I’m frustrated with the prospect of another season of constant requests for eligibility updates from Coach Self and the tendency on his part to remain optimistic for his player, like we saw with Diallo, Alexander and Preston. How many times last season was he asked about Billy Preston’s availability and Coach Self responded that he expected Billy to be cleared to play any day. I see the same situation arising with Silvio, except Silvio is a proven player who will be sorely missed if he doesn’t play. I’ll always wonder if Billy was going to contribute double digit points (that’s what I penciled in preseason) or was just going to be a 6’10’’ disappointment. I hate that I’ll never know. I don’t get frustrated with absences due to injuries, like Joel’s back; those are an understandable part of sports. It’s the uncertainty surrounding the prospectively ineligible player that drives me batty.
I believe we will take whatever time we need to hire the right athletic director.
Unless something has changed, Sean Lester is the interim AD and holding down the fort.
From what I understand, we have Drue Jennings (a former KU interim AD) leading the search for our new AD. In case people didn’t know, Jennings was probably THE vital link in the search process that found us Bill Self!
I feel more optimistic about this process than what we did in the past.
The “Poke a Doke” strategy is something teams can try at the end of games because it can impact scoring for a few plays.
To use a strategy like this early in a game adds problems to the team trying it.
What it does quickly is put us in the bonus. So Doke doesn’t shoot well from the line. At a certain point we pull him, like when we make it into the bonus, especially the double bonus. Now, with Doke on the bench, our five players on the court play very aggressive offensive.
I don’t know many coaches that want to have their opponent in the double bonus early in a game. So for whatever point gain they make early with Doke pitching bricks, it gets made up later with double-bonus FTs shot by more proficient players.
Imagine going from a strategy of “foul Doke immediately” to “don’t foul anyone!” There is a big shift that will take place in the game once Doke sits on the bench.
A real problem with “Poke a Doke” for this coming year is that we have plenty of post depth, especially if Silvio is eligible (most likely, he will be). So we can live with Doke on the bench.
I don’t really see the advantage of this strategy early in games, but if used, what happens if Doke actually sinks a decent percentage of FTs?
Last… from a motivational perspective… what does that say to the players if their own coach would rather have a player from the other team decide the outcome from the line versus his own players just going out an winning the game by themselves?
I’ve never experienced playing in one of these games where a player is intentionally hacked with this strategy, but I can’t imagine it’s a fun game to play in and it would feel demoralizing to be the team hacking!
Both teams can field some solid rosters, so the game should be competitive. Both teams can put guys on the floor that can still play, too, with several guys not far removed from playing in either the NBA or overseas.
Ya it’s been crazy hot for the middle June here in central Kansas, already 4 100+ degree days and 2 weeks straight of 95 or better. @Crimsonorblue22 thank you, it’s been a crazy weekend. It’s fathers today and both me and my sons birthday as well. Makes for a crazy weekend but mostly good lol.
Ya I hear ya for sure. About the same here in Northeast Ks ( Topeka ) -we need rain - -you need rain - -we ALL need cooler temps. I hat to think what July and August is gonna be like if it’s like this already. - - -RPCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY
Some great upsets today. Mexico beating Germany was amazing. Mexico looked like the better team. Their offense was electric consistently getting downfield faster than the Germans. The Swiss tying Brazil was also a surprise. Neymar seemed to feel the pressure as much as Messi did yesterday.
Yeah Mexico shredded German’y midfield. It’s Low’s own fault really for playing Khedira…
I figured it was because so many players got injured last year there were multiple “starters” at each position. Since they had the offseason to heal up they’re back. Returning 19 of 22 legit starters should give everyone a real good idea what Beaty’s coaching is actually doing.
Kevin Durant in his years before joining GS 1.9 4.8 .384. That includes a pretty rancid rookie year and his first two years skew his attempt numbers down. Durant has always been a great shooter. His last year in OKC was better than his first year in OKC from range, pretty easily. Last three years at OKC 3PA per game: 6.1, 5.9, 6.7. First two years at GS 5, 6.1. So, did going to GS really fundamentally change Durant? I would say no.
Lebron for his career 1.5 4.4 .337.
Lebron definitely didn’t have the shooters that GS has, which I believe is what you were saying. Curry is a transcendent shooter and Klay isn’t very far behind. Durant for his position and size is very good too. It’s a pretty specially constructed roster. Houston had a real chance to beat them though, if CP3’s hamstring wasn’t cursed. I really would have liked to have seen that. GS still might have won, but it would have been MUCH more interesting.
KJ and Garrett, maybe somewhat Dedric too aren’t always going to wow in scrimmages but are better in actual games. These things have no defense played and KJ/Garrett shine on that end. KJ looked solid overall.
@Texas-Hawk-10 I know your opinion is yours, but I think that actually having a defensive plan that guarded the three point line could have changed the dynamic. Few in the hot stretch were “guarded.” Further, a long, athletic freak like Bamba surely would have been a impediment to open threes. Of course, without an effective game plan to guard the three point line, it’s moot.
@jaybate-1.0 Alright man, point taken very acutely. It does seem odd considering Self’s success with trey ballers over the years.
Im still not willing to cry foul though. Not yet. Lets see what happens next season with recruiting and this coming season with all the guys we have right now. Im betting that we will have some guys break out in the post and in the back court that can shoot the 3 ball very well from deep.
Basically, lets just wait and see. Wait and see and gather some more info.
It seems maybe a little more than odd.
It maybe appears somewhat absurd.
I mean the guy is in the HOF and KU is one of the legendary basketball programs and Self has been playing 4-1 and hoisting a lot of treys for a couple years now, right? Common sense suggests he ought at least to be able to sign some 75-100 rank trey ballers like those guys on Nova last season, right?
But I am for sure NOT crying foul.
And I reject claims of conspiracy in D1 out of hand.
When I go to a carnival booth, I don’t cry foul, or claim conspiracy, or try to mischaracterize others by saying they are asserting conspiracy in operation of the carnival booth, or the carnival.
Conspiracy and crying foul appears to be for suckers in D1, unless the authorities say its so.
When I go to a 1-arm bandit, or a roulette table, where odds are apparently asymmetrically in the house’s favor, I do not cry foul, or allege conspiracy. It would be goofy.
Why would anyone cry foul, or conspiracy, about D1, or Self’s recruiting?
There appears to be some asymmetry of some kind, that’s all I can anecdotally observe. Its hardly proof of anything. Its an appearance; that’s all.
Maybe the appearance of asymmetry is somehow crucial to the entertainment aspects of the college basketball industry?
I don’t know. I am just a layman fan.
I just love the greatest game ever invented.
I have no idea if someone like you should, or shouldn’t, cry foul. I just don’t know. I believe aliases should not mischaracterize other aliases as believing in conspiracies, especially when an alias asserts repeatedly that conspiracy in college basketball appears to be for suckers.
I just know I am not crying foul, nor intending to suggest any conspiracy in this instance.
I am leaving identification of fouls and conspiracies to the authorities and except for the reputed investigation of college basketball by FBI/DOJ, I have NO reason to suspect any fouls or conspiracies, or anything thing else improper to be going on beyond what the authorities and/or experts find and have found in in the past.
It just appears to me like KU and Self are not able to sign certain kinds of players that my horse sense suggests they should be able to sign.
But, hey, I’m a layman and a fan, so what appears feasible to my horse sense, may not in fact be so.
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