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  1. I sure hope he stays. I have thought he should have gotten more playing time all season long given his abilities. Like I mentioned in another thread, after he had such a great game in the 1st round of the tourney I was totally floored that he didn't get hardly any minutes when it counted in the Miami game. He had to be sore about that. I think that tweet from Pearl was absolutely made in order to try and keep him around for next season. I know if I were JW I would want an assurance that I would get starter minutes next year to stay around. He doesn't have much time left to try and prove that he can make it at the next level and he will need starter minutes next year to make that happen. This year he showed that he has developed a pretty solid mid-range game that he had not showed before, and he certainly has the ability to take the 3 pointer. In prior years he would end up driving out of control and throw up kinda wild shots or turn the ball over. This year he drove numerous times to the basket and was able to stop and hit shots just outside of the paint and in the paint. That was something we really hadn't seen from him before. With 1 more offseason of working on his offense and defense I really think he could become a star for Auburn next year.
  2. Well I hate to lose any talented and seasoned player, but if he didn't want to be at Auburn anymore then it was for the best. It's definitely a surprise but I wish him well wherever he ends up. I have always preferred Williams over DC and I am keeping my fingers crossed that Jaylin Williams stays. After Williams had a great showing in 1st round of the tournament I was very surprised that he didn't get any real minutes against Miami, and if I were him I would have been a little pissed about that.
  3. When KD reached the point at which he was 0 for 7, you would hope he starts to impact the game in other ways, like playing the best defense he can and concentrate on getting his teammates open and good looks. Much of what has been said I totally agree with, they are packing in the paint and giving Auburn open looks from the 3 point line and they are pretty confident that AU wont make enough of them. But at a certain point I think it comes down to plain old "want to". In other words Auburn wants to be in the paint more than A&M does and so they make it happen. Walker is tall enough that if he is fed the ball up high there was no one on the court that could have stopped it. The other option is mid-range stuff. Just a few feet in from the 3-point line completion percentages should go up exponentially. Bottom line is that AU played a very bad game and next up is win or the season is over.
  4. This is exactly what I was afraid of. We are relying on way too many 3-point shots when we have not only very capable big men in the paint but the ability to drive into the paint for points. The first half pretty much sunk the whole game for me. At one point I looked on espn gamecast and we had shot two times as many three pooint shots as we had 2 point shots. That is NOT going to get it done. We do not have a Bryce Brown or Harper on this team that reliably hits 3's when we need them. Jabari is the closest thing Auburn has and he settled for contested threes instead of creating his own shot inside. This is a VERY bad start to the NCAA Tourney. Pretty much the only thing I felt Auburn needed to do to have a good chance of going far in the NCAA tourney was win at least one game in the SEC tourney. There is no excuse for losing against Texas A&M on a neutral court. Would have been nice to be a 1 seed for once but maybe at least this way the team realizes that they aren't all that and a bag of chips. We can't play anything but the very best basketball they are capable of playing every minute of every game. If the outside shots are not falling for the love of GOD PLEASE go inside!!!!! I hope Bruce chews their asses out the entire ride back to Auburn and then they get to doa nice walk of shame from the bus once in Auburn. Pitiful how they did not play together as a team nor did they play with equal or greater energy than their opponent. Those ate two things at least that is completely under their control that they just totally crapped on.
  5. I think it's a joke how high everyone has Gonzaga. Their schedule is mostly sub-par. They have 13 Quadrant 4 wins!!!! That is almost half their entire schedule. That is more than Auburn and UK combined. Auburn only played 4 teams that were quadrant 4 level, all of which were wins. Gonzaga is 8-3 in Quadrant 1, just as Auburn is 8-4 and UK is 8-6. The fact is that Gonzaga plays a weak a** schedule, and yes I know they have some good wins, but I would argue anyone that was top 25 would have some good wins when the rest of your schedule is mostly quadrant 4 level teams. I think we will see them bounced from the tournament as soon as they play someone seeded 5th or higher. Would Gonzaga be #1 in the country if they had played Auburn's schedule? I think most people would agree they would not. Would ANYONE else ranked number #1 with that weak of a schedule take a loss and not fall a single spot? NOPE. Im not saying they are bad, just that they do not deserve the #1 spot. There are multiple teams with a valid argument to be ranked over Gonzaga.
  6. I'm not anti-Flanigan but I think it's pretty clear to most people watching these games that he is not going to get back to his form from last year this season. He has not been scoring much, he's turning the ball over too much, he passes on open shots because his confidence appears to be hurt, and he is not exactly lighting it up on the boards either. He does play great defense when in man to man but otherwise I feel like there are much better options at this time that give us production at both ends of the floor, even if that means a very slight drop in defensive prowess. I think the "new" three guard line-up that Bruce played is certainly viable, it all just comes down to match-ups and who is on the floor for the opposing team. It reminds me of the Final 4 team that was extremely quick and used their speed to get open looks, transition baskets, and steals on defense. I also think that you could put Moore or Williams in for Flanigan. It may be out of position for those guys but both of them are athletic enough to make up for it. Moore, who has not seen a lot of minutes this year, gives us a physical rebounder and paint player who is also pretty good on defense and seems to play at 100% effort all of the time when in the game. My 1st choice would be Williams. Williams is certainly more than adequate on defense, very athletic, and when given the opportunity has shown he not only is a willing rebounder but a pretty good offensive threat. He has developed a stop-and-pop short-range jumper he can go to instead of an out-of-control drive that would often end up in a charge in previous years. And if he gets hot he can hit the 3 ball as well so the defense has to stay with him regardless of where he is on the court. I guess what I am saying is that if I was the opposing coach I am going to try and force/funnel the ball to Flanigan with my defense as I do not think he is capable of carrying the load. I think to make the Final 4 or win the SEC Tourney Bruce HAS to find a line-up that can be put in the game that will get tough baskets when Auburn's offense hits one of these spells where they can't score. Time after time this season Auburn gets these big leads against their opponents and are right on the cusp of breaking the opponents will or belief that they can win and then AU goes completely cold for 5 or 10 mins and the opponent gets new life and starts believing they can win. That was one thing that the Final 4 team did well, once they had you down big they stayed on the gas and would just demoralize you. This team is really, really good but lacks the knack for getting that done.
