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FWIW, just saw AP Top 25 flash across wire. Still 1 Duke, 2 Michigan, 3 Arizona.
I think York's minutes may be limited to when there is foul trouble or injuries to the backcourt, or against teams where UA is winning comfortably with four minutes or less remaining. He is a well-regarded player -- and definitely a good offensive talent who is improving defensively -- but there is too big a gap between him and the three guards ahead of him.
Agreed. His best move seems to be the hook (or dunk, of course). For a freshman big guy, he's actually pretty smooth with the ball. I've thought more of the problem is that his teammates sometimes just don't get him the ball enough.
I think 15-3 is a good guess but i'll be conservative and say 14-4 because (and not to jinx anybody) but this team has been unusually free of injuries, foul trouble and other issues and that often doesn't last an entire season (though it did in 2008-09). This team should have a good chance to run the table at home but all road games (especially OSU, Oregon, UCLA and Colorado) may be dangerous.
Yeah maybe. But 1-4 will work just about the same. the real key is that UA wins the Pac-12 and gets the top western seed. then the path to the Final Four goes through either Salt Lake or San Jose for the first weekend, and LA for the second -- all in Pac-12 country. That can make a big difference getting to the final four.
Harder. There are a ton of RPI 50-100 teams in the Pac-12 this season and very few on the OOC (out of conference schedule), plus more road games instead of two road games on the OOC that were against inferior teams.
Kind of discussed this already but i don't think so unless he makes a big jump in practice -- and it's not because they don't like him. Miller just wants to maximize his chance at winning and the gap is big between the others and York.
Great question. This is a team that will be hurt for every individual award because it has so many valuable contributors (witness the fact that it still has not received a Pac-12 Player of the Week award). You could argue either Nick Johnson (most consistent overall, great defense), Solomon Hill (box score filler, leader) or Mark Lyons (clutch player who scores when needed the most)
I still think UCLA is the No. 2 team because of its talent, and the fact that they are getting better quickly after so many chemistry issues earlier in the season. Colorado and Oregon have been probably the next impressive. Stanford and Cal are both good also. Washington is still going to be tough at home but after that it's really a close call with USC being probably the most disappointing team because of its talent.
that's the impression i've gotten. I get the feeling he'll give it at least a year and a half or two years.
joe -- not clear if you are asking if Johnson will return? if so, it's too early in the season to tell but, as good as he's been, he still has a lot to prove as an undersized two or a under-experienced one. so i'd think he'd be back but again it's too early.
They are keeping an eye on each other -- Rooks and the staff. That one won't be determined for a while unless he goes elsewhere. I had heard he was leaning strongly toward Washington but that appears not to be the case.
UCLA, Colorado, Oregon IMHO but Cal and Stanford have the ability to if they get it going.
Somewhat. Much different players but their value and attitude are very similar. Also Parrom is a senior and Terry was more of a star as a senior but we all know that Parrom's progression was delayed.
I think everyone is wondering the same thing with USC. Sounds to me like big chemistry issues. KO has talent but it isn't always easy to mesh a lot of new guys together no matter how talented they are.
It's really hard to say because their schedule was weak until Dec. 15. I'd say 5-8 range is probably more accurate. They are 8 in Sagarin, which are a pretty good indicator.
Well....lots of them have had issues like that in recent years. In fairness to Chol, that has always been his weakest point and he's still relatively new to the game, though his defense has also been a concern lately.
That's a good philosophical question. I do think a few more good real minutes would help their confidence and some other coaches may have done that. But Miller's philosophy has always been to really tighten up the rotation by mid-December and play the guys who will help you win. Considering that all games count equally now toward NCAA tournament consideration it's hard to argue that point. In the days when the late season games counted more, maybe you could afford an early loss at the expense of development.
I think it's a little of both, and lack of playing time can erode confidence, so you get sort of a downward spiral. It is something to watch because they need Mayes playing well for a number of reasons.
Well, if you are looking at them doing exactly as they are predicted to for each game it's not. You figure UA may only be an underdog at UCLA at this point. But I still think 3 or 4 losses are very possible. As much as UA likes to play on the road, it's just really, really tough (you may recall that a so-so USC team beat the 1997-98 team in LA even) and this season, as much as ever, teams and their fans are going to be wired for the games when they play UA.
that's a trend to watch. So far though Miller has been very against playing Hill at 4 but you could argue he was more effective there, creating mismatches, etc. Hill has had some decision-making problems and I think if anything its a result of wanting to do too much and forcing the issue. Maybe Hill at 4 and Parrom at 3 is more of a possibility but not if the big guys are effective. He's got 3 future NBA players at 4-5 so it's hard to kick them onto the bench, also.