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RE: 2023-24 Season
Sorry to pile on here, but I have to agree with comments on last nights game. Most unpleasant home game I've attended in many a year. Looks like we're headed to the bottom half of the ASUN this year. If you erase Peter Suder we have absolutely nothing going for us. Scotty needs to cool down or go through some anger management training. I always listen to the post game radio show when I drive home from Freedom Hall, but last night there was no post game interview, only a dozen commercials and that anoying music - no discussion no stats no interviews. I imagine the coach didn't want to be interviewed.
01-05-2024 07:24 AM
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RE: 2023-24 Season
The last two losses were a result of getting out played at guard. It was little guys eating our lunch. We played fairly well on the offensive end, but could not guard worth a damn. Scotty's technical foul in the Lipscomb game was ridiculous on the part of the referee. One official gave Scotty a warning and the entire arena heard Scotty say "I was calling a play" and a different ref t'd him up. Very Silly.

Right now it looks like team quickness is our problem. Admittedly our quickest backcourt and quickest front court player are out, but overall team quickness must be remedied next season.
01-08-2024 03:55 PM
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Agree that quickness is needed, but not just that -- it's athleticism in general; we need some guys with "bounce" as the Knights give up too many offensive rebounds.

I'm also concerned that opponents are solving the legendary BU "team that doesn't dribble" offense. Scotty and company know 100x the basketball I do, but maybe some tweaking of the offense is in order. For example, *so many* possessions wind up with copious perimeter passing and the shot clock getting perilously close to 0. Someone's got to start penetrating ("that's what she said"), which gets us back to athleticism. Going into this season, I hoped Dez might be able to create some things by driving and maybe he will eventually.

I'm not a pessimist by nature, but don't see many (if any) conference wins this season. Hard to win with such a thin bench.

On a related note, it's painful to think of how, had no serious injuries occurred, so many losses might've gone the other way: UTC, Morehead, WVU, L'ville, Ball State, Evansville, High Point, APSU, and/or Lipscomb.
01-11-2024 05:09 AM
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Things are really bad when Grad is more pessimistic than I. Unfortunately after last nights game, I really am concerned about winning any conference games. I think we are down to 6 scholarship players not counting freshmen, who have obviously "decided" to red shirt. In the day of the transfer portal, it is a mistake to sign that many freshman who are not going to play one second this season. Admittedly this is a somewhat short sighted perspective, but the portal probably forces you to change your time frame perspective. My real problem with the player selection is a lack of diversity. Not race or gender diversity, but body type and skill diversity. The three scholarship freshman are 2's and not physically capable of being 3's.

I am not a fan of red shirting. Players need to play in games to get better. Those three guys may be physically stronger next season, but they will still play like freshman. The season is clearly a bust, start playing the freshman heavy minutes and cut the minutes of the guys who will be gone next year. As long as I've been a BU fan, I can't think of one player who turned out to be a really good player, who could not contribute as a freshman. The great ones were great as freshman.

We have had terrible luck with injuries the past two seasons, but injuries happen and you can't construct a team by tying your hands behind your back with three scholarships occupied by guys who are not hurt and will not play one second.
01-12-2024 10:14 AM
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Good points, as usual, by Moves™. One thing I've been wondering is whether these freshman who are apparently redshirting were told in advance not to expect to play this season -- if not, I'd imagine that one or more of them are kinda ticked off.
01-12-2024 04:37 PM
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Ugh. Is there any sort of "mercy rule" we can apply to terminate this season and start focusing on next?
01-15-2024 06:54 PM
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So Pfriem is out for the season. Seems about right.

Seriously, what's up with the training/injury prevention efforts (or lack thereof)?
01-21-2024 03:23 AM
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Amazing, as soon as Bash is back, Pfriem is gone. Bash played extremely well against EKU. If Suder and Tipton have average games, we probably win. 2 guys off the bench, only one a scholarship player, won't get the job done. Not to be a nattering nabob of negativity, but Lord help us if somebody else gets hurt!

Looked pretty good against EKU, I am thinking we will win some games, probably starting this weekend.
01-22-2024 01:14 PM
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Awful game vs North Florida. Seemed to me that it was the smallest crowd for a home game this year ..... maybe the fog and rain and dismal weather had something to do with it. Officially attendance was 1,484 but I assume that includes season ticket holders who didn't show up? The lower levels were less than half filled. Good game for Hatton however.
01-26-2024 01:28 PM
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Great win at KSU. Hatton is a real offensive force. Great illustration of getting better by playing lots of minutes. If Hopf is not hurt and Hatton plays 15 minutes a game, no way does Hatton make the improvement he has made.
02-03-2024 08:50 AM
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So, reading the BU press release after the Queens game, Thursday night's hero Ben Johnson "was hobbled after shootaround Saturday morning." If a guy gets injured during a walk-through, the Knights *really* need to revisit their protocols.