  7. As far as AF reading any negative commentary on his play, I think it just comes with the territory when you play big time college basketball. People are going to talk if you aren't playing to your potential and you either ignore it or let it get to you. In this day and age access is everywhere and most of these players have grown up with it since high school so they know the drill. Hopefully he has a great game today and then there will be positive commentary everywhere.
  8. I just hope that he keeps it up. Like I mentioned in the opening post, he has been around 35 to 40% from 3 point land his whole career. If you can average 40% from 3 pointers that is considered really, really good. Anything over 40% is elite. The best 3 point shooter of all time is Steve Kerr at like 44 or 45%. Considering the abundance of talent around him Zep could get there if he keeps getting looks like last night. He was shooting 35% on teams where he was one of the leading scorers and was getting keyed in on by the opposing defenses. There is too much offensive talent on this team for that to happen to him. What a great night he had and it came right when AU needed it. I think that performance just made scouting Auburn ten times harder for AU's opponents.
  9. How awesome was that? FINALLY the Zep Jasper that has shot around 35% to 40% his whole career from the 3 point line showed up last night and let 'em fly. Seriously, if he can keep this going as Auburn finishes out the season we would be damn near unbeatable. Up until last night, there was never much need for the opposing team to worry about any big offensive production from Jasper. He pulls the trigger like that again in the next game or two with similar results and all of a sudden you have to have one of your best perimeter defenders sticking to him like glue all game long. This opens things up even more for the big guys, and should keep opponents from doubling Jabari so much.
  10. I might get flamed for this but I don't Flanigan is a vital piece to this team. We have more than enough bench behind him. And Im not talking about scrubs. Williams in my opinion is one of the most improved players on this team this year. Just rewatch some of the games and concentrate on him. He is moving constantly to get open, diving for loose balls, hitting the boards, hitting pull up jumpers right outside the rim, taking care of the ball, and generally giving what appears to be MAXIMUM effort at all times on the court, right or wrong. And he is right a lot more than he is wrong like in past years. Williams is a starter on just about any SEC team and many others in the top 25. Flanigan just came back too early. He cleary IMO needs a full offseason of health and practice to hopefully get back to where he was. I'm not forgetting he was getting 1st team preseason ALL SEC hype prior to the season, but anyone who thinks he resembles that guy from last year is pulling at straws. I sincerely hope he comes back next year as a lottery pick, but right now he is undraftable in anywhere but the last rounds, if at all at his current level of play. I don't think he is key to AU wining big things this year, its going to be Williams and to a lessor degree Cambridge. Just my .02 Watch the film snd concentrate on Flanigan, he is not the same guy as last year.
  11. I guess I keep thinking about our final four team, they were fully-locked in and focused. We were crushing teams snd demoralzing them by halfay throught the second half if not before. Teaams that we sup to be to good! Not to be a conspiracy type, guy, I will say that I said some time ago you will see SEC refs start calling games in favor of SEC teams on the bubble so to speak, as wins against teams lkie AU gives them a much better chance of getting into the tourney. So we will be playing the refs and the the other teams in these games. It ever ceases to amaze me how that happens in Feb.e
  12. We dont need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to get back to how we were playing a month ago whith a chip on our shoulder and the desire to fight for very single ball. It just hasnt been there for the last few games since we hit the #1 ranking
  13. I dont think I am overeacting, the sky isnt falling by any means. Anyone else watching the top teams right now are starting to peak. Turnovers are going down or staying below average regardess of where these teams are playing. In this last game after a misearbe 1st half we had built a 5 tp 7 point lead. NOW this normally where AU buries teams by 14 points or so and knocks the fight out of them. Instead we are playing sloppy and loose with lots of turnovers and lots of guys complaining to the refs insteads of getting back on netrual site and road games and unless the team comes together and refocuses on what their team goals are we are in danger of losing the SEC regular title, the SEC tourney title, and one bad game from being out of the title. If we have a shot of willing the SECm the SEC Tourney, and at least the final four, I want to see a Auburn team laser focused from here on out. The alternative is is too sad to even think about.
  14. Auburn has everything in front of them right now and it feels like they are letting it slip away. We do not look like we are going to the right way right now. We got guys playing that should maybe spending time on the bench, sloppy passing, and the biggest thing I have noticed is the hunger that they showed early in the season. Every ball they went after, maximum effort at all times. We got guys complaining to the refs when they dont get a call and they just stand there and not run back on defense and let the other team get easy points. The "chip on the shoulder" mentality is missing in action right now. I know we are in the tourney regardless right, but this is a team that could be one of the best of all time in Auburn history and they are letting it slip away to teams they have no business losing to. This is not what you would call starting to peak at the right time. I hope Coach Pearl can get this ship righted and start laying down losses on these teams we play by double digits where they should be!
  15. He shouldnt be on the court right now in my opinion. He is a liability and until he proves otherwise he should have limited mins at best. Im pulling for him but I have been saying this for a few weeks, he is not helping the team with what he is doing out there on the floor. Too many turnovers, sloppy passes, weak takes to the rim, not finishing with contact, just a laundry list of issues really. Jaylin Williams should be getting his minutes.
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