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It's that timeimage...(hope that doesn't offend anyone)

First games are November 10th (i believe) and things really get going..
Tuesday, November 18th:

Midnight: UMass at Memphis (ESPN)
2 am: Fresno St. at St. Mary's (ESPN)
4 am: Idaho St. at Hawaii (ESPN)
6 am: College Hoops Tip-Off Special (ESPN)
10 am: Penn at Drexel (ESPN)
Noon: Liberty at UNC-Asheville (ESPN)
2 pm: Iowa at Kansas (women) (ESPN)
4 pm: Centenary at Baylor (ESPN)
6 pm: Richmond at Syracuse (ESPN)
7 pm: NIT Regional Final-Purdue (ESPNU)
7:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Boston College (ESPN2)
8 pm: College GameDay-Chapel Hill (ESPN)
9 pm: Kentucky at North Carolina (ESPN)
9 pm: Florida Gulf Coast at Kansas (ESPNU)
9:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Oklahoma (ESPN2)
11:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Arizona (ESPN2)

ESPN Full Court should become available any day...only $100

Oct. 17: Midnight Madness
Nov. 10: 2008-09 season begins
Nov. 18: Kentucky at North Carolina
Dec. 2: Duke at Purdue
Dec. 3: North Carolina vs. Michigan State
Dec. 4: UCLA at Texas
Dec. 4: Southern Cal at Oklahoma
Dec. 6: Wisconsin at Marquette
Dec. 20: Texas at Michigan State
Dec. 23: Kansas at Arizona
Jan. 4: Kentucky at Louisville
Jan. 7: Davidson at Duke
Jan 17: Georgetown at Duke
Jan. 24: Memphis at Tennessee
Feb. 7: Notre Dame at UCLA

March 15: Selection Sunday
April 6: National championship

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Coaching changes for the 2008-09 season.

School Out Years Record In
Alcorn State Samuel West 5 44-103 Larry Smith
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Van Holt 6 50-124 George Ivory
Arkansas State Dickey Nutt 13 189-187 John Brady
Brown Craig Robinson 2 30-28 Jesse Agel
Bucknell Pat Flannery 14 234-178 Dave Paulsen
California Ben Braun 12 219-154 Mike Montgomery
Centenary Rob Flaska 3 24-65 Greg Gary
Detroit Perry Watson 15 258-185 Ray McCallum
Drake Keno Davis 1 28-5 Mark Phelps
Florida Atlantic Rex Walters 2 31-33 Mike Jarvis
Grambling Larry Wright 9 88-160 Rick Duckett
Idaho George Pfeiffer 2 12-48 Don Verlin
Indiana Kelvin Sampson 2 41-14 Tom Crean
Jacksonville State Mike LaPlante 8 95-137 James Green
James Madison Dean Keener 4 31-83 Matt Brady
Kent State Jim Christian 6 138-58 Geno Ford
Loyola Marymount Rodney Tention 3 30-61 Bill Bayno
LSU John Brady 10 192-139 Trent Johnson
Marist Matt Brady 4 73-50 Chuck Martin
Marquette Tom Crean 9 190-96 Buzz Williams
Maryland-Eastern Shore Meredith Smith 1 4-28 Frankie Allen
Massachusetts Travis Ford 3 62-35 Derek Kellogg
Mercer Mark Slonaker 11 128-190 Bob Hoffman
Missouri State Barry Hinson 9 169-117 Cuonzo Martin
Mississippi Valley State James Green 3 44-51 Sean Woods
New Jersey Tech Jim Casciano 7 66-119 Jim Engles
Ohio Tim O'Shea 7 120-95 John Groce
Oklahoma State Sean Sutton 2 39-29 Travis Ford
Oregon State Jay John 6 26-68 Craig Robinson
Pepperdine Vance Walberg 2 14-35 Tom Asbury
Providence Tim Welsh 10 160-143 Keno Davis
Rice Willis Wilson 16 219-246 Ben Braun
Sacramento State Jerome Jenkins 8 80-147 Brian Katz
San Francisco Jessie Evans 4 45-57 Rex Walters
South Carolina Dave Odom 7 128-104 Darrin Horn
St. Francis (Pa.) Bobby Jones 9 85-167 Don Friday
Stanford Trent Johnson 4 80-48 Johnny Dawkins
TCU Neil Dougherty 6 75-108 Jim Christian
Texas Southern Robert Moreland 1 7-25 Tony Harvey
Texas Tech Bob Knight 7 138-82 Pat Knight
Toledo Stan Joplin 12 203-155 Gene Cross
Western Illinois Derek Thomas 5 40-104 Jim Molinari
Western Kentucky Darrin Horn 5 111-48 Ken McDonald

Today's rivals preview...#7..

