Posted on: February 1, 2010 11:29 pm

Eagles beat Akron!

My goodness, thank you Charles Ramsey for noticing that Antonio Green is a more complete two guard than Dailey.  Green brings more offensive punch and athleticism than Dailey, as well as having greater upside.  Dailey is a better defensive player, but is way too unereliable as an offensive player.

Hopefully this win shows the team that we can beat anyone in the MAC, and need to continue to finish games and not lose focus.  Tough test against Kent on Thursday...
Posted on: December 9, 2009 9:13 pm

Eagles Update

Well, it's been a while since I updated but rest assured I've been keeping a close eye on the Eagles.

Missouri trip went as expected, Citadel turns out to have a pretty solid squad, especially considering the way they held up against State.  MO State loss was tough, but it was a road game.

Glad we could beat SEMO and head back home for two wins.

The win over Davenport was not the most pleasant Eagles b-ball experience I've ever had.  We were listless and played with minimal emotion, if it weren't for Medlock's hot hand from three point range we would have lost by 10.

Canisius win was a better effort, but I have to admit I've been to many EMU home games and this was very poorly attended, even for us.

Ohio State was a serious beat down.  Medlock was cold and Dobbins re-aggrevated an injury.  Once Bowdry got into foul trouble we were doomed not just to lose but to be humiliated.  Sad to watch.  On a side note I was sorry to see Evan Turner get hurt...

Now back home for James Madison, a matchup against a solid team from the CAA should help prep for MAC play.  While I'm still optimistic I fear out lack of depth and inconsistency from Dobbins will hurt us as the season progresses.  Let's hope coach Ramsey can work some magic.

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Posted on: November 20, 2009 5:58 pm

Another Test

Tonight we tip off against the Bulldogs of The Citadel.  This is a team that won 20 games last season, returns some pretty solid contributors and a 7 foot transfer from Washington.  Much like the matchup against Oakland. a top tier MAC team should win this game, but the past several seasons we have had little succes in these early season tournaments.

The key for tonight is not to get complacent after a nice road win, and I'd like to see Medlock let the game come to him instead of forcing the issue.  If our interior game is sound, his chances will come.  Aside from that, I want to see a full game from Justin Dobbins, especially on the defensive end.
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Posted on: November 15, 2009 12:09 am
Edited on: November 17, 2009 12:07 am

Eastern 81, Oakland 77

It got close in the end but the Eagles hung on to win.  Leading by as many as 13 in the second half, OU chipped away at the lead thanks to pourous defense by the Eagles and an offensive explosion by Jonathan Jones.  In the end, led by Brandon Bowdry's beast of a performance, the Eagles kept their composure and held off the late Grizzly challenge.  A runner off the glass by Antonio Green and late free throws by freshman center Matt Balkema and junior forward Jay Higgins iced the win.

Pretty decent sized crowd at OU, their arena seats about 4800, and it was 80% full.  Student section was fired up and locals were clearly into the game.  These factors along with the small size of their gym made for a loud and boisterous environment.  Nice spattering of EMU fans throughout the crowd.  Very happy to see that...

Player by player analysis:

PG - Carlos Medlock.  Overall, a solid effort by Medlock.  At times, he tried to force things and did not shoot particularly well in the second half.  He was effective driving to the hoop, and ran the team like a confident senior point guard during the crucial late minutes of the game.  It was nice to see him back and playing well.

SG - Antonio Green.  Antonio was also a very positive contributor tonight.  He made a couple big three's and late in the game was quite effective as well.  He hit a cold spell missing a few mid-range jumpers but he was just enough of a threat when he needed to be.

SF - Jay Higgins. Higgins contributued in small ways throughout the night.  He was involved on the glass and seems to have solid passing ability.  Offensively, I just hope he had a bad night.  Aside from the big free throw and a nice tip in, he looked lost on the offensive end and was ineffective trying to create his own shot.

PF - Brandon Bowdry.  A+++++.  A truly outstanding performance, at times he appeared to be a man among boys.  Offensively he flashed all his skills, inside and out, especially on a big three in the second half which quieted the crowd and put down an OU rally.  He was dominant on the glass, pulling down crucial defensive boards and wreaking havoc on offensive rebounds as well.  I look forward to watching him continue to play at this level.

