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Johns Hopkins Men's Basketball Weekly Notes


Jan. 11, 2010

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    Johns Hopkins returns home this week and will play three games in just five days. JHU hosts Swarthmore on Tuesday and will travel to Haverford on Thursday. The Blue Jays will then host the Red Devils on Saturday, closing at the season series with Dickinson.    

    Senior Pat O’Connell grabbed three steals on Saturday in the loss at Ursinus to push him past Glen Wall ‘84 for second on the Johns Hopkins’ all-time career steals list. O’Connell now has 133 career steals, two more than Wall. He has a long way to go however to catch the all-time leader, Dave Eikenberg ‘91, who graduated with 181 swipes to his credit.
    O’Connell leads the Blue Jays and ranks sixth in the Centennial Conference with 1.82 steals per game and has 20 swipes on the season.

    Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore first met on the hardwood back in the 1919-20 season - the Blue Jays’ first season. Of the 12 opponents Hopkins played in its first season, the Blue Jays have active series with only two - Swarthmore and Haverford.
    Hopkins and Swarthmore have met atleast once a year since the 1951-52 season - a stretch of 84 consecutive meetings. Tuesday’s match-up will be the 98th all-time meeting in a series that Hopkins leads, 63-34. The Blue Jays have won 10 straight in the series and are 18-4 against the Garnet in Centennial Conference regular season play.

    Johns Hopkins and Haverford will square off on the hardwood for the 95th time on Thursday. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, which dates back to the 1919-20 season, 59-35. Hopkins and Haverford have met atleast once a year since the 1957-58 season - a streak of 79 consecutive meetings.
    Last year, the Blue Jays and the Fords split the season series, with the road team coming out on top in each game. Five of the last seven games between the two have been decided by seven points or less, with two overtime contests.

    Hopkins will try to complete the season sweep against Dickinson on Saturday when the two programs meet for the 63rd time. Hopkins leads the all-time series, which dates back to the 1947-48 season, 39-23. The Blue Jays have won 10 straight and 15 of the last 16 meetings.
    The Blue Jays and the Red Devils met atleast once a year between 1947-48 and 1974-75. The two did not meet again until the NCAA Tournament in 1991 - which JHU won 65-60. The series then resumed on February 2, 1994 with the inception of the Centennial Conference. Since the conference began in 1993-94, Hopkins is 27-6 against Dickinson.

    Johns Hopkins participated in two tournaments the week of December 28 - the Holiday Inn Airport Tournament at Nazareth College and its own Blue Jay Invitational. The Blue Jays finished as runners-up in both tourneys.

    When Hopkins returned home to host the Blue Jay Invitational on January 2, it was the first home game for JHU in 43 days. Hopkins opened the season at home on November 20 against Stevenson and had played six straight games on the road.
    The Blue Jays played six of their first seven games of the season on the road and are now in the midst of a stretch where they will play five of seven at home.   

    Hopkins dropped a pair of league games last week, falling in overtime to Muhlenberg, 65-57, before losing late at Ursinus, 60-54.
    Junior Mike Henrici led three Blue Jays in double figures on Wednesday against the Mules, punching up 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Muhlenberg’s Spencer Lidic forced overtime with his bucket with just nine seconds on the clock. In the extra period, the Mules outscored the Blue Jays 10-2 to take the win.
    Saturday, Hopkins traveled to Ursinus and dropped a close one late. With the game tied at 54-54, Ursinus took the lead for good on a triple with 1:03 to play and sealed the win from the free throw line, making three of four shots.  

    Hopkins and Mary Washington treated the fans at Goldfarb Gym to some extra hoops action on January 2. The Generals rallied from down eight in the closing three minutes to force the overtime. Trailing by just two with a little over two mintues to play, Hopkins closed out the game on a 10-0 run to defeat Mary Washington 77-69. It was the Blue Jays first overtime game in nearly two years.
    Just four days later, Hopkins and Muhlenberg needed overtime to decide the winner. The Mules used a 10-0 run in the extra stanza to defeat the Blue Jays, 65-57. It was Hopkins first loss in an overtime game since November 17, 2007 - snapping a streak of seven straight wins in overtime. It was also Hopkins first loss in overtime to a Centennial Conference opponent since February 19, 2005 - an 80-77 loss at Ursinus. The Blue Jays had won six straight overtime games against conference opponents.

