Off The Boards By Jack Scheuer – November 22, 2017 Edition

Off The Boards

By Jack Scheuer

November 22, 2017 Edition

Some early observations about the locals, with early being the key word: Villanova looks to be as good as expected, with Mikal  Bridges adding to his already solid reputation. Temple is showing how much Josh Brown was missed, and Quinton Rose is developing into a real offensive threat. Saint Joe’s suffered another serious injury (Fresh Kimble) but freshman Taylor Funk is shooting the lights out, averaging 20.3, 13 of 22 on 3’s. La Salle’s B.J.Johnson is off to a great start, but after Pookie Powell, more consistent scoring is needed. Penn sophs AJ Brodeur and Ryan Betley are looking good, and Antonio Woods’ return is a definite plus. Max Rothschild continues to contribute. Drexel pulled off a great win against Houston, and Missouri transfer Tramaine Isabell has really picked up the offense.


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Penn has one of the craziest schedules in the country. Starting on November 25, the Quakers play five straight away games including tilts at Villanova and at Dayton. Then, on December 27, they begin a home stand of nine consecutive games, with Saint Joe’s and Temple among the visitors.


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Here’s an idea: Why don’t the NCAA and the NBA get together and form a One-and Done league? It would be much easier for the pro scouts in selecting their draft picks, and it would definitely level the competition for college hoops. Just a thought.


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A Boards Poll Question:  Who is the grumpiest coach in sports? The choices are Bill Belichick, Gregg Popovich, Bob Huggins, or Nick Saban. The choice here is Popovich, (from personal experience). Your pick is welcomed.


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Trivia Time: Who is the NBA’s all-time leader in points coming off the bench? He tallied 1,147 points. Answer at the end of the column.


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This and That: Johnny Dawkins’ Central Florida team is a threat in the AAC.  Tacko Fall, 7-6, 290, is back and better, plus transfers Aubrey Dawkins (son of) from Michigan, and Terrell Allen, a former Drexel Dragon have been added…..Big news out of Blacksburg, Va., where Tech coach Buzz Williams has hair on his head and is growing a beard….. At Iowa, 6-4 freshman guard Connor McCaffery is with his dad, Fran. Connor will redshirt his freshman season….. Former Hawk and class guy Langston Galloway signed a 3-year pact with the Pistons…. And how long do you think it will be before some struggling program signs Rick Pitino to change things around?


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Answer to Trivia Time: Super sub Dell Curry put up 1,147 points coming off the bench


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