We really don’t have much to say.
One of the most forgettable seasons in App State basketball history – please let us forget it – draws near to close Friday. The No. 9 Mountaineers open their final SoCon tourney with No. 8 Samford at 11 a.m. Winner is rewarded with title favorite Davidson.
The team managed just five D1 wins, all in conference. No Apps were honored in league awards. Among 351 D1 teams, the program is ranked No. 333 in RPI, and No. 328 in Sagarin.
According to another stat head, the team has a .2% chance of winning the SoCon title.
On a positive note, coach Capel is a perfect 3-0 in first-round SoCon games. They beat Samford earlier in the season, 74-68. And the players are saying all the right things.
“We just want to win it for each other,” (Hamilson) said. “We want to win and be able to prove that we’re capable of winning and that we do have talent and that we’re not as bad of a team that it may have seemed during the season.”
This is the final year of Capel’s contract. Conventional wisdom is that – barring a .2% miracle run – he will not be back.
Odds are, App State will be heading to the Sun Belt with a new coach and the dreaded label of “rebuilding.”
If all this isn’t depressing enough, by all means, compare and contrast.
On a lighter note, good times.
OPTIMISM. Keepin’ the faith.
“This time of the year is the most fun,” Appalachian State coach Jason Capel said Thursday after a light practice at U.S. Cellular Center.
App State would have to win four games in four days — and it’s never been done in this tournament — to reach the NCAAs.
“This is the weekend you have the opportunity to erase your record, everyone is 0-0,” he said.
“And we still have a chance to reach our ultimate goal, to realize our hopes and aspirations.”