    Here’s a look at seniors Pat O’Connell and Andrew Farber-Miller’s steady rise through the Johns Hopkins record book:

• Needs 2 three-point field goal attempts to move into 16th, 8 to move into 15th and 19 to move into 14th (has 176)
• Needs to make 2 three-point field goals to move into 17th, 4 to move into 16th and 5 to move into 15th (has 63)
• Needs 19 free throw attempts to rank 15th (has 266)
• Needs 12 free throws to rank 13th (has 200)
• Needs 3 defensive rebounds to move into 13th and 40 to move into 12th (has 270)
• Needs 16 assists to rank 16th and 20 to rank 15th (has 179)
• Needs 49 steals to become JHU’s all-time steals leader (has 133)

• Needs 12 free throw attempts to rank 17th (has 255)
• Needs 4 free throws to rank 17th, 10 to rank 16th and 11 to rank 14th (has 189)
• Needs 12 rebounds to move into 19th (has 351)
• Needs 18 offensive rebounds to move into 15th (has 115)
• Needs 18 defensive rebounds to move into 18th and 19 to move into 17th (has 236)

    Head coach Bill Nelson, now in his 24th season on the Blue Jay bench, returned home last week when Hopkins traveled to Rochester for the Nazareth College Tournament. Nelson, a native of Western New York, attended Greece Olympia High School in Rochester, NY  and went on to play basketball and soccer at SUNY Brockport.
    Nelson landed his first collegiate head coaching job at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In three seasons, he led the Tigers to a 40-36 record. He then took over the head coaching job at Nazareth College and guided the Golden Flyers to a 65-17 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances in his three seasons. Nelson left Nazareth in 1986 to take the head coaching position at Johns Hopkins.

    Freshman guard Mike Rhoads started in the season-opener against Salisbury on November 20 and has started every game since then. He was the first freshman to start in the season-opener for the Blue Jays since Danny Nawrocki in 2003.
    Rhoads ranks second on the team in assists (19) and leads all rookies with 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

    On December 29, the Blue Jays returned to action after a 24-day hiatus for finals and the holidays. That kicked off a stretch of six games in just 12 days for Hopkins. In fact, if you stretch it out a little further, the Blue Jays will play nine games in just 19 days from December 29 to January 16. To put it into perspective, Hopkins had played just five games in 16 days to open the season.

    Johns Hopkins has a pair of twins on the team this season. Pat and Sean Wildes, 6-5 forwards from Massapequa Park, NY are the first set of brothers to play for the Blue Jays since the Kamms. Brendan Kamm played for head coach Bill Nelson from 2000-03, while Collin played from 2006-09.

    After dominating its opponents on the boards in the first six games of the season, Hopkins has struggled rebounding the ball. The Blue Jays have been outrebounded by their opponents in four of their last five games. Hopkins still averages 3.1 more rebounds per game than its opponents however.   

    Head coach Bill Nelson is in his 30th overall season, and 24th at Johns Hopkins and with 490 career wins, is just 10 shy of reaching the 500-win milestone.

    Sophomore Danny Gergen is off to a hot start this season. He is averaging 27.5 minutes per game and has started in seven games. Gergen is shooting 43.4 percent (43-of-99) from the floor, 48.6 percent (18-of-37) from downtown and 90.0 percent from the line (9-of-10). He leads the team in points (10.3 ppg) and is tied for fourth in rebounds (3.5). He also ranks third on the team with 18 assists.

    Johns Hopkins picked up a pair of wins in three games at the Pride of Maryland Championship presented by M&T Bank to finish in third place. It is the fourth time in the five-year history of the tournament that the Blue Jays placed in the top three. JHU has 11 wins in the history of the tournament, which is tied with McDaniel for most among the nine Maryland schools.
    Hopkins has made more title game appearances (3) and has had more all-tournament team selections (9). The Blue Jays have led the tournament in scoring defense in three out of the five years, including this year when JHU held its opponents to just 57.0 points per game.

    This is the 85th season of basketball at Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays first took to the hardwood in 1919-20. Hopkins boasts an all-time record of 815-922-1 (.469). JHU has won four conference tournament titles (two Centennial, two MAC) and made nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  

    Head coach Bill Nelson is in his 24th season on the Blue Jay bench and 30th as a head coach. The longest tenured coach in program history, he is also the winningest with a 385-226 (.630) record. He has coached the Blue Jays to 15 or more wins in 17 of his 23 seasons at Homewood.
    Hopkins has won two Centennial Conference titles and made eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including five straight from 1990-1994, during Nelson’s tenure.
    Nelson is the second longest tenured coach in the Centennial Conference behind Franklin & Marshall’s Glenn Robinson. He ranks second in conference history in overall wins (385) and conference wins (158).

    The Blue Jays will be led this year by senior co-captains Pat O’Connell and Matt Dapas. O’Connell has averaged 7.6 points and 3.7 rebounds while playing 28.2 minutes per game in his career. Dapas, who joined the team as a sophomore, has seen action in 15 games in the last two years.

    Johns Hopkins was picked to finish sixth (84 points) in the Centennial Conference in a preseason poll of the conference’s coaches and SIDs. Franklin & Marshall was picked to win the conference with 161 points and 17 first-place votes.

    Hopkins travels to Haverford on Thursday for a mid-afternoon showdown with the Fords. Tip-off at Gooding Arena is slated for 4:00 pm.



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