Saturday, November 24, 2007

Hoops Time

Patrick Foley returns to his native Long Island today (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

I'm going to get my first live look at the CU men's basketball team this afternoon at Stony Brook. While I miss football already, the last ten weeks of not being able to enjoy games with my daughter have been pretty hard to take. So I'm really looking forward to heading to the game and enjoying the action as a "civilian."

The game starts at 2pm.

It's been a pretty inconsistent start for the hoops guys so far, but there's plenty of time to hone their game before the Ivy schedule kicks in.

I'll try to post some insightful stuff about basketball here from time to time.

Anyway if you're at the game, I'll be the guy with the curly-haired 4 1/2 year old!


At Sat Nov 24, 08:49:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I have seen our team and the report is that we have not really come together. Great effort at Ohio State and poor to abysmal shooting in all other games. I am disappointed by Big Ben's apparent lack of conditioning. The man has an NBA body and should be hands down the most dominating player in the Ivies. but he is sucking wind after two trips down the court. Maybe he is preoccupied with medical school. Right now Bova is the second or third best guy on the team. foley has a huge upside but needs to play under control. Bauman needs to be more aggressive. Montgomery and Armstrong are the big unknowns. If they play to their potential we will have a good year.

At Sun Nov 25, 01:31:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first year in a long time, we have a legit shot at winning the Ivies in hoops and it's incredibly disappointing to see their results so far. How does a team with this sort of experience and talent get absolutely blown out by Albany?? I hope they get it together very soon because these are all of Jones' recruits now and he needs to contend this year.

At Sun Nov 25, 04:02:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Final score: Columbia 66, Stony Brook 46. The Lions blew out Stony Brook in second half behind outstanding efforts by John and Ben. However, Patrick Foley suffered a shoulder injury.

At Sun Nov 25, 06:31:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How bad is Foley's injury? He needs to add some strength and muscle. And how did Big Ben look? Is his conditioning improved? Did we see the two first years? Is our Japanese shooting guard seeing any game time?

At Sun Nov 25, 09:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

K.J. Matsui is not seeing much playing time this year as he is not as strong defenisvely as Mack Montgomery, Kevin Bulger or Nikko Scott. Nevertheless, he's an excellent long-range shooter, so he's bound to see some significant game time as the season progresses.

At Sun Nov 25, 11:25:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the Newsday article today, Patrick Foley suffered a shoulder separation against Stony Brook.

At Sun Nov 25, 11:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the prognosis on Foley? How did Big Ben look? Does he appear to be winding into shape?

At Mon Nov 26, 10:54:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Columbia's still going to have to play a whole lot better even than it did in Saturday's victory (against a not-too-good Stony Brook team this season) to have a real shot at an Ivy title. It's certainly possible, and none of the Ivy teams have distinguished themselves as yet vs. non-conference opponents.

And Jon Baumann is simply a Godsend in my own opinion, someone who always hustles (even if he's not quite as aggressive every minute as Matt Preston was). Watching the Lions last year several times, I rarely had the feeling that all his teammates played in synch with his own drive and commitment every game. If they can, then, yes, watch out!

Will football recruits show up on campus during basketball season? If so, the coaches could do worse than to properly show off one good example of a Columbia program that has apparently "come back."


At Tue Nov 27, 12:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Big Ben look like he was in shape? He needs to play up to his potential if we want to win the title.


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