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Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by to talk Pac-12 basketball. The season's heating up, and a few teams are really starting to impress me. Let's get on to the questions.
By its nature, selling the Pac-12 Networks to Direct TV is an ala carte deal. I do know the league was surprised the Lakers were interested to note the Lakers cut a deal with Direct TV for their own network. Don't see much movement toward a Pac-12 agreement yet, which is sad. There are A TON of hoops games on that network, this week and for the rest of the year.
Arizona State? Sun Devils are 13-2, have won 5-straight (the third-longest streak in the league, behind Arizona and UCLA) and just beat Colorado, albeit at home. Not convinced Herb Sendek's guys are a tournament team, but hard to argue with results.
Hi "Kevin." I think it's far more important who finishes games than starts them, and you're finishing every game. Heck, you're on the floor at every crucial moment. You're a starter in everything but name — and Arizona fans should be totally great with that.
Because they don't have any fans. The Trojans have averaged 3,903 fans over nine games — despite having a gorgeous new-ish arena. Absolutely stunning
Well, the league's officiating coordinator, Ed Rush, said that the officials were correct in their evaluation. The angles they saw might have varied a bit from what TV had, but the TV shot fans saw at home was probably as good a look as anyone could expect to have. (And if you were watching at home, on a 50-inch TV, probably better). My dispute about the call is this: if they couldn't tell, without a shadow a doubt, that the ball was still in his hand, by rule, they had to let the call on the floor stand. And I've yet to see a clip that, to me, is conclusive
"Very overrated?" Probably not. Overrated? I'll buy that. I'd probably put the UA somewhere between No. 8 and 10, but that's a matter of picking nits. Fact is, rankings this early in the year don't mean a whole lot. The point is to win games (which the UA is doing) to position yourself for a good NCAA seed — but, most importantly, to be playing your best ball in March. To me, the most exciting and intriguing part about the Wildcats is that they can play MUCH better and their freshmen can grow
James Taylor said it was enjoying the passing of time. So there's that.
Miller's main beef, now, is that the UA is taking a quick shot rather than working for a good shot. Miller spoke a lot at the beginning of the season about the guards' inabilities to feed the post, and said it might have to do with the fact the UA rarely did that last season. (Jesse Perry was no Shaq). You're right: Lyons isn't your traditional drive-and-dish guy. (I'd argue Solomon Hill is as good a passer as any small forward in the league).
When you're undefeated, that makes sense. (Though I doubt nirvana comes with a side of screaming at referees.)
An official raised both hands in the air to indicate a made basket. I understand officials are trained to go straight to the video tape, though. You and I agree on the same point, though: there's nothing conclusive about the replay, one way or the other. It's the closest replay I've ever seen.
Lunardi's got Arizona, UCLA, Colorado and Oregon in the tournament. I think Cal is EASILY No. 5, and might end the season better than a few of the aforementioned teams. Allen Crabbe might be the best player in the league. Fellow guard Justin Cobbs is a very nice player, too; if Cal can figure out how to get offense from its bigs, it'll be in business. (And the Golden Bears have already won one league road game, which is a big plus).
Tarczewski shoots 47 percent from the FT line, while no other UA regular makes less than two-thirds of his free throws. So that will work against him in crunch time, for sure. Ashley, a better scorer and rebounder, makes 73 percent of his FTs.
Ha. In the past, in league play, the UA reserves their reds for teams that blue, like Cal or UCLA. I think red at Oregon makes sense, especially because, as you said, they've yet to lose in them. I think the odds of them sweeping on the road aren't good, so one of the road jerseys could come back unlucky.
But Mayes has experience, and Miller values that. The coach has gone out of his way to praise York, who hasn't been playing much at all, which is a good sign. But with Nick Johnson on the floor, I feel York could be a bit redundant.
I think that, while it's possible for a team to learn its lesson in a game that they win, the point is driven home MUCH more forcefully after a loss.
They have an 8-man rotation, which means they're one turned ankle away from having some serious depth issues. Those eight guys, though, could be as talented as any eight in the league. Let's see if they win on the road, though, before singing too many Hosanas.
Actually, I really like watching Jordan Bachynski. It's fun to watch someone playing a true center position. UCLA's Larry Drew is an assists machine, and Kyle Anderson leads the Bruins in rebounding as a 6-foot-9 GUARD.
I was on the conference call in which Miller complained. He was half-teasing the Pac-12's media relations guy, asking who was on the committee. It's a handful of Pac-12 office workers, who vote for Players of the Week in every sport every week. (In my opinion, the league tries to spread the love from school to school. Whether that's the correct move or not, I dunno)
Yes and yes. Hill is a cerebral, smart player. If Parrom makes it into The League, it's as a defender and spot up shooter.