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Re: 2014-15 schedule

Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:39 pm

Prior to the WCC Tournament, UP will only be on the ESPN network one time.....and that's on ESPN2 at home against GU on January 3 at a time TBD.
http://www.wccsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/090214aab.html

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Post by NoPoNeighbor on Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:17 pm

39 games (pre-WCC tournament), and UP appears in 1 of them.

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Post by PilotNut on Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:20 pm

This is interesting/disappointing... there have been many other years where we have appeared in several ESPN games, when we were expected to do much less than this year.... scratch

I would have hoped that the game @UNLV could have been on ESPN, and @GU. The article says more will be announced, so I guess we can cross our fingers.

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Post by VillaGorilla on Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:42 pm

I'm OK with not having the ESPN games for the sole reason of having 7 PM start times for conference games.  8 PM is late for those with little kiddos and Saturdays at 2 PM are right during naptime.  Um, the kids' naptime.  Right.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Sep 03, 2014 4:08 pm

VillaGorilla wrote:I'm OK with not having the ESPN games for the sole reason of having 7 PM start times for conference games.  8 PM is late for those with little kiddos and Saturdays at 2 PM are right during naptime.  Um, the kids' naptime.  Right.
Ha-ha, you are so right VG.....however, once we learn of the games on other cable networks like Comcast NW, it could still cause you to lose a few winks....well, at night, that is. Razz

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Re: 2014-15 schedule

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:33 am

Hey…..the first official practice is this coming Monday at 1PM!  Very Happy  If the team holds to past schedules, they’ll generally practice in the afternoons on MWF and the mornings on TTh.

I’ve been on campus for some of the drills recently, and amongst the new guys, I’ve been most impressed by Gabe Taylor….I think his two years working with Joel Sobotka will really pay dividends…and he should see some quality minutes this year.

Phillip Hartwich has also impressed me with his athleticism….although I don’t see him getting a whole lot of playing time behind Thomas, Riley, Voldy, and Gabe….but you never know.  For sure he and Gabe will be BIG contributors next season.

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Post by PilotNut on Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:28 pm

Good to hear, DD! I am looking forward to this season!

Is anyone considering a trip to San Jose for the SJSU game on Sunday, 11/16? The game is at 1pm, and SJSU is only about 5 miles from the San Jose airport (SJC)... making for easy travel connections. I am betting that one could easily fly down in the morning and back in the evening...

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Re: 2014-15 schedule

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:41 pm

PilotNut wrote:Is anyone considering a trip to San Jose for the SJSU game on Sunday, 11/16?  The game is at 1pm, and SJSU is only about 5 miles from the San Jose airport (SJC)... making for easy travel connections.  I am betting that one could easily fly down in the morning and back in the evening...  
Yea, for sure!

There should be a pre-game brunch for fans and alums near the game...details to follow.  I plan to fly to SFO on Friday or Saturday to soak up some of the good life there and depart from SJC on Sunday evening.

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Post by Guest on Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:52 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:I plan to fly to SFO on Friday or Saturday to soak up some of the good life there and depart from SJC on Sunday evening.

Detour to 15 Wing to pick me up on the way there?

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:25 pm

DeanMurdoch wrote:Detour to 15 Wing to pick me up on the way there?
Hahaha, believe me, no one else on PN got that reference!!

You know, there's also a 15 Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam that would probably afford more golf in November than Moose Jaw.

Either way....sorry, NO...the fuel cost would be prohibitive! Shocked

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Post by Guest on Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:03 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Either way....sorry, NO...the fuel cost would be prohibitive! Shocked

Hey, I tried. I'll just have to save my pennies for a trip to the Tournament next time the Pilots get there.

Great to hear an actual report from the 2014-15 Pilots. How about that, the least known of all the recruits is the one that might have the most immediate impact this year. Certainly will come in handy with Nicholas gone!

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Post by NoPoNeighbor on Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:55 am

I'm also glad to hear a good report about Taylor. I'm worried about the PF position. Voldy has a long way to go to become a consistent offensive threat, and he was quite foul-prone last season on the defensive end.

PF will likely be our weakness... Unless Taylor is a real surprise.

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Re: 2014-15 schedule

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:12 am

NoPoNeighbor wrote:PF will likely be our weakness... Unless Taylor is a real surprise.
It is hard to say from watching preseason drills only, but it would appear that Thomas will play the 5 exclusively, while Voldy and Riley will play the 4 and 5 (giving Thomas the rest he'll need), and Gabe will play the 4 exclusively.  I'm not sure where Philipp will fit in....but he's got such a long wingspan and is so athletic at 7'0" that the staff will have to find him playing time somewhere.

OBTW....Voldy has really gotten himself in the best shape of his life....probably the best of the big men on the team.

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Re: 2014-15 schedule

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:27 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Hey…..the first official practice is this coming Monday at 1PM!  Very Happy  If the team holds to past schedules, they’ll generally practice in the afternoons on MWF and the mornings on TTh.
First practice of the year is complete.  Some observations:

Of the three coaching principles used when I was playing, 1) Fear 2) Sarcasm and 3) Ridicule....Coach Rev has done a great job perfecting #2. Razz
Coach Brown is definitely the quiet man on the court.
Thomas is showing terrific leadership and mentoring qualities.
Alec and Kevin were looking strong, confident, bouncy and quick.
The five new guys obviously have quite a way to go....they're all talented, but it will naturally take a while for them to learn the system and how to play the game with WCC officiating (yes, that was mentioned often in practice).
It would appear from today's emphasis that the team's identity is going to be lock-down defense, then get the ball and RUN!
Bottom Line: I really like the way the guys worked together and supported each other.....on the other hand, they'll need all the remaining 29 practice days to be ready for their first non-exhibition game against Concordia-Portland on 11/14.

