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(01-25-2018 01:35 PM)mmucha1986 Wrote:  axeme said:
"To me, it looks like the game is finally slowing down for Mr. Duling. It has been a period of adjustment, but he seems increasingly comfortable in the flow of the game. We’re seeing his startling skills beginning to shine. He is stunningly quick around the basket. This is going to be fun as he develops more and more. "

yes.. was thinking the same thing.

PS I LOVE this team!! :)
PS our 10-10 record belies how goods this team is: balanced, extremely talented, well-coached, experienced.
PS just booked plane ticket to CLE for MAC Tournament :)
PS very much looking forward to the buffalo game next week.


Buffalo game should be extremely telling for both teams re: how close or how far one program is from the other...

Judging from box scores Duling is figuring it out ... but consistent lack of rebounding indicates that's one area he really needs to shore up going forward ...

ACTUALLY ... looks like the player to watch may be Pippen ... seems the staff has come to grips with him not being much offensively on the block ... and Pippen seems to realize if he rebounds, he plays. If he rebounds at a high clip, he'll likely prove to be a double-figure scorer by accident. ... AND HE'S JUST S SOPH-OH-MORE... which means maybe some kind of post game develops over time ...
01-25-2018 05:33 PM
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(01-25-2018 01:35 PM)mmucha1986 Wrote:  <snip>
PS our 10-10 record belies how good this team is: balanced, extremely talented, well-coached, experienced.
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I'd think a 12-8 record or better might show us to be a better team. The Southeast Lousiana and Northern Illinois losses are hard to reconcile. Wins against Wright State or Valparasio would have been a better indicator of 'good'

I'm not sold on 'well-coached' yet this year, though I've thought Senderhoff coached well in the past. The tide might have turned a bit starting with the Ohio win, but before that I thought they looked sloppy and out-of-control at times.
01-26-2018 10:35 AM
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Is there anything wrong with a team that needs time to acclimate itself to the coach and vice-versa? We saw last year that we played our best basketball when it mattered most. Would anyone really be disappointed if in the next few weeks we peaked and then won again in Cleveland? With the nature of our conference, the reality is none of these games matter. Now, if you are going to take pride in the Not Invited Tourney or the other schwas tournaments, that statement isn't true.
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01-27-2018 09:06 AM
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Ahhh the old none of these games matter argument. So explain then how anybody expects attendance to improve or excitement to surround the program? On the other hand, that sort of mindset has served Eastern Michigan well over the last fifteen years.
01-27-2018 09:41 AM
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(01-27-2018 09:41 AM)fallsdog Wrote:  Ahhh the old none of these games matter argument. So explain then how anybody expects attendance to improve or excitement to surround the program? On the other hand, that sort of mindset has served Eastern Michigan well over the last fifteen years.

Dude. Are you kidding me? They matter from a development standpoint. To get you where you want to be at the end. That's it. If an at-large bid was possible, they would matter more. It isn't. If you need a team that through 20 games is 16-4 to attend, you aren't a fan. Those are just facts. Sorry if you don't like them.

My son plays on the best 5th grade AAU team in Memphis. The coaches say all the time to the kids, "TRUST THE PROCESS". That's what I would say to you and anyone else that puts stock into individual games. If we were Kentucky or someone who has a chance at the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid (if that is how you define a successful season), the games would matter more but that is not our reality.
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01-27-2018 10:35 AM
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Fair enough. I guess I do value a 23 and 9 team that plays a NIT game or two. Heck, I would thrilled to see a 20 and 10 team in the CIT if I get to watch on CBSSports network. I believe that Exposure matters and winning is (sorta) everything.
01-27-2018 11:29 AM
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Making the NCAAs has to be one but not the only goal. If you believe there is no way
to get an at large bid then you also believe there is no way to win the NCAA so why bother. I myself would rather go 22-8 and win the MAC regular season and take whatever happens after that. Telling 5th graders to trust the process makes sense. They still have a lot to learn. Telling college players, most of which are playing at the highest level they will ever play, to trust the process is just a way to keep their spirits up as they lose games.

There is no doubt your opinion is gaining ground as most pro sports (especially the NBA) has devalued the regular season. College football is now about 3 games at the end of the season and very little else. Etc, etc. I just don’t buy that trend. You will never convince me otherwise. Unless of course you just start with the playoffs. Maybe the NCAA could just play a 350 team triple elimination tournament after a few exhibition games to warm up. ESPN would love it.

The Indians winning 102 games this year including an American League 22 game winning streak made the six month regular season pretty damn exciting and it wasn’t ruined for me by one bad week in the playoffs. That season beat all the Eric Wedge managed seasons (the inventor of the phrase trust the process) by far.
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01-27-2018 11:51 AM
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(01-27-2018 11:29 AM)fallsdog Wrote:  Fair enough. I guess I do value a 23 and 9 team that plays a NIT game or two. Heck, I would thrilled to see a 20 and 10 team in the CIT if I get to watch on CBSSports network. I believe that Exposure matters and winning is (sorta) everything.

Your greedy asking for 23-9. I’m happy with 22-8.
01-27-2018 11:55 AM
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With the MAC, the #1 seed doesn't help out much. However, winning 4 games in 4 days is not an easy task. Althought we did this, it is not a road easily traveled and will frequently punch a ticket to a season-ender.
I like to see that we have a working offense. Rob's early teams were very stale, as many of us know. If we can work out some kinks, this offense could take us far.
01-27-2018 01:25 PM
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Don't forget these games matter for recruiting too. Beating a conference opponent on the court gives you extra bullets to use against them in recruiting battles.
01-27-2018 01:37 PM
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