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MBB: Monmouth Hawks preview

December 3, 2010

This weekend the EMU men’s basketball team will head to Moscow, Idaho to play in the Basketball Travelers Invitation, a three-team round-robin tournament. On Friday, EMU will play the Monmouth University Hawks for the first time ever.

As always, we’ll start with some basic know-your-foe information about the Hawks. First, you can check out the Monmouth athletics website here.

Team Info
Conference Northeast Conference (NEC)
Location West Long Branch, NJ
Coach Dave Calloway (since 1998)
Arena (Capacity) Multipurpose Activity Center (4,100)
NCAA Appearances 4
NCAA Record 1-4 (.200)
Most Recent NCAA Appearance 2006
Most Recent NCAA Win 2006
School
Info
Founded 1933
Type Private
Selectivity (US News) Selective
Students (2009) 4,292 (1,878 M, 2,414 F)
Head Coach Dave Calloway
Team Years Record
Monmouth 1998-2011 167-199 (45.6%)
Overall: 1 team, 13 seasons, 167-199 (45.6%)

Generally speaking, Calloway has done well enough to keep his job for 13 years, but not so well that he’s been hired away by a more prestigious school.

Since it’s still very early in this basketball season, let’s next take a look at how the Hawks did in 2009-10.

Monmouth University 2009-2010
record:
Split W-L Pct
Total 12-19 0.387
Home 8-6 0.571
Away 4-11 0.267
Neutral 0-2 0.0
Conference 8-10 0.444
Conf Home 5-4 0.556
Conf Away 3-6 0.333
Conf Neutral 0-0
Top 25 0-0
RPI 1-50 0-1 0.0
RPI 51-100 0-3 0.0
RPI 101-150 0-1 0.0
RPI 151-200 0-5 0.0
RPI 200+ 11-9 0.55
GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
#15 J. Hett 4 4 28.75 5.5 60.0 54.5 66.7 2.5 1.0 1.5 3.5 1.75 1.25 0.0 1.25
#10 J. Davis 4 0 27.75 4.0 29.4 75.0 33.3 3.5 1.25 2.25 2.5 1.25 2.0 0.0 1.5
#23 R. Rutledge 4 3 24.25 9.0 39.4 66.7 21.1 3.5 0.75 2.75 0.75 0.75 0.5 0.25 3.5
#32 E. Waite 4 4 22.5 11.25 50.0 58.3 33.3 7.75 2.75 5.0 1.5 2.5 1.75 0.0 2.75
#21 M. Ware 4 0 22.0 4.25 24.0 41.7 0.0 4.75 2.25 2.5 0.5 2.0 0.25 0.25 2.75
#3 W. Campbell 3 1 26.0 10.333 28.9 87.5 13.3 4.667 1.667 3.0 1.333 2.0 1.0 0.0 3.333
#44 N. DelTufo 4 2 18.25 4.5 50.0 40.0 66.7 2.25 1.25 1.0 0.25 1.75 0.75 0.25 3.25
#20 M. Meyers Keitt 4 4 16.5 4.25 37.5 80.0 25.0 2.0 0.5 1.5 1.0 2.75 0.25 0.0 0.25
#51 P. Wait 4 2 15.75 2.5 23.8 0.0 0.0 2.25 1.5 0.75 0.25 1.0 0.0 0.75 1.75
#12 M. Pritchett 3 0 8.667 0.667 16.7 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.333 0.667 0.0 0.0 0.333 0.0 0.0
#25 G. Cox 4 0 4.5 1.75 20.0 75.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
#1 D. Nesmith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Finally, let’s compare the schedules so far this season (rankings from Ken Pomeroy).

Date Opp Rank Opponent Result Pace Location Record Conf
Monmouth
Tue Nov 16 205 Stony Brook L, 51-49 66 Home 0-1
Fri Nov 19 186 Lehigh W, 69-68 64 Home 1-1
Sat Nov 27 249 Central Connecticut L, 54-50 71 OT Away 1-2 0-1
Mon Nov 29 126 Davidson L, 69-53 64 Away 1-3
EMU
Fri Nov 12 11 Michigan St. L, 96-66 88 Away 0-1
Wed Nov 17 NR Madonna W, 79-70 75 Home 1-1
Sat Nov 20 178 Canisius L, 71-51 73 Away 1-2
Sat Nov 27 147 James Madison L, 74-68 75 Away 1-3

The Hawks have the same record as the Eagles — 1-3 — but they’ve done it against a much weaker schedule. The best team they’ve played is Davidson, who are themselves just 3-3. Based on the schedules and margins of victory (and more applicable here, of loss), I’d guess at an EMU win. A narrow win or a loss for the Eagles here will probably point to a season of fewer than 10 wins.

I apologize for both the incompleteness of this preview, and for any formatting problems. I’ve been travelling this week, and have experienced some technical issues (a hotel shouldn’t brag about their “business center” when it consists of a single barely functional computer with a dial-up speed internet connection!). Bear with me, and the basketball coverage will continue to improve!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2010 9:28 am

    Ugh, sorry about the formatting errors. I will almost-certainly not be able to fix them until after the game.

    Tomorrow will be better, I swear!

  2. December 3, 2010 9:11 pm

    Listening to the game on the Monmouth radio network

    http://www.wmcx.com/index.html

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