Sunday, March 7, 2021

I'll Be Quirky: Delaware


Looks like Billy, Amanda and Allison are in disagreement over who to root for this morning.


The regular season ended without the Flying Dutchmen even realizing it three weeks ago today, when a second-half comeback against the Matt Lewis-less James Madison fell short in a 74-70 loss that completed a sweep at the hands of the Dukes. The next day, Hofstra went on pause due to a positive coronavirus case within its Tier 1 personnel. The pause forced the cancelation of the final two weekends and left the Dutchmen idle until, they hope, today, when they are scheduled to face fifth-seeded Delaware in the CAA quarterfinals at the very 2021-esque time of 11 AM. The only thing weirder than coming off a three-week pause to play in a single-elimination conference tournament? Doing so coming off a five-week pause, which is what Delaware is trying to do. Let us never experience a season like this ever again. Here’s a look back at the loss to James Madison and a hopeful look ahead to the Blue Hens.


THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH

Jalen Ray scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half but the Dutchmen, who trailed for the final 32-plus minutes and got no closer than four points in the second half. Kvonn Cramer (13 points, 10 rebounds) posted his fourth double-double while Isaac Kante (eight points, 12 rebounds) flirted with the double-double. Tareq Coburn had 12 points and David Green tied a career-high by scoring eight points off the bench.


3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. James Madison 2/14)

3: Jalen Ray

2: Kvonn Cramer

1: Isaac Kante


SEASON STANDINGS

Jalen Ray 39

Isaac Kante 30

Tareq Coburn 24

Caleb Burgess 16

KVonn Cramer 13

Omar Silverio 3

Kevin Schutte 1


THE FLYING DUTCHMEN AFTER TWENTY-ONE GAMES

With the loss three weeks ago today (what a weird thing to type), the Dutchmen fell to 12-9, which is tied for the 32nd-best start in school history. Six other teams have opened 12-9, most recently the 2017-18 squad. Here is how some notable Hofstra teams have fared through 21 games.


NCAA DIVISION I TOURNAMENT TEAMS

1975-76: 11-10 (over .500 for good)

1976-77: 15-6 (win in 21st game marked first win of nine-game winning streak that carried Dutchmen into the NCAAs)

1999-2000: 16-5 (win in 21st game marked ninth win of 10-game winning streak)

2000-01: 17-4 (win in 21st game marked ninth win in program-record 18-game winning streak)

2019-20 (IT COUNTS TO US): 14-7


NIT TEAMS

1998-99: 14-7

2004-05: 14-7

2005-06: 17-4 (most recent 17-4 start)

2006-07: 16-5 (most recent 16-5 start)

2015-16: 15-6 

2018-19: 18-3 (win in 21st game marked 15th win in the 16-game winning streak)


NCAA DIVISION II TOURNAMENT TEAMS

1958-59: 16-5

1961-62: 18-3 (only other 18-3 start)

1962-63: 15-6 (fourth win of 11-game winning streak)

1963-64: 17-4


Some other notable 21-game records:


2016-17: 10-11 (most recent 10-11 start; win in 21st game snapped Mihalich-era record six-game losing streak)

2013-14: 7-14 (most recent 7-14 start, Joe Mihalich’s first team)

2012-13: 5-16 (most recent 5-16 start)

2009-10: 9-12 (most recent 9-12 start, season-low three games under .500)

1988-89: 8-13 (most recent 8-13 start)

2001-02: 10-11 (last time within one win of .500, Tom Pecora’s first team)

1997-98: 13-8 (most recent 13-8 start)

1996-97: 10-11 (under .500 for good)

1995-96: 7-14 (loss in 21st game marked seventh loss of Jay Wright-era record nine-game losing streak)

1994-95: 6-15 (most recent 6-15 start, Jay Wright’s first year)

1993-94: 4-17 (most recent 4-17 start, VBK’s last year)

1991-92: 13-8 (win in 21st game was second in nine-game winning streak that ended in ECC title game)

1987-88: 4-17 (loss in 21st game was 11th loss of program-record 12-game losing streak)