Head coach: Rick Pitino.
Last season: 27-9 overall, 14-4 in the Big East.
Postseason: Earned at-large bid to NCAA tournament. Lost 83-73 to North Carolina in regional final.
Breakdown: Probable starters | Backcourt | Frontcourt | Offense | Defense | Outlook


Coach Rick Pitino has four guards who at one time or another in their collegiate careers have been full-time starters. What coach in America wouldn't take his chances with that scenario?

imageLouisville forward Earl Clark looks like a possible future lottery pick.

G Jerry Smith, 6-1/Jr.
10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
G Andre McGee, 5-10/Sr.
6.5 ppg
F Terrence Williams, 6-6/Sr.
11.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.5 apg
F Earl Clark, 6-9/Jr.
11.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg
F Samardo Samuels, 6-8/Fr. five-star prospect
G Edgar Sosa, 6-1/Jr.
7.6 ppg
G Reginald Delk, 6-4/Jr.
9.5 ppg in 2006-07 at Mississippi State
F Terrence Jennings, 6-10/Fr. five-star prospect
G Preston Knowles, 6-1/So.
2.5 ppg
Last year's Cardinals starters, Jerry Smith and Andre McGee, return. McGee's emergence forced 2006-07 starter Edgar Sosa to the bench. Coming in to lend a hand and plenty of depth, if not vie for a starting role this year, is Mississippi State transfer Reginald Delk. Delk started in 59 of his 65 games with the Bulldogs.

Sosa and Smith have averaged double-figure scoring in a season, Sosa in 2006-07 and Smith last year. Delk averaged 9.5 as a sophomore at Mississippi State. So there is scoring punch, too. And all four have shot at least 37 percent from 3-point range in a season, so they can dial it up from the perimeter at any time. Smith had a team-high 68 3-pointers last season, McGee was second with 52, and Sosa was fourth with 47.

The odd thing, though, is not one of the four is particularly adept at distributing the ball. Not one averaged 2.0 assists per game. But they all take reasonably good care of the ball. McGee led the team in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Sosa worked his way deep into Pitino's doghouse and had a hard time getting out. The head man expects a "big change" in the young guard. Pitino said some players take longer to mature and that Sosa, a Big East All-Rookie selection two years ago, "is finally understanding what team is all about and is maturing into the type of basketball player I want him to become."


Center David Padgett (11.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg) finished up his career, and Juan Palacios (6.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Derrick Caracter (8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg) are gone, too. For most teams that loss of production would be a major blow, but most teams don't recruit as well or have as much talent returning as the Cardinals.

Earl Clark blossomed into a major scorer and rebounder as a sophomore last season. He posted 10 double-doubles, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he nearly doubled that total this season. He was a dominant force in the Cardinals' run to the Elite Eight, averaging 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots while shooting 62.2 percent from the floor during the NCAA tournament. As much as last year could be called a breakout year for Clark, bigger and better things are in store.

The other returning starter up front is Terrence Williams, the Cardinals' assist leader (4.5 per game) last season and another main scoring option. He's a 6-foot-6 all-court player who compensates for spotty perimeter shooting with his ability to put the ball on the floor, score around the rim, rebound and set up his teammates. Williams had two triple-doubles last season, just the third and fourth in Louisville history. With Padgett gone, the leadership role falls squarely on him.

The fifth starter probably will be five-star freshman Samardo Samuels, a 6-8, 240-pound power forward who will emerge quickly as a favorite because of his work ethic and diligence on the boards. He was ranked the No. 9 overall prospect in the class by, and No. 2 at his position. He is a force down low, where he can score with a variety of post moves and rebound. Samuels already has NBA strength. He also passes well out of the post, one of Padgett's best attributes. Samuels will vie for Big East rookie of the year honors.

The top man off the bench up front should be another five-star power forward, Terrence Jennings. The 6-10 Jennings was the No. 18 overall prospect, and No. 5 at the position. He's not as polished as Samuels, but he runs the floor very well for a player his size and can finish around the basket. He also is a big-time shot-blocker.


Pitino has a variety of offensive options. The chief creator is Williams, who can drive and kick or score in the lane. Clark can face up from 15-18 feet or score on the block. No doubt Pitino also will try to get the ball inside to Samuels on occasion.

