BU is a good coach and good coaches will play the best players regardless of class. All things being equal he may and likely will play TF and DMW for that matter but if incoming players are better they will play. Good coaches play the best players that earn P T regardless of class. To do otherwise is like a little league coach playing his kid over the neighbors clearly more talented kid! BU wont do that. The best player that earns the time will play.
Last year he had a pretty set 8 man rotation with few mins for others in conference games. He changed the starters and varied the mins with different opponents but still with the 8 players. Know people are saying with this depth he can keep players fresher and play more guys. Seems to me to be a balance between keeping a rhythm and keeping players fresh and 8 seems to be the normal balance. So wondering if he will vary which 8 man rotation he will use based on matchups or expand his rotation. He may have the option of going big against the size of Whisky and small against OSU depending on player development. Gets to be a chess player with a lot of pieces.
That Curbelo clip is sick. I'm just salivating at the prospect of seeing this team play, and the BT competition it will face. The Iowa and MSU games will be epic. I hope for the sake of our guys, and all the other BT players, that they aren't deprived of a season. If so, it will be special, and not just for the Illini.
I would really be shocked if BU does not put the ball in his hands from game one.
I'm sure that I don't have to remind you that this was a B1G presidents' decision. Many aren't as interested as we would like regarding athletics.I hope the B10 is learning from the football fallout that making an early decision on basketball is not a benefit. They should be looking and planning for different options, but no decisions need to be made for some time.
Very true. I would think they are feeling at least some of the heat that Kevin Warren is getting. Whether they care or not is the question.I'm sure that I don't have to remind you that this was a B1G presidents' decision. Many aren't as interested as we would like regarding athletics.
Curbello will bring a lot to the team but a reduction in turnovers won't be one of them. Trent is more secure with the ball. That's not to say that Curbello may not be the better player, but his style is going to lead to turnovers.Regarding Curbello, playmakers/PGs are always in. We don't really have a true PG outside of him. Last year we had some bad turnover games. On top of that Curbello has shown the ability to
play and beat the best st the high scool level. He has elite talent.
Well said. Learning to play at the BT level is tough for freshman, particularly guards. The competition is so much quicker, the game is so much more physical, and opposing crowds are loud and hostile. Frankly, I'm amazed when I see frosh such as Ayo perform as well as they do. Curbelo seems as though he will be a standout but we'll see after the rubber meets the road for a few hundred miles.Curbello will bring a lot to the team but a reduction in turnovers won't be one of them. Trent is more secure with the ball. That's not to say that Curbello may not be the better player, but his style is going to lead to turnovers.
“The one thing ‘Dre (Curbelo) provides is an elite passer. An elite pitch ahead guy who can really play in the open court,” Underwood said in a Zoom conference Monday. “It gives you tremendous versatility with all three of those guys being able to do things with the ball. Being able to do things in ball screens, being able to get a rebound and push it while the other two get out and run … it’s why I think we can play fast.”
“I’d like to play faster than we did last year,” Underwood admitted. “I think with the addition of guys to our lineup and to our roster … I think we’ll shoot the ball better so I want to play faster.”
You are probably correct that Trent likely is better with the ball than Curbelo will be at this point. How quickly these new guys adjust to B10 level of speed and play will be critical to what we can achieve this yea.r What makes this season interesting is that IF we can get solid defensive play from our new players it will relieve some pressure for Frazier who has been a great defender but I think this has hurt his production offensively. I'm not sure everyone appreciates how much his defensive assignments have limited him offfensively. He seems pretty gassed and many of his shots taken this year are late in the clock bail out shots. If he can get in a rhythm and not have to guard our opponents best player I think he can have a big year. I think this is the most versatile team we have had in quite a while - positionless for sure. I love how many lineup options we have.Curbello will bring a lot to the team but a reduction in turnovers won't be one of them. Trent is more secure with the ball. That's not to say that Curbello may not be the better player, but his style is going to lead to turnovers.
This is an absolute....unless and until TF goes 2 for 38 to open the season and then he will sit until he finds some confidence. Curbelo may get the nod, or someone else who is playing well and in whom BU has confidence can do the job on both ends.