Tulane whips Temple 85-75

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Temple was picked 7th before the season. The game is Thursday at 6 on ESPN2 :

http://tulanegreenwave.com/news/2017/12 ... espn2.aspx
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This game will be a good yardstick to predict the balance of the season. Temple was predicted to finish the AAC in the middle of the pack whereas our Green Guys were in the bottom three. We must play competitively, something we haven't done on the road this year. Temple has one semi-quality win against 11-1 Auburn.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:31 am

They've played a much better pre-conference schedule. They also beat Clemson and Wisconsin. Their loss to Villanova was comparable to our loss to UNC in that both teams trailed by 20 relatively early and the game wasn't close.

They've played 11 games: 3 Wins in the Charleston Classic against ODU, Auburn and Clemson. A neutral site loss by 4 to LaSalle, a 16 point win at MSG over South Carolina, a 4 point loss at George Washington, followed by a 4 point home win over Wisconsin. They then sandwiched 3 point home victories over St. Joe's and Drexel around a blowout loss at home to Villanova. Last Friday they ended the pre-conference season with a blowout loss at Georgia.

This is not a Temple team that should dominate us. At the same time, Tulane hasn't played well on the road, and needs to step up play on the road. Heck, we've won 4 home games in 3 years in the AAC, so I guess we haven't been that competitive at home, in conference, either.
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GreenLantern wrote:This game will be a good yardstick to predict the balance of the season. Temple was predicted to finish the AAC in the middle of the pack whereas our Green Guys were in the bottom three. We must play competitively, something we haven't done on the road this year. Temple has one semi-quality win against 11-1 Auburn.
Are we almost out of yardsticks? We've had several yardstick games this year and didn't do well. We now have a body of work from this season that says we're not very good.
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netshorty wrote:
GreenLantern wrote:This game will be a good yardstick to predict the balance of the season. Temple was predicted to finish the AAC in the middle of the pack whereas our Green Guys were in the bottom three. We must play competitively, something we haven't done on the road this year. Temple has one semi-quality win against 11-1 Auburn.
Are we almost out of yardsticks? We've had several yardstick games this year and didn't do well. We now have a body of work from this season that says we're not very good.
And again, there's the issue. You expect them to go from "putrid" to "very good" in just one offseason? This season, I'm not even looking for good. I'd just like to see signs that we're "average", with an upward trend. I'll look for "good" next season, and then "very good" after that.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:20 am

Should be more competitive:

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/ ... af16d.html

Temple is favored by 10.5.
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RobertM320 wrote:
netshorty wrote:
GreenLantern wrote:This game will be a good yardstick to predict the balance of the season. Temple was predicted to finish the AAC in the middle of the pack whereas our Green Guys were in the bottom three. We must play competitively, something we haven't done on the road this year. Temple has one semi-quality win against 11-1 Auburn.
Are we almost out of yardsticks? We've had several yardstick games this year and didn't do well. We now have a body of work from this season that says we're not very good.
And again, there's the issue. You expect them to go from "putrid" to "very good" in just one offseason? This season, I'm not even looking for good. I'd just like to see signs that we're "average", with an upward trend. I'll look for "good" next season, and then "very good" after that.
Your reading of the post with an emphasis on the "very" part of "were not very good" which changes the intended meaning. My intent was to say we're just not very good the same way you'd say you're just not very funny. Apologies as I should have remembered from my English 101 days that very is a very lazy word to use in writing. :) It was not intended to mean "we're not really good" implying that expectation. Reread and I think you would agree with my post.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:32 am

Here's a surprising quote from the Advocate article which winwave provided:
The website http://RealtimeRPI.com forecasts an 11-7 finish in the AAC (for Tulane) and a tie for third behind newcomer Wichita State.
I am more than a little surprised by this prediction. I think everyone on this forum would readily take 11-7.
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GreenLantern wrote:Here's a surprising quote from the Advocate article which winwave provided:
The website http://RealtimeRPI.com forecasts an 11-7 finish in the AAC (for Tulane) and a tie for third behind newcomer Wichita State.
I am more than a little surprised by this prediction. I think everyone on this forum would readily take 11-7.
The article went on to say that virtually no other "guru" website predicted nearly as good a conference record for Tulane. The AAC Coaches Poll put us in the bottom three of the league. Yes, I would take 11-7, and 20-10 going into the AAC tournament in a heartbeat!
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No doubt we'd take that.
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Wave up 9 - 2 early.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:13 pm

No broadcast on 1280 by Graf?
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GreenLantern wrote:No broadcast on 1280 by Graf?
I'm listening on Tulane IMG sports network.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:28 pm

The game is still early, but this has been the best stretch of D I've seen us play this year. The blowout game in Jamaica (Colorado St?) our opponent just couldn't hit shots. This has been an outstanding effort to play team D. Something I've been critical of, as I thought they played NBA D most of the "pre-season".
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:30 pm

Tulane leads 26-15. A chorus of boos from the Temple fans. I like it.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:33 pm

This is definitely the best we've played in quite awhile.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:46 pm

Temple cuts it to 4 and Dunleavy calls time out. Should have been a minute earlier, or so, as our offense had gone pathetically stagnant! But at least he called the timeout, which he didn't do a year ago.
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Caleb Daniels = Quality Minutes...going to be really good for us.
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DfromCT wrote:Temple cuts it to 4 and Dunleavy calls time out. Should have been a minute earlier, or so, as our offense had gone pathetically stagnant! But at least he called the timeout, which he didn't do a year ago.
Because Ona Embo came out. As soon as he went back in at the two minute mark you could see the better ball movement. We closed with a 7-2 run to lead 38-29 at half.
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Houma de Wave wrote:Caleb Daniels = Quality Minutes...going to be really good for us.
Yeah, you right. He was valedictorian at St Aug. Quality young man.
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RobertM320 wrote:
DfromCT wrote:Temple cuts it to 4 and Dunleavy calls time out. Should have been a minute earlier, or so, as our offense had gone pathetically stagnant! But at least he called the timeout, which he didn't do a year ago.
Because Ona Embo came out. As soon as he went back in at the two minute mark you could see the better ball movement. We closed with a 7-2 run to lead 38-29 at half.
I think he called the timeout to get Embo back in the game. Certainly better to be up 9 at the half than 4 with 1:45 to go.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:00 pm

Rose's 3 pt play that fouled out Ona-Embo was a blatant walk. MAYBE it was a foul on Ray, but he clearly took three steps.
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:07 pm

YEAH YOU RIGHT!!!!! PLAY HARD FOR 40 MINUTES!!!
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Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:09 pm

Complete game and Dunleavy coached one helluva ROAD VICTORY!!!
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