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  • Fightingscot82
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

    You got me thinking. I think the roster is set in stone.

    Now, the odd thing is they signed that kid last week very late.

    That leads me to beleive Joe made a cut -- presumably from the deep bench.

    That said, as you mentioned, the roster isn't posted yet. That can lead you to beleive it's not set yet.

    Laskey was just an obvious choice. WPIAL machine. Local. D1 transfer. He also entered the portal past the D1 deadline so without a waiver he'd have to sit this year in a lateral (D1) move. That also said, IUP already started classes. His Twitter has went silent since announcing the transfer. He's a fringe low-level D1 but could be a D2 star.

    Joe has a very deep roster right now. Likely, it is his deepest since Webb's big team. The one piece I think it could have used is that 6'5" assasain from the perimeter.

    While Armoni, Shawndale and Morris can all shoot, that isn't their primary skill. Adding that knockdown, big SG seemed the ideal piece.
    You can usually enroll within the first week. They allow it because kids also drop out just as quickly.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by hawks16 View Post
    Can someone fill me in on what's happened on this board in the last 18 months? Are we still a darkhorse to land a mystery transfer? Roster still not out?
    You got me thinking. I think the roster is set in stone.

    Now, the odd thing is they signed that kid last week very late.

    That leads me to beleive Joe made a cut -- presumably from the deep bench.

    That said, as you mentioned, the roster isn't posted yet. That can lead you to beleive it's not set yet.

    Laskey was just an obvious choice. WPIAL machine. Local. D1 transfer. He also entered the portal past the D1 deadline so without a waiver he'd have to sit this year in a lateral (D1) move. That also said, IUP already started classes. His Twitter has went silent since announcing the transfer. He's a fringe low-level D1 but could be a D2 star.

    Joe has a very deep roster right now. Likely, it is his deepest since Webb's big team. The one piece I think it could have used is that 6'5" assasain from the perimeter.

    While Armoni, Shawndale and Morris can all shoot, that isn't their primary skill. Adding that knockdown, big SG seemed the ideal piece.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by hawks16 View Post
    Can someone fill me in on what's happened on this board in the last 18 months? Are we still a darkhorse to land a mystery transfer? Roster still not out?
    I don't see any more additions coming.

    I really wanted the SG from St. Francis (Bryce Laskey) but that doesn't appear to be happening.

    The very late signing of the prep school kid last week makes me wonder if somebody left. We will soon see.

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  • hawks16
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    Can someone fill me in on what's happened on this board in the last 18 months? Are we still a darkhorse to land a mystery transfer? Roster still not out?

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by IUP24 View Post

    What's the connection with with any of these teams? Does anybody know?

    Obviously it takes two to tango, but IUP virtually plays the same schools in the non-conference every year (West Virginia Wes, Bowie, Concord, Le Moyne, Virginia State). I know Joe likes a tougher NC slate, but there has to be some connection between these programs aside from location that they virtually all play each other annually.
    Well, you figure Joe hosts two of these 'tournament' weekends each year (Tip-Off and Thanksgiving). So, as you said, all he can do is invite teams.

    The coaches at Concord and Virginia State have both commented in the past that they really like coming up here for the weekends -- good competition, accommodations and venue. Both have said IUP is a really good host. We know UPJ will be here every year on those weekends so teams coming in get two nice SOS games. Playing IUP and UPJ back-to-back is very challenging.

    I think Bowie State just has that mentality they want to play the best teams available in non-conference. They do it every year.

    And, over the years, I think these coaches become friendly so it's easier to schedule them year after year.

    We played WVW in (I think) 2014 and then in 2019.

    I think Joe likes at least one 'marquee' non-conference game a year and it seems Le Moyne replaced Fairmont State (after that contract ended). And, obviously, Virginia State is a marquee match-up.

    This is a tough slate to start the season. After Christmas they still get Mercyhurst, Gannon, UPJ, Cal and SRU twice each. Edinboro and Clarion are both better. The West looks very strong this season. I'd be thrilled to go to Kutztown at 6-0, but, heck, they could be 3-3 going out there.