The Cardinals are less concerned about making the NCAA tournament and more concerned about getting at least one step beyond where they finished last year, the Elite Eight. The talent is there for this to be a Final Four team. Clark, Williams and Samuels could be among the best frontlines in the country by season's end. Delk is a big-time perimeter threat, an area that was a bit of a question mark last season. The defense was spectacular at times last season, and it doesn't figure to drop off. If you look at Louisville's losses last season, they typically came when the Cardinals had trouble stopping guards, against whom Smith and McGee almost always are at a size disadvantage. If Pitino can solve that problem the Cardinals easily could find themselves in Detroit in early April.


The Cardinals ranked second in the Big East and 22nd nationally in scoring defense (61.5 ppg). Their full-court pressure and half-court trapping not only wear out opponents but also force them to go late in the shot clock. The result is hurried shots, bad looks or turnovers. When opponents are able to set up, Louisville plays an attacking man-to-man and gets into the passing lanes.

Shoes to Fill

Padgett. Pitino ran a good bit of the offense through Padgett because of his decision-making and leadership. Those are tough qualities to replace.

Must Step Up

Clark. He has NBA first-round talent. He considered leaving Louisville after last season, but he's back to ensure lottery-pick status.

Impact Newcomer

Samuels. You don't find many high school players as ready to bang with the big bodies in the Big East as Samuels. He will give as much as he gets.

Kentucky kicks things off tonight, and Illinois I believe has an outdoor Midnight Madness tomorrow.
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Dec. 2: Duke at Purdue
I better see this _ Chitown on the bench....image
9 pm: Kentucky at North Carolina (ESPN)
WOW! Early as hell in the season...

I think it would be good for us to give a personal synopsis of our respective teams...That should be interesting..
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* Nov 21 potential Duke vs UCLA match upsmokin.gif
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Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by dreClark

Dec. 2: Duke at Purdue

I better see this _ Chitown on the bench....image
9 pm: Kentucky at North Carolina (ESPN)
WOW! Early as hell in the season...

I think it would be good for us to give a personal synopsis of our respective teams...That should be interesting..

I'd be interested in that too..

G'Town schedule
2008-09 (0-0)
11/22: DREXEL
11/27: vs Wichita St. [1]
11/28: Old Spice Classic
11/30: Old Spice Classic
12/13: MEMPHIS
12/20: MT. ST. MARY'S
12/29: at Connecticut [2]
01/05: at Notre Dame
01/17: at Duke
01/22: W. VIRGINIA
01/25: at Seton Hall
01/28: at Cincinnati
01/31: at Marquette
02/03: RUTGERS
02/14: at Syracuse
02/18: at S. Florida
02/28: at Villanova
03/03: at St. John's
03/07: DEPAUL
[1] Orlando, FL
[2] Hartford, CT

Overal I see/expect 20 wins, around a 5th BE finish.....and a 2nd round or Sweet 16 appearance.

The team should gel and start to play their best at the right time, JTIII does an excellent job with that. They'll lose to someone they shouldn't at least once. Just how it is with a young team. But I also think JTIII as good as he is, is good for a win or 2 we shouldn't get. Team is comparable to the 05-06 team that was young, made the sweet 16 and was a tough out in March.



..good perimiter play, inexperienced up front. 1-9 can shoot the ball.

Season depends on Dajuan and to an extent Monroe.

It will not be the G'Town offense that people have been accustomed too. Principals obviously still in tact, but they will get out and run more. I firmly believe that. Saw it towards the end of last year. Wright/Monroe in the lineup change things compared to Wallace/Hibbert.

* Nov 21 potential Duke vs UCLA match upimage
In the Garden...image
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Thomas Robinson to Kansas.

That leaves the door open for Kentucky to snatch up Daniel Orton tonight. Is Wall supposed to be at their event as well?
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Originally Posted by allen3xis

* Nov 21 potential Duke vs UCLA match upimage

In the Garden...image

I need to holla at my boss for tickets....If anybody in NYC wanna hit that up that night, let me know and I'll try to get some tickets for yall...

The Villanova Wildcats will meet the University of Texas on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden as part of the 14th annual Jimmy V Classic. The `Cats and Longhorns will be the second half of a doubleheader at the Garden following the Davidson vs. West Virginia matchup in the opener. Both games will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

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The Villanova Wildcats will meet the University of Texas on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden as part of the 14th annual Jimmy V Classic. The `Cats and Longhorns will be the second half of a doubleheader at the Garden following the Davidson vs. West Virginia matchup in the opener
Didn't know about this one. image. Abrams gona get abused by either Scottie or Fisher.

...I think Orton is pretty much a lock for UK at this point.

