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I agree. Next should be a very good season relative to our last 6 or 7 years.
Great Job Nash.
The Dynasty is Here!
Id also like to see that whatever success we have next year is sustainable.
Once in 5 hopefully isn't what we are building our program to do.
I'm hopeful that years like this one become the transition year and somewhere between this year and next year will be the norm.
Btw top 15 should be the expectation. It's a lofty spot from where we've been but that's what he was hired to do, raise our program. It's time to do that.
I think for your answer to no.9, see no.6. Retin has the ability and the makeup, IMO. He missed the point blank layup yesterday to end the drought, but he took it to the basket with authority, just too much and shot a little too hard.
But unlike much of our roster, I really think Retin is the type who'll see that missed layup in his nightmares for the next 7 months. I think it'll actually bother him.
We play a very aggressive style of defense and when the officials take your style of play from you it is very difficult to redefine your self immediately. The officials changed the course of the game when they put Florida in the bonus with 15 minutes left in the game. We were forced to play passive defensively and that changed the entire teams mentality on both sides of the ball.
I want to see us have our classes more balanced. It is heavily weighted with what will be 5 juniors next year if Carl gets a medical redshirt. It will be better balanced next year than what it is this year, but I am hoping he signs another high school kid or a juco guy that has 3 years left if one actually exists or pick up a transfer here and there. That is the best way to keep from having dramatic swings in your program from year to year when you can't recruit the elite of the elite like us. It is easier to integrate one or two guys with the rest of the team than try to give 3 or 4 major minutes like was the case with us last year.
This post was edited by scott713h 13 months ago
I will say, the last 2 ballgames gave me a better feeling about things with the program heading into next year.
Those two games were tough, physical games and our guys did not back down and did not play scared. Against Tennessee, who has been on fire and is really physical, our guys out-toughed them and made plays down the stretch. Against Florida we did all we could do in terms of our limitations as a team and "what we are" (which can be blamed on certain things, but it is what it is). Our guys didn't step up and make plays, but they didn't play scared and competed the whole way.
Maybe it's just blind hope, but I really want to see our guys turn it up a notch next year. Hopefully they can.
Last night I actually went back and watched the second half breaking down the calls and missed calls in the 2nd half. I'm just going to say this, half of those first 7 fouls that got us in the bonus so quickly were called because our defender didn't have his hands straight up, but rather had their hands tilted towards the offensive guy.
I think ours guys were just tired playing 2 games in 2 days and we did't always play fundamental D like we normaly do and it cost us some calls we normally would get. All in all, I counted 4 blown calls against us for the entire 2nd half and 1 blown call against florida. Equal? No but it wasn't as bad called game as it seemed in the heat of the moment.
This post was edited by robert1975 13 months ago
This doesn't seem too bad on paper, but in reality 3 of 4 of those blown calls came with in the first 5 minutes of the half, and the others were a little ticky-tacky to say the least. It wouldn't have been quite as bad or seemed so "fixed" (not to insinuate this is what happened, but in the heat of the moment it felt like we were 5 against 8) if those blown calls were spread out through out the half. Having them in the bonus w/ 15+ left to play screwed with an already mentally soft team's mentality. It put Gueye back in foul trouble meaning we lost our one big who can rebound and alter shots on D.
We still could/should have done something to halt the swing of momentum, but our players were overwhelmed against both a superior team and poor officiating, not to mention our own inefficiencies in scoring. We still would have had a difficult time hanging on without the poor officiating, it just took all the wind out of our sails made the game much less exciting.
"Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places you have to look at it right."
Good thread all around. Regarding officials, pretty much everybody except maybe Duke has to deal with streaks when the officiating is one-sided against them. It does seem to me that it happens more to us, but I think I've figured out why... We aren't tough enough to overcome it. I'm not saying we should be able to beat the opponent + the officials, but we can't just curl up and die in the face of a run started by poor officiating. Really good teams may give up a 12-0 run here and there, but more often than not they find a way to make it 12-5, and then make a run of their own. Teams lacking confidence allow it to push morale into the dumps and they don't recover.
actually those first 7 calls seemed bad because we were all in the heat of the moment. I only saw 1 of those 7 that were not legit, and to be honest, Gueye could have been called for at least one more when he was fighting for position when he had his forearm in the guys throat to try and block out. We were just tired and didn't play as smart on D as we normally do.
It's normal to see the refs differently during the heat of a game, we all have our emotions involved. I used to really complain about refs when at games live until I started breaking down the game video after I would get home and see that most games, the calls are legit 90% of the time.
But regardless, we played a good game against Flordia when we were overmatched. My issues with Grant don't regard this game and our game plan for it. After looking at the game again, we actually played pretty well on offense during the game, Florida is just as good defensively as us and made a lot of great defensive sets. After reviewing it, our drought during their run had more to do with what Florida was doing on D then what we were not doing on Offense
Oh and as aside, Pollard in ability to shoot the 3 killed us, and Lacey played an awful 2nd half. I even say one play when Lacey actually blocked out Gueye for an rebound instead of the Florida guy who ended up with an offensive rebound and a easy put back. I like Lacey, but he had a really bad 2nd half after looking at the game video again.
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