Oh, I agree, there's been some positive signs from individuals....but the dividends for those won't start coming home until next year at the earliest. I meant more in the scheme of "can we somehow surpass some expectations this year/are we seeing some things lock into place at either end of the floor?"Not even Alan Griffin?
Well, that’s a fair point. I suppose my comment was more about him trying different combinations of things. He used this game to experiment. My comment had little to do with Tim Miles.Trent, AJ, and Ayo played more minutes than any Nebraska player in their win. Did you think Tim Miles just played his starters all game?
That was pretty funny, comes at about 1:30 in the video and Da'monte and Ayo shot each other a look and a smirk tooI think this was to be expected from a young team that probably came back pretty down after pushing the Zags to the end and then getting beat pretty handily the next two games. Trent said in the post game, “bad team” and then he and Ayo chuckled as I think he realized his mistake. Our weaknesses so far this year have been what everyone knew they would be. Our inability to keep guys from penetrating and getting to the basket is a little more glaring than I thought it would be. Other than that a lot of people, including me, thought starting 2-4 was probable.
We beat a team by 19 that we easily could have beat by 40+ today. The real measuring stick is the next 3 games. All three games need to be highly competitive and absolutely need to win at least one, probably two. Still think this team surprises a few teams by the end of the year.
Understand your point, but how does a team that just lost 4 in a row not take ANY game seriously?I suppose I have decided to not read too much into a game against a team that at least some of our guys clearly didn't take seriously, while they were exhausted from a grueling Maui tournament, and where BU seemed to use it as a teaching opportunity.
Let's get some more Ws.
Meh... It has nothing to do with preference. Given the chance to get one-and-done players, we would gladly do it as most programs in the country would. Problem is that we can't get these one-and-done players and reality is that recruiting is not going that well either for players ranked below one-and-done level. Not sure what others see but it is a highly pretentious statement to say that "We ARE going in the right direction." Based on what? We have serious gaps in the frontcourt, performance on court has not been that good, we finished one of the worst seasons in 20+ years (if not more), and recruiting is not going well. That is reality. Yet, we think we are going in the right direction.However, signs look good for next year and the year after. I never wanted to be a one and done factory. I think the Uk strategy is difficult. I prefer to get players for 3/4 years. We ARE going in the right direction. You don’t see it? Too bad. Can’t be fun for you to watch.
Calvin, I agree with a lot of what you say, but I feel like it's a little early to say something like this. Sure, we have seen some pretty poor decisions and play. However, we have seen some bright spots that show the potential. Tap into the potential, and we'll see what happens. I mean, how much did we lose to Gonzaga by? Maybe it was a fluke game? Maybe that is a glimpse of what is to come this season with more consistency on the way?Sure looks that way. No indication this team is capable of an invitation to the NIT
Please, stop using Maui as an excuse. Stop pointing to 1 game against Gonzaga as a benchmark this team can play at, when there's 4 other games showing that the 1 that many people are pointing to is the outlier.I suppose I have decided to not read too much into a game against a team that at least some of our guys clearly didn't take seriously, while they were exhausted from a grueling Maui tournament, and where BU seemed to use it as a teaching opportunity.
Let's get some more Ws.
Because you can't take every game seriously. Even the best and most experienced teams can't maintain that type of focus over a full season, and this team is very young. Simply adapting to the college game is going to be difficult enough for this group, so a minute to breathe won't hurt them.
It's pretty easy when a player can think about it in terms of "we just nearly knocked off the now #1 team and this team lost by a billion to Nebraska." Now, that's not a good attitude for the team to have and it needs to be corrected, but it's at least understandable that it could happen.
No, I am not going to stop taking the exhaustion factor into consideration. 4 games in 1 week is a lot. It's the same reason teams without byes rarely win conference tournaments even when they are the hot team at the moment. I'd also like to point out that I never pointed to 1 game against Gonzaga as evidence that this team is somehow a world beater. Clearly it shows that this team has a high ceiling, but the following two games show that this team also has a relatively low floor. This season will be all about whether this team can put the pieces together before they dig the hole too deep.Please, stop using Maui as an excuse. Stop pointing to 1 game against Gonzaga as a benchmark this team can play at, when there's 4 other games showing that the 1 that many people are pointing to is the outlier.
Right now, this is no time a good team. The defense is beyond porous.
I think this is mostly because the teams without byes in conference tournaments are lower ranked (weaker teams) versus the teams with byes (stronger, higher ranked).It's the same reason teams without byes rarely win conference tournaments even when they are the hot team at the moment.
Notice the part where I said "even when they're the hot team?" Obviously you'd expect teams without byes to go farther on average. That's a no-brainer. But it's also pretty common that a team gets hot at the right time, makes a run, and then runs out of gas.I think this is mostly because the teams without byes in conference tournaments are lower ranked (weaker teams) versus the teams with byes (stronger, higher ranked).