« on: October 17, 2014, 02:06:17 pm »
The best day in October was Wednesday evening Oct. 15th as I got to see the Plattsburgh State Cardinals sweating their butts off on the first official day of practice. The Cardinals return a ton of talent and they are my pick to win the conference after consecutive back to back 2nd place finishes. They will be pressured by Geneseo, Brockport, and Oswego. Buffalo State, Oneonta, and Cortland could surprise depending on the returning players and new faces that may make an immediate impact. New Paltz, Potsdam and Fredonia will look to close the gap on the teams that have been in front of them for the past few seasons. Can't wait to see the rosters listed a few weeks down the road.
The Cardinals lost 3 starters from last year and yet they return 5 starters. (It's a Cardinal Conundrum) Not many teams in DIII can make that claim. 4 of those 5 starters have averaged double figures in scoring either last year or 2 years ago.
The Cardinals ended the year last season by advancing to the Sweet 16 despite the loss of key players down the stretch. They were ranked #24 in the final D3hoops poll and Massey had them ranked at #15 is his final poll. I believe that this year's team could be better than the NCAA teams of the past 2 years. I think they should be ranked in the DIII hoops pre-season poll based on their finish last year and the returning talent but I won't be surprised if they're omitted. Plattsburgh has made the NCAA tournament 6 times in the past 9 years which is more than any other team in the East Region. Coach Curle will once again have the problem of giving ample court time to so many talented players. Should be another excellent season in the SUNYAC and I hope the conference can duplicate the success it had last year when 3 teams made it to the NCAA tournament. In reality I'll be happy if we get 2 teams into the Dance. Good luck to all the players and teams.
Fear not oh Wise 1! I predict that your Cards will be ranked 19 th in the first poll of 2014. They had one helluva season last year and I doubt that Curle is expecting any less from this years group. I can actually picture you in the gym yesterday just grinning away!
The Chesire Cat had nothing on me...The grin was from ear to ear. And I hope you're right with that #19 prognostication.