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I suppose for most of us it was the POTENTIAL that this team had that just never came together.
We kept hoping with all the amazing athletes that they would come together and play smart and play to their potential....
Just never happened...don't know if it was a chemistry issue....or a lack of senior leadership...or just a lack of consistent basketball IQ...appreciate any thoughts on that?
But it is what it is...hoping that NJ and TJ provide the smarts and control that will allow what ought to be a phenomenally talented team next year to blow the roof off...
No reason the 2014 Cats do not make a run at the final 4...
I just started another thread on some of my thoughts, but I'll add here as it's thearpy to type on this board to get over this loss.
I don't think it was chemistry, but certainly it may have been tough for Lyons to come in here for one year and try to be a leader, when Soloman should have been the leader from day 1. We have a lot of good players, but we didn't really have a great player on this team. With Lyons out of position, and the three freshmen who played doing well, but not really breaking out, we didn't really hit the heights we thought possible.
I know Sean Miller is a good coach, and he can certainly recruit good players, but I hope he also evolves as a coach as allows himself to grow and learn from seasons like this. I still feel we could have been a more effective team if we pressured the ball more and utilized our entire 10 man rotation to wreak havoc on the opponents. Again tonight we pressured Ohio St late and we kind of rattled them. Almost everytime we pressed this season it worked, but we didn't use it much. There are other little things, but we're very close to being really good, and maybe next season is when we kick the door in.
While Cats did not maximize their talent to the fullest, they hardly underachieved. They were about what I'd thought they'd be a Sweet 16 team that had a legit chance at an Elite 8. With young bigs, no point guard and a lack of outside shooters, they did pretty damn good.
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I agree Brad, but that's where I'm hoping Miller will change his ways a bit. We had York who could have proven valuable as that outside shooter, but wasn't given much of a chance because of defense. It's not like we had sooooo many great defenders that his outside shooting couldn't have been more of a positive than defense was a negative. I was disappointed with that decision by coach Miller. Look at how the other three freshmen improved over the course of the season with playing time. I believe York could have become a big factor come March had he been given development time during games as well.
Thanks for the good year of conversation all. It may be a while for me to post to get over this one! Bear Down always!
This post was edited by Jtowns32 13 months ago
three seniors and the #1 recruiting class... we grossly under achieved. We did not have a legit chance at the elite 8 - Sean Miller is our coach.
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My thoughts exactly...I am not happy about the brutal loss but I am happy about where the program is.
Once again you are flat out WRONG. We did not have the number one recruiting class. I believe that honor went to Kentucky again who lost in the first round of the NIT to Robert Morris. God forbid. Better fire Cal. Either way, I am sure you will disregard the facts and incorporate this into your fire-Miller repertoire and repeat it over and over and over again until you believe it to be true.
As far as the seniors, well they were pretty good and I appreciate everything they did for the program. Two of them came in at the low point of our program and worked hard and stuck it out, but they were not on the talent level that many of our previous senior classes were. In our peak years, many of our seniors were of all-american, lottery pick type talent. Not so with this senior class.
So in my estimation (and any other reasonable person), yes they lived up to expectations. Did they have the talent to go further, yes maybe, but it was not my expectation to go to the final 4 or win a NC this year.
UCLA #1 class
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I agree Brad - our Cats were about what we thought they would be.
I know there are no guarantees, but I do think that we will be better next year even without our three seniors. Our roster will be loaded, the bigs will play much bigger after a year of experience and we should have better outside shooting.
Yeah so you if you want to simplify coaching by recruiting class as WK does, then I guess you could say Miller out coached Cal and Howland right?
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