1984-95: 11-10 (most recent 11-10 start)

1974-75: 8-13 (last loss of season)

1972-73: 8-13 (last win of season)

1971-72: 11-10 (over .500 for the last time, last win of season)

1970-71: 13-8 (last loss of season)

1959-60: 20–1 (most recent 20-1 start & Hofstra’s winningest team, percentage-wise; win in 21st game was 10th win of season-ending 13-game winning streak)

1944-45: 8-13 (lost season finale)

1939-40: 12-9 (won season finale)


Hofstra has never been 21-0, 3-18, 2-19, 1-20 or 0-21 through 21 games. 


The following seasons were completed in fewer than 21 games: 1947-48 (13-6), 1945-46 (12-7), 1943-44 (7-12), 1940-41 (13-7), 1938-39 (10-8), 1937-38 (10-4), 1936-37 (10-7)


Full records not available for the following seasons: 1936-37, 1941-42, 1942-43, 1945-46, 1948-49, 1951-52, 1954-55, 1957-58.


This feature is inspired by Greg Prince, who measures how the current Mets compare, record-wise, to previous teams through the same point in the season.


HARDWARE FOR HOFSTRA

The Dutchmen were well-represented in the CAA’s postseason awards, which were announced Friday. Senior guard Jalen Ray was named first-team all-CAA while junior center Isaac Kante and senior guard Tareq Coburn earned second- and third-team all-CAA honors, respectively. Hofstra was the only school with a player on all three teams and the only school with more than two players named to the top three teams. This is the third straight year Hofstra had a player on each of the three all-CAA teams.


In addition, Kvonn Cramer was also selected to the all-rookie team. Most impressively, Coburn won both the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. It is the second straight Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for Coburn, who is the second consecutive Hofstra player to win the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award. Desure Buie won it last year 


RAY HOLDS ON 21

Despite scoring a game-high 25 points three weeks ago today, Jalen Ray’s streak of gaining ground on the Hofstra all-time scoring list ended as he remained in 21st place. He enters today needing seven points to move past Mike Tilley into 20th place and 17 points to surpass Kenny Adeleke for 19th place.


18.) Desure Buie 1,310

19.) Kenny Adeleke 1,296

20.) Mike Tilley 1,286

21.) JALEN RAY 1,280

21.) Roberto Gittens 1,240

23.) Carlos Rivera 1,225

24t.) Demetrius Dudley 1,220

24t.) John Mills 1,220

26t.) Juan’ya Green 1,186

26t.) Brian Bernardi 1,186

28.) Rokas Gustys 1,184

29.) Ted Jackson 1,159

30.) Nathaniel Lester 1,139

31.) Wandy Williams 1,132

32.) Mike Moore 1,128

33.) Richie Swartz 1,107

34.) Ameen Tanksley 1,090

35.) Derrick Flowers 1,069

36.) Darius Burton 1,060

37.) Percy Johnson 1,045

38.) James Shaffer, 1,022

39.) John Irving 1,018


Prior to Feb. 14, Ray had gained at least a half-spot on the all-time scoring list in every game since joining the 1,000-point club on Dec. 22.


Dec. 22: Tied for 38th place

Jan. 2: 38th place

Jan. 3: 37th place

Jan. 7: 36th place

Jan. 9: 35th place

Jan. 15: 34th place

Jan. 17: 33rd place

Jan. 23: 29th place

Jan. 24: Tied for 28th place

Jan. 30: 28th place

Jan. 31: 25th place

Feb. 6: 23rd place

Feb. 7: 22nd place

Feb. 13: 21st place

Feb. 14: 21st place


CRAMER’S A TOP TEN HIT

With his 13 points on Feb. 14, Kvonn Cramer moved past Nathaniel Lester and into 10th place on the Hofstra freshman CAA-era scoring list. Cramer is the first Hofstra freshman to score at least 100 points since Eli Pemberton scored 397 points in 2016-17.


