Indeed...those ready to relegate Jallow to the bench or to the transfer portal next year might want to rethink. Probably our best athlete. Develop the shot some more and he could be a real contributor
The article obliquely touches on one of the real problems with the team, which is the lack of a defensive enforcer inside. Other teams are getting to the rim at will with no shot blocker there to stop them. So yeah, we could sure use a Dallas Lauderdale right now
I have been thinking about this for a while and would be curious to see the statistics regarding the early season success of teams who take their once-every-4-year NCAA-mandated overseas trip. Watching the Bucks early in the season, they seemed ahead of their opponents in team cohesion. Now, the other teams have caught up and the deficiencies in talent and height are starting to show. I really think the trip overseas helped them early but the effects are wearing off
What a great addition Woods has been. And what a great move to start him. Such a veteran presence on the court (except for that foul with a minute to go)!
I wonder if he will return kicks in the league. I guess he stopped doing it in college because of concussions, but he would be very dangerous if given the chance
This era is just like the old AP poll determining the national championship, except the top 4 teams duke it out. Any veneer of objectivity has melted away with this latest round of "wise men" decision-making. You can make an argument for OU over OSU, but to make an argument for UGA over OSU just means it's a subjective beauty contest with an intrinsic handicap for all Northern teams. I hope somebody asks Mullens if this means UGA would have gotten in if OU had lost. I think if he were honest he would say no because that too would be a political decision
I think ND is in, but I bet that if everybody holds serve they drop to #4. In fact, two out of Bama, OSU, OU, and Clemson would have to lose for that not to happen. Committee has to pay lip service to the CCGs
Haskins history after this year. Most impressive Ohio State QB talent in my 50 years of watching the Bucks. But watching Tate replace him will be fun...Gonna enjoy this year first, though!
They already do this in football...why not have a couple of "throwback" games there a year where the Bucks wear vintage uniforms (like 1961, for example). Games would sell out for sure and the swag would, too
I think it's safe to say after two straight games of being torched by big guards that we have a defensive vulnerability. Kam and CJ are small, so is Dakich, and Keith Wesson isn't quite quick enough to match up. We just don't really have anybody on the roster except maybe Jallow who can match up, but Jallow is too young. Still, impressive comeback. Basketball is fun again.
I am not a Thad apologist--I really think his back had rendered him incapable of maintaining the effort it takes to have a Top 20 (or even 40) program. But I do think we have to reflect on how much Bates-Diop getting hurt just ruined last season. Even if his offensive game wouldn't have been as polished, he would still have been a force on the boards and in the paint shot blocking. Losing him really left the Bucks shorthanded, especially with all the departures.
I don't see, with the losses by Fresno State and Auburn today, how the committee can put Alabama in. They really haven't beaten anybody. I guess LSU equals MSU for us. Then we have PSU and Wisconsin.
As for those predicting a Clemson beatdown, let's not forget a certain team with a gritty QB and a great defensive line that shocked the world 15 years ago. It could happen again
I had this surgery. Took me six weeks to run. Though I was in my late 30s and obviously not in JT's shape. Like a commenter above, I would be just as worried about his throwing as his running. Without full strength of his legs he won't be able to generate velocity on his throws, which isn't a strong suit to begin with. I think Haskins starts and plays the whole game
Pretty sure Worley subbed for Baker but I think our best LB line-up is Borland, Worley, and Baker. Booker just doesn't have the football instincts and Worley is an outside guy not a MLB. Sounds like Booker might still be out next week. Baker needs to step up his level of play, which we know he can do.
On another note, I was just reading Mgoblog and they are afraid...very afraid. And pissed about losing to MSU.
Lifetime of OSU viewing since late '60s, might be the best game ever. The 2002 natty was amazing but for a comeback i think this is it. Team's gotta be so high now...they have to get it together for Iowa but confidence has to be through the roof
I kind of don't get the pick...are there any two skill position players in the draft with more similar skills? It's not like the Panthers didn't have other needs. Hope it works out for Curtis, though
If this was Loving's last game, what a way to go out. The idiotic foul at the end of the first half, the "spectator" play...and a lot of those offensive rebounds were his man. Addition by subtraction? I sure hope so. I think Lyle has been hurt so maybe he gets a pass. To me the key to the whole season is that Kam lost his shot. If he fills it up like last year they win a lot of these close games. Which is weird because isn't Jent a shooting guru? Also, Paulus coached offense last year and it was bad. Jent comes in, offense improves. Paulus switches to defensive coach and the defense declines. The worst of Thad's tenure. Let's see if Thad has the gumption to do what Meyer did after the Clemson debacle. Paulus should not return as assistant coach.
I wish my first post wasn't a negative one, but this was the first time that I really started to question Thad. We had no clue how to defend the pick and roll and no clue how to run one (how long till we recruit a big man with hands?) MSU just seemed so much better coached, not just with respect to the sets they ran but with respect to the preparation. They simply weren't going to let Lyle go right, they weren't going to let Kam come off screens, and they were going to out-physical KBD (whom I find the most infuriating player on the team). Meanwhile, we just let them run what they wanted. I agree with the previous poster that next year is make or break. The program has been on the decline now for three years, we have to see marked improvement. I also question Paulus. Our offense last night devolved into a series of one-and-one sets.
On the bright side, I did see Loving respond after Tate got injured. If he can maintain that intensity and productivity next year, this team should be a tournament team. But to make it to the Sweet Sixteen, KBD has to become more consistent, and has to develop better handles so he can drive. If he could develop a better first step he could really be something with his length and wingspan.