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Originally Posted by MessiahChild

Originally Posted by allen3xis

* Nov 21 potential Duke vs UCLA match upimage

In the Garden...image

I need to holla at my boss for tickets....If anybody in NYC wanna hit that up that night, let me know and I'll try to get some tickets for yall...


How much we talkin'?
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already copped my ticketspimp.gif going w/ group of friends....just need the teams to take care of business.
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Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning for the Texas vs. Michigan State and Texas A&M vs. LSU double header at the Toyota Center pimp.gif
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Originally Posted by PhilBalla09

* Nov 21 potential Duke vs UCLA match upimage

Noon: Liberty at UNC-Asheville (ESPN) image

Big South image

The Sporting News- Pre Season Rankings

1. Radford
2. Gardner-Webb
3. High Point
4. Winthrop
5. UNC Asheville
6. Coastal Carolina
7. Charleston Southern
8. VMI
9. Liberty
10. Prebyterian

All Conference Team
Anthony Smith - LU
Eugene Harris - High Point
Aaron Linn - GWU
Kenny George - UNCA
Joey Lynch-Flohr - RU

Top Newcomer
Seth Curry - LU

Top Player
Anthony Smith - LU

Top Coach
Brad Greenberg - RU

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Jan. 7: Davidson at Duke
Steph is gonna light us the %#+# up... We're still gonna win tho so laugh.gifpimp.gif

Jan. 17: Georgetown at Duke
That ({}) Monroe still has to come to Durham pimp.gifI HOPE
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Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
11/05/08 vs. Texas A&M - Kingsville x College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
11/16/08 vs. Arkansas - Pine Bluff College Station 4:00 p.m. CT
11/18/08 vs. Stephen F. Austin College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
South Padre Invitational
11/21/08 vs. Jackson State College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
11/25/08 vs. UNC-Wilmington College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
11/28/08 at Tulsa TV South Padre Island 7:30 p.m. CT
11/29/08 Illinois/Kent State South Padre Island TBA
12/05/08 vs. Arizona TV College Station 8:30 p.m. CT
12/13/08 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 7:00 p.m. CT
12/15/08 vs. Florida A&M College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
12/17/08 vs. SMU College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
12/20/08 vs. LSU Houston, TX 3:30 p.m. CT
12/28/08 vs. Sam Houston State College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
12/31/08 at Rice Houston, TX 3:00 p.m. CT
01/03/09 vs. Mcneese State College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
01/05/09 vs. North Dakota College Station 7:00 p.m. CT
01/10/09 at Oklahoma State * TV Stillwater, Okla. 8:00 p.m. CT
01/14/09 vs. Baylor * TV College Station 8:30 p.m. CT
01/17/09 vs. Oklahoma * TV College Station 1:00 p.m. CT
01/19/09 at Kansas * TV Lawrence, Kan. 8:00 p.m. CT
01/24/09 at Texas * TV Austin, Texas 7:00 p.m. CT
01/28/09 vs. Texas Tech TV College Station 8:00 p.m. CT
01/31/09 vs. Oklahoma State * TV College Station 1:00 p.m. CT
02/04/09 at Oklahoma * TV Norman, Okla. 8:00 p.m. CT
02/07/09 vs. Kansas State * TV College Station 3:00 p.m. CT
02/14/09 at Baylor * TV Waco, Texas 5:00 p.m. CT
02/16/09 vs. Texas * TV College Station 8:00 p.m. CT
02/21/09 at Texas Tech TV Lubbock, Texas 5:00 p.m. CT
02/24/09 at Nebraska * TV Lincoln, Neb. 8:30 p.m. CT
02/28/09 vs. Iowa State * TV College Station 12:30 p.m. CT
03/04/09 at Colorado * TV Boulder, Colo. 8:00 p.m. CT
03/07/09 vs. Missouri * TV College Station 2:30 p.m. CT

My take on the schedule: I think it's a pretty weak OOC setup. We only play one real road game (I'm not counting the game against Rice in Houston as a real road game), and 2-3 neutral games (South Padre Invitational, LSU in Houston). Too many home games for my liking. I like the matchups against Alabama and Arizona, though, as well as a potential matchup against Illinois or Kent State. On to conference play...very, very brutal opening 5 games. We'll be playing possibly the top 5 teams in the Big Xii in those first 5 games. I'd be very happy with a 2-3 record out of those games. It's very possible that we could end conference play on a 5 game winning streak going into the Big Xii tourney (possibly winning 6 or 7 of our last glasses.gif.