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  • IUP24
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    Joe has a brutal 'first half' of the season (before XMAS).

    @ Illinois (exhibition) - The Illini are going to be one of the best teams in D1 this year. Try and keep it within 30.

    Then:

    WVW - Should be a nice tune-up game
    Concord - Never an 'easy' one

    Le Moyne - High-level non-conf match-up. IUP has won the past two meetings but very tight games

    @ Bowie State - Never an easy place to play and a well-coached, tough team. Always very athletic and strong defensively.

    Virginia State - High-level non-conf match-up. Two of the top teams in the Atlantic.
    Salem - Hard to grasp ... roster changes so much yearly.

    @ Kutztown - Always tough
    @ West Chester - Always tough -- especially at home.

    Millersville - Solid program

    Shepherd - Record doesn't show it but they play everybody tough
    Shippensburg - This will be a crazy Saturday night at the KCAC even without students on campus. Ship will be very good this year and will bring a huge crowd to Indiana (many WPIAL players on roster).

    IUP will be a battle-tested bunch entering West play.
    What's the connection with with any of these teams? Does anybody know?

    Obviously it takes two to tango, but IUP virtually plays the same schools in the non-conference every year (West Virginia Wes, Bowie, Concord, Le Moyne, Virginia State). I know Joe likes a tougher NC slate, but there has to be some connection between these programs aside from location that they virtually all play each other annually.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Joe has a brutal 'first half' of the season (before XMAS).

    @ Illinois (exhibition) - The Illini are going to be one of the best teams in D1 this year. Try and keep it within 30.

    Then:

    WVW - Should be a nice tune-up game
    Concord - Never an 'easy' one

    Le Moyne - High-level non-conf match-up. IUP has won the past two meetings but very tight games

    @ Bowie State - Never an easy place to play and a well-coached, tough team. Always very athletic and strong defensively.

    Virginia State - High-level non-conf match-up. Two of the top teams in the Atlantic.
    Salem - Hard to grasp ... roster changes so much yearly.

    @ Kutztown - Always tough
    @ West Chester - Always tough -- especially at home.

    Millersville - Solid program

    Shepherd - Record doesn't show it but they play everybody tough
    Shippensburg - This will be a crazy Saturday night at the KCAC even without students on campus. Ship will be very good this year and will bring a huge crowd to Indiana (many WPIAL players on roster).

    IUP will be a battle-tested bunch entering West play.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by IUPalum View Post

    The Virginia St game is currently TBA. Did they bail or is it now official?
    It's listed on VA State's web site official schedule. On our schedule it says CIAA TBA. No idea.

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  • IUPalum
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    I'm assuming we'll see one more non-conference game surface. As of now, the 'not posted yet' schedule:

    @ Illinois (exhibition)

    West Virginia Wesleyan
    Concord
    @ Bowie State
    Salem
    Virginia State
    The Virginia St game is currently TBA. Did they bail or is it now official?

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  • IUPalum
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    At least it’s a home game!

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Another ...

    Le Moyne at IUP

    So much for the lighter non-conf theory lol.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    I'm assuming we'll see one more non-conference game surface. As of now, the 'not posted yet' schedule:

    @ Illinois (exhibition)

    West Virginia Wesleyan
    Concord
    @ Bowie State
    Salem
    Virginia State

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  • IUPalum
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    IUP is playing an exhibition game at Illinois on Oct. 29.
    Now that is great news!!!

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    IUP is playing an exhibition game at Illinois on Oct. 29.

    The Illini went 24-7 last season.
    Last edited by IUPbigINDIANS; 08-23-2021, 07:44 PM.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    IUP plays at Bowie State on Friday, Nov. 19.

    Never an easy road trip down there. Thanksgiving is the following week so they may just luck out and go down there with most students gone. That place is crazy with the student body there.

    Said for years on here you have to respect Bowie State ... they will play anybody, any season.

    This coming year in non-conference they scheduled Mercyhurst, Shippensburg, IUP and West Liberty.

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