Sunday, December 11, 2016

I’ll Be Quirky: Kentucky

I cursed a lot when this happened.

The Flying Dutchmen’s four-game winning streak ended Tuesday night, when St. Bonaventure blew a 13-point lead but pulled away late for an 81-75 victory at the Arena. The Dutchmen will look to get back on the winning track today when they face some school from Kentucky at Not Nassau Coliseum. Here’s a quick look back at the loss to St. Bonaventure and a look ahead to whomever the Dutchmen are facing today.

The Dutchmen overcame a 13-point second half deficit and led by four points with five minutes to play before St. Bonaventure ended the game on a 13-3 run. The Dutchmen missed their final seven shots and two free throw attempts over the final 1:56. Every starter scored in double figures for the Dutchmen, who received 20 points as well as a team-high nine rebounds and four steals from Rokas Gustys. Eli Pemberton had 15 points while Brian Bernardi and Ty Greer had 11 points apiece and Deron Powers added 10 points and six assists. 

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. St. Bonaventure 12/6)
3: Rokas Gustys
2: Eli Pemberton
1: Deron Powers

Eli Pemberton 16
Brian Bernardi 11
Rokas Gustys 10
Deron Powers 8
Justin Wright-Foreman 8
Ty Greer 4
Jamall Robinson 3

Today’s game against Kentucky will be aired live on ESPN. The real one! Hofstra will also provide a radio feed at the Pride Productions hub

This will be the first-ever meeting between Hofstra and Kentucky in men’s  basketball. Kentucky enters today 8-1 and ranked sixth in the AP Top 25 and seventh in the coaches’ Top 25. The Wildcats, who were the top-ranked team in the country prior to a 97-92 loss to UCLA on Dec. 3, beat Valparaiso, 87-63, on Wednesday. Hofstra and Kentucky have no mutual foes this season.

Hofstra is ranked 175th at today while Kentucky is ranked fourth. 

The Dutchmen are 2-10 all-time against current Southeastern Conference schools. Hofstra edged Florida 68-67 during the 1977-78 season and beat Mississippi 78-73 during the 1990-91 season. This is the second straight season in which Hofstra has faced an SEC foe. The Dutchmen lost to South Carolina, 94-84, in the second round of the Paradise Jam last Nov. 22.

The Flying Dutchmen have never faced a John Calipari-coached team, though the 1993-94 squad played in the Abdow’s Hall of Fame Classic, which was hosted by Calipari’s UMass team. However, the Dutchmen lost to Maryland, 93-67, in the opening round and faced Hartford in the consolation game.

Hofstra is 4-2 all-time against Kentucky in other sports. The men’s soccer team is 2-0 against the Wildcats (a 3-1 win in 1993 and a 3-0 victory in 1994). The volleyball team is 2-1 against the Wildcats (a 3-2 win on Sept. 18, 1999, a 3-1 win on Aug. 30, 2002 and a 3-0 loss on Sept. 11, 2004) while the women’s basketball team fell, 67-54, on Nov. 26, 2006.

This will be the 17th time Hofstra faces a top 25 team in the DD Era (1993-present). The Dutchmen are 1-15 in the previous 16 games, with a win over no. 25 George Mason on Feb. 23, 2006.

11/12/13: no. 3 Louisville: 97-69 L 
11/18/10: no. 8 North Carolina 107-63 L
11/13/09 no. 1 Kansas 101-65 L
11/17/09 no. 12 UConn 76-67 L
12/22/06 no. 23 Syracuse 85-60 L
2/23/06 no. 25 George Mason 77-68 W
12/30/04 no. 7 Syracuse 80-75 L
11/22/02 no. 21 Gonzaga 69-61 L
12/4/01 no. 9 Syracuse 91-65 L
3/15/01 no. 15 UCLA 61-48 L***
3/17/00 no. 14 Oklahoma State 86-66 L***
11/20/98 no. 6 Maryland 89-59 L
12/2/98 no. 25 St. John’s 70-49 L
11/27/97 no. 19 Louisville 75-66 L
12/14/96 no. 19 Xavier 79-43 L
12/28/95 no. 8 Villanova 91-57 L 

***—NCAA Tournament

This will mark the fifth tine in program history the Flying Dutchmen appear on ESPN. It will be the second regular season game aired on ESPN.

2/10/07 vs. George Mason 68-60 W
3/6/06 vs. UNC Wilmington 78-67 L***
3/10/01 vs. Delaware 68-54 W**
3/11/00 vs. Delaware 76-69 W**

***CAA championship game
**America East championship game

Eli Pemberton, who was the first Hofstra freshman since Antoine Agudio (2004-05) to open his career by scoring in double digits in his first five games, is already the 19th Dutchmen freshman in the CAA era to score at least 100 points in his debut season. He is tied with Wendell Gibson for 11th place on the CAA-era freshman scoring list and only 26 points away from moving into the top 10.

1.) Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)
2.) Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)
3.) Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)
4.) Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)
5.) Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)
6.) Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)
7.) Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)
8.) Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)
9.) Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)
10.) Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)
11.) Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)
11.) ELI PEMBERTON, 153 (2016-17)
13.) Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)
14.) Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)
15.) Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)
16.) Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)
17.) Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)
18.) Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)
19.) Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)

Joe B. Hall bias! (Hall had the unenviable task of replacing Adolph Rupp as Kentucky’s coach and led the Wildcats to the 1978 national championship)
You should have won the best game ever bias! (Evil Christian Laettner’s turnaround jumper at the buzzer gave eviler Duke a 104-103 win over Kentucky in the 1992 East Regional Final)
Ashley Judd bias! (The actress really likes Kentucky basketball)
Your coach couldn’t hack it in the CAA bias! (John Calipari played two years at UNC Wilmington before finishing his collegiate career at Clarion—of course the CAA didn’t exist when Calipari played for UNC Wilmington but work with me here people)

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