@jaybate-1.0 Yeah, adding new players can be disruptive… we’ll see how it all plays out.
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RE: I feel like the real season begins Saturday with Cuse
Devonte is getting more and more comfortable with the PG position. The UK game was so early, he didn’t look comfortable and, yes-- ‘hero ball’ aptly describes it. But each game, we’ve seen improvements in his decision-making. In the Toledo game, he put things together for the majority of the game. This is what we should expect of him —not necessarily the 30+ points, but the ball-distribution and ball-control.
This game against 'Cuse will tell us a lot about Devonte and the team… Will Devonte continue to improve? Will he regress or will he pick up where he left off against Toledo and continue to dish brilliantly, shoot when he needs to and be the floor general?
What does Chemistry look like?
In basketball, chemistry can help a team with less talent defeat a team with much greater talent (and less chemistry). We’ve seen those team bounce KU out of the tourney on occasion. The one that comes to mind is Northern Iowa. But how do you see chemistry? There’s no formal stat for it.
In my opinion, chemistry is exemplified through passing and shot selection on offense and by offering ‘help’ on defense. Teams with chemistry seem to instinctively make the right pass or find the right guy to take the shot or move around on defense as a team.
So does this team have chemistry?
I’d say it has more chemistry than other recent teams that I expected to have more chemistry because of their extensive off-season activities (in Korea, for example). It is still early in the season, but the ball movement has been exceptional – the pass that @jaybate-1-0 mentioned is just one example. And the defense has been especially sharp – I recall two possessions that were shot-clock violations in the first half. That comes from a team moving as one and is less likely when you have 5 guys playing 1:1.
This team looks really good against the teams they’ve played thus far. Syracuse will be another opportunity to assess the team and its chemistry.
RE: There's a player on campus that could help this team
I don’t know the guy, but i really like this idea. We’ve had some good luck with teams that picked up a player from the football team.
RE: Expectations? High or low right now
Yeah, you all captured my sentiments exactly: We won the game, right?? So why do we feel so bad?
Part of it is the unknowns about us: How good will Preston be? Was that a typical shooting night or anomalously poor?
Part of it is the unknowns about Kentucky: How good is UK? So many freshmen… what do we know about them? They struggled against Utah State and Vermont; we beat them by four; are we in that class?
Part of it is the media which seems to be infatuated with Duke and consistently positions Kansas as an over-achiever. Lunardi’s fatalistically negative views of the team are exhibit A.
RE: Incredible! Duke and MSU have full complements of D1 recruits
Not In Kansas Enymore.
RE: Self ties Williams for second all time wins at Kansas
Since Duke was in the house, ESPN was pre-occupied groveling over their glory.
RE: Big men do cry
Speaking of the hype machine… Here’s evidence that haters are gonna hate:
ESPN’s Medcalf ranks the programs in the Champions Classic using a variety of criteria… http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21398710/ultimate-champions-classic-rankings-duke-blue-devils-michigan-state-spartans-kentucky-wildcats-kansas-jayhawks . . . . . . Spoiler: He ranks KU 1st in 2 categories… Guess what they are.
RE: Wow, Louisville
There is a lot to be outraged about in this report. This zinger at the end is almost overlooked because the previous revelations are so egregious they nearly numb our sense of injustice…
Jurich, currently suspended because of the scandal, earned more than twice as much as any other AD in the nation last year. His contract included a collection of tax-avoiding boosts and over-the-top perks that brought his compensation to $5.3 million last year.
Tax-avoiding boosts: because making several million a year isn’t enough; you also need to avoid paying those taxes.
I think this is one of the ways the middle class has been constricted.