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Re: 2017-18

Postby Terrier13 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:21 am

While our defense definitely looks worse from the ol' eye test, I remember some of the advanced stats from a few years ago showed that we actually didn't perform all that well on a points per possession allowed basis. Rather, our offensive tempo was so slow that the number of possessions was lower and thus we did well on total points allowed. Since our offense has picked up a bit, I wonder how that has affected our defense. Additionally, it would seem that with us shooting an increasing percentage of three pointers, I wonder if that leads to more opportunities for points in transition for the other team. Unfortunately I don't have a resource for those stats to back up my argument so forgive the hottakes but perhaps someone has ideas/stats to corroborate/disprove that thought.
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Re: 2017-18

Postby Atldog7 on Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:54 pm

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Re: 2017-18

Postby dude on Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:08 pm

Any early practice reports?

Point guard is the big BIG question.

But, also, the development of the big guys could be major. Lots of size returning, and great potential depending on how Pegram and Jackson are coming along. Sounds like Aluma could be an real contributor, too. And I liked the way Lowery played last season.

I would think Hoover might play a bigger role -- good shooter, confident and tough player.

Magee -- well, we can hope he just keeps on filling it up like he has the past two years. If his ball-handling has improved some, he could be nearly unguardable.

Other freshman? Sounded like they were high on Hollowell. Murphy with the flashy dribbling and passing. Again, lots of minutes up for grabs at point guard. Experienced guys like Theme-Love and Brooks will surely be in the mix.

With a few things coming together, this could be a special team...
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Re: 2017-18

Postby youngterrier on Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:46 am

This is a less technical point than my other posts but it seems like it takes 2 full years after a group of Socon champ seniors graduates for us to find a new rhythm and be super competitive. I think we saw bits and pieces of that in the socon tournament last year. We saw Cam Jackson take huge strides as a big man last year, and in tournament time, so did Pegram.

It'll be a fun year this year I think. I'd say the two things to watch are Pegram and the point (the two p's if you will)
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Re: 2017-18

Postby Ruckus on Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:19 am

I think Theme-Love will do just fine. He looked really solid to me last year. I saw him the other day on campus and he has really filled out. Looks great.
I am very interested in Murphy and his ability to create and score.
Someone on the perimeter has to take and make some shots to take some pressure off Fletcher. And Cam just needs to take over and exert his will on the game.
To me, our success largely depends on getting better on the defensive end of the floor.
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