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Cajuns win at UNT

Posted: 12/1/2012 9:55 PM

Cajuns win at UNT 


I am sure we are all surprised at how tonight's game turned out.   I did not think we were nearly ready to win a road game.   However, Coach Marlin's teams have generally played better than most would expect in conference road games since he has been here.    What is encouraging is that two very influential players in the win are freshman.   Long's 27 were a career high while Wronkowski hit the big three late in the game.   At the time we were down by one.   Payton contributed with 9 assists and big free throws down the stretch.   Earlier in the game,  Mbamalu hit some big threes to keep us in the game.   The whole team must have played hard as the rebounds were about even.  Before the season started and I saw two early conference games,  I said 1 and 1 would be OK as there are 20 conference games this year.

Final comment for Zeebart,   once again the Cajuns are able to minimize the impact of future pro, Tony Mitchell.   He had three points, fouled out, and had five turnovers.   I can't explain why the guy struggles against the Cajuns.  It is one of those strange things sports brings.
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Posted: 12/2/2012 5:37 AM

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We needed that one...
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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:29 AM

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cajunsmike wrote: I am sure we are all surprised at how tonight's game turned out.   I did not think we were nearly ready to win a road game.   However, Coach Marlin's teams have generally played better than most would expect in conference road games since he has been here.    What is encouraging is that two very influential players in the win are freshman.   Long's 27 were a career high while Wronkowski hit the big three late in the game.   At the time we were down by one.   Payton contributed with 9 assists and big free throws down the stretch.   Earlier in the game,  Mbamalu hit some big threes to keep us in the game.   The whole team must have played hard as the rebounds were about even.  Before the season started and I saw two early conference games,  I said 1 and 1 would be OK as there are 20 conference games this year.

Final comment for Zeebart,   once again the Cajuns are able to minimize the impact of future pro, Tony Mitchell.   He had three points, fouled out, and had five turnovers.   I can't explain why the guy struggles against the Cajuns.  It is one of those strange things sports brings.
Tony Mitchell U, once again....chokes.

Z
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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:07 AM

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Improbable, not.  Marlin has had the Mean Green by the short hairs a lot, and he continues to do so.  Does not mean the MG won't come to Lafayette and win by double digits.

Went to the Middle game on Thursday, and they won in a workman like manner, but the Cajuns were playing toe to toe with them most of the game.  Seems like there were two short spurts that the Blue Raider dominated, one in the first half and another in the second, but overall I liked what I saw Thursday from a really young team playing a much more physically mature team.

Folks I am going out on a limb today, nobody wants the Cajuns if any round of the Sun Belt Tournament.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA

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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:11 AM

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You're right about that, Jerry. A couple of times when Shawn Long was pushing those guys around, I looked back at you to try and get your attention. We haven't seen that sort of thing around here in a while, it seems. They took the loss personally. It wasn't a happy locker room, or interview. They knew it was one that got away from them. It was business. And it was personal.
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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:57 AM

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CajunHeat wrote: Folks I am going out on a limb today, nobody wants the Cajuns if any round of the Sun Belt Tournament.

Ditteaux. 

This year's Cajun b-ballers have no place to go but up. If they just get better each and every week of the season who knows what we will see at SBC tourney time.
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Posted: 12/2/2012 12:36 PM

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It wasn't that I didn't notice that from Long but 2 other things I did---They knew that UNT would play very rough/dirty and looked like we were ready for it and when Wronk fouled that guy on a 3 pointer and was on the court I heard him yell to the guy something like getup off the court----I think we all like what we are thinking we like---Comprende???

