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They looked a lot more sharp to me than Belmont did.
"Arizona has no tradition" - Bill Walsh
"We have a tradition of kicking Bill Walsh's ass" - Teddy Bruschi
i think they are the belmont we were supposed to see.
so shouldnt have too change the game plan too much.
have to stay with the shooters and be careful when they drive.
the young bigs are gonna have to guard the paint.
NMs poor performance made Harvard look better than they were... WE are going to be a nightmare of a match up for them...
The real question is what the Hell is Harvard going to do to beat us?
Cats by 20+
p.s. I called the Belmont game at Cats by 15+... undershot a bit but I will take it....
BEAR DOWN boys... The best is yet to come....
I have to say, NM did not look impressive to me last night but I have seen them play better too (@UNLV for ex). I agree with Pin, NM made Harvard look better then they actually are. However, they did have a nice mix of that inside/outside game and their post player (#25) was decent so Arizona has got to jump on them early. I'm not worried about this one, as Sir Charles pointed out last night, Arizona is just "too big, too fast and too strong". This should be another well rounded ("easy") win for the Cats.
Time to nut up or shut up
Harvard > Belmont
Arizona >>> New Mexico
Basically Harvard is a more athletic Belmont, and we are a more athletic New Mexico. But our potential in a best case type of scenario is much higher than New Mexico IMO. I think Arizona playing their best game can beat almost anyone. I wouldn't say that about NM.
And while Harvard is more athletic than Belmont I don't think the difference is as significant as the difference between NM and Arizona. Plus I think they just played their best game possible. Pretty tough to do that back-to-back.
New Mexico looked winded (and their home is not exactly sea level) and way out of shape. Their best player seemed to me like Alex Jacobsen on a good night. Their guards were very quick but not especially smart. I have no idea what the big deal is, I am certain now we would have killed them. They were grossly over rated.
Really like Harvards PG, he's like Nash and we need to make certain we are guarding them on the perimeter.
Live by the three, die by the three... let's hope they aren't super fired up or red hot.
I agree. New Mexico looked like a team so focused on beating Arizona they forgot they had to first beat Harvard.
Harvard played great and is well coached, but they're Belmont in different uniforms. Same principle applies for Arizona Saturday as did on Thursday: chase the Crimson off the 3-Point line and force them to score in mid-range over our helping bigs. The key is hustle and effort by Arizona. If Arizona's hustling, it will be very difficult to Harvard to upset us. I don't expect that close of a game if Arizona shows up and plays with the same fire we've seen from them in the last four games.
Personally, I'm hoping Kevin Parrom gets a technical foul for "smiling". Any added motivation will certainly help the Cats. Why stop the "technical for doing nothing wrong streak" the team is on?
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If we had put Harvard on our non conference schedule, everyone would have been mad that we were padding our record and killing our RPI and SOS.
I have seen Belmont play before and I think we just did a great job of defense and threw them out of any game plan they had. I think they were quicker than Harvard. When you keep the top 3 point shooter in the nation to 3 points, thats worth noting. We have no business losing to Harvard under any circumstances. We will outrebound them easily, and they have no match for our inside scoring. We just need a little patience and glue defense.
New Mexico is puzzling to me. As I said elsewhere, how on earth did they win 29 games?
And they lost to the likes of Air Force and San Diego who absolutely crushed them, and the Jackrabbits from South Dakota State. They only scored 35 points against San Diego in SD.
Their bigs were diligent, hard workers, but not very athletic, and they didn't shoot well all year.
Harvard has had their 15 minutes of fame and now it's time for Arizona to assert itself and blow the Ivy League back where it belongs -- to D2 competition.
HA HA! So True!
Same for the La Salle Sallies, the Florida Gulf Oil Spills even Davidson & Southern played great ball.
Dead on wineknow, nice post. NM was pretty "grossly overrated". Harvard's PG is very good, but can he play that well back to back? I'd put NJ on him to start just to make sure to throw him off his game early.
Yea, I don't he's seen anyone like Johnson all year long and he is a freshmen. I respect them in fact I loved the way they played but can't see them beating us.
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