C - Justin Dobbins.  Mixed bag for Dobbins.  As usual, at times he was unstoppable offensively in the post.  Other times, he made very poor decisions when double and triple teamed.  Defensively, he was not nearly as effective, and he was in minor foul trouble throughout the game.  Not too worry because of...

C - Matt Balkema.  Excellent work off the bench for the frosh, who had to grow up fast after Dobbins fouled out.  He has legitimate size and uses it well.  He should provide strong interior bench depth.  Needs to get back on D a little quicker and take notes watching Bowdry crash the boards.

PG - L.J. Frazier.  Very nice minutes off the bench for L.J.  Ran the offense with confidence and knocked down a three in the first half.  His ability to play at a high level off the bench should make for strong PG depth.

SF - Will Cooper.  Coop was erratic, not his best performance.  He should be a solid contributor off the bench but tonight he had a hard time getting in the flow of the game.

Jamel Harris and Quentin Dailey had a few minutes and did nothing to distinguish themselves.

Overall, it was a terrific opening win for us.  In a hostile environment, prior Eagle teams would have folded and cracked.  This group did not.  At times, Bowdry and to a lesser extent Medlock seemed to will them to victory.  From a fans perspective, it was my most enjoyable road game in years.  Tonight was a good night to be an Eagle.
Posted on: November 14, 2009 10:53 am

Season Opener! EMU vs. Oakland preview

Enough talk and predictions, tonight we tip off the season and it is a fine test for our Eagles.  We have had little (and by little, I mean zero) success against Oakland in the past, and while the Grizzlies are a fine program in their own right, a competitive MAC team should be able to take down a team from the Summit in most years.

This, however, is not most years.  This years edition of Oakland is bursting with talent, and if we think expectations are high in Ypsilanti, anything less than a tourney berth would be a disappointment for OU.  Which is why tonight is such a quality matchup for Eastern.

Keys for this evening will be establishing Dobbins and Bowdry inside, and developing a threat from beyond the three point line other than Medlock.  Is Will Cooper going to step up and play a larger offensive role, or will he settle in as an energy/defense player off the bench?  I will be curious to see what Coach Ramsey's rotation looks like.  A two point guard attack with Medlock and Frazier on the court at the same time could provide problems for the Grizzlies, and minimize the turnovers that have killed us in the past.

Most importantly, I'll be looking for the fundamentals.  Our free throw shooting has been awful the past few years, we need Dobbins and Bowdry to get to the line and convert.  We need to show some life on the offensive glass, and again, we need to take care of the rock.

Hopefully my post game analysis will be trumpeting an EMU win.  I am looking forward to my first trip to the O-rena and hope to find an enthusiastic atmosphere not unlike a MAC road game for the Eagles.  I hope to write of many contributions by the newcomers to the team, and a return to All-MAC form for Medlock.

Posted on: November 8, 2009 8:04 pm

2009-2010 Eagles

So begins another EMU hoops season.  Greetings, Eagle (or Huron, for the old schoolers) fans.  After attending almost every EMU home game since my first year at Eastern in 1993, it is time for me to enter the blogging world and write about my beloved EMU Eagles.

My name is Jeremy, and I am an absolute college hoops fanatic.  It was my great fortune to attend EMU during some of the best years the program has ever seen.  I was a student for the Boykins, Tolbert, Wilson, Dial run of the mid 90's.  I loved Bowen Field House, and while I am nostalgic I am glad the Convocation Center is our current home.  I just wish we could have more success there.

I suffered through the underachiving of the Milton Barnes years and the futility of the Boone years.  Currently, with Charles Ramsey as our coach we have not achieved success, but as a fan I do feel the program is in good hands.  Now it is time for results.

We return a fine nucleus of Medlock, Bowdry and Dobbins.  Assuimg Medlock can stay healthy, I think I speak for all EMU hoops fans when I say I am optimistic about this season.  Anything less than a winning season and a run at the MAC title would be disappointing.  I'm sure Coach Ramsey would agree.

So, here we are.  We open the season against Oakland on Saturday.  I will blog about that game and what it means later in the week.  I look forward to writing about EMU basketball.  I hope that those of you out there who love the Eagles like I do will enjoy following the (hopeful) success of the team throughout the year.

Go Green!
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