rhythm from the free throw line. I wasn't a big fan of Jamel's 'pose' on his dunk but he played much better overall tonight than in some time. The final was 84-64 and there was quality minutes played by Andy Taylor. He 'flashed' a little bit with drawing a charge and was 2/2 from the field. Good to see him getting some time with the regular guys around the 6 minute mark.

Bona bigman Andrew Nicholson was the only highlight for the home folks at the Reilly Center tonight. He most likely will be my pick for A10 ROY. Coach Schmidt can build around him. There are some other pieces there as well but overall not much depth for the Bonnies right now.

Next up is LSU who has absolutely slaughtered Ole Miss and Mississippi State in their last two games. Mitchell and Thornton are the real deal. It is Trent Johnson's first season coming over from Stanford. They are 15-3 but their SOS before the Miss. State game tonight was 252. SO the Tigers will be looking for that signature OOC win. I hope X can keep the turnovers to a minimum and keep up the solid defensive play.

I would also like to point out that our SOS and RPI has not fallen that much since conference play has started as some had predicted. Sure taking some 'L's' in the A10 to a team not named Dayton could smart some. Before tonight we were at #4 in the RPI according to Curious how much we fall after tonight, VA Tech's win over Wake tonight couldn't hurt us. Point being I think the LSU game was scheduled with the thought the A10 could be down some and scoring a non conference win on an SEC school's floor is an accomplishment.

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