1.) Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)

2.) Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)

3.) Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)

4.) Eli Pemberton, 297 (2016-17)

5.) Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)

6.) Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)

7.) Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)

8.) Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)

9.) Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)

10.) KVONN CRAMER, 196 (2020-21)

11.) Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)

12.) Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)

13.) Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)

14.) Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)

15.) Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)

16.) Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)

17.) Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)

18.) Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)

19.) Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)

20.) Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)


OVER THE AIR

Today’s game will be aired on FloHoops.com (subscription required). Hofstra will provide a radio feed and live stats at the Pride Productions hub.


THIS WEIRD SEASON

Before they went on pause Feb. 15, the Dutchmen were the only CAA team to play all its league games as scheduled. Even with the final two weekends canceled, the Dutchmen still ended up leading the league in games played with 14, two more than Towson and seven more than UNC Wilmington, which played the fewest games. Again: Let us never experience a season this weird ever again.


THE DUTCHMEN AS DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

Let’s hope it’s thrice as nice. The Dutchmen repeated as conference tournament champions following each of their first championships in the ECC, where they won it all in 1976 and 1977 as well as the conference’s final season in 1994, and the America East, where they earned championships in their final two seasons in the league in 2000 and 2001. The only time the Dutchmen did not successfully defend a championship was in 1978, when they went 8-19 and lost their ECC tournament opener to American, 97-77.


THE DUTCHMEN IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PLAY

The defending CAA champion Dutchmen enter today 18-18 in CAA Tournament play since 2002, 27-23 in conference tournament play in the NAC/America East/CAA era (1994-present) and 30-23 in conference tournament play in the Defiantly Dutch era (1993-present), which, let’s face it, is the only era that matters because it includes the ECC. Hello Litos.


In the CAA, the Dutchmen finally broke through and won it all last year by beating Northeastern 70-61 in the title game on March 10, fewer than 48 hours before the NCAA Tournament was canceled. The Dutchmen are trying to become the CAA’s first repeat champion since UNC Wilmington in 2016-17 (grrr) and the XXth one overall.


In the CAA, the Dutchmen previously lost three times in the championship game and have fallen in the semifinals four times, been eliminated in the quarterfinals eight times and lost on Pillowfight Friday four times. Dating back to 1994, the Dutchmen have won four championships (1994 ECC, 2000 America East, 2001 America East, 2020 CAA), fallen in the title game three times, lost in the semifinals six times, fallen in the quarterfinals nine times and been eliminated in an outbracket game five times (we didn’t call it Pillowfight Friday back in the NAC).


GO FOURTH YOUNG MEN

The Dutchmen are the fourth seed in the CAA Tournament for the first time and the fourth seed in a conference tournament for the first time since 1997, when they fell to fifth-seeded Delaware, 86-73, in the America East quarterfinals. Eep. Since Hofstra joined the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season, the fourth seed has gone 8-11 in its opening game. Double eep.


Just two teams have won the CAA Tournament as the no. 4 seed: Old Dominion in 1992 and UNC Wilmington. Three no. 4 seeds have reached the title game and lost: UNC Wilmington in 1989, George Mason in 1991 and VCU in 2011. And then what happened, VCU?


HELLO OUR FRIENDS WE MEET AGAIN

The Dutchmen will be facing Delaware in conference tournament play for the third straight season and the ninth time — all since 1994-95, when the Dutchmen joined the North Atlantic Conference. The nine conference tournament games are the most for Hofstra against any opponent in the NAC/America East/CAA era. The Dutchmen improved to 4-5 in conference tournament games against Delaware with the 75-61 win in last year’s semifinals.


1997 America East QFs: Delaware 86-73

1998 America East SFs: Delaware 60-51

2000 America East championship: Hofstra 76-69***

2001 America East championship: Hofstra 68-54***

2013 CAA QFs: Delaware 62-57

2014 CAA QFs: Delaware 87-76

2017 CAA PFF: Delaware 81-76

2019 CAA SFs: Hofstra 78-74 (overtime)

2020 CAA SFs: Hofstra 75-61


SCOUTING DELAWARE

The Blue Hens, under fifth-year head coach Martin Inglesby, earned the fifth seed in the CAA Tournament by finishing 5-4 in league play. They went 7-7 overall in the regular season. Delaware hasn’t played since way back on Jan. 31, when it completed a sweep of Elon with a 75-70 win. What a season. 


