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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Dead Dog Alley in There needs to be a new topic   
    If you think we're facing off with some good coaches now - well, take a look at the career wins and losses (in Division 1) of the guys coaching in the Big 8 in 1991.
     
    Kansas
    Roy Williams
    903
    264
    Oklahoma St
    Eddie Sutton
    806
    329
    Kansas State
    Dana Altman
    690
    353
    Missouri
    Norm Stewart
    634
    333
    Oklahoma
    Billy Tubbs
    609
    317
    Iowa State
    Johny Orr
    466
    346
    Nebraska
    Danny Nee
    409
    382
    Colorado
    Joe Harrington
    251
    220
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    Bill Self's Toupee got a reaction from Norm Peterson in There needs to be a new topic   
    I agree with your 4 main issues, placing Rebounding and 3-Pt accuracy as the #1A and #1B, with FT shooting #2 and Bryce being everything advertised as #3. I would also add
     
    4. Reduce the number of fouls, especially the fouls at crucial points in the game.  I don't know if these are "frustration" fouls, or "making up for lesser effort" fouls, but there appeared to me to be too many of this sort of foul.  Maybe they should be called "discipline" fouls.  We were a better team in terms of foul per minute in 2019 (actually very good overall with 1 foul per 13.4 minutes).
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in Quaran McPherson is N   
    Beats having to pay the kid $100,000 and provide his dad or uncle with a "good job."
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to basketballjones in Quaran McPherson is N   
    I love NYC Point Guards. 
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in Top 25 Husker Recruits in the 24/7 Era   
    Louis Truscott was pretty highly rated coming out of high school. He'd have been top 150 if they'd had those rankings back then.
     
    Lue would probably have been a 5-star and Hamilton a 4-star.
     
    Strickland and Boone were both 4-stars, for sure, and Woolridge might have been on the cusp of being a 5-star. I think he was rated in the 20s by Street and Smith at the time. He wasn't in the teens. He didn't make the McDonald's AA game. So I'm guessing really high 4-star on the borderline of 5-star.
     
    Jamar Johnson was another fairly highly-ranked kid coming out of HS. So was Carl Hayes and also Lewis Jeter. They might have been Rivals 150 quality. Jamar Johnson certainly was.
     
    Depreis Owens was probably a 4-star.
     
    Chester Surles was probably a Rivals 150 guy. 
     
    Mikki Moore was under-rated. A project. Big programs weren't looking at him.
     
    Tony Farmer was a mid-major transfer because his school dropped their program. I don't think he was heavily recruited out of HS. He was good, though.
     
    Kimani had no HS recruiting ranking; he was a juco transfer, so he wouldn't have made the list. Terrence Badgett doesn't quite make the list either. I think he was a good Nebraska player but that was at a time where Nebraska kids didn't really get recognized for basketball.
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    Bill Self's Toupee got a reaction from millerhusker in Top 25 Husker Recruits in the 24/7 Era   
    It's unfortunate that we don't have the same sort of data for the Danny Nee years.  I wonder how many of these would be on the list if we went back to 1986?  Half?
     
    I think all of these guys could have made the list... Tyron Lue, Mikki Moore, Eric Piatkowski, Beau Ried, Rich King, Verson Hamilton, Tony Farmer, Eric Strickland, Kinani Ffriend, Terrence Badgett, Carl Hayes, Clifford Scales, Bernard Day.  All of these players were fairly tauted recruits.
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    Bill Self's Toupee got a reaction from millerhusker in Top 25 Husker Recruits in the 24/7 Era   
    I attended my share of Sadler practices and clinics, and a couple of Miles clinics.  I've also watched some Hoiberg clinic stuff on youtube.  There was a marked difference between Sadler's approach and Miles' approach at the clinics.
     
    I think Collier and Sadler's forte was X's and O's.
     
    Miles' forte was recruiting.
     
    Hoiberg is good at both. 
     
    IIRC, Nee was a heck of a recruiter that let his assistants coach.
     
     
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in Top 25 Husker Recruits in the 24/7 Era   
    OK, you limited your examination to "top 25." The link you provided actually goes back a lot further than that, and so I just took a quick historical look at the older data. Thank you for the link, by the way.
     
    Some of the stuff was consistent with what I thought I had remembered. For instance, in the early days of Scout (which became 24/7, right?) I can remember scrolling through page after page of basketball recruits trying to find the top player we were going after. And it was Charles Richardson. And, according to your link, he was ranked the 793rd best player in his class. And that's about the way I remembered it.
     
    That's not a typo. 793rd.
     
    And he was our top recruit that year.
     
    It's just striking how bad our recruiting was before Tim Miles got here.
     
