Thanks for joining and reading. UA's news conference this week is at 1 so I will have to jump off early and apologize in advance if I can't get to everyone's questions or comments..
I can't imagine you could replace him with anyone like that. I think if it started again it would have to be somebody completely different. I can't tell you the kind of weird reactions I see from visiting writers -- there really is nobody quite like him.
Johnson's going to guard the best perimeter player, whether it's a 1 2 or 3. I don't think that will change.
I think everybody watching that had mixed emotions. He will be missed no doubt.
Yes, absolutely. I always think underachieving teams have a chance so I'd go with Stanford, USC or maybe even Oregon State. They all should have done better than they did, all have veterans and all have decent depth.
That's what they're hoping i'm sure. Redemption this week also maybe gets them that No 3 or 4 seed back.
Not really because of the defense, shooting, point guard and depth issues. I don't think team chemistry is as good as it was in December and don't think ASU win cured that. But a good run this week might. And you never know because there is really nobody that dominant this year
Agreed. That's a big list there but they have done that. Maybe the second Washington game was the last time.
I asked him why neither played Saturday and he just said it "wasn't in the cards." This is frustrating to figure out for everybody because these guys have gone in and out of favor and we are not allowed to watch practice so don't get to see what they are doing on the court that much.
I don't think it's about ASU as much as UA just beats the teams it should (for the most part) and never beats the ones that are better (at least since New Years). Miller loves to keep his team level headed and really they kind of play that way -- they never have really bad losses but also no great wins (since New Years). But also I do think they (and many teams) have figured out how to deal with Bachynski.
That's an opinion for everyone to come to. But for me it's kind of a tale of two parts -- they overachieved early, beating Florida, Miami and SDSU but blew several chances to win the Pac-12. Overall, I think they were about as expected, maybe one loss below. I picked them to finish second in the Pac-12 behind UCLA and they did (in a tie).... The one thing that maybe really stood out is that the rest of the Pac-12 really is improved in the middle and bottom. That made it so no game was a gimme, which has not often been the case in this conference.
Probably not much more than he is already. Technically, Lyons is the starter but if you consider how much Johnson handles the ball, sets people up and even defends some point guards, it's almost like they're sharing the position now.
That's a good point. I also thought they played better defense than the number showed. ASU made a lot of layups, though, which may have bumped up their percentages some.
Not that i know of. worth asking though.
Yes all of them. Hill is projected as a second round pick and he'll make good money whether he sticks in the NBA or not. Lyons and Parrom will be getting paid somewhere for sure.
I don't think it's about matchups with him as much as he's faded in and out a bit, confidence and toughness wise. Parrom has just wanted it more the last few weeks no question.
That's hard to do but if Roberson's out there's a good chance. Colorado can't handle OSU's big guys too well without him.
I wouldn't say underrated but maybe underachieving -- and that would be ... Stanford.
Good point, he is a redshirt freshmen. but it gets cumbersome to say that all the time so once it's established, he just gets called a freshman. Some people have made that point, that maybe he shouldn't even be eligible for a Freshman of the Year.
Don't know. Miller keeps saying they're important to the future, but if those guys don't get in the rotation this week that could tell you something.
I'd guess no. He doesn't meet any of the yearly hardship criteria. That said, his "kitchen sink" appeal of everything he's been through is very unique - and the winds can sometimes change with NCAA committees who rule on these things. (but honestly I think KP is fine either way -- he'd probably be just as happy going somewhere to get paid)
I've got to run now because of UA's press conference. Thanks again for joining.