Sunday, November 14, 2010

For the first home game of the season, the Hoyas are looking to calm the Green Wave




There's a Green Wave coming through D.C. the Hoyas and the Hoyas are looking to calm that wave and turn the wave back to the color Blue!  We're about to show them D.C. Is Our Playground!  The "Hoya Dream Season" continues!  This is the Hoyas first home game of the season.  Coming off a barn burner win in Norfolk against the ODU Monarchs the Hoyas focus is now on the C-USA Tulane U Greenwaves.  The Greewave are coming off a thrashing win against an MEAC team U of Maryland Eastern Shore 89-60.  Sophomore Kendall Timmons led Tulane with his second career double double with a career-high 24 points and a career-best 15 rebounds in their first win of the season.  "Winning on the road in college basketball is tough and doing it to start the season is even more of a challenge," Conroy said. "I was so proud of our bench tonight.  We had guys step up after we got into foul trouble.  We had numerous guys making big time contributions whether it was for 30 seconds or 10 minutes."

The Hoyas are coming off a tough road win in a very hostile environment over ODU 62-59 in Norfolk, Virginia.  The Hoyas seemed tentative in the first half as ODU outhustled them, but the Hoyas remained poised through the storm and pull it up with great junior and senior leadership.  In the second half, the Hoyas outscored the Monarchs 43-34.  The big three came through! 

"At one timeout I remember saying we are we are a veteran team and we are not playing a veteran team right now," said Hoyas coach John Thompson III.  "I said that and they calmed down a little bit."  The players agreed that Thompson's comments helped in the heat of the moment and that the win says a lot about this year's edition.

I think the one main thing the Hoyas' guards have to get better at is getting the bigs into the game.  Giving them the ball and telling them to go to work gives the bigs confidence more and more.  This way they won't always look to pass the ball out to the perimeter all of the time.  No look passes, bounce pass and lob passes are the passes that should be made into the post.  They will either score or get fouled if they go aggressively to the rim.  Communication plays a key role in all of this.  "We did get some interior touches, and it's something we've got to get better at." said Coach Thompson.   We have a poised group.  I don't think at any point did we fell like the game was out of control.  We felt the whole time if we could just settle down and execute at both ends of the court, at the end of the game we'd have a chance."

Last season's write up on the Hoyas vs. Tulane:

The Hoyas started getting the ball inside, making three layups, the last by Monroe to give them a 23-13 lead. The Green Wave responded with a 6-0 spurt to get within four.

Hoyas vs. Tulane 11/13/09
Julian Vaughn's layup stopped the run, but two 3-pointers by David Booker helped Tulane get within 32-27 at halftime.


ODU Hoya team photo from my phone 11/14/10


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