    Before Tim Miles, we couldn't even get our foot in the door with Rivals 150 guys. You'd scroll through the names of the players we'd offered or who were at least considering us, and it just flat didn't include any of the top names. At all.
     
    I think prior to Miles, we'd never had a Rivals 150 kid on our roster even as a transfer. That's how bad it was. And then, all of a sudden, Tim Miles comes along and we had like six. I remember doing a thread where it was like we went from zero Rivals 150 players to having enough that at least one Rivals 150 guy would have to come off the bench. In a span of only like 2 years. My, how far we had come.
     
    Sometimes, during Collier/Sadler years, we got lucky with a guy who was better than the recruiting services gave him credit for. Aleks Maric, for instance, was pretty damned good even as a true freshman. But our starting PG during a couple of the Collier years was Marcus Neal Jr. who was rated outside the top 120. OF JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS. And that certainly fits with what I remember of him.
     
    For comparison, Lance Jeter was the #36 juco recruit, and Ade Dagunduro was #16.
     
    I remember how excited we were about Roburt Sallie, but he wasn't even in the Rivals 150. And he was supposed to be some kind of program changer.
     
    So, this latest flurry of commits is significant. And the guys whose doors we are knocking on now suggests that trajectory should continue.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to cornfed24-7 in Keon Edwards is N   
    You sir are the worst kind of Husker fan in my opinion and thats why I down voted you. This will save you the reply for asking why.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in Top 25 Husker Recruits in the 24/7 Era   
    OK, well then, let's take care of business next time instead of letting some midget 3-point shooter come in off the bench and drill our ass with a bunch of corner threes.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in 2021-2022 expectations   
    Same could be said for Thor. We have room. It looks like we'll probably keep a couple spots open. He doesn't count against our total this year anyway. Why on earth would you not want Thor around. Even if he doesn't get many minutes, what he would provide in terms of stability in the locker room would be a benefit beyond measure.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in 2021-2022 expectations   
    People asking lots of questions.
     
    Who's going to play what position? Will the newcomers come in and command a bunch of minutes and starts? At whose expense will the newcomers gain minutes?
     
    A window into answering some of those questions might come from looking at the 4 factors: Shooting; rebounding; turnovers; free throws.
     
    We sucked last year because we were the worst rebounding team in the Big 10. We were second-to-last in free throw percent. And bottom five in shooting and turning the ball over. That's a recipe for futility.
     
    Among the guys who need to make big strides in the off-season, Dalano Banton was the team leader in turnovers. He was also a marginal free throw shooter. And he was bad from beyond the arc, although this was somewhat mitigated by his ability to finish (he shot over 50% from 2-point range.)
     
    Banton was also far and away our best rebounder, corralling nearly 40 more boards than 2nd place Lat Mayen. On a team with better shooters, his deficiency from downtown might be camouflaged. If you want to knock him out of the starting lineup and give his minutes to someone else, you mind explaining who will grab the boards for us?
     
    Speaking of Lat, he wasn't terrible. Some people act like he was gawd-awful. He wasn't. In fact, I thought he looked better and more comfortable as the season progressed. He didn't turn the ball over a ton. He rebounded reasonably well for his position. He made the most 3-pointers of anyone on the team. And he was our #1 freethrow shooter at nearly 80%. If you want to play someone else at the stretch 4 position, you better show me someone who can hit better than 35% from deep and rebound the basketball.
     
    I'm open to discussing freshmen coming in and starting. In fact, I think we'd be nuts not to start our first 5-star recruit ever. But everyone else is going to have to legit beat someone out. And that's actually a good thing. Position battles make the whole team better.
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    Bill Self's Toupee got a reaction from jimmykc in Edwards replaces Thor/Allen   
    Someone needs to lead the expedition to the Lonely Mountain.
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    Bill Self's Toupee got a reaction from BugeaterZ in Edwards replaces Thor/Allen   
    Someone needs to lead the expedition to the Lonely Mountain.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in 2021-2022 expectations   
    If we're playing the same players essentially the same or similar minutes as they got last year, then we should expect the same or similar results. Y'know, that definition of insanity thing.
     
    It's not that I don't like Kobe. I just hope that we've upgraded the talent enough that he only sees the floor in mop-up duty. Or in the event of foul trouble.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in 2021-2022 expectations   
    You mean when we're up 85-60 and the end of the bench is in the game and there's still 30 seconds left in the game, but the shot clock is running out, so someone needs to shoot it? That kind of end-of-game 3-pointer? I'm down with that scenario.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in Keon Edwards is N   
    When he reclassified from the 2021 class to enroll early at DePaul, he was dropped from the Rivals and ESPN rankings. He still carries a rating score from ESPN, though, of 86.  In the 2021 class, of which he was a member, that would place him somewhere between 34th and 47th on the ESPN top 100.
     
