Year so far

Updated on December 5, 2017 in Other
13 on November 30, 2017

Didn’t think we would take this far of a step back this year. I thought Pugh would take a huge leap this year and be the 2nd option after KJ. Jarvis has done a great job of transforming his body and game since his freshman year and that dunk on Gonzaga last year in Vegas was NASHTY!!! Unfortunately it hasn’t happen YET but the season is still young.

Love seeing the freshman contribute but we are in desperate need of a rim protector and want to see more of KJ and Turner in the backcourt. I love Hauser’s game but think he would be better in a relief role off the bench.

We have the athletes to play some solid man defense (Shaq, Pugh, Caruso, Vranic and KJ……IMO losing Wardlow was huge) just need to light a fire under them.

Losing to a D2 school was tough but calling for Sendek to step down is INSANE!!!! Him and Hodge have opened the door to recruiting pipelines we have never seen before and kids are turning down power 5 and big east offers to play on the BEAUTIFUL mission campus.

Hoping we get the W tonight against NAU…….the team needs a win.

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4 on November 30, 2017

Agreed, the one guy who ranted (creating like 5 threads in about a 30 minute span) was showing a bit of crazy, and no, Sendek isn’t going anywhere. Still, it does highlight the extreme disappointment that has been this early season.  

Coming into the season I really liked the starting 5 and the fact that they have a good amount of playing experience.  I also figured the bench would be a vital part of this teams success, with 4-5 guys coming off the bench each night to contribute in spurts (including some freshmen with lots of promise). 

I’ve been a bit perplexed at the limited use of guys off the bench, and the heavy man D that seems to get beat down on the blocks, on the drive, and from the perimeter.   I’m also equally puzzled with the starting 5.  They haven’t looked like a unit in the last 5 games.  It’s early so all we can do is hope things get better.  It’s pretty impossible for things to get worse from here.   

on November 30, 2017

You are right about Hauser he needs to come off the bench!

on November 30, 2017

Agreed about the crazy.

The best takeaway is that, at least, people are passionate about this program and University to care that much- to have both reasoned and unreasoned takes. We all know that SCU is a special place, and a deserves a respectable basketball program. 

Heck, having unreasonable and passionate fans is actually a hallmark of a healthy program, in many ways. 

Look at the USD board (if you can even find it any more) or the dwindling USF board. Or Pepperdine. 

Tottering off into complete irrelevance was an option after Keating, but instead, we were told we were doubling down, getting committed, and rising up. That obviously hasn’t happened (yet), and thus the disappointment. 

I’m all for trying every combination, such that our team will be as good as this combination of players can peak at the WCC tournament (and play for decent seeding along the way).

I’m going to stick around and watch the ride, and I hope you all will too. 

Go Broncos. 

on December 1, 2017

Bronco4Life, I think you must have made an inadvertent click.  I believe you’re looking for the ventriloquist forum.  By the way, you’re lips are moving.  You might want to brush up on your skills… I believe they have graduate programs at Seton Hall and UOP in that discipline just FYI.

on December 1, 2017

I’m glad I didn’t say he needs to come off the bench…  It would said I was attacking him….

Diff rules for diff posters I guess….

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0 on December 1, 2017

You don’t know me.

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This is an unpopular opinion but we’ve been the victim of bad luck. SCU is dead last in three point defense. Teams are shooting 47% against us from beyond the arc, that number is going to come down and we’re going to start winning some games.

This is a true rebuilding project. Patience everyone.

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This is an unpopular opinion but we’ve been the victim of bad luck. SCU is dead last in three point defense. Teams are shooting 47% against us from beyond the arc, that number is going to come down and we’re going to start winning some games.

This is a true rebuilding project. Patience everyone.

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This is an unpopular opinion but we’ve been the victim of bad luck. SCU is dead last in three point defense. Teams are shooting 47% against us from beyond the arc, that number is going to come down and we’re going to start winning some games.

This is a true rebuilding project. Patience everyone.

on December 1, 2017

See what happens when they play Portland State. I watched them in the PK80 tournament (probably the best tournament outside NCAAs ever (???) I thought they played very well against big programs. Also saw a Portland State transfer to USD (Piniero?) go against San Diego State last night, and he also played very well against bigger players. Anyway, Portland State might be a better gauge of progress. Of course, if SCU crashes again Saturday, it will indeed be a long slog back to respectability, but I think they will shoot well again and cruise to set up the game against their erstwhile assistant coach. Then the $$$/sacrificial game against SoCal…need a miracle here, but it’s Christmas…even a “moral” showing would be o.k. 

 

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0 on December 4, 2017

we are the best team in the country and a lock for the number 1 seed.

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1 on December 4, 2017

IMHO, this season so far has been the perfect storm.  Inferior teams dropping 3’s from everywhere late in the clock like they’re layups.  Our shooting has been a disappointment so far to say the least  The better teams – Nevada, Idaho were just better…

Add to that, some of our veterans haven’t played well and are off to a s-l-o-w start. 

The newcomers have talent, but for some, the transition to D1 has been a huge learning curve.  Don’t assume these guys come from programs with great coaching.  You can see it on the court, out of position on offense and defense leads to breakdowns and mistakes.  Vrankic is the exception and he’s been very good so far.  

Add it up and that’s what 3-5 looks like vs reasonable expectations of 5-3.  The road ahead gets harder.  Portland State, USC, Valpo, and San Jose State before league starts.  Going 2-2 in this stretch would be very good.  Portland State is very experienced and talented and has played much tougher competition.  USC was ranked as high as 7th before the last loss on the road to SMU.  BTW, SMU also beat Arizona.  Valpo is 8-0 but hasn’t played strong teams until Thursday vs Purdue.  

As for questions of rotations and playing time.  Coach’s criteria is straight up.  You perform in practice and you earn playing time.  

Looking ahead to the next 4 games and the WCC, it won’t be easy but barring injuries I think we can get to a .500 season, 15-15.  If the team gels, add an upset or two, 17-13 can be done. 

Not horrible, given the start.

The move to put K.J. Feagin at the point is a subtle but good move.  He can both shoot AND penetrate and can open the court for shooters.  Hauser had his best game at the 2 spot, going 7-10 from 3pt.  Much needed.

Not everyone agrees, but I think we need to see what Coach can do when he has a roster of HIS recruits.  That’s 3 recruiting seasons.  I’m OK with being patient if he can deliver post season consistency like his prior stints. – Miami, NC State, ASU.

Enough blabbering.  Click the link below to read about the 2018 commits.   It a headline you haven’t seen for SCU MBB in a LONG time.  BTW, there are 18-20 Division 1 conferences considered mid-majors.  So a top 10 recruiting class should be good news. 

https://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/news/ranking-the-10-best-mid-major-classes-of-the-2018-early-period

Expectations are high, impatience for success after 20+ years of mediocrity, but as painful/exciting it may be we need to give Coach Sendek’s “process” time to work.  

on December 5, 2017

yeah it is funny to see them rank our recruiting power over the Zags’

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