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    Progress next year?

    Even with new guards, I believe that we will be much improved, and much more fun to watch. What are your feelings at this time?



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    Re: Progress next year?

    I predict the same at best. Too many youngsters and not enough wisemen.


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    Re: Progress next year?

    I agree Wes, it is going to be rough for a bit, I think we have more talent, but not having anyone that has any experience in the backcourt is tought.


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    Re: Progress next year?

    I would say that the games will be so much more fun to watch. We'll have more athletes on the court. But, with so many freshmen it will be hard to improve. Everything McDermott taught last year won't carry over much with only 3 guys coming back who played a lot.

    I'm going out on a limb and say we win 17 games.



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    Re: Progress next year?

    I agree. I think there will be a heck of a lot more talent on the floor this year as opposed to last year. I see the players coming in this year as "long-term" fixes whereas last year, we got the recruits we could in a short time frame to put a somewhat competitive team on the floor. I was sad to see Dodie, MT, and Cory Mac leave, but eventually it will be for the best. We'll really like 3 years from now when we have a bunch of juniors that have had 3 years of significant Big 12 experience.



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    Re: Progress next year?

    I think this is the year when we really start building for the future. Last year was a last second thow-together job.



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    Re: Progress next year?

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    I think this is the year when we really start building for the future. Last year was a last second thow-together job.
    I'll say two fewer wins than last year.

    Mike's loss hurts big time on the court, we will have no go to guy when the clock runs down and also no player who can bring us back when we get down in the second half (like Minnesota on the road last year).

    I think we have to look at this year as Greg's first year.


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    Re: Progress next year?

    I actually think that this team will surprise some people this year. Some nights are gonna be tough, but there is no substitute for ability. There is just much more ability on this team than there was last year.

    With as many different variations as there are to his system, it's about a three year process anyway. If you look at the job Greg did at UNI, he had some nice wins with his first team, that was essentially guys who came back, with some last minute recruits thrown in. The second year, they didn't win as many games, but roles started to be established setting the stage for what was to come.


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    Re: Progress next year?

    I think we will win 6 or 7 games in the Big XII next year as we come on strong in the end. Maybe finish in 8th place like we did last year too.



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    Re: Progress next year?

    I'm still predicting a better finish than last year, mostly because I think we will have an improved post game. If Jiri can start this season the way he ended the last one he will be a force. The addition of Brackins and Thompson, along with a year of experience for CJ, should provide us with consistent quality at the 4 and 5. Wes and Rahshawn both have a year of experience in the system as well and will push each other for time at the 3. Despite freshman point guards I still think that position will be upgraded next year as well, as Garrett was predicted by many to start there before anyone even left. Our only loss is at SG, where Taylor will be missed. I have heard a lot of good things about Lucca though, and I think he will fit into McD's system better than Taylor did. That position will likely produce fewer points (which can hopefully be offset by better post scoring) and fewer turnovers.



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    Re: Progress next year?

    I think we will be improved over last year.

    The additions of Brackins and Thompson are the biggest keys, since at the VERY least they should be able to spell Wes, Rahshon and Jiri, if not provide an upgrade at the position.

    Yes, losing Taylor will hurt. Anytime you lose a player who scores 16 pts/game it's going to hurt. However, if you look at it from purely a statistics standpoint, Taylor only shot .376 for the year, and was a big part of our 14.8 turnovers per game. Replacing him with Garrett, we get something this team didn't have AT ALL last year...a penetrator. Someone who can drive the lane and hit the little gimme layups, a la Curtis Stinson. That should soften the PPG blow we got from losing Taylor.

    At the SG position, let's face it, we were dismal. Macintosh only scored 4.4 points per game, Dunson scored 5.2. Both shot the ball worse than Taylor (Macintosh - .356, Dunson - .336) If Staigler is as good as we've heard from the Cap City league, he should at least be able to provide an improvement from a points standpoint, and hopefully partly make up for the loss of Taylor, particularly from behind the arc.

    I won't make a number of wins guess before I see the schedule, but I say we make the NIT. Just IMO.



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    Re: Progress next year?

    If you factor in shooting percentage and turnovers that led to points by the opposing team, we don't have to do much to improve at the guard position over MT.

    I predict we win 18+ games.



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    Re: Progress next year?

    Hey, I remember a time when Michigan started 5 freshmen and went to the Championship game (of course, a certain someone blew that game with an ill-advised time out...)


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    Re: Progress next year?

    Our bigmen are going to have to step up and carry this team if we want to see any significant improvement in wins. We are deep and expirienced on the blocks with Jiri, AT, and CJ which will allow Brackins to be brought along at the right pace. You have Clark and WJ in the mix too so 3 of the 5 spots we have good depth and expirience and they will be counted on to carry the team I think. Anything the guards can add in a positive way is icing on the cake at this point. From what I've seen of Staiger he could have close to the same impact WJ did last year. He looks like a smart player who won't play like a freshman possibly.



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    I think we'll be above .500, and hopefully make the NIT. The schedule is a lot tougher this season, so we'll see if it's possible.




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