The Dutchmen and Blue Hens ha just two common opponents in CAA play. The Dutchmen swept William & Mary, which beat Delaware 67-62 in the only meeting between the teams Jan. 9, and UNC Wilmington, which split a weekend series with the Blue Hens Jan. 23-24.


The Dutchmen, who were picked first in the CAA preseason poll, are ranked 179th at KenPom.com. The Blue Hens, who were picked second, are ranked 218th.


According to KenPom.com, the Dutchmen rank first in the CAA in offensive efficiency (106.6) and seventh in defensive efficiency (106.7). The Blue Hens are eighth in the CAA in offensive efficiency (97.6) and third in defensive efficiency (102.0).


Senior forward Dylan Painter, who was named to the all-CAA first team, is averaging a double-double with 13.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Senior guard Ryan Allen is scoring a team-high 15.4 ppg while senior guard Kevin Anderson is averaging 11.4 ppg and a team-high 2.8 assists per game. (Allen is at 2.79 apg)


KenPom.com predicts a 71-68 win for the Dutchmen. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 3.5-point underdogs. The Dutchmen are 9-12 against the spread this season.


ALL-TIME VS. DELAWARE

Hofstra is 62-34 against Delaware in a series that began during the 1954-55 season.    The Blue Hens are Hofstra’s most common foe. The Dutchmen and Delaware were rivals in the East Coast Conference and the North Atlantic Conference/America East before heading to the CAA, along with Drexel and Towson, for the 2001-02 season.


The teams split two games this season, both in New-ARK the weekend of Jan . 15-17. Delaware scored the final 14 points in a 74-56 win on Jan. 15 before the Dutchmen never trailed yet needed a last-second defensive stand to escape with a 68-67 win two days later. 


THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY

Andrew Shue bias! (Like his sister Elisabeth, the guy who played Billy Campbell on Melrose Place was born in Delaware)

Cal Ripken Jr. bias! (Baseball’s iron man received an honorary degree form Delaware in 2008)

Taylor Swift’s Dad bias! (Scott Swift graduated from Delaware)

Stone Balloon bias! (Gotta go old school once in a while)

Sunday, February 14, 2021

I'll Be Quirky: James Madison

Not that Humpty.


A classic CAA game ended in gut-punch fashion Saturday afternoon for the Flying Dutchmen, who led for the first 38-plus minutes before falling to resurgent James Madison, 93-89. That one stung. The Dutchmen will hope to salvage a split of the weekend series this afternoon, when they are scheduled to face the Dukes again. Here’s a look back at the loss to James Madison and a hopeful look ahead to the game against…James Madison. (it’ll be really bad if this ever stops being weird)


THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH

Tareq Coburn tied a career-high with 28 points and Jalen Ray had 26 points, but the two-man show could not overcome a blistering second half by James Madison, which overcame a 12-point first-half deficit by scoring 53 points after intermission.  The Dutchmen led by as many as 10 in the second half and led 81-75 following a layup by Ray with 3:35 left before the Dukes ended the game on an 18-8 run in which they hit their final seven shots. Michael Christmas’ 3-pointer gave James Madison its first lead at 82-81 with 1:44 left. Ray drained a jumper on the Dutchmen’s next trip but Terrence Edwards responded on the other end as the Dukes took the lead for good. The Dutchmen cut a six-point deficit to two in the final 25 seconds and had a chance to tie with under three seconds to go, but Omar Silverio missed both free throws with under three seconds left. Coburn and Ray had the Dutchmen’s final 10 points and 31 of the 43 second-half points overall. Coburn added seven rebounds and four steals. Caleb Burgess had seven points and eight assists but also committed seven turnovers and fouled out. Isaac Kante was double-teamed most of the afternoon and had just six points and eight rebounds.