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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:00 PM

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Mbamalu did not shoot well against MT.  He was better last night.   Also,  Long not being in foul trouble helped last night.  Nice to see the team score 80 points.   We had a pretty high score in our Oakland win as well.    I do think we have overall better shooting than a year ago.   I think it is inconsistent due to the youth of the team.
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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:30 PM

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UNT is definitely a team in transition. I spoke with first-year coach Tony Benford in the preseason for a story on Tony Mitchell for Basketball Times and they were optimistic about this being a big year for the Mean Green. Instead it's been a struggle as Benford has slowed them down into more of a half-court team. Top shooter Brandan Walton is out for the year due to injury, and returning sophomores Chris Jones and Jordan Williams have been inconsistent in their return after missing the second half of last year due to academics. UNT is a team without a true identity right now but should improve in time. Fortunately, the Cajuns had enough to get them on the road. Shawn Long is playing like a beast. Just hope he can keep his head on straight for the long haul. I love what Elfrid Payton is doing, and Bryant Mbamalu, Steven Wronkoski and Elridge Moore are all handling their roles well so far. The Cajuns will need some more consistency from their bench moving forward.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:38 PM

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No doubt the bench will have to produce more to have a successful year.  Perhaps AMT can be that guy but I doubt it.   When he comes in he knows he has to make some shots to stay in and he can't seem to find the basket consistently.    Kasey Shepherd,  Brown, and Lazare are guys who have the potential to help.   Reason we did will at Mich State was Brown played well but he did not followup against MT and got hurt early against UNT.   i am going to the McNeese game so perhaps we will see some bench contributions there.
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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:40 PM

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Why, is coach gonna put you in?
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Posted: 12/3/2012 4:30 PM

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We are in trouble if Coach has to put me in as the three pointer is outside my range and I make a higher percentage from fifteen feet than two feet.   I am going to the game to support the team and coach who have had their own share of adversity since last season.   Also,  personal issues have kept me from attending the last two home games.   Maybe this will be the team's first non conference road win since Marlin has been here.  We blew games against Houston and McNeese his first year and fell just short at San Fran last year.   The best one we may have played in his tenure is at Mich State which gives me encouragement the team may be headed in the right direction but I know the team won't be consistent until late this season at the earliest.
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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:42 PM

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This team is playing the best team b-ball I've seen in some time.  Inconsistent but I truly believe it's the youth thing.  Recruiting is the issue.  We need one big inside man to take the heat off Long.  With one more for foul trouble.  Long reminds me some of Elvin Ivory without the domination inside or maybe a Payton Townsend.  Lots of upscale particularly if he can move back to his more natural position facing the basket.  Still really excited with the participation of the young players.  Sophmores and Freshmen are cointinuing to improve.
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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:58 PM

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cajun67 your are right in that a critical recruiting need is another forward to help out when Long gets in foul trouble.  It is unfortunate Barnett has been injured so much as he has the size to be that guy.  Ability is something we don't know as he has not been able to see action due to being hurt.   We did sign a forward from Dallas in the early signing period but no one knows how we will be able to contribute.   I continue to believe the Register kid is a guy who will make our shooting even stronger as he is averaging about 17 ppg in the early going for Comeaux and he is hitting about 3 trifectas per game.   Last year he improved as the season went along and I expect the same thing will happen this year.  Note that Wronkowski was our early signee last year and few were excited about him coming on board.  Look how that is turning out.   We don't have these early signing period recruits yet so we will have to improve without them.  How we do will continue to depend on keeping Long out of foul trouble.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 6:05 PM

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Mike I've heard that Hayward Register has a younger brother that is better than he is, is this correct?
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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:05 PM

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Hunter Register is Heyward's brother.  He is just a sophomore at Comeaux right now but does start.  He will be bigger than his brother so by the time college comes he may be able to play forward  while Heyward is a guard.  I think he will have more physical skills than his brother by the time he gets to college but I think Heyward will always be a better shooter.  Coach Marlin has told me they do have Hunter on their radar as a future recruit but they need to see how he develops in High School.   By the way,  Hunter also plays WR on the Spartan football team.   I like former HS football players on my college basketball team as I believe they come with a certain toughness.   Steven Wronkowski is an example of that.
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