Take away the Cuse, South Carolina, Monmouth, and URI losses (all games we weren't favored to win) and this team has lost three games. Why do people freak out about three non-conference losses which have zero effect on us?
How will we move the program forward if we don't use games like this (against top 100/150 teams) as the benchmark? The sign of a good coach and team, IMO, is finding ways to win games where they aren't favored. This is such a losing attitude -- accepting defeat because we "weren't favored." We have to take steps forward, eventually, to put ourselves in a position where we are actually favored more than underdogs. This starts with beating those teams ahead of us. Finding a way to beat UMass and Monmouth would have been steps in that direction.
Gotta keep expectations realistic, are beating Umass and Monmouth great steps in the right direction for the program? Yes. Is the program ready for that next step? I was hoping that would be the case, but the product on the court is not quite there with the makeup of the current roster. I do think they can contend and challenge for the PLC again this year which is steps in the right direction for the program.
I see your point SOV it will be no problem replacing 66 percent of the scoring and 60 percent of the rebounding and minutes played. You won't miss Champion, and although his shooting is wildly inconsistent, there is no way we win when he doesn't play well. I know you hate AT but do you really think Carmody plays him as much as he does if he thinks he has no value or if he thought he had a better option. Do you think he'd be playing these guys so many minutes if he thought he had guys on the bench that can contribute? As far as next year goes Carmody is going to be breaking in 8 guys with little to no playing experience on the college level maybe you think that's a recipe for success but I don't and I doubt Carmody does. Any success this years team has will be based off the defense, and I can guaranty you that the new players in their first year of college ball will not play defense anywhere close to the level of the four seniors who are leaving.
Post by KY Crusader 75 on Dec 19, 2016 22:30:06 GMT -5
Three point shooting will be an interesting factor in this game as Sacred Heart takes few three pointers (#301 in D-1 with 30.4% of FGA being threes) and makes a low percentage:30.8% # 302 in D-1. On defense SHU ranks #336 in three point defense with opponents making 41.7% of their three point attempts. If we can make 40% of our threes in this game we will be in good shape. Of course, as some may recall, I hate the three.......