Thursday, July 2, 2015

Temple 78, Penn 53

Because of work related to the actual job this place pays me to do, I'm not at the Palestra tonight. But I have the Temple-Penn game on TV, so when I get a spare moment I'll try to write some notes about what I've seen. In other words, those of you who are watching the game at home are even more encouraged than usual to post your thoughts about the game. Before we start, though, I want you to think about this quote from Penn coach Glen Miller on yesterday's Ivy League men's basketball conference call. It confirms something I've believed about the Quakers for much of this season. "We're just in a situation the last two years where for whatever the reason - injuries, different reasons - we've been a very young team. And I don't think you're going to have too much success going out and playing the caliber of opponent that we're playing, playing freshmen and sophomores. I think any team that can go out and play at that level usually has some solid juniors or seniors that are the foundation of their program and kind of lead the younger guys through it. And when you have the experience and you can go out and execute with consistency, I think you have the chance to hang in there and win some of those types of games that we play. That just hasn't been the case." With that, off we go.

Temple 78, Penn 53

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Because of work related to the actual job this place pays me to do, I'm not at the Palestra tonight. But I have the Temple-Penn game on TV, so when I get a spare moment I'll try to write some notes about what I've seen.

In other words, those of you who are watching the game at home are even more encouraged than usual to post your thoughts about the game.

Before we start, though, I want you to think about this quote from Penn coach Glen Miller on yesterday's Ivy League men's basketball conference call. It confirms something I've believed about the Quakers for much of this season.

"We're just in a situation the last two years where for whatever the reason - injuries, different reasons - we've been a very young team. And I don't think you're going to have too much success going out and playing the caliber of opponent that we're playing, playing freshmen and sophomores. I think any team that can go out and play at that level usually has some solid juniors or seniors that are the foundation of their program and kind of lead the younger guys through it. And when you have the experience and you can go out and execute with consistency, I think you have the chance to hang in there and win some of those types of games that we play. That just hasn't been the case."

With that, off we go.

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