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RE: Is Majerle losing his team?
(01-25-2018 09:44 AM)dancingNMSUaggie Wrote:  It just sounds to me Majerle had very unrealistic expectations. I'm not saying GCU still couldn't go on a tear and win the WAC tourney, get a #16 seed and get dismantled. That could still happen but highly unlikely. The fans expectations for Benson were ridiculous and Braun being picked preseason WAC MVP was absurd. Picking GCU as WAC preseason champ was also crazy. GCU is decent and Majerle should be tickled pink where his program is at. Maybe he's feeling pressure cause he's making absurd money. I don't know but the vibe around the GCU program is off kilter right now IMO.

I completely agree that something is off right now. I think that the team itself had these expectations that they were going to be the best team this program has had, but I don't think all of the guys wanted to put in the effort that it required. I also think they expected some teams to just lay down and give them wins, which is why they haven't been good in close and competitive games. I think expectations for Benson were there for Benson based off the numbers that he put up in the third best conference in the country and the WAC is at a lower level than that. It would have been better to look at the tape as opposed to the numbers because I think some of those numbers were inflated based on the talent that he was playing with. I think in the last game guys looked at it as a game where they could stuff the stat sheet with gaudy numbers without much effort and that showed with the game. The guys need to realize that everyone has got to play their best basketball right now because there are still big games left to be played this season.
01-25-2018 02:40 PM
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RE: Is Majerle losing his team?
I had great expectations for Casey as well. However, he is actually playing better at GCU, than he did at Oregon. He turns the ball over a bit more at GCU. I think this may be due to him pushing a bit. I think Dan leaned on Casey to be more of a "scorer". He is not that. I don't even thing he is a Point Guard. He should probably be playing the 2 guard and JB should come off the bench.

I think fans who really watch the games realized that JB was not even going to come close to competing for the WAC POY. He has regressed quite a bit and I think his body is just failing him. I imagine he is in a great deal of pain after each game. As far as DM, I appreciate his honesty and passion in those post game tirades, but I am tired of hearing them. Rip kids all you want to their face... fans don't need to hear it, not like that. I still think DM is a good coach, but things need to be shaken up a bit. JB should not be starting. I am not even sure Casey should be starting. I'd like to see Aidoo or Carr (when healthy) run the point, Have Casey and JB alternate at the 2, Oscar and Rob at the 3, Matty, Gerard, and Vernon can work the 4. Ali, should play the whole game! lol He's GCU's most efficient player and the offense should run through him currently. I love Damari, but he seems confused to me on the court, looks down a lot, and picks up his dribble much too quickly. Being a freshmen who handles the ball is a lot tougher than being a freshmen who plays in the post. He will be fine in time, I believe.
01-25-2018 03:32 PM
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RE: Is Majerle losing his team?
(01-25-2018 03:32 PM)LopesUp Wrote:  I had great expectations for Casey as well. However, he is actually playing better at GCU, than he did at Oregon. He turns the ball over a bit more at GCU. I think this may be due to him pushing a bit. I think Dan leaned on Casey to be more of a "scorer". He is not that. I don't even thing he is a Point Guard. He should probably be playing the 2 guard and JB should come off the bench.

I think fans who really watch the games realized that JB was not even going to come close to competing for the WAC POY. He has regressed quite a bit and I think his body is just failing him. I imagine he is in a great deal of pain after each game. As far as DM, I appreciate his honesty and passion in those post game tirades, but I am tired of hearing them. Rip kids all you want to their face... fans don't need to hear it, not like that. I still think DM is a good coach, but things need to be shaken up a bit. JB should not be starting. I am not even sure Casey should be starting. I'd like to see Aidoo or Carr (when healthy) run the point, Have Casey and JB alternate at the 2, Oscar and Rob at the 3, Matty, Gerard, and Vernon can work the 4. Ali, should play the whole game! lol He's GCU's most efficient player and the offense should run through him currently. I love Damari, but he seems confused to me on the court, looks down a lot, and picks up his dribble much too quickly. Being a freshmen who handles the ball is a lot tougher than being a freshmen who plays in the post. He will be fine in time, I believe.

