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ladyhusker last won the day on January 30 2015

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  1. Which is exactly the point...if the goal is to have a good win-loss record, let's schedule every team in the Summit League and feast away (sorry, couldn't resist). But if the goal is to make the NCAA tournament, wins and losses just as numbers can't be a gauge for whether a season was good or not, and how the team plays must be considered as criteria. The last two weeks certainly don't sit well with me either, and the way we played was a pretty big shock -- which, I'd posit, was an anomaly to the rest of the year (which would seem to indicate something significant happening to affect it...which others have discussed extensively in other threads, and I probably don't want to wade into that again here). I'd just submit that purely pointing at our record and using that to define the last three years under Miles (as it stacks up to his predecessors) doesn't seem to be a good way to determine if someone is or isn't a good coach, or if a season is or isn't bad; the point of this thread, then, seems to be to find the positivity we can take from a numerically poor season, and I appreciate that kind of holistic approach. There's a lot to be encouraged by in this season, even if it didn't end well -- and that, at least in my eyes, actually includes the aggressiveness in scheduling and prioritizing a path to the NCAA tournament over the chance to pick up 22 (largely empty) wins. (Before anyone points out the obvious: no, no one is arguing against all that yet; this something of a pre-emptive commentary. And yes, I fully know you need to actually win games to make the NCAA tournament, and we didn't do enough of that, I'd say probably for a myriad of reasons, some of which are under Miles' control and some of which are not. I'm just pointing out that, unless wins -- any wins -- are the ONLY goal, they also can't be the only criteria -- and in that sense, hanging our hat on some moral victories isn't entirely inappropriate.)
  2. I almost wish, instead of win-loss records, we had a way to figure RPI or included our SOS ranking with the record or something for a better picture of the overall year. I loved Doc, but if our current team traded schedules with one of his teams, I don't think any of us would be upset with the win-loss record. For reference, because I was curious, I actually looked up the 2010-11 schedule, which was Year 5 Doc...we went 7-9 in conference, but made it to the NIT after only losing two non-con games...because we played USC, Creighton, Vandy (lost that one) and everyone else pretty much had a "State" or a direction in their school name. Point being, it isn't really a true representation to compare wins and losses only between coaches sometimes, because I don't think anyone would argue that the level of competition was MUCH higher this year than basically any year in Doc's (or Barry's?) tenure. I'm not excusing the losses being as numerous as they were, but it only stands to reason that a harder schedule would yield more losses. If we wanted to be the SWAC champions again I'm sure we could, but this is the tradeoff for a better schedule, and honestly, considering the circumstances, I'm not really displeased about the results we got. The timing of the last slump was poor, of course, because that's what we'll focus on going into next year...but I'm glad someone brought up the cool moments and unlikely accomplishments this team had prior to the last two weeks.
  3. Ugh, this is my least favorite part of March Madness (and the lead-up to it now, I guess), when we start talking about how much better Player McPlayerson from Directional U is than our own roster. I like UNO and love that they made a good run -- but this is also a team that had 100 points dropped on them THREE times this season (by Rice, Oral Roberts and Fort Wayne), who was swept by Fort Wayne, and who had a 7-6 non-con record (with a win over Iowa but double-digit losses to USC, KState, Rice, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, and Pitt -- average margin of loss was 19 points). Do they have a player or two who might contribute here? Sure, in a bench role, they might. But let's also feed Ed Morrow or Jack McVeigh a steady diet of those games and see what they look like. Again, I like UNO. Glad they made it as far as they did. They score points a lot so their horrible defense isn't as glaring and they can be fun to watch. But I'll take our guys pretty much any day of the week. (back to lurkerdom...)
  4. I kind of think part of what made that Wisconsin game so incredible was the "can we really do this? it's been SO long" feeling that went with it. We were making history. There was an excitement that this could FINALLY be the year we break the almost-20-year curse. So to that degree, I hope at least that part is something we don't experience again, if it means waiting another 15 years to have a game with that kind of hope associated with it. Back to lurkdom...
  5. Tubby has a condo in the Railyard. Yeah, I think pry he and Walt P like to go down to Longwell's on the reg to crush brews and slay dank bea.... ...ah, forget it. Thank you for not finishing this sentence. I'm out of brain bleach at the moment.
  6. 1000000% this. But I have to assume that this is a freshman thing, and with a little more maturity, he gets a little better at remembering to share the ball before just taking that shot. When that happens, it elevates our game monumentally.
  7. You know, one of the things I appreciate about this board is that it doesn't really matter whether we know each other "in real life" or not. It's still a community and while we might bicker about nonsensical things (of course it's a common interest and discussing them is why message boards exist, but in the long run, does it REALLY matter who starts at the 4 next year?), when it really hits the fan, we care about our own. Hang in there, friend. You have our prayers and we'll all celebrate on the other side of it. God is good.
  8. Not necessarily. It's pretty rare that a high-major school moves an ops guy straight to assistant coach (it happens, but not often). It'd be the same explanation as Harriman -- career advancement. Most guys working in the field actually want to coach, and in a high-major place especially, that usually means having to leave to have the opportunity to come back. I wouldn't worry too much about behind the scenes issues if/when they move on...just means we had good staff that had a coaching opportunity that wasn't available here (at least not if we want assistants who have good recruiting ties, which seems to be the prevailing wisdom around these parts anyway).
  9. I'm still sad that there's a band called the Butthole Surfers. If only that name had been Creaned early on.
  10. I sincerely, desperately do not want to play Iowa again. I know we beat Michigan State already this year, but I'm not so excited about our chances against them in a rematch. No idea on Ohio State for a few more days. Other than that, bring on anyone. Growing up a fan of the Royals taught me to not count us out until we're mathematically eliminated...sometimes that happens sooner than later, but until you literally, mathematically cannot do it, why the heck not just win the whole dang thing.
  11. I always mix up Delonte West and Dalonte Hill. One pays a player's family with dollars, the other with...oh, never mind. Neither here nor there, I suppose.
  12. I don't mean this to pump rainbows at Tai or anything. Yes, he had a costly turnover or two. Yes, it's frustrating. But there are a LOOOOT of reasons we didn't win (probably starting with the fact that Melo Trimble is a straight up man out there and it takes a fairly gargantuan effort to beat him alone, much less the rest of Maryland's team) and I'd wager that Tai's ability or lack of ability to play at a Big Ten level, based largely on a couple of turnovers, wouldn't make the top 5 reasons we lost.
  13. Really? We just played a hell of a game that most thought we had no shot at, it came down to the last 30 seconds, and showed the team hasn't just given up on this year...and we turn it into yet another Bash Tai thread? Come on. We're better than that. Be disappointed, fine, but this is unnecessary.
  14. I can firmly attest that it is not a vegetable at least, although Wisconsin's student section may not be aware of that either.
  15. Might even increase it...screams of terror sound a lot like yelling during free throws.