Opponent Watch 2019-20: ECU

Guards KJ Davis , Tyler Foster , DeShaun Wade and Tae Hardy , and forward Justin Whatley have all entered the portal and are expected to leave the program. The departures give head coach Joe Dooley and his staff room to make some important offseason additions and upgrade the talent heading into their second year. ECU is coming off a disappointing 10-21 overall season, including a 3-15 mark in American Athletic Conference play.

Following the graduations of seniors Isaac Fleming , Justice Obasohan and Addison Hill , plus these five expected defections, ECU will now have at least eight scholarships to use for offseason additions for the upcoming season. The NCAA allows Division I teams 13 scholarships for each season.

7 JUCO kids and 3 high schoolers heading to ECU.

ECU was undermanned last year, but they never quit. I think their coach can at the very least get them to level of decent …

Honestly, I thought they looked like they quit against us in Greenville. The coach and the guy who had the cheap shot on Fabian and got tossed sure look like they wanted to leave early.


I feel this way about USF. I will wait and see on ECU.

Many JUCOs to fit in around Jayden Gardner (who had a great frosh year.) and Senior Seth Leday.

One of the 3 frosh is Tristen Newton from El Paso. The leading scorer in Texas last year.

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So…ECU’s going for the cupcake OOC schedule. This may be the worst OOC schedule in the country. Continues the trend as their schedule last year was ranked 347th overall.

2019-20 ECU Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 5 – VMI
Nov. 8– at Navy
Nov. 12 – at Appalachian State
Nov. 16 – LIBERTY
Nov. 22 – vs. Evansville (Nassasu, Bahamas)
Nov. 23 – vs. George Washington or UMKC (Nassau, Bahamas)
Nov. 24 – vs. Liberty, Milwaukee, Morgan State or Rice (Nassau, Bahamas)
Nov. 30 – at James Madison
Dec. 14 – CAMPBELL
Dec. 17- UMES

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Makes sense, flipping a roster like that. The team needs chemistry building, confidence and wins.

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Of course if they go 5-8…then…well !!!

They brought in 11 new guys, so I kinda get it.

USF had a largely new team last year and rode a cupcakey non-conference to actually being a tough middle of the pack AAC team.

If ECU somehow wins 19-20 regular season games, that’ll be more of the focus than how awful their non-conference schedule was. They’re gonna be senior heavy in 2020-21, but 6/11 of the new guys Dooley brought in are FR/SOPHs so their roster is less crazy imbalanced than I expected.


I get why they’re doing it, and I understand as CKS did the same thing when he first got here. Problem is, from a conference perspective, it doesn’t help the rankings of the conference or the best teams in it when teams schedule like this.

But, then, if I’m ECU’s head coach, I’m not worried about everyone else if no one is forcing me to schedule up. I’m worried about my job and getting fans in the stands.


Yeah, even if they get 19-20 wins, I have a hard time seeing that breaking the top 150 in NET or KenPom unless they get some big upsets in conference play… and if they’re not in that range then they’re dragging our ratings down.