No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl./Exp. Hometown/High School/Last College
12 Blasczyk, James F/C 7-0 225 FR/HS Houston, Texas/Friendswood
21 Bowles, Denzel F/C 6-10 250 SO/1L Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville
50 Carrell, Marshall F 6-8 200 SO/1L Paris, Texas/Paris
23 Carter, Josh G/F 6-7 200 SR/3L Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands
31 Chapman, Chris G 5-11 175 JR/2L Houston, Texas/Memorial
14 Darko, Andrew G 6-0 165 SO/1L Conroe, Texas/Conroe
0 Davis, Bryan F 6-9 250 JR/2L Dallas, Texas/Grand Prairie
41 Elonu, Chinemelu F/C 6-10 235 JR/2L Houston, Texas/Alief Elsik
40 Graham, Bryson G 6-3 195 SR/2L San Antonio, Texas/Reagan/Lon Morris JC
5 Harris, Dash G 6-0 175 FR/HS Los Angeles, CA/Monteverde [Fla.] Academy
11 Holmes, B.J. G 6-0 175 SO/1L Houston, Texas/Hastings
2 Lewis, Derrek G 6-5 195 SO/1L Tulsa, Okla./Union
10 Loubeau, David F 6-8 215 FR/HS Miami, FL/Westlake Prep
3 Roland, Derrick G 6-4 190 JR/2L Dallas, Texas/Seagoville
24 Schepel, Shawn G 6-4 200 SO/1L Dallas, Texas/Flower Mound
15 Sloan, Donald G 6-3 205 JR/2L Dallas, Texas/Seagoville
45 Walkup, Nathan F 6-6 195 SO/1L Houston, Texas/Deer Park

My take on the roster:
-We definitely have some talent on this team, but are lacking depth and experience in some positions.
-Denzel Bowles is expected to finally be healthy, which is great in my opinion. There was some buzz around the kid being pretty good when he was recruited here.
-Our frontcourt is lacking the most experience (and probably depth as well), as Bryan Davis is the only returning player that saw significant minutes last season. -Chinemelu Elonu has supposedly been improving greatly during the offseason, but I'm not really gonna trust that until I see it.
-David Loubeau drew a comparison to being a Darrell Arthur type player from Coach Turgeon, and I've heard many other great things about him from people not associated with the program. Hopefully this kid lives up to my expectations.
-Our backcourt looks pretty good at first glance, with some pretty good experience. I'm expecting Dash Harris to make a pretty big contribution to the team, but not until at least late in OOC or early conference play.

Depth chart:
PG - Sloan/Harris/Holmes
SG - Roland/Sloan/Lewis
SF - Carter/Roland/Walkup
PF - Davis/Loubeau/Bowles
C - Elonu/Davis/Bowles

I think our success is going to hinge a lot on how the freshmen (Dash Harris and David Loubeau) progress and play throughout the season. I'm looking for Harris to end up taking over the starting PG spot at some point during the season, with Sloan moving to his natural position at SG, and Roland becoming the first guard off the bench. Hopefully Loubeau can step in and take over the starting PF position as well, moving Davis to C and Elonu to the first big off the bench. I'm not really sure what to think of our depth this year...a lot of it is gonna depend on how players progressed over the offseason.

My prediction: I think we'll end up winning anywhere from 22-25 games. We'll finish anywhere from 5th-6th in the Big Xii (behind Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, default, since they're gonna win the North...and possibly Oklahoma State). We'll make the tourney, win our first game, then the second game is a toss up, depending on who we draw. I'm hoping for a Sweet 16 run at least, but that's a pretty high expectation.
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Originally Posted by PhilBalla09

VABigPoppa wrote:

PhilBalla09 wrote:

* Nov 21 potential Duke vs UCLA match upimage

Noon: Liberty at UNC-Asheville (ESPN) image

Big South image

The Sporting News- Pre Season Rankings

1. Radford
2. Gardner-Webb
3. High Point
4. Winthrop
5. UNC Asheville
6. Coastal Carolina
7. Charleston Southern
8. VMI
9. Liberty
10. Prebyterian

All Conference Team
Anthony Smith - LU
Eugene Harris - High Point
Aaron Linn - GWU
Kenny George - UNCA
Joey Lynch-Flohr - RU

Top Newcomer
Seth Curry - LU image

Top Player
Anthony Smith - LU image

Top Coach
Brad Greenberg - RU

Liberty should be higher, they're better then 9th placeimage

Damn that's crazy I had some interest from Radford under their old coach. They were $!%!@+ terrible then and now they are the pre-season favorite in the conference.
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Double Post
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I'll make the official Syracuse thread on the 24th.

smh.gif at Petey ducking you over 30 bucks.
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image...I wish he would post again.