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Post by pilotdad1 on Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:14 pm

If you follow the UP Mens Basketball page on FB you would have seen the video clip from todays practice.
I am looking forward to seeing the team play this year but I have to admit it still hurts that I wont be seeing #32 in uniform.
Oh well back to Rosetta Stone

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Post by Guest on Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:39 pm

The video Pilotdad was referring to -



....holy crap, does Rev ever look different.

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Post by Guest on Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:43 am

DoubleDipper wrote:Bottom Line: I really like the way the guys worked together and supported each other.....on the other hand, they'll need all the remaining 29 practice days to be ready for their first non-exhibition game against Concordia-Portland on 11/14.

I didn't realize that Concordia-Portland game wasn't an exhibition until you wrote this.

So I guess with only one exhibition on the schedule, the Pilots will get in one of those secret scrimmages again. Against Washington last year, anyone hear anything about an opponent this year? Maybe on the Nov. 1 weekend?

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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:18 pm

DeanMurdoch wrote:So I guess with only one exhibition on the schedule, the Pilots will get in one of those secret scrimmages again. Against Washington last year, anyone hear anything about an opponent this year? Maybe on the Nov. 1 weekend?
Shhhh....yeah it's a secret, but I believe you've already mentioned the opponent and date....up there!

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Post by Guest on Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:34 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Shhhh....yeah it's a secret, but I believe you've already mentioned the opponent and date....up there!

Seriously? Huh.

Well, I guess you throw enough crap at the wall and eventually something will stick!

Very Happy

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:40 pm

DeanMurdoch wrote:
DoubleDipper wrote:Shhhh....yeah it's a secret, but I believe you've already mentioned the opponent and date....up there!

Seriously? Huh.

Well, I guess you throw enough crap at the wall and eventually something will stick!

Very Happy

Are you sure you haven't mentioned any other teams " up there?"

And DD didn't say you mentioned the right team and date...together. Suspect

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Post by Guest on Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:29 am

Geezaldinho wrote:Are you sure you haven't mentioned any other teams " up there?"

And DD didn't say you mentioned the right team and date...together. Suspect

Geez, Geez. How many Malbecs did you have last night?

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:18 pm

Any guesses as to the Pilots record in their 12 non-conference games?

Pomeroy's rankings should be coming out in the next couple of days. He'll predict either an 8-4 or a 9-3 record for the Pilots given their opponents, which I think is realistic.

Related question - what is an achievable and realistic goal for this team? After seeing what USF did last year, I don't think there's any reason why this Pilots team can't grab an NIT bid with the talent that's coming back. 9-3 in non-conference, 10-8 in WCC to finish 5th, and a win in the tourney quarterfinals to end up 20-12 is perfectly reasonable for this team - and judging by last year, that would likely be enough to get into the NIT (hopefully the conference is again a two-bid league though, because I doubt the NIT takes three WCC teams).

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Post by NoPoNeighbor on Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:31 am

DeanMurdoch wrote:Any guesses as to the Pilots record in their 12 non-conference games?
Realistically, I predict 8-4:

Concordia: W
SJSU: W
SIUE: W
Nashville tourney: 1-2
PSU & OSU: 1-1
Sac State: W
UNLV: L
Montana St: W
L&C: W

That would entail 3 road wins, which would be a good achievement.

Adding a pinch more optimism in with the realism, I could see us going 2-1 in Nashville and 2-0 versus our in-state opponents. That would put us at 10-2 in non-conference.

However, I'm equally wary of a major flub against a team like SJSU or Montana St. as I am hopeful for a win over OSU or Murray St. If we can just avoid bad losses, especially at home, I can deal with the expected losses.

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Post by PilotNut on Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:34 am

NoPoNeighbor wrote: If we can just avoid bad losses, especially at home, I can deal with the expected losses.

My thoughts exactly... in the Reveno era, even in the good years, we have had some real head-scratching losses that held us back... Montana State, PSU, @LMU (I'm still bitter about that one...all we had to do was inbound the ball, they would have had to foul, and the clock would have run out... with that win, we would have claimed 2nd place in the conference and the double bye in the tourney...).

On the opposite end of the spectrum (big games), I hope that by the end of the season pre-game preparation for elimination games is addressed. Rev's record in post-season tourneys (WCC, CBI) is attrocious.


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Post by up7587 on Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:22 pm

WCC TV schedule is out: http://portlandpilots.com/news/2014/10/23/MBB_1023144627.aspx

Key point is:
The West Coast Conference will establish yet another record this season by offering the most broadcasts in men's basketball history with every game during league play televised on a national or regional level, and/or produced for broadcast on the conference's digital network, TheW.tv.

Sixteen West Coast Conference regular season games will be broadcast on ESPN Networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) and an additional 48 games will air on regional television through conference and school partnerships with Time Warner Cable Sports, Comcast SportsNet, ROOT Sports and BYUtv - along with the West Coast Conference Game of the Week.

As part of the West Coast Conference's long-term deal with Time Warner Cable Sports, Time Warner Cable SportsNet will produce and air a West Coast Conference Game of the Week each Saturday during WCC play. The Game of the Week will be distributed to television partners throughout the WCC footprint - up to 20 million homes in all. Those games will also be available live to WCC fans outside of school television markets for free on TheW.tv.

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