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  1. Guard play

    My gut tells me Glynn will be more consistent and have a great year. Last season, I think he really suffered from not having a big guy who was a serious pick-and-pop prospect. Without that option, every team hedged the crap out of our on-ball screen-and-rolls. They didn't respect Jacobsen or Morrow as a threat to step out and shoot. Glynn was often left with little or no room to operate and I think it took a toll on him as teams schemed to stop him. Hopefully, that won't be the case when Copeland is on the floor. From the hype, being able to knock down mid-range shots seems to be one of Copeland's biggest assets. One of my biggest frustrations last year was that we didn't seem to adjust to the on-ball hedge strategy. It probably would have been more effective to clear a side and let Glynn operate than to bring another defender into the mix and gum up the works. Hopefully Palmer, Allen, Jack and others will step it up and be spot up threats to keep people honest so Glynn can get some space.
  2. Next Years Starting 5

    i get it. He made some freshman mistakes and his injury kept him from fully developing. It was obvious, however, that his ceiling is very high. You don't see many 6'9" kids as fluid or handle the ball as well as he does. Many of his mistakes weren't attributable to lack of talent - I felt it had more to do with confidence and learning how to play at the Big 10 level. When you overthink things, you play much slower and are prone to making mistakes. If and when he gets beyond that, he has the potential to be a nightmare match-up (offensively and defensively). He will be able to take people off the dribble and get to the rack with his size. Very excited tee see if that develops
  3. Next Years Starting 5

    Haven't seen Palmer handle the ball so I don't know. While I know he handled point in a limited capacity I didn't think Taylor had the handles for being someone we'd want to play point for more than a few minutes. Allen could be the second guy. I think against certain matchups, Roby's ball skills are good enough that he could be an option (like a Scottie Pippen) to be the facilitator on the court.
  4. Next Years Starting 5

    My complete guess is that by mid-January, we see a starting 5 of Watson, Palmer, Roby, Copeland and Tshimanga. If Watson needs a breather, we could even see Roby taking the ball-handling responsibilities as a point forward. He may be a better option at point than either Taylor or Gill.
  5. Jacobson Gone?

    I wish Morrow were returning because I think we're a better team with him, but from what I saw over two years, can't agree he was an elite level program, high level starter. Objectively, he just has too many holes in his game. Once the ball went into the post, it was NEVER coming back out. He struggled to score against taller 4's and 5's, and his ball handling skills were simply poor. Not a mid-range level jump shooter either. He was a very good role player - gave us a rim protector, a tenacious rebounder, and a badass on the floor. That said, he may thrive at another school if the personnel around him so allows. Fact remains is that he's an undersized 4 who needs the correct mix of players around him for him to thrive and cover for his weaknesses. Jacobsen was a bit more versatile player, yet he failed to consistently produce. For some reason, from an offensive standpoint, it appeared to me that instead of reacting to the game situation in front of him, he overthought things and he played way slower than his abilities. He was at his best when he was at the 4 and did the dirty work on the offensive glass. As with Morrow, I wish Jacobsen was still here, as he provided depth and intangibles. I have resolved that being a life-long Nebrasketball fan will be a painful, heart-wrenching journey. On a positive note, have a great Easter!
  6. Next Years Starting 5

    Hoping that Watson, Palmer, Roby, Copeland, Jordy comes to fruition. Sans Watson, it's a very long lineup (6'10, 6'9, 6'8, 6,6).
  7. Adjustments

    All points right on. As to #2, after the first Northwestern game, about every team we played sold out to stopping Glynn and Tai from turning the corner on high screen and rolls. This hurt Glynn more than Tai, as Tai was physically able to fight through some of the traffic. It didn't appear to me that we ever really adjusted to this. Seems that Glynn would have benefited from clear-out isolations, which would have alleviated him having to deal with the hedger on every ball screen. It hurt that we didn't have a post guy who could pick and pop, which would have required the hedger to have to play honest on the screener. Perhaps Copeland helps with this. More ball movement and harder cuts would have been nice to see as well. As to #3, I have been concerned for several years that we rely too much on having guys make individual plays with the ball, rather than getting opportunities via running sets. We often take too long to get set up and burn too much of the shot clock before running the sets we have.
  8. Adjustments

    True. It also helps that Walton makes really good decisions off of screen and rolls.
  9. Penn State vs Nebraska Game Thread

    That's true. I was just wishing for great shooters who could consistently knock down shots game after game.
  10. Penn State vs Nebraska Game Thread

    Calling Cary Cochran, Marcus Perry and Brian Conklin. We need some surrogate shooters.
  11. Horne's offensive potential is very good. In that respect, his ceiling is high. However, he's a major question mark on defense. Exhibit A was his defense on Sunday evening (although outside of Roby, it appeared to me everybody's D was lacking). The question is whether he will get quick enough (or defensively savvy enough) to guard 3's. I don't think he's big enough to guard true 4's. That being said, I hope the young man sticks around.
  12. CBI

    The only thing that bothers me EVERY game from a coaching standpoint is the complete and utter lack of ingenuity on in-bounds plays. Getting tired of the old "throw it in to half-court" thing we have going on right now. Illinois actually ran several sets and scored a few times out of in-bounds plays.
  13. We saw a glimpse of what could be Roby's future greatness on that steal and layup. The Pritzl kid had a great angle to cut him off and stop his progress, but Roby (with the left hand by the way), got around him in stride and made a great finish. Great, great play.
  14. Roby changed the complexion of the game last night with his disruptive defense and hustle. IMHO that was really just a small glimpse of how good he could be. Once he gets a bit stronger and more confident offensively, he will be a match-up nightmare. Teams will have to guard him with a smaller player because of his mobility, and because he passes the ball so well, he will create a ton of opportunities for teammates.
  15. Those refs had no clue where they even were

    Art V. is is spot on. On many occasions, Wiscy got their calls on plays which led to free throws or which were momentum changing plays. What bugged me last night (and really I have noticed this all year) is that so many times, the ref standing right in front of the play made no call, only to have another ref standing 30 feet away blow the whistle. Just so gut wrenching....