I really don't care
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^ what's that story?
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Originally Posted by Bigmike23


I'm really looking forward to see Jrue do his thing.
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Duke 2008-09 Schedule


Date Opponent* Result Record
Nov. 10, 2008 PRESBYTERIAN1 7:00 pm ET
Nov. 16, 2008 Rhode Island 4:30 pm ET
Nov. 23, 2008 Montana 1:00 pm ET
Nov. 28, 2008 Duquesne 3:00 pm ET
Dec. 2, 2008 at Purdue 9:00 pm ET
Dec. 6, 2008 at Michigan 3:30 pm ET
Dec. 17, 2008 UNC-Asheville 7:30 pm ET
Dec. 20, 2008 at Xavier 2:00 pm ET
Dec. 31, 2008 Loyola Maryland 4:00 pm ET
Jan. 4, 2009 Virginia Tech 7:45 pm ET
Jan. 7, 2009 Davidson 7:00 pm ET
Jan. 10, 2009 at Florida State 2:00 pm ET
Jan. 14, 2009 at Georgia Tech 7:00 pm ET
Jan. 17, 2009 Georgetown 1:30 pm ET
Jan. 20, 2009 NC State 8:00 pm ET
Jan. 24, 2009 Maryland 12:00 pm ET
Jan. 28, 2009 at Wake Forest 7:00 pm ET
Feb. 1, 2009 Virginia 2:00 pm ET
Feb. 4, 2009 at Clemson 9:00 pm ET
Feb. 7, 2009 Miami-FL 1:30 pm ET
Feb. 11, 2009 N. Carolina 9:00 pm ET
Feb. 15, 2009 at Boston College 5:30 pm ET
Feb. 19, 2009 at St. John's 7:00 pm ET
Feb. 22, 2009 Wake Forest 7:45 pm ET
Feb. 25, 2009 at Maryland 9:00 pm ET
Feb. 28, 2009 at Virginia Tech 3:30 pm ET
Mar. 3, 2009 Florida State 8:00 pm ET
Mar. 8, 2009 at N. Carolina 4:00 pm ET

13 Olek Czyz F 6-7 240 Fr. Reno, Nev. (Reno)
41 Jordan Davidson G 6-1 180 Sr. Melbourne, Ark. (Blair Academy [N.J.])
15 Gerald Henderson G/F 6-4 215 Jr. Merion, Pa. (Episcopal Academy)
51 Steve Johnson F 6-5 210 So. Colorado Springs, Colo. (Cheyenne Mountain)
14 David McClure F 6-6 215 Sr. Ridgefield, Conn. (Trinity Catholic)
3 Greg Paulus G 6-1 185 Sr. Syracuse, N.Y. (Christian Brothers)
21 Miles Plumlee F 6-10 230 Fr. Warsaw, Ind. (Christ School [N.C.])
5 Martynas Pocius G 6-5 190 Jr. Vilnius, Lithuania (Holderness School [N.H.])
30 Jon Scheyer G 6-5 185 Jr. Northbrook, Ill. (Glenbrook North)
12 Kyle Singler F 6-8 235 So. Medford, Ore. (South Medford)
2 Nolan Smith G 6-2 185 So. Upper Marlboro, Md. (Oak Hill Academy [Va.])
42 Lance Thomas F 6-8 220 Jr. Scotch Plains, N.J. (St. Benedict's Prep)
20 Elliot Williams G 6-4 180 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (St. George's)
55 Brian Zoubek C 7-1 280 Jr. Haddonfield, N.J. (Haddonfield Memorial)


