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  1. JwgreDeux

    Men vs Xavier first round of 2018 Maui Invitational

    You can get a look at Duke tonight
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    Men vs Xavier first round of 2018 Maui Invitational

    Xavier lost nearly every major contributor from their squad and are rebuilding. I think we have an excellent chance to win this game and will probably be favored to do so. However, playing that far from home with a new rotation will present challenges for both teams.
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    Pumped about coming Basketball season

    I have two primary concerns related to chemistry. 1. Do we have a player who can fill Heron's role at the 3? 2. How does the addition of Wiley impact our frontcourt rotation and our overall style of play? On my first concern, I don't think Purifoy can simply plug in to account for the loss of Heron. Purifoy has not shown that he can be relied on to provide the steady production that Heron did. I think we have some options to address Heron's loss, but don't think CBP should ask too much of Purifoy. On my second concern, we were at our best with McLemore at the 5 last year, with Chuma and Murray manning the 4. With Murray gone and Wiley added, what will CBP do with that rotation? Spencer, McLemore, and Wiley all lack offense away from the basket. Playing two of them at the same time (McLemore at the 4 most likely) could hurt our ability to spread the floor and impact our overall style of play. Asking McLemore to develop and outside game when he is coming back from injury, is asking a lot. These are all first world problems. I have high hopes for this team and we have plenty of reasons for high expectations, but I also think there is a real chance we struggle a bit out of the gate.
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    Pumped about coming Basketball season

    There is a lot to be excited about for sure. Talent-wise we are deeper than I can ever remember Auburn being. I don't think point guard depth with be much of an issue. McCormick looks like a capable backup. Besides with the minutes that Harper puts in, he won't have to provide a spark, just hold down the fort 10 mins a night. Even if he struggles in the role, Brown and Doughty should be able to cover it between the two of them. That might end up being the preferred move by CBP anyway. However, we have a big obstacle to overcome. A MAJOR part of the success of the team last year was chemistry. Something nobody saw coming was the way that team would gell together in the absence of Wiley and Purifoy. Two of the glue guys are gone from that team, both electing to transfer. Heron has been the most consistent player of the court for multiple seasons. Very few ups and downs, night in and night out he put up his numbers. We need someone to fill that role, and right now we do not know who that is. Murray too is gone, taking with him not only his stats, but a toughness that our entire team fed off of. His grit will be missed more than his stats, but those aren't a loss to be easily dismissed either. There is a big question mark about how this group will gell and play together. Last year's team had an edge and a fight in them that is hard to measure. I hope Wiley and Purifoy and the newcomers recognize that from last year, and look to buy-in to the team first concept. I have my concerns about a bumpy start to the season; that doesn't necessarily mean we don't get it together at some point. Hard to predict chemistry, hope I'm wrong.
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    Auburn at #23 Tenn

    Sorry guys but work and life have been hectic. I would have said I liked the way we matched up as UT isn’t very big either. Really interested to see how we handle playing some of the bigger teams soon. Ill try to get back on track.
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    defensive improvement/Person's departure

    There is some scheme stuff that is different. We are switching screens more with guards and less with bigs. Our on ball screen defense when a post sets the screen is much better this season. Our posts are showing more in these screens where in the past we sagged off. We have also played some zone this season, more than I remember CBP playing in the past. Rebounding well all this season also plays a major roll in the defenses success.
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    UCONN role call

    Wish I could. Family activities today (no preview either 😕).
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    Murray state - Preview

    With the SEC looking stronger our SOS will improve as the season goes on. Our out of conference schedule shouldn’t hold us back. IMO.
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    TV for game tomorrow (Murray State)?

    That was their half. We did exactly what we didn’t need to. Turned the ball over, played too fast out of control at times. Great to see us get our composure and keep playin defense. Defense kept us in the game until some shots went in. Even with the questionable calls, we settled in. Need to take the ball to the basket more this half, and try to adjust to the refs and foul less. Anybody know about our post player walk ons? We mad need them at this rate.
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    Murray state - Preview

    The time for enjoying the win vs Middle Tennessee came and went quickly, as we turn to Murray State. The Racers present a difficult challenge on the road, with their pressure defense and physical style. Stylistically this is a good match up for us, Murray plays a similar style, with a less talented roster. They shoot a good percentage from the floor, but struggle from deep, and hold their opponents to a low percentage from the field, by limiting assists and turning them over. They have good size with a few guys going 6-8 250ish, Miller in particular plays like a man down low, averaging 16.7 pts and 7 rebs per game, but can also pop and shoot the three. Stark is their next guy to be aware of, a small guard who shoots in volume. Other than Miller, their next three scorers averaging low double figures are all smaller guards (6-3 and under). Stark shoots the most threes and is the most dangerous if he gets hot from the floor at home. Murray hasn't played a very tough schedule to get to their 7-2 record, with their two losses coming to Middle Tennessee and St. Louis. We should be well suited to match up in this game. Expect to see Mitchell and Harper play together if the quickness of their guards is giving us trouble on the perimeter. Our posts are more athletic, but could struggle with the physicality if caught out of position. Murray should fit in well in this game, with his size and skill set. Heron should give them match up problems with his size at the 3 and could be in for a big night. Murray at the high post should be effective as well. Honestly, there are a number of ways we should be able to find mis-matches to our advantage in this one. The biggest concern should be our point guards taking care of the ball. If we can handle the environment and not turn the ball over we should be in good shape. Murray St rebounds pretty well, and we will need to prevent second chance opportunities and force them to shoot jump shots. I would look for Brown to have a bounce back game. He will be able to shoot over the smaller players defending him, and should have some transition opportunities to get going. I would also look for us to go to Heron early and often. We handled the atmosphere at Dayton well earlier, can we handle it again and avoid a let down after the big win? With league play in sight this road win can really help our resume. I expect a close game with scoring in the 80s. AU is a -4.5 favorite. AU (43 Ken Pom) vs M. St. (108 Ken Pom); AU (34 RPI) vs M. St. (130).
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    Honest question about the team...

    Spencer has really struggled this year. Middle was his best game for sure, and the first time he was in good defensive and rebounding position most of the night. Hope it is a sign of things to come rather than just a good night.
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    Honest question about the team...

    Murray is our best scoring threat in the post. He can post at the high post or short corner and be effective. He hasn’t shown a high level of kick out ability, but certainly could be emphasized if desired. Dribble drives can also be effective as you mentioned. I would look to see us post Okele more in the coming games.
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    Middle Tennessee State - Preview / Review

    OP updated. Lessons to be learned, but a great win. Enjoy the W.
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    Middle Tennessee State - Preview / Review

    42-25 good guys at the half.
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    Middle Tennessee State - Preview / Review

    Great half of defense.