Taking the Next Step
Now that the Bonnies are 3-2, I can say that they are right where I expected them to be. Granted, I didn’t think they would loose to Delaware and I did not think they would beat Rutgers, but although the route may have been different, the end result is the same. 3-2 is 3-2.
This next stretch of games will be critical for Bona. After two great games vs. two big time teams, it is time to play like we are in the Atlantic 10 vs. lesser competition. Canisius on Saturday, must be win. Princeton at home, must be a win. Maryland Eastern Shore, is a must a win. Saint Francis PA, is a must be a win. And @ Eastern Michigan is probably going to be a toss up given the way Bonaventure has played on the road in the past four seasons.
Still, assuming that we drop one to the Eagles in Michigan, When I wake up on December 21st, this team, damm well better be 7-3. However, I realize this is a young and inexperienced team. We are going to loose games we shouldn’t, and win games we shouldn’t. I just feel that after this great start, it is time to take the next step, and start beating teams from inferior conferences…Something Anthony Solomon never could figure out how to do. Certainly, Mark Schmidt is not Slo.
After the game @ Eastern Michigan, we get Niagara at home, always a tough game, even when in the RC. Let’s play it safe, and say we drop our second straight to the Purple Eagles. Then, @ Bucknell should be a win, they are still rebuilding and we are certainly better then last year. Now, we are 8-4. Not too shabby.
We wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule at Central Arkansas, and I don’t care how far that place is from Olean, that better be a win too. This is a program that was in division II just three years ago, I fully expect Mark to bring us a win down south, and wrap up this non-conference slat with a 9-4 record.
How sweet would that be? To go into league play, already having won more games then the previous season…It is not only a possibility, it should become a reality.
Like I said, this is obviously a young time that will let us down and then give us great hope. But, in order to change that mindset that we belong in the A10 and that we can beat the Temple’s and Charlotte’s of the world, we first need to take care of business vs. teams from the NEC, MAAC and Ivy League.
Voice your opinions in the comments sections here…What do you expect from the non-conference slat through five games? Am I drinking the cool-aid a bit? Or, is 9 wins just what you had in mind too?