- I REALLY wish Zoubek could remain healthy and be able to contribute so that Kyle can move back to the 3, but I doubt that is going to happen.
- Maybe we move Jon back to the starting lineup and bring Greg off the bench? That could work, but I don't know. Nolan still has some work to do on that J of his. His defense is nice though and we're gonne need him when we go up against the elite guards in the ACC (Doulglas, Rice, Lawson, Teague/Smith, etc)
- From what I have seen over the summer...Lance is still having trouble finishing around the rim, but he always gives 100% and plays hard. Hopefully he'll be able to improve on his rebounding numbers.
- Someone is going to have to replace Demarcus Nelson. Not just his points, which can be easily replaced. But his defense and his ability to rebound from the guard position. He was basically a 4 playing the 2, rebounding wise.
- Jon Sheyer might just be my favorite player on the team. pimp.gif Should have another nice year, barring injuries.
- Pocious....I don't know what to say about dude. He shows flashes, but hasn't been healthy his whole career in Durham. He would definitely be a valuable asset when healthy.
- As a team, we have to commit to rebounding. With our lack of size, this is our Achilles heel. And the other teams know it. We are rather frail on the block.
- Miles Plummee - If he plays like he did over the summer, I would prefer that he RS and just get in a serious weight program. However, I think this is just a case of a kid being more comfortable in a structured game. He will get burn because of his ability on the offensive end, but he needs real work on D.
- OC (Olek Cycz) will be a crowd favorite and is a tough guy on the block. Strong, tenacious with no fear. He will try to dunk on your whole team. I like that. We need that from a 'Big' guy. They got him listed at 6'7 but I don't know about that..Dude looked about 6'5 when I saw him
- Elliot Williams is an explosive athlete. Can really get up and down the court and finish. Needs to really work on his ball handling if he wants major minutes. Athletically, he has the tools to replace 'Marcus but the question is does he want to do it. But, it doesn't matter though. If he doesn't commit to playing D, K will sit his !$$ on the bench. See: King, Taylor.
- Gerald Henderson will break out on a national level this year. I just have that feeling. Towards the end of the season, he went from 'W.T.F is GH doing??' to actually carrying the team in some games. This is a money year. And with the teams that we play, or have the potential to play OOC, He can showcase his skills. I think he bounces after this year if that's true.
- Kyle Singler is the goods. Can do anything that you ask of him. Is he the most athletic kid in the world? No, but he is fundamentally sound and can score in a variety of ways. And he has heart. He's definitely playing out of position which messes him up since he is 3 that is asked to match up against 4's and 5's every night.
- Greg Paulus - Doesn't quite get the credit he deserves. The scape goat for a couple years, he put together a VERY solid season last year. And hit a number of big shots for the Dukies. Depending on how the starting 5 shakes out, he may be asked to become more of a scorer than he was last year, and he was shooting lights out last year hitting his 3's at a pretty good clip. He's still slow and pushes off too much, but if you can't see the improvement that he made, you're %*+$$@@ blind. Oh, and Greg, I still remember you not passing the ball up court to JJ for the potential game winner at the end of the Duke/G'Town game 2 years ago.indifferent.gifindifferent.gif
- I expect us to have a regular season similar to the one that we had last year record wise. I think we make the Elite 8 and POSSIBLY a final 4 this year, but our lack of an interior presence will hurt us again. Some don't like the PHX Suns style O that we are running now, but you have to adjust to the talent that you have on your team. And as currently constructed, this is the way that were gonn have to play to win games.
- Interested to see if the loss of Johnny Dawkins and the addition of Nate James to the staff will have any effect.
- McClure will play his usual role. Nothing really to add here. Though he may play less than he did last year now that I think about it.
- We still have trouble w/ penetrating guards, but I think Nolan can help w/ that. So he needs to be able to stay out of foul trouble.
- I really must give Coach K his props for last year, cause we did WAAAAY better last season than I thought we were going to do.
- And one final note...2010 is going to be %*+$$@@ SICK for the blue devils....sick.gifsick.gifpimp.gif

Some say you're Lucky you still have Nolan.
Yeah, I remember reading that last year, around the time when Taylor King left. And I'm sure JD's departure didn't help any. But, I'm glad he stayed...

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Some say you're Lucky you still have Nolan.

That's a small team, but that's ok in the ACC.

I expect a lot of henderson and Singler this year..

I go with Elite 8, too.
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Jan. 10, 2009 at Florida State 2:00 pm ET

Mar. 3, 2009 Florida State 8:00 pm ET

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Originally Posted by jville819

Jan. 10, 2009 at Florida State 2:00 pm ET

Mar. 3, 2009 Florida State 8:00 pm ET

That's a DUB jville
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If we don't win both I'll buy your ticket to the Wake game next year in Winston-Salem. Or any away game cept uf
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i'll give my own little preview of the Cats sometime tonight after Madness and i get a look at 'em.
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BIG news in the recruiting world on the eve of Midnight Madness as Kansas got a commitment from Big Man Thomas Robinson today. Why do you care? Well because he is a power forward in the Class of 2009….the very same position and class as Daniel Orton. Kansas chose Robinson as a "sure thing" and Robinson picked the Jayhawks over Memphis. But now that clears the way for Orton (who had Kansas as a "co-leader") to potentially pick the Cats, possibly very soon. Could be a big weekend in Lexington….stay tuned.

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The Tyreke Evans Show ,hosted by Coach Calipari Sponsored by Wes Wesley

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Well, Tiger hoops fans, the wait is over.

