John-- No that hasn't been discussed. It is worth asking but in general they are putting Johnson on the best perimeter threat and both Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad are bigger threats than Drew, who is great at making defenses pay if they completely ignore him but otherwise is not as dangerous a scorer.
That's the question we are all trying to answer though I picked UCLA to win and probably would have expected UA to lose at least 6 games by now. So the big picture is not a surprise. But it's the manner in which they are losing, having lost so much momentum, that is a real puzzle. The answer is at least partly that the Pac-12 is better "in the middle" than everyone thought. UA has not beaten a (likely) tournament bound team since Jan. 3 and that was the controversial Colorado game. On the flip side there have been no really bad losses. USC is not a good loss but that is a team that has a lot of talent. Pat Haden did not fire KO because it was a bad team -- it was because he had a good team that was underachieving. As far as UA's problems, I think the big thing is that this has never been a truly good defensive team all season (though it has had moments for sure), offensively it is relying heavily on two combo guards to run the show (Lyons and Johnson), and I suspect the older players' presence has at times prompted the freshmen to defer.
Not going to explain this fully for a third week in a row. UA's intercollegiate athletics has a separate budget and is self-sustaining except for tuition fee waivers and some utility/facilities costs. It is accountable to Greg Byrne, Ann Weaver Hart and ultimately the Board of Regents.
Some of the problems have already been answered. UA was picked to finish first in the Pac-12 by one vote over UCLA. Hasn't beaten any of the three teams above it in the standings.
Again, answered these questions already. But you may also want to consider asking those questions at a regents' meeting.
Chillman -- No, Miller doesn't change much and he really doesn't believe in zones. He's not going to pull out a zone like Cal did because that isn't his system. IMO rebounding is often about simple effort, if size and athleticism are roughly equal. Offensive movement and efficiency are definitely something to watch. Sometimes UA is good in that area and sometimes not.
Those are questions we are all trying to answer every day. Kevin Parrom and Solomon Hill are playing well, though Hill struggled at UCLA. Mark Lyons isn't a PG as we've learned over and over and there are some goods and bads with that. MoMo Jones was the same way but Derrick Williams was around to gloss over all the deficiencies of 2010-11. I do suspect the development of the freshmen is sometimes because they are deferring and/or just aren't depended on enough. But Tarczewski and Jerrett have shown some good signs lately. It's possible that some of the slippage is just in that they are dealing with a very long season, having gone to the Bahamas and having been together for really over eight months now.
Again, it's not really my job to rate his player development this season but I do sometimes wonder why he keeps shortening the bench. You have a point -- one mistake and you're out but there is a bigger picture here so you wonder if he stuck longer with some guys would they get better? I don't know. One reason I can't say is I'm not allowed to watch practice so I have no idea what Chol and York are doing there. Maybe they are really struggling. Maybe not. I don't know. I only see them the same few minutes you guys see them. I just hear rumors -- like when everybody said Daniel Bejarano couldn't guard anybody in practice. But i still don't know first hand if that was the case.
As far as pressing, IMO, this team does not have the skills or depth to pull it off in any more than a very limited fashion. ...
there may be a lack of fire from everyone but the seniors and Nick Johnson. But as far as Lyons I think you are misreading that. He often smiles when things go badly -- it's a sarcastic thing; really he's angry. There are issues you can hammer him on but his competitiveness is not one of them.
Yeah that's a good comparison. Most of the time it's when guys aren't hitting shots they just don't care quite as much about defense. It's human nature in basketball, it seems. I still suspect Nick has hit a physical wall too though he disagreed with that when I asked him about it Saturday.
Yeah i thought they'd be 20-25 or out of the poll. They haven't had any big wins in two months, really
Yes he is somewhat more of an offensive factor than Drew. he's a careful three-point shooter, a smart all around IQ type of player. The only game i"ve actually seen him play in was here against UA at the beginning of last season and he did stand out as a pretty solid playmaker. That said, Drew has really been an exceptional running that offense. It helps that he has really good talents to pass to but that has also been a fractured team chemistry wise.
I'm not sure any of us can tell, the way this season has gone with these guys in and out of the end of the rotation. Right now the hot man of the day is Mayes and Mayes always has an advantage at gaining floor time because he can sub out at PG for Lyons. York cannot. So that tells you how much Mayes was in the doghouse before he played well at UCLA.
There's always very high expectations here, and no more so than for the person who is playing PG. Remember how Mustafa Shakur was hammered for nearly all four years he was here. That said, the one thing I think people forget is that Lyons is not a PG. He's a guy who happened to be available on the "free agent" market in May -- and has added more than he's taken from this team. Without him, Johnson and Mayes would be the only PGs. You could argue that Mayes may have benefited from that in his development but that's a big leap of assumption.
Cal is playing the best but they aren't terribly deep so it wouldn't surprise me if they lost Friday or Saturday. Bears' defense is unbelievable now - opponents are shooting only 28.4 percent in the past four games against Cal.
Yes, a bit, though I have only limited access to the players so it's hard to tell sometimes. I think this team had really good chemistry until January but that seems to have gradually declined. Maybe that's because of the long season (which goes back to early July, really) or maybe it's because there are some players who would like to get the ball more. Then there are the players who aren't playing much -- i think you can always assume those guys aren't happy, especially at this point of the season if things aren't changing.
Don't think anyone's arguing with those points. But as far as the PG situation, In a way you could pin almost all of it on the recruitment of Turner -- Jahii Carson went to ASU as a result, no 2012 PG was recruited, then Lyons was added when he popped up last spring. But he's not a PG either as everyone now knows. So again, it just shows you how important recruiting really is.
Not at all. They can beat ASU, do well in the Pac-12 Tourney and still maybe get a West Region seed. If they get some favorable matchups in their first two games, and fix a few things, they could be looking at a Sweet 16 game at Staples Center.
I try to address every question i can until time runs out (which it is today!)