TAKE ON PIRATE SPORTS
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Too early for bowl
talk, says Ruff
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East Carolina football coach Ruffin McNeill says his team can’t afford
to get sidetracked. Though Coach Ruff knows he’ll be coaching in his
second bowl game in his three years at ECU, he doesn’t want his team
thinking about any of that until after Friday's regular season finale
We can certainly talk about potential bowl destinations here in this
column, and all indications are that the Pirates will head to either St
Petersburg or New Orleans for the postseason. ECU's preference is St.
Pete and the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl.
Meanwhile, the Herd thunders into town this week. Marshall can certainly
put points on the board. McNeill warned that his team can’t focus on
anything but Friday’s game.
“We need to make sure that we cancel out any noise against Marshall and
make sure that all our attention and efforts are on our opponent this
week instead of against our potential bowl opponent or anything else
going on throughout the conference,” said McNeill. “We need to focus on
us and not get distracted by anything that doesn’t relate to this week’s
Last year, Marshall
upset ECU in overtime, keeping
the Pirates home for the holidays. This season, Marshall needs a win to
become bowl eligible.
McNeill says revenge won’t be a part of his team's agenda.
“I wouldn’t say that,” said McNeill. “We just need to play well this
week. That is all the motivation that we will need. Sure, our team knows
how the game ended last year, but I don’t plan on using last year’s
outcome as incentive or motivation this week. Our motivation is to just
make sure that we are getting better each week, and that is what we have
told the team all season long.”
The Pirates are 4.5-point favorites in this year's matchup. Hopefully,
ECU fans can get to the stores early for “Black Friday” and get to
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to “Paint It Purple” later that afternoon.
Unbeaten Pirate hoops a work in progress
East Carolina is off to a 3-0 start in basketball after Friday night’s
come-from-behind win over UNC-Greensboro.
Tonight, the Pirates wrap up that season-opening four-game home stand,
hosting Appalachian State.
Coach Jeff Lebo knows there is still plenty of work to be done. Right
now it’s a case of so far, so good.
“There are a lot of things that we need to clean up,” said Lebo on
Monday. “Offensively, at times, we are not as fluid as we need to be. I
think defensively we have done a much better job of not fouling and
keeping people off the foul line.
have gotten more comfortable with having (Maurice) Kemp at both the
three and the four slot but we still have a way to go. Getting Miguel
(Paul) back in there has certainly helped.
two and three positions have to step up. Akeem (Richmond) has made some
shots. But, really, Shamarr (Bowden) and Paris (Roberts-Campbell) have
to really get it going.”
The Pirates received some good news from hoops on Monday. Marshall
was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week.
In last week's two wins, Guilmette averaged 9.5 points and seven
rebounds while shooting 61.5 percent (8-13) from the field.
Pirates will need another strong outing from Guilmette tonight as the
Mountaineers come to town.
“Appalachian State is a very talented team,” said Lebo. “They have a
nice player in the Xavier transfer, Jay Canty, who can flat out score
the ball. They are young inside. Each game stands on its own and
hopefully we will show more improvement. We’ll have to be better to
Tonight’s tip is set for 7 p.m. at Williams Arena.
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