The media (not me) has been mailed ballots for selecting the 2013-2014 All Conference team in CUSA. I’ve spent a lot of time going over this and have found at least 25 worthy candidates for 15 spots.
It has been fun learning this conference and I feel I have a decent handle on the teams. I have seen all of them and spent hours preparing for each one throughout the season. With that said, I’m sure I royally screwed this up.
Here we go!
Kenneth “Speedy” Smith (PG) La Tech
The all purpose point guard led the conference in assists, steals, assist rate and assist to turnover ratio. Other coaches fear him and you should too.
Neil Watson (PG) Southern Miss
The engine behind Southern Miss led the conference in free throw percentage and was second in assist to turnover ratio. It is hard to measure his value in numbers.
James Woodard (SG) Tulsa
Woodard did everything for Tulsa, leading arguably the most dangerous team in scoring and rebounding while guarding at a very high level.
Shawn Jones (PF) Middle Tennessee
Jones was the most dominant two way post player in the league. He was extremely efficient on the offensive end while controlling the paint on the other end of the floor.
John Bohannon (C) UTEP
His statistics and efficiency rise to the top and Bohannon was always the center of attention on opposing scouting reports.
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This time last year, ODU’s Basketball season came to an abrupt stop. Thanks a lot CAA! Now ODU has rebounded in a big way under Jeff Jones to grab the sixth seed in Conference USA and earn a first round bye.
Here is that bracket with tip times.
Jeff Jones deserves consideration for CUSA Coach of the Year. Earlier we handicapped the field.
The NCAA dropped their attempt to slow down the play of college football. Harry Minium was able to get Bobby Wilder’s take on the situation.
Rich Rodriguez was the real winner when it comes to slow play with this Speed Trailer.
The NCAA also adjusted the horrific targeting penalty so this won’t happen again:
What exactly is targeting?
It’s officially time to start discussing conference awards leading up to the Conference USA Tournament next week in El Paso.
Coach of the Year is wide open. Four different teams shared a league championship (La Tech, Tulsa, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss) and UTEP was one game behind while Old Dominion claimed the sixth position outright.
The best choices for coach of the year come exclusively from those teams. Mike Jarvis will not win as he is retiring and the rest of the league either underachieved or failed to make a splash.
Unlike other conference accolades, coaches vote for this as opposed to media.
Here are your candidates:
A lot of stuff happened last night in ODU’s 68-47 win over East Carolina. Many of you got a free T-Shirt and witnessed Richard Ross defy gravity one last time at home.
ODU did a classy thing by honoring Donte Hill as well along with Anton Larsen on Senior Night. Hill’s journey through the NCAA is well documented and not worth mentioning at this point. It was just nice to see.
Hill is playing for Barsy Atyrau in Kazakhstan and currently averaging 7 points and slightly under 4 rebounds and 2 assist per game. His team is currently 13-7 and next plays two weeks from today….for those that have the Kazakhstan version of NBA League pass on satellite.
Did you see QMar Stroman last night?
The Charlotte native is now eleven and put on a show at halftime. If dribbling two basketballs at a time while balancing on another is not enough, how about while jumping rope?
Here’s a Video from when he was nine: (He has gotten better)
It is official, ODU will play the winner of Florida Atlantic/Marshall on Wednesday at 2:30 MT or 4:30 EST. If they win they will play the #3 seed, Middle Tennessee on Thursday at the same time.
This is much better than the possibility of 10:30 to 11pm tips on the East Coast.
Who are the winners and losers?
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Tagged CUSA, ODU, Tulsa
ODU has secured the six seed and after their first round bye will await the winner of #11 Florida Atlantic and #14 Marshall.
The Monarchs defeated both teams, winning a hard fought game over the Owls in Boca Raton and comfortably defeating Marshall 70-63 a week ago.
FAU and Mike Jarvis have decided to separate after this season and they have some players in Pablo Bertone and Justin Raffington. Marshall is one of the youngest teams in the nation and has three scorers in Kareem Canty, Chris Thomas and Ryan Taylor.
If ODU wins on Wednesday they will play Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders earned a share of the regular season title but finished third after accounting for tie breakers. Middle Tennessee beat ODU 64-48 on February 1st, which was the second of a grueling back to back. The Blue Raiders have the favorite for CUSA Player of the Year in Shawn Jones.
The Monarchs side of the bracket also features Tulsa but many of the best teams in the conference are on the other side. UTEP, La Tech, Southern Miss, UAB and Charlotte must all battle each other for a shot at the championship game and on the opposite side as ODU.
First things first, ODU will be focused on opponent number one. The game time has yet to be determined.
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Tagged CUSA, ODU