3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. James Madison 2/13)

3: Tareq Coburn

2: Jalen Ray

1: Caleb Burgess


SEASON STANDINGS

Jalen Ray 36

Isaac Kante 29

Tareq Coburn 24

Caleb Burgess 16

KVonn Cramer 11

Omar Silverio 3

Kevin Schutte 1


THE FLYING DUTCHMEN AFTER TWENTY GAMES

With Saturday’s loss, the Dutchmen fell to 12-8, which is tied for the 27th-best start in school history. Hey, that’s the same place they were after 19 games! Six other teams have opened 12-8, most recently the 2017-18 squad. Here is how some notable Hofstra teams have fared through 20 games.


NCAA DIVISION I TOURNAMENT TEAMS

1975-76: 10-10 (loss in 20th game was final regular season loss)

1976-77: 14-6

1999-2000: 15-5

2000-01: 16-4 (marked eighth win in program-record 18-game winning streak)

2019-20 (IT COUNTS TO US): 14-6


NIT TEAMS

1998-99: 13-7

2004-05: 14-6

2005-06: 16-4 (most recent 16-4 start)

2006-07: 15-5 (most recent 15-5 start)

2015-16: 14-6

2018-19: 17-3 (marked 13th win in the 16-game winning streak)


NCAA DIVISION II TOURNAMENT TEAMS

1958-59: 15-5

1961-62: 18-2 (most recent 18-2 start)

1962-63: 14-6

1963-64: 17-3


Some other notable 20-game records:


2016-17: 9-11 (most recent 9-11 start; loss in 20th game marked final loss of Mihalich-era record six-game losing streak)

2013-14: 7-13 (most recent 7-13 start, Joe Mihalich’s first team)

2012-13: 5-15 (most recent 5-15 start)

2008-09: 13-7 (most recent 13-7 start)

2007-08: 6-14 (most recent 6-14 start)

2003-04: 8-12 (most recent 8-12 start)

2001-02: 9-11 (Tom Pecora’s first team)

1996-96: 10-10 (most recent 10-10 start, last time at .500)

1995-96: 7-18 (loss in 20th game marked sixth loss of Jay Wright-era record nine-game losing streak)

1994-95: 6-14 (win in 20th game marked final win of three-game winning streak, the first streak in Wright’s first year)

1993-94: 3-17 (only 3-17 start)

1991-92: 12-8 (win in 20th game was first in nine-game winning streak that ended in ECC title game)

1990-91: 11-9 (most recent 11-9 start)

1987-88: 4-16 (only 4-16 start, loss in 20th game was 10th loss of program-record 12-game losing streak)

1959-60: 19-1 (most recent 19-1 start & Hofstra’s winningest team, percentage-wise; win in 20th game was ninth win of season-ending 13-game winning streak)

1944-45: 8-12 (win in penultimate game was final win of season)

1940-41: 13-7 (won regular season finale)


Hofstra has never been 20-0, 2-18, 1-19 or 0-20 through 20 games. 


Six seasons were completed in fewer than 20 games:

1936-37: 10-7

1937-38: 10-4

1938-39: 10-8

1943-44: 7-12

1945-46: 12-7

1947-48: 13-6


Full records not available for the following seasons: 1936-37, 1941-42, 1942-43, 1945-46, 1948-49, 1951-52, 1954-55, 1957-58.


This feature is inspired by Greg Prince, who measures how the current Mets compare, record-wise, to previous teams through the same point in the season.


TWENTY GAMES, NO TWENTY-POINT GAMES

Have you noticed the Dutchmen haven’t really played in a lopsided game yet this season? Each of their first 20 games have been decided by 18 points or fewer, which is the longest season-opening streak in the country. Going back to last year, the Dutchmen’s last 30 games have been decided by 18 points or fewer. They were last in a game decided by more than 18 points on Feb. 1, 2020, when the Dutchmen rolled to an 83-60 win over William & Mary.


Expanding it a bit to games decided by 20 points or fewer only drops the Dutchmen into second place in terms of both 2020-21 streaks and active streaks dating back to last year. All 21 of Northern Kentucky’s games this season have been decided by 20 points or fewer while South Florida’s last 33 games have been decided by 20 points or fewer.


