Friday, November 11, 2016

I'll Be Quirky: 11/11/16 vs. Coppin State

Hello and welcome to the 2016-17 Hofstra men’s basketball season! Inspired by “The Skinny” blog produced by Islanders statistician Eric Hornick, I’m going to try something a little new (let’s see if I actually stick with it) by posting some interesting (at least to me) stats and figures before each game and possibly after, depending on what transpires.

For now I’ll dub this the “I’ll Be Quirky,” but that name could change. Or it may not. Who knows? Anyway, here is the first edition of the I’ll Be Quirky.

Hofstra in season openers: 45-35
Joe Mihalich in season openers: 10-8 (2-1 Hofstra, 8-7 Niagara)
Most lopsided season-opening win: 95-53 over Puerto Rico, 1949-50
Most lopsided season-opening win over DI foe: 94-61 over Jacksonville, 2014-15
Most lopsided season-opening loss: 96-57 to St. Joseph’s 1965-66, 60-21 to NYU, 1936-37

Hofstra vs. Coppin State: 1-0
Hofstra vs. the MEAC: 9-6

Hofstra has played just two games against MEAC foes since 2000, both of which took place during the 2014-15 season. The Dutchmen beat Norfolk State, 88-74, on Dec. 2 and beat Coppin State, 105-64, on Dec. 10. 

Jamaal Robinson, who redshirted as an academic junior last season, is only the third Hofstra player in the DD Era (1993-present) to redshirt after his freshman season. He will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Danny Walker and Nathaniel Lester who each set career-highs in scoring in their first games following a redshirt season. Robinson’s current career high is 22 points, set against James Madison on Mar. 1, 2014. 

Nathaniel Lester: 33 pts/5 rebs/2 steals/1 assist vs. LIU 11/11/11
Danny Walker: 21 pts/4 rebs/3 blks/2 assists/1 steal vs. Marist 11/18/03

Hunter Sabety and Deron Powers, who sat out last season as transfers from Tufts and Hampton, respectively, are expected to make their Hofstra debuts tonight. Here are some notable debuts by transfers since 1991:

1991: Demetrius Dudley 33 pts/7 rbs vs. Navy
1995: Seth Meyers 14 pts/5 rbs vs. Stony Brook
1995: Lawrence Thomas 20 pts/4 rbs/2 assists vs. Villanova
1998: Jason Hernandez: 7 pts/ 2 rbs/1 assist/2 steals vs. Maryland
1999: Greg Springfield: 7 pts/5 rbs/10 blocked shots vs. New Mexico State****
2004: Adrian Uter: 0 pts/2 rbs/1 block vs. Florida International**
2008: Cornelius Vines: 12 pts/3 rbs/3 steals vs. Clemson**
2008: Miklos Szabo: 4 pts/11 rbs/2 assists/1 steal vs. E. Tennessee State**
2010: Mike Moore: 13 pts/4 rbs/4 assists vs. Farmingdale State
2010: Dwan McMillan: 15 pts/2 rbs/6 assists1 steal vs. Farmingdale State**
2011: Stevie Mejia: 7 pts/1 rb/4 assists/1 steal vs. Long Island
2013: Zeke Upshaw: 22 pts/3 assists/3 rebs vs. Monmouth***
2013: Dion Nesmith: 10 pts/5 assists/2 rebs vs. Monmouth***
2014: Juan’ya Green: 14 pts/9 assists/5 rebs vs. Jacksonville
2014: Ameen Tanksley:16 pts/3 assists/2 assists/1 blk vs. Jacksonville
2014: Brian Bernardi: 22 pts/3 assists/2 rebs/1 steal vs. Jacksonville
2014: Malik Nichols:15 pts/3 assists/2 rbs/1 blk vs. Jacksonville**
2015: Denton Koon: 14 pts/5 rebs/1 steal/1 blk vs. Canisius***

**--junior college transfer
***—graduate transfer
****—10 blocked shots are a school record

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