The "General" barks orders back in his Indiana days
"We really labored in the second half, probably because we had too many guys playing too many minutes."Keith Simmons led HC with 13 points. Simmons also had 4 steals and 7 rebounds. Torey Thomas, who was held to 6 points, had 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. But Simmons (5 TO) and Thomas (9 TO) combined for 14 of the Crusaders' 20 turnovers.
Some reasons for low attendance by the students (thought it was certainly more than half-full in their sections):Dear Matt:
1. It is the end of the semester. There is a ton of work to turn in before exams and then exams themselves start on Thursday.
2. There was a live feed of the game being broadcast around campus. People could do work and watch the game that way.
3. The ticket policy distribution by the University has not been great. It is still struggling to find the best way to do it. Also, there were was not a lot of advertisement for the game - at least not in the past week or so.
4. When it was announced that there were left over tickets, it was only posted on the athletics' Web site, which a lot of students probably don't use. It was said that there were less than 150 tickets left, and this was not announced until yesterday evening. There was no general e-mail announcement.
5. The wrestling and track teams both had events today. Both teams are large supporters of the basketball program and account for a bunch of the missing seats.
6. There were some musical recitals today, as well as the football team awards banquet. Also, the school is in the midst of having its three candlelight Christmas services. The students who participate sacrifice a lot of time for it over the last few days and the next few days. Time has to give somewhere.
That all being said, yes attendance was less than it should have been. I was sad to see it less than full, but that happens. The place will fill up again once league play gets going and the spring semester starts up.
What up Big Dog?Dear Observer:
While you are proabably the greatest mind ever to handicapp the Patriot League...The brain trusts at USA Today and the Sporting News have released their own PL predictions and have a much more favorable outlook for Lehigh. I understand you have great disdain for our school's basketball program, but I still don't know why. Lose the bias, gain some respect.
Gourlay was wearing a suit on the bench, and Bayer was missing from the bench. However, I'm not sure what ails either player.Dear Mike:
Gourlay is out with an injury right now (foot). He played in the Notre Dame game and re-aggravated it, so he sat out the last two games last week. He's day-to-day, and will hopefully return soon. As for Bayer, he is no longer on the team. He has asked for and has been granted permission to transfer.As they say at the day job; Now you know.
I just wanted to ask what games do you actually see? Are you coming down to DC at all?Dear Joe:
Enjoyed your comeback and early ROY post. Bell is going to have a sensational senior season for Army, being 100% healthy now. For ROY Hall is definitely the front-runner. I submit another candidate for your consideration if the team's record significantly improves: Army s Chris Walker (7.7 ppg, 4.3 rbg through 3 games). He's not going to put up sensational numbers his freshman year, because the offense Army runs is designed to get Bell and Brown the bulk of the shots, but his inside presence will help B & B get better shots than last year, and he is a difference-maker defensively.Dear Thomas:
Very interesting piece on the Colgate game. I do have one question. On a couple of occasions, you have mentioned that Tim Pounds has sophomore eligibility. I know he chose not to play last year and under NCAA regulations would have three more years. However, Patriot League regulations ban redshirting, so why would he still be allowed three more years if he voluntarily chose not to play? (According to some Colgate people I have talked to, it was not a case of any injury.) I'd be interested in any feedback you could provide. Thanks.Ken:
He's still on schedule to graduate in Spring 2008 and therefore only has this year (06-07) and next year (07-08) of eligibility remaining.Cue the day job jingle.