Thanks for joining everyone. we'll start with a statement from ... d1945k, who has some points that might be hard to argue with.
The evidence would suggest that's possibly true. There isn't a real go-to killer instinct guy, though Lyons, Hill and Johnson have been that in stretches.
well, you also have to consider that the Pac-12 is pretty good 1-10 this year so blowouts are not easy. and UA did mostly blow out the easy teams on its nonconference schedule.
You can argue that they haven't improved much since Hawaii and certainly the lack of ball movement is a bad sign this late in the season. But they actually did show a lot of good signs in Washington and against Stanford so i don't think they have totally stagnated. It's not clear yet if Cal game was a one-off or not, though.
As of now, probably not. Maybe Ashley could make a case for leaving early if he suddenly blew up because he's got big NBA potential but as of now, he'd probably go higher if he came back and proved himself with a bigger role as a sophomore.
I think the upperclassmen, Johnson included, have shown plenty of desire to win. I agree with what Miller has been saying -- if anything they are trying too hard in some of these home games. This is just not a dominant team against good competition and, really, it was not expected to be. I did not expect them to be 20-3 and Top 10 at this point of the season.
All of these questions have been answered over the course of this season. We have stories every day on this team Nov. 1- April 1. Short answers: They do prepare against zone in practice and did before Cal (but were a bit thrown off by the unconventional 3-2 zone and Parrom's TOs). They won't use it themselves except in certain short circumstances because Miller is committed to man to man. They have trouble passing inside sometimes because they don't have great skills in that area and because (at times) there has been a lack of trust with the inside guys so there's a hesitation to go inside. They are recruiting big guys, and would love to get Aaron Gordon this spring.
Nike gave them new warmups and UA wore them. It's a contract.
That was a very interesting remark. Miller responded by saying that it didn't matter much because they switched a lot on Cal's handoffs, so a lot of guys were bound to guard Crabbe. It wasn't clear whether Hill was questioning Miller's judgment or if Hill was just saying he needed to carry the load because that's the way he is. It may have been a little of both, though Hill has mostly been very supportive of Millers' strategy.
two things. 1 Miller really just does not believe in the zone, though he has used it on some very rare circumstances. 2 i'm not sure a zone wouldn't help against Crabbe. Maybe some sort of gimmick defense would be worth a shot but Miller is even less likely to try that. And even if they did box and one or something like that Cobbs was also very good.
True. Also, USC has gotten a lot better since it played here, when Bob Cantu had just taken over.
It's been a source of concern for sure. One good game there (stanford) and one bad game (cal). I'm sure coaches would like more consistency. Johnson did have 5 assists and no TO vs Cal though.
I think Colorado will be a great game. Both sides will be wired for sure. Colorado feels it was robbed last month, UA lost by a point last year in Boulder. Buffs are aiming for a top four finish in Pac-12 and certainly are looking better for the NCAA tournament. Etc.
I saw Gordon a couple of times in Las Vegas last summer. Although he was nursing injuries he was dominant when he did play -- a scary combination of size, strength and athleticism. He has the potential to be a go-to force pretty quickly if he did come to UA, though he'd have to make some adjustments and beat out some also talented sophomores next season. As for his chances, it's tough to say because he's kept it close to the vest. He recently added Oregon to his list of finalists which is a bad sign. Washington and kentucky are also there. I'd guess UA's chances are less than 50 percent but a lot of folks are optimistic.
Miller was asked to comment by the newspaper that published that story and did not. I asked a UA official about it and was told Miller had no response because he didn't want to dignify the comments. The odd thing about the comments is that Bejarano appeared to leave on relatively good terms -- I have talked to his family several times since he left and never sensed these feelings. Also Miller kept Bejarano's quasi-brother, Robert Arvizu, on the team last season after Arvizu left. Hard to imagine that would have happened if there were hard feelings with DB.
Many good points there. Montgomery has long been respected regionally as one of the best in-game coaches around.
Didn't see that. Montgomery said Friday basically that Solomon hasn't been what was expected of him, and shouldn't have generated high expectations.
I figured they'd be top 15-20 at the beginning of the season and that's what they are. they probably should be ranked in the top 10 because of their accomplishments but ranking and how good you are are not always the same thing. So yeah they're probably a little overrated. but not by much. there really isn't much dominance anywhere in college basketball this year.
Didn't see any exchange with them but my head is in the computer sometimes and I don't have access to replays. But no question that last possession in first half was a killer. That's a point that I wasn't able to get into my story today but was really telling.
Yes Tarczewski has noted several times that the speed of the game has been his biggest adjustment -- and he's seeing that speed in defenders and the ball, everywhere. It's just not easy for all but the rarest of 7-footers to make that adjustment quickly and he has made some.
I addressed it below somewhat. Some of his comments had some inconsistencies, though the comment that "you will never play DI again" I could see happening if Miller was yelling at him about something he did wrong. Miller did keep Arvizu around and was apparently friendly with Bejarano in the Bahamas last August, though I wasn't there. So hard to imagine it was that bad. but it is odd that Miller really never did play DB almost at all.
I would not say lazy. Hill is anything but. Tired, maybe. he logged 38, more than Crabbe and Cobbs (and Cal played a walk on and former walk on just to give its guys some rest)