LLS,longliveskip wrote: ↑Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:59 pmour KenPom ADJ-D rank last year was 67. that's out like 325 D-1 schools. that puts them in the top 20% of the nation. but yeah, we have no defensive strategy/essentially didn't play any.madness31 wrote: ↑Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:29 pmI was unable to watch the game as it appears to have been untelevised in my area. During the first few years under Mack, there was a discipline problem. It wasn't until the brawl that things seem to have turned. I suspect that event changed how Mack dealt with players and many involved in that incident were gone the next year making it easier to start fresh.
I neither trust nor distrust the coach at this point. I never assume a person is qualified or unqualified. I am simply hopeful until they prove their ability or disprove it. I have modest expectations for this team but the performance thus far is definitely concerning. Based on Redford's comments this should have been a blowout. Based on how Illinois beat them it again should have been a blowout. A new coach with a lot of new players is definitely going to come with some growing pains. Given Mack's inability to develop a good defensive strategy, the start to this year is very concerning. If Steele has the same defensive philosphy (to essentially not play any) then this team will likely be terrible. I would be surprised if this team can simply outscore most teams. They are long and athletic, defense is where they should have the advantage. I'm hoping for huge improvement for next game.
my guess is Mack will get the blame for this team's inefficiencies all season long.
I believed you mocked Madness for your perceived lack of insightfulness, accuracy, or legitimacy in regards to his post, so as a Mod, I feel obligated to call you out as well. Very naive to think X's 67 ADJ-D should be viewed as good. It blew rotten eggs. Do you think Harvard, Yale, or Vanderbilt (academic equivalent to X's bball team) care how they rank against Toledo, Ohio U, or any school who will never be a top 20% academic school? X's standard should be ranking themselves against the Top 50 teams since they've been a Top 25 program over the last 25 years.
In my appropriate context, last year X was 17 points under their demographic in terms of defensive efficiency. CM should not get the blame for how X performs this year, despite the fact that he was primarily recruiting for Lousiville weeks before I ate my pumpkin pie dessert at Muskieman's house last T-giving. He should write a book: How to NOT leave a job." He had me at "Hello," and had my good wishes until I found out thru multiple sources about his disloyalty, and for throwing the players under the bus when he left. He'll rue that day forever.