By comparison, I'm glad that Jans had the guts to bring Chuha off the bench. Chuha has been playing his best basketball now that the WAC season started, yet Jans just said this week "I don't think anyone's ever called Eli Chuha a good defender".
01-25-2018 04:38 PM
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(01-25-2018 03:32 PM)LopesUp Wrote:  I had great expectations for Casey as well. However, he is actually playing better at GCU, than he did at Oregon. He turns the ball over a bit more at GCU. I think this may be due to him pushing a bit. I think Dan leaned on Casey to be more of a "scorer". He is not that. I don't even thing he is a Point Guard. He should probably be playing the 2 guard and JB should come off the bench.

I think fans who really watch the games realized that JB was not even going to come close to competing for the WAC POY. He has regressed quite a bit and I think his body is just failing him. I imagine he is in a great deal of pain after each game. As far as DM, I appreciate his honesty and passion in those post game tirades, but I am tired of hearing them. Rip kids all you want to their face... fans don't need to hear it, not like that. I still think DM is a good coach, but things need to be shaken up a bit. JB should not be starting. I am not even sure Casey should be starting. I'd like to see Aidoo or Carr (when healthy) run the point, Have Casey and JB alternate at the 2, Oscar and Rob at the 3, Matty, Gerard, and Vernon can work the 4. Ali, should play the whole game! lol He's GCU's most efficient player and the offense should run through him currently. I love Damari, but he seems confused to me on the court, looks down a lot, and picks up his dribble much too quickly. Being a freshmen who handles the ball is a lot tougher than being a freshmen who plays in the post. He will be fine in time, I believe.

I hope Damari will get better. Right now he just seems way to stiff out there on the court and isn't playing very loose when he is getting meaningful minutes.
01-25-2018 05:08 PM
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Still a lot of basketball yet to be played. Dan might just be using that to fire up his team to let them know it’s not an easy road to the tournament. Getting to the tournament is not just given, it’s a lot of hard work and earned. Right now the Aggies are playing the best in the WAC but the automatic bid is still up for grabs to whoever wins the tournament.
01-25-2018 07:32 PM
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Yep, I just keep saying, all you have to do is win 3 games in March and you are in. I still think GCU is one of the top 3 teams. We shall see how things go on Saturday at UVU. I give the edge to the home team here, but I think GCU has a shot if Lever plays well and they guard the 3. As always, expectations get the best of us. That is GCUs fault, they put winning the WAC in year 1 into existence. Now it's time to put up or shut up.
01-25-2018 08:32 PM
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(01-25-2018 08:32 PM)LopesUp Wrote:  Yep, I just keep saying, all you have to do is win 3 games in March and you are in. I still think GCU is one of the top 3 teams. We shall see how things go on Saturday at UVU. I give the edge to the home team here, but I think GCU has a shot if Lever plays well and they guard the 3. As always, expectations get the best of us. That is GCUs fault, they put winning the WAC in year 1 into existence. Now it's time to put up or shut up.

I think GCU can knock off UVU in Orem. I watched the Wolverines get absolutely owned by the Aggies. It was almost surreal, given the hype about that game for conference positioning. If you didn't know the teams' records, it's doubtful you'd have thought that was a battle for first place.

It's hard to beat the Aggies in Las Cruces (my beloved Lopes are yet to accomplish this feat), so I can't fault UVU for not doing it. I think it's just the absolute level of domination we saw that makes me question UVU's ability to win the game against GCU.

You're absolutely right; expectations this season were unreasonable. Everyone thought Benson would come in, and together with Braun, drive us all the way to the Big Dance. That being said, I'm not willing to concede the season at this point. We've only lost one conference game. If we win on Saturday, we'll be in a good position for the tournament seeding. There's still a chance that Canyon can pull out an upset in Las Cruces, but i'm not holding my breath.
01-25-2018 09:03 PM
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If GCU wins tourney they will be a #16 seed and bounced hard and fast from the Big Dance. NMSU has the horses to pull an upset and if we go through unscathed the rest of the season we should be a 10-12 seed.
01-26-2018 10:01 AM
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