The 2013-14 season for the Morgan State men's basketball team opened with six consecutive losses, grew more encouraging with a 3-1 stretch, but now the Bears are mired in a three-game losing skid.
The Bears' 3-10 record might be a source of concern for others, but don't lump in coach Todd Bozeman with that group.
“You can’t just judge it by the numbers,” Boseman said Monday afternoon. “It is what it is. I’m not trying to [tiptoe] around that. I’d say we’re definitely getting better, and we are progressing in a way that we need to progress to get ready for the conference. We had a pretty tough non-conference schedule, and it was done like that by design. I thought there were a couple games in there that we had a chance to win, but we did get better. That’s the measuring stick. You want to get better and improve as you prepare yourself for conference play, and I think we did that.”
Morgan State is trying to rebound from setbacks to Cal State Northridge on Dec. 27 (86-80), then-No. 10 Oregon on Dec. 29 (97-76) and UC Irvine on Jan. 2 (75-63). But Bozeman said the team had opportunities to come away with a positive outcome.
“The ball could have bounced a different way a couple times, but Oregon is Oregon,” he said. “They’re a top 10 team, and they were picked to win their league. Cal State Northridge has a good program. So I knew that when we scheduled the games. I wanted it to be a challenge and it certainly was that. We had lost games before we went on our last winning streak. So I can’t get caught up in that. What you’re trying to prepare yourself for is the conference and preparing for March. What I always tell people is you want to be better in October than you were in September, better in November than you were in October, better in December than you were in November, and I think we are. It might not necessarily be reflected in the record, but it will hopefully produce a better conference record.”
The Bears (1-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) return to the conference portion of their schedule when South Carolina State visits Hill Field House on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs are 4-9 overall and 1-7 on the road, but Bozeman said he is more worried about Morgan State winning its first two league games for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
“This is what you prepare for,” he said. “That’s what you’re building for – the conference. You can get caught up in the record if you want, but it really boils down to the conference and where you place yourself in terms of positioning for seeding [for the league tournament]. That’s why we’re ready for conference play, and we’re excited for this game coming up this weekend.”