    Robin says he climbed as high as top 25 and a 5-star for Rivals, but I'm not sure he held that ranking when he reclassified. Still, outstanding player and a huge recruiting coup for us. He had some big boys involved in his recruitment, including FSU, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and Arizona St. all in the mix.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in Departures/Returnees/Arrivals   
    For some reason, they don't seem to be interested in going out and finding a true PG. They seem to be comfortable filling that role with the players we already have.
     
    One thing I think is clear: there will be no more reaches this year. Kojenets might be a project in some respects, but he seems to have some shooting skill and so they must feel they can work with it. But, like last year when we took Woods, we were clearly reaching. There won't be any reaching this year. Now that we have Wilcher, I think the coaches are satisfied that they have the boxes checked and they don't need to go find warm bodies just to fill a roster.
     
    No more reaches. That's a good thing.
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    Bill Self's Toupee got a reaction from hhcmatt in Departures/Returnees/Arrivals   
    It was a James Coburn quote from a great movie... Payback. Great "mobster out for payback" movie, lots of quotable lines!
     
    I just now realized that there is a politician from Virginia named Justin Fairfax.  Apologies if the name caused any confusion.
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to aphilso1 in Departures/Returnees/Arrivals   
    -From a talent perspective, Teddy is the only one who is a loss.  Obviously we can debate his fit in Fred's system, whether he would have gelled with the new players, etc.  But Teddy was clearly a talented basketball player on the offensive end of the floor. 
    -Yvan worked hard, had a fantastic attitude, and was a big body for DW and EA to go against in practice.  I would've liked to keep him around because that's the sort of teammate I want using an end-of-the-bench scholarship.  But if our second most significant loss is a guy who would've been at the end of the bench, then that's a good sign.
    -I'd put Thor in the same category as Yvan, although lower on the priority list because he plays at a position where we are relatively deep.
    -I was never on the Shamiel bandwagon. I felt like his skillset wasn't a good fit and he wasn't talented enough to overcome that bad fit.
    -Elijah and Akol, we barely knew ya.  But good luck and thanks for being a Husker.
     
    So we lost an offense beast who didn't fit in great, a couple dudes who were great teammates, a guy who some fans had high hopes for but didn't pan out, and some young guys that never saw meaningful minutes on historically bad teams.  Overall, that's not bad.  Now compare that to what we are bringing in:
     
    -Highest rated Husker recruit in the era of recruiting rankings
    -A Top 100 player who fits the mold that Fred wants in a stretch 4
    -A Top 100 player that we desperately wanted last year and is transferring in with four years of eligibility.  Oh yeah, and he can shoot
    -Another 3pt specialist
    -A tall guy
     
    I'd say the incoming players are a clear improvement over the outgoing players.  But more importantly, the "returnees" list actually includes a group of guys that played well together down the home stretch for us this year.  
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to hhcmatt in Pop Quiz   
    This is a stat where Hoiberg coached teams have shined in the past.  This year was pretty good but not nearly as good as year 1. Not sure if our style led to giving up more FTs or if it was our players. Walker and Andre were pretty hacky.
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    Bill Self's Toupee got a reaction from Cazzie22 in Pop Quiz   
    I was spending some time looking over past season STATS, and these were notable to me. 
     
    I really didn't expect Doc's teams to be the most efficient 3-Point shooters.  My general feeling about his teams were heavy on the defense.
     
    I was NOT surprised that Danny Nee's teams were good rebounders.  But to be clearly ahead of all other coaches, and to do so over a span of 14 seasons.... that impressed me.
     
    I also didn't think we had been playing relatively clean lately (fewest fouls per minute) under Hoiberg.  Maybe it's WHEN the fouls have been happening that makes the last two seasons feel worse.
     
    I also was unable to find a STAT where Collier's teams could hang their hats.  That kind of jives with my general feeling about Collier...  they just didn't EXCEL at anything.
     
     
    Hope everyone enjoyed (or was surprised) at these!
     
     
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to swmckewon in Seasoned Freshmen   
    Keita is/will be legit. 
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    Bill Self's Toupee reacted to Norm Peterson in Seasoned Freshmen   
    Here's what I think about Breidenbach. I don't know if he's good enough to leapfrog Lat Mayen out of the gate. But I believe he is good enough that Lat will have to bring his "A game" in order to start ahead of Wilhelm. And he'll have to continually improve in order to keep that lead. And, if he doesn't, I believe Wilhelm will be good enough to give him a good run for his money.
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    Bill Self's Toupee got a reaction from aphilso1 in Pop Quiz   
    Here are 5 (hopefully fun, not meant to say anthing about any particular coach) questions for you... 
     
    1.  Which Head Coach has the best 3-Point percentage for their tenure (not a single season, but all seasons combined)?