No shame in losing to that team, who just thumped EKU; but that's yet another game one would think a healthy BU squad should've (or, at the worst, could have) won.

And, yeah, it's hard not to look forward to a frontcourt of both Hopf and Hatton; they could inflict a lot of damage on opponents next season. Of course, that'll depend on the program not getting killed in the off-season by the bloody transfer portal -- don't get me started on that.
02-04-2024 07:17 PM
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(02-04-2024 07:17 PM)BellarmineGrad Wrote:  So, reading the BU press release after the Queens game, Thursday night's hero Ben Johnson "was hobbled after shootaround Saturday morning." If a guy gets injured during a walk-through, the Knights *really* need to revisit their protocols.

No shame in losing to that team, who just thumped EKU; but that's yet another game one would think a healthy BU squad should've (or, at the worst, could have) won.

And, yeah, it's hard not to look forward to a frontcourt of both Hopf and Hatton; they could inflict a lot of damage on opponents next season. Of course, that'll depend on the program not getting killed in the off-season by the bloody transfer portal -- don't get me started on that.
Although the record does not really reflect it, the team is making substantial improvement, especially on the offensive end. The goal at this point should be to make the ASUN tournament, which is finishing in 10th place in the league.

I give the referees a hard time during the game, but I rarely blame a loss on them.
That Queens game may be an exception. The disparity in free throw shooting was questionable. It was a very physical game, but there were several phantom foul calls on BU when the Queens guards drove to the hoop. The rebound foul on Hatton with the Knights down 3 was ridiculous and critical. I also thought it was a great illustration of the problem with replay. They called a foul on Hatton and then went to the replay to see if there was a hook and hold. The replay clearly showed that the Queens player was hooking and holding, but the refs weren't (not even sure they can) going to reverse the call by calling a flagrant on Queens.

The ASUN is amazingly balanced. I have a hard time distinguishing between most of these teams.
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02-07-2024 10:45 AM
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Really tough loss tonight but we need to add size. The officiating was sketchy but we were up 11 at half and shot more FT in 2nd half than they did. Scoring, 49 first half, 28 2nd?? Fatigue guarding bigger guys???? They pounded inside 2nd half 10-13 on twos. Smith killed us. I love Bash inside game but the 3 was a terrible decision. It seems a lot of Asun has big Euros and maybe we need some. They did a good job on Hatton.... would have been a perfect game to have Hopf , 2 bigs.
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(02-07-2024 10:49 PM)Big Smooth Wrote:  Really tough loss tonight but we need to add size. The officiating was sketchy but we were up 11 at half and shot more FT in 2nd half than they did. Scoring, 49 first half, 28 2nd?? Fatigue guarding bigger guys???? They pounded inside 2nd half 10-13 on twos. Smith killed us. I love Bash inside game but the 3 was a terrible decision. It seems a lot of Asun has big Euros and maybe we need some. They did a good job on Hatton.... would have been a perfect game to have Hopf , 2 bigs.

I agree with these comments, it seems much of the ASUN recruits from a larger geographic area, including foreign players. BU gets most of their players from a 3 state area. Time to broaden our vision in recruiting (maybe Scotty already does that but with limited success)? We have had a few foreign recruits in the past, but its a limited number.
02-08-2024 09:51 AM
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(02-08-2024 09:51 AM)BGrad1971 Wrote:  
(02-07-2024 10:49 PM)Big Smooth Wrote:  Really tough loss tonight but we need to add size. The officiating was sketchy but we were up 11 at half and shot more FT in 2nd half than they did. Scoring, 49 first half, 28 2nd?? Fatigue guarding bigger guys???? They pounded inside 2nd half 10-13 on twos. Smith killed us. I love Bash inside game but the 3 was a terrible decision. It seems a lot of Asun has big Euros and maybe we need some. They did a good job on Hatton.... would have been a perfect game to have Hopf , 2 bigs.

I agree with these comments, it seems much of the ASUN recruits from a larger geographic area, including foreign players. BU gets most of their players from a 3 state area. Time to broaden our vision in recruiting (maybe Scotty already does that but with limited success)? We have had a few foreign recruits in the past, but its a limited number.
First half was some great offense, looked like Stetson was not prepared to guard us. They picked up the d in the second half and our response was to throw up some really bad shots. I agree about Bash's three, but in fairness, he had just hit one. (One of those Oh NO!, Oh YEAH! shots). Not sure where Tipton was last night. Thought he should be more aggressive offensively, especially in the second half.

BTW, a lot of talk about lack of depth by BU, but we had more minutes and points off the bench than did Stetson.
02-08-2024 01:10 PM
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