Overall this season, 16 schools have yet to play a game decided by more than 20 points. Given that this is 2020-21, the number of games those schools have played is all over the map. Here’s the full list:


Northern Kentucky 21 

HOFSTRA 20

Hampton 19

Indiana State 18

Butler 18

UMBC 17

NJIT 15

Quinnipiac 14

Cincinnati 13

St. Francis (NY) 13

South Florida 12

Albany 12

Massachusetts 11

Siena 10

Loyola (MD) 8

American 4


IT’S NOT HOW YOU START, IT’S HOW YOU FINISH

The Dutchmen lost Saturday despite not trailing for the first 38:16. It was the longest the Dutchmen have gone before falling behind in an eventual loss since Nov. 19, 2013, when they fell behind for the first time 34 seconds into overtime of a 74-63 loss to Richmond. That, of course, was the breakout game for the late great Zeke Upshaw.


DOUBLE (DIGIT) JEOPARDY

The Dutchmen squandered a double-digit lead for the second time this season. Northeastern overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Dutchmen, 81-78, in overtime Jan. 7. The Dutchmen lost two games in which they held double-digit leads last season, when they led San Diego by 10 points in the first half of a 79-69 loss on Nov. 27, 2019 and led Delaware by 10 points in the first half of a 73-71 loss on Jan. 23, 2020.


EIGHTY’S NOT ENOUGH

The Dutchmen lost a game in which they scored at least 80 points for the first time since Feb. 23, 2019, when they fell to…yup, James Madison 104-99 in overtime. Maybe don’t score 80 points against James Madison anymore? In between the losses to the Dukes, the Dutchmen won 17 straight games in which they scored at least 80 points.


THREE IS USUALLY BETTER THAN TWO

Tareq Coburn and Jalen Ray were the only Hofstra players to score in double figures Saturday. It marked the seventh time this season the Dutchmen have had two or fewer players score in double figures, which matches the number of times it happened in the previous two seasons combined. The Dutchmen are 3-4 this season when two or fewer players score in double figures — the same record they had in games in which two or fewer players scored in double figures the previous two seasons.


HOW MANY PLAYERS SCORED IN THE FIRST HALF?

In a bit of Alanis-esque irony, a game that ended with the Dutchmen needing a third scorer began with nine players scoring at least one point in the first half. It was the first time the Dutchmen have had nine players score in the first half since a 107-54 win over Division III Rosemont on Dec. 22, 2018 and the first time they’ve had nine players score in the first half against a Division I opponent since a 79-61 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Nov. 9, 2018. The Dutchmen had 10 players score in the second half of a 102-61 win over Elon on Feb. 7, 2019.


COBURN BABY BURN

Tareq Coburn matched his season- and career-high by scoring 28 points Saturday. He also had 28 points against Iona on Dec. 5 and 28 points against Monmouth on Dec. 15. Coburn has scored at least 20 points five times this season after scoring at least 20 points five times combined in his first two seasons with Hofstra.


COBURN HITS THE TOP TEN

Tareq Coburn hit five 3-pointers Saturday to increase his career total to 165, which vaulted him past Jason Hernandez (160) for 10th place on Hofstra’s all-time list. Charles Jenkins is ninth with 180 3-pointers. 


RAY MOVIN’ ON UP

Jalen Ray continued his streak of gaining ground on the Hofstra all-time scoring list Saturday, when his 26 points lifted Ray post Roberto Gittens into 21st place. Ray will need a career-best game this afternoon, though, in order to keep the streak going. He needs 32 points to surpass Mike Tilley for 20th place.


