Monday, March 1, 2010

Hoyas look to start all over again to get their swagger back agains the Mountaineers




First off, we pray for Austin Freeman to get well.  Hoyanatoin and friends it's "Go Hard" night for the Hoyas.  Just finished reading Liz Clarke's Washington Post article talking about "depth", I'm like here we go again.  We still have a regular season games tonight against WVU tonight and Cincy on Saturday, then we have the Big East Tournament and then the National Tournament, so why is there an issue with "depth".  I think that's something the Hoyas don't have time to worry about.  Just my thought on the "depth" issue. 

The Hoyas (19-8  9-7 BE) go on the road to play the West Virginia Mountaineer's (22-6  11-5 BE) in a Big East Battle tonight at 7 on ESPN.  Yes, I think this will be good chance for the Hoyas to get their swagger back.  The Hoyas are coming off a home loss against Notre Dame and West Virginia is coming off of a home win againt Cincy and used a big rebounding advantage to come from 13 points down and beat Cincinnati 74-68 on Saturday.

The Mountaineers outrebounded Cincinnati 41-30 after the teams were even at halftime. West Virginia entered the game as the Big East's top rebounding team, while Cincinnati was first in rebounding margin.

During practices, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has instilled a tactic in his players when it comes to corralling missed shots -- he sends those who don't hustle after them to a high-speed treadmill for punishment.

"We've got smart guys and they knew that we had to rebound the ball," Huggins said. "It becomes a part of their DNA. If they don't rebound in practice, they know that they're on that treadmill."   Ten of West Virginia's 26 second-half rebounds came on the offense end.  "They got a lot of the long ones coming off on the offensive glass," Cincinnati's Yancy Gates said. "At times it seemed like the whole team was in there."

Huggins substituted often in the first half trying to find the right combination. Cincinnati made five 3-pointers in the first 11 minutes and, after West Virginia switched from a zone to man-to-man defense, Gates hit a layup and a dunk to cap a 9-0 run and give the Bearcats a 23-16 lead with eight minutes left until halftime.

"Wooooo, sitting here thinking about Hoya guards Jason Clark, Hollis Thompson, Chris Wright, Austin Freeman and what I call (you may think I'm crazy, lol) the Hoyas "secret weapon" Vee Sanford.  For so many years, I've seen many basketball games on every level and I've seen what I call, "basketball miracles".  My personal thing which started in the Kenner League, I realize it's just a summer league. The Kenner League always gives me a chance to see and study the incoming freshmen.  These are things I look for in guard play. Hollis Thompson and Vee Sanford...fundamentals and skill, smarts, decision making and heart/toughness.  I saw all of those things in both freshmen guards.  I like when Vee Sanford comes in games, and give the guards rest, he's also a spark.  Sanford creates havoc on both ends of the court".   Just my thinking. 




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