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  1. Ok, here's what I wonder and it's mostly pure speculation. It's partially based on an REO Speedwagon take ("heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend...") and partly from watching a couple of players, mostly Cope, closely during the game because of what I'd heard. I wonder if the illness bug hit more than just the players we have heard about? For example, either Copeland was completely out of the game mentally, which seems unusual, or he was just not up to it physically. I watched him get pushed around easily by guards several times and he seemed to be gassed far earlier than you would expect. He was hanging his head big time following a number of defensive series. Palmer the same. Neither player seemed to be able to move their feet on defense like they usually do. Again, this is barely informed speculation, but I still wonder.
  2. Freaking brilliant! And I will be at the game! First game since I moved back to Lincoln.
  3. That was my first year for NU hoops as well. Moved back to Lincoln from Milwaukee the previous summer and a friend of the family gave me season tickets. Been a huge hoop fan ever since. Oh, and those family friends also got me a picture with Jura, Gratopp, and Scantlebury in it, autographed by all 3. Still have it.
  4. I'd forgotten that. Thanks.
  5. I'd be delighted to see Roby crack 20 tonight.
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    Pavelkatron 1000

    Congratulations, Kent. Been around the country and listened to lots of play by play guys and you are still my favorite.
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    Creighton Game

    I will finally be moved back to Lincoln so I may have to try and get tickets.
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    2020 Zaire Wade

    FWIW. Just talked to a guy whose AAU team played Zaire's once two summers ago and twice last summer. They split in their games this last summer. Said ZW simply does not turn the ball over. Probably the best at that aspect of the game of any guard he saw this last summer. Distributed the ball very well. One of the 3-4 best he saw last summer. OTOH, he said he had flat out the worst outside shot of any guard he saw. Period. Said he also can get to the rim pretty well, but cannot finish. Their way to control him was put a big guard on him and never help. He had no shot around the rim so if there was no one to pass the ball to because everyone else stayed with their man, ZW would throw up an ineffectual floater. He said even though they split the 2 games with ZW's team last summer, ZW was not a factor in either game. Again, FWIW.
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    Dedoch Chan

    Welcome aboard, young man! Nice pick up!
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    Thomas Allen Back to School Drive

    You are a good man, TA. Wish I was back in Lincoln to help you.
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    Copeland is back

    It's time to eat grandpa. She is very pretty and definitely younger than me. But then again the pyramids are younger than me.
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    Copeland is back

    Copeland back. Palmer back. And a pretty young woman suggested we go out for coffee sometime. Yep, this is definitely an alternate reality.
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    Amir Harris is N

    Holy crap!!! This is fantastic! Welcome aboard, young man. And this is shaping up to be an extraordinary offseason!
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    Dachon Burke is N

    Outstanding! Welcome aboard!
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    Contract Extensions

    I know that you have talked to far more recruits than I have, but I have talked to a number of football recruits/parents over the years on the eastern slope of Colorado. And I'm pretty sure all of them have said that coaching stability would be a factor in their decision and contract length/extension is a readily observable signpost regarding that factor (my words summarizing theirs). I talked to a RB recruit's mom in the late spring of 2017 whose main concern was whether Riley would be there for the long term, as she really like him. I haven't spoken to any basketball recruits.
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    Really OT

    Lot of my favorites already mentioned, but I will add: Wishbone Ash (all time favorite) Willie Nile Renaissance Dave Edmunds Deep Purple Head East
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    Scouting Miss St

    I read this morning he is definitely out. That makes a big difference as MSU is not a particularly good ball handling team other than the Weatherspoon brothers, and Nick is the better of the two. Plus they lose 11 PPG and the guards that will platoon as Nick's replacement are not that great.
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    United States v Gatto

    Just read the first opinion from the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in the case that the US has brought against the shoe company exec and others for bribing basketball players to attend certain schools. The opinion denies a motion to dismiss the indictment filed by the defendants in this action. Thought some might be interested in the basis for the criminal charges, at least in this action. The below is quoted from the opinion: Defendants are charged with conspiring to use interstate or foreign wires in furtherance of the scheme to defraud by making, agreeing to make, and concealing bribe payments to the high-school basketball players and/or their families in exchange for the players' commitments to play basketball at the University of Louisville and the University of Miami, thereby (1) interfering with the universities' ability to control the use of their assets, including the decision of how to allocate a limited amount of athletic scholarships, and exposing the universities to tangible economic harm, including monetary and other penalties imposed by the NCAA.
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    United States v Gatto

    Oh and I know I look like a **** responding to my own posts but one thing I found very interesting from the indictment is that the coaches at Louisville and Miami allegedly approached the shoe company exec, Gatto, and asked his financial help in getting players. It wasn't Gotto going to the schools and the coaches having a moment of weakness.
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    United States v Gatto

    Thanks for moving it. I knew that forum was where all the other FBI investigation threads were and just had a brain cramp. Those are getting too frequent!
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    That's about the time I became a fan. The family moved back to Lincoln from Milwaukee in 1969 after my father passed away. A family friend gave me season tickets to basketball for the 1969-70 season and I became a diehard fan right then and there. Later on I played a lot of pick up games in the old coliseum with players on the team, as two good friends were on the team. At my size I always got stuck guarding Steve Willis and some games he took pity on me and some games...well lets just say I chased him a lot. But playing with BIG guys like that did move my jump shot from being accurate out to about 18 feet to NBA 3 point range, so there's that. One of my proudest possessions for years that I still have to this day is a series of autographed photos of guys like Jura, Scantlebury, Brendy Lee and the like. Always wished I had one of Jerry Fort, as he is still my favorite player.
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    I think it was Dick Perry.
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    One of my proudest pick up game moments was in the old coliseum. I was on the team opposite Andre. He went up to grab a rebound off someone on my teams miss. He grabbed it with both hands, holding it over his left shoulder while he looked down court over his right shoulder. I launched all 5'8" of me into the air, poked the ball out of his hands with my right hand and then pushed the ball off the backboard with my left hand for a basket. There were a lot of guys waiting to play and the hooting and hollering after this short white guy took the ball from him was intense. He turned and glared at me and my life actually did pass before my eyes. Then he said "nice play" and slapped me on the back. I almost ended up in the bleachers from the slap.
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    Monday I have Friday on my Mind

    If I had managed to complete my move back to Lincoln I would be going to Conlee's. Alas, I am still stuck in Colorado Springs.
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    Circular Reasoning

    Based on my own personal (completely unbiased) eye test after watching 25-30 games the last 3 weeks we are much better than K State, Texas and UCLA right now. On a neutral court we would beat Baylor, USC, and Providence right now fairly handily. I haven't seen the Bonnies or Miss. St. play since mid-season so ?. Louisville would be an interesting game, as would V Tech. I would have to give both of them a slight edge, but it would be a good battle. The 'Cuse doesn't have near the length they had in the past to make the zone work, so if you can flash a tall shooter to the free throw line you can completely discombobulate the zone. We have 3 guys who can do it: Copeland, Roby, and Palmer. Plus "Cuse's offense is not very good. I think we would beat them in an ugly game by 8-12 points. Of course, none of that matters to the bean counters.