Hofstra remains a team to watch

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The best Division I men's basketball program in the metropolitan area is ... Take your pick, and the pickings are slim.
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Bill

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Dec 3, 2007
 
Steve, c'mon man you need a reality check. Hofstra has already lost to UNC Wilmington, St. Francis of NY and Holy Cross. Pecora and Hofstra have done a great job instilling life in its program. However, it might not be the year to blow the bugle. This is the weakest team Hofstra has fielded in three or four years. How low St. John's has fallen has nothing to do with the Hofstra situation. Pecora is probably very worried about this season because if he struggles with a Mid major it will take him longer to get the bigger job and bigger payday he seeks. The early warning signs at 1-3 against mediocre competition are there. You say rate St. John's against Syracuse, UCONN etc. Well I am rating Pecora against St Francis, UNCW and Holy Cross. In fact, from St. John's standpoint hiring a Pecora sounds a lot like what they said about Roberts when he took the job. We all can see how that has worked out so far. Although, you might be a little disingenuous when you left out the fact that Anthony Mason Jr. was injured for the Miami game. As for the alumni who didn't pay for the arena because they didn't hire Matt Doherty, I say good riddance! Matt Doherty would have been a terrible hire and I don't think Private Catholic Schools should be making decisions based on the deep pockets of some alumni. Maybe that is a first sign that St. John's might actually turn it around.
bemused

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Dec 3, 2007
 
You make the case, which has been obvious all along that Hofstra made a mistake going to the CA, Southern based schools stacking the deck and with most away games too far for fans to follow. Resulting in little fan interest. Rabinowitz does not speak to the sports press because he has a coach, an AD and press staff to do that, also he does not know anything about the teams, he rarely attends games and the student body still is luke warm to him. Why Pecora gets this kind of money for coming close, which should have alowwed him to recruit better is a mystery. HU will not be going anywhere in March for awhile. Picking some Juco players will not develoop a team. Juco players will only have one year to adapt to the system and then the next year they are seniors and on their way out the door.
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Dec 4, 2007
 
It appears that the writer is campaigning for Tom Pecora to get the job at St. John's, which is really not appropriate. If he is sreious, he needs to campaign to become the athletic director at St. John's. You lose credibility as a writer when you become a flunky for a coach.
Peekskill NY

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Dec 4, 2007
 
St.John's should be judge against the teams that are on their schedule and they are 4-1. This is without there best player Anthony Mason Jr. St.John's freshman class will be the building blocks for the future. Justin Burrell will be playing in the NBA in a couple of years.
stuball888

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Dec 5, 2007
 
OK guys take it easy on Steve here. What he said in the article appears to be accurate. While St Johns is on the rebound, they are 0-5 against Hofstra in the last five contests. The other programs in the metro area have had only a year or so of success over the past 10 years while Hofstra has been near twenty wins each year over the past five years. As far as pres rabinowitz is concerned, he has a University to run. He is an academics guy not a sports guy. That is why he hired Jack Hayes from UConn. It is a long season and this year Hofstra is rebuilding with several freshmen on the team of which two look to be starters. reason for those early losses was due to rebounding and poor foul shooting which can be corrected. Also you judge a recruit by what he does during his junior and senior years. A Juco transfer what he does during his senior year only. Lets see how this all breaks down in Feb and March . Too early to bury any team now. Hofstra started -4 last eyar and went on to win 22 games last year. This team is capable of 18 wins if these younger players develope.
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Dec 5, 2007
 
Best Metro DI hoops?
Fordham has beaten Hofstra and Manhattan, case closed ?
Kahnight

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Dec 6, 2007
 
I doubt steven Watches Colleges Hoops if he is saying Hofstra is a better team than Stjohns is & will Potential be better in the Future , they have No one on their Roster Close to the Skills of Frosh Justin Burrell & D.J. Kennedy
Also St.johns beat a St. Francis team that Hofstra Lost to.
Plus he Never talks about why St.johns Lost to MIA, Maybe because they didn't have their top Player in JR Anthony Mason

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