The 2008-09 University of Memphis basketball schedule was released Wednesday, and fans will get to see plenty of their Tigers this season with 18 home dates at FedExForum. Times and television games will be announced at a later date.

As has been during the John Calipari era, national games highlight the 2008-09 slate. The Tigers host UMass, Syracuse and Cincinnati, and travel to Georgetown, Gonzaga and Tennessee. The Memphis schedule also has five games with Calipari facing former assistants Derek Kellogg (UMass), Chuck Martin (Marist), Bruiser Flint (Drexel), Steve Roccaforte (Lamar) and Tony Barbee (UTEP).

"Everywhere I've been recently, fans have been asking about this season's schedule, and I'm excited to get it out there," said Memphis Director of Athletics R.C. Johnson. "As John likes to do, the schedule has a national feel to it, and I know our fans enjoy those high-profile games.

"I also like that we have 18 home games for our fans to watch us play in person at FedExForum. I know our fans enjoy seeing their Tigers, and we always try to schedule as many home games as possible."

The Tigers' 18-game home slate starts Nov. 4 when they host Christian Brothers in their lone exhibition game. Memphis regular season begins 11 days later on Nov. 15 with the home season opener versus Fairfield at FedExForum. The game also is an opening round contest of the 2008 O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Following the regular season opener, Calipari faces the first of his five former assistants when Kellogg brings his UMass Minutemen to the Bluff City on Nov. 17. Other Calipari former assistants visiting FedExForum this season are Martin with Marist on Dec. 2, Flint with Drexel on Dec. 22 and Roccaforte with Lamar on Jan. 3. The final Calipari versus former assistant match-up is set for Feb. 21 when the Tigers travel to El Paso, Texas, to take on Barbee's UTEP Miners.

Memphis continues its history of playing in-season tournaments when it travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 20-23 to participate in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Tigers open tournament play in Puerto Rico against Chattanooga on Nov. 20, and then meet either Seton Hall or Southern Cal in second-round action on Nov. 21. The Tip-Off's other bracket features Fairfield, Virginia Tech, Xavier and Missouri.

After returning to the mainland, the Tigers play eight of their next nine contests at home. The home stretch begins Dec. 2 against Marist and continues through the Jan. 7 Conference USA opener versus Marshall. In that span, Memphis hosts Big East Conference foes Syracuse on Dec. 20 and Cincinnati on Dec. 29. The Dec. 22 game is Syracuse's first-ever visit to the Bluff City, while the Tigers and Bearcats meet for the 67th time in their long-standing rivalry.

The lone road contest in that December-early January, home-dominated stretch is a Dec. 13 game at Georgetown.

The Tigers begin defense of their Conference USA regular season crown Jan. 7 against Marshall. The C-USA title defense gets tough late in the league schedule, as Memphis plays four of its final seven conference games away from FedExForum.

Like the previous two C-USA seasons, Memphis plays league home-and-home series with Houston, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulsa and UAB. The Tigers' one-game C-USA foes are Marshall (home), UCF (away), Rice (home), East Carolina (away), UTEP (away) and Tulane (home). For a second-straight year, Memphis closes the C-USA schedule at home, this time versus Tulane on Mar. 7.

In January and February, the Tigers step outside C-USA play and face in-state rival Tennessee on Jan. 24 in Knoxville, Tenn., and Gonzaga on Feb. 7 in Spokane, Wash. ESPN Gameday is scheduled to televise the Memphis-Gonzaga match-up.

2008-09 University of Memphis Basketball Schedule
October - 17, Memphis Madness (FedExForum)
November - 4, Christian Brothers (Exhibition); 15, Fairfield; 17, UMass; 20, vs. Chattanooga (O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off); 21, vs. Seton Hall or Southern Cal (O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off); 23, vs. TBD (O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off).
December - 2, Marist; 13, at Georgetown; 17, Arkansas-Little Rock; 20, Syracuse; 22, Drexel; 29, Cincinnati; 31, Northeastern.
January - 3, Lamar; 7, Marshall; 10, at UCF; 13, at Tulsa; 17, UAB; 21, Rice; 24, at Tennessee; 28, at East Carolina; 31, Houston.
February - 4, at SMU; 7, at Gonzaga (ESPN Gameday); 11, Tulsa; 14, at Southern Miss; 18, SMU; 21, at UTEP; 26, at UAB; 28, Southern Miss.
March - 4, at Houston; 7, Tulane; 11-14, Conference USA Tournament (Memphis, Tenn.
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