20.) Mike Tilley 1,286

21.) JALEN RAY 1,255

21.) Roberto Gittens 1,240

23.) Carlos Rivera 1,225

24t.) Demetrius Dudley 1,220

24t.) John Mills 1,220

26t.) Juan’ya Green 1,186

26t.) Brian Bernardi 1,186

28.) Rokas Gustys 1,184

29.) Ted Jackson 1,159

30.) Nathaniel Lester 1,139

31.) Wandy Williams 1,132

32.) Mike Moore 1,128

33.) Richie Swartz 1,107

34.) Ameen Tanksley 1,090

35.) Derrick Flowers 1,069

36.) Darius Burton 1,060

37.) Percy Johnson 1,045

38.) James Shaffer, 1,022

39.) John Irving 1,018


Since joining the 1,000-point club on Dec. 22, Ray has gained at least a half-spot on the all-time scoring list in every game.


Dec. 22: Tied for 38th place

Jan. 2: 38th place

Jan. 3: 37th place

Jan. 7: 36th place

Jan. 9: 35th place

Jan. 15: 34th place

Jan. 17: 33rd place

Jan. 23: 29th place

Jan. 24: Tied for 28th place

Jan. 30: 28th place

Jan. 31: 25th place

Feb. 6: 23rd place

Feb. 7: 22nd place

Feb. 13: 21st place


THE FRESHMAN 183

Forgot about the freshman scoring list until this week, but Kvonn Cramer is the first freshman to score at least 100 points since Eli Pemberton scored 397 points in 2016-17. With eight points Saturday, Cramer moved past Shemiye McLendon into 11th place among Hofstra freshmen in the CAA era. He is seven points away from surpassing Nathaniel Lester for 10th place.


1.) Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)

2.) Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)

3.) Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)

4.) Eli Pemberton, 297 (2016-17)

5.) Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)

6.) Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)

7.) Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)

8.) Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)

9.) Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)

10.) Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)

11.) KVONN CRAMER, 183 (2020-21)

12.) Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)

13.) Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)

14.) Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)

15.) Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)

16.) Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)

17.) Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)

18.) Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)

19.) Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)

20.) Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)


OVER THE AIR

Today’s game will be aired on FloHoops.com (subscription required). Hofstra will provide a radio feed and live stats at the Pride Productions hub.


SCOUTING JAMES MADISON

The Dukes, under first-year head coach Mark Byington, are 12-5 this season and 7-1 in CAA play after Saturday's win. James Madison is a half-game behind first-place Northeastern.


The Dutchmen and Dukes had no common foes in non-league play.


The Dutchmen, who were picked first in the CAA preseason poll, are ranked 168th at KenPom.com, a drop of two spots since yesterday. The Dukes, who were picked ninth, are ranked 175th, up two spots.


According to KenPom.com, the Dutchmen rank first in the CAA in offensive efficiency (106.4) and seventh in defensive efficiency (106.3). The Dukes are fourth in the CAA in offensive efficiency (103.0) and fourth in defensive efficiency (103.4).


Senior guard Matt Lewis, the preseason CAA player of the year, had a team-high 20 points, seven assists and three steals Saturday and leads the Dukes with 20.5 points and 3.8 assists per game while ranking second with 4.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Michael Christmas had 16 points and eight rebounds Saturday while freshman forward Justin Amadi (15 points) and sophomore forward Julien Wooden (13 points) each got into double figures. Junior guard Vado Morse is averaging 13.1 ppg while Amadi, one of two freshman starters for James Madison, is pulling down a team-high 5.3 rpg.


KenPom.com predicts a 77-76 loss for the Dutchmen. (He projected a 76-74 loss yesterday) Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 2-point underdogs. The Dutchmen are 9-11 against the spread this season, including 4-9 in CAA play, after the last-second dunk by Amadi turned a push into a James Madison cover. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.


ALL-TIME VS. JAMES MADISON

Hofstra is 22-14 against James Madison in a series that began when the Dutchmen joined the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season. The Dutchmen are trying to avoid being swept for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign.


THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY

Humpty Dance bias! (Humpty Hitchens has nothing to do with that, but who can ignore an opportunity to post The Humpty Dance?)

New home court bias! (Totally forgot about that yesterday)

Preemptive CAA Tournament home court bias! (What could poss-i-bly go wrong with a Virginia-based team having a home court advantage in the tournament?)

Mark Byington wore a hat into his first meeting with Jerry Wainwright bias! (True story, per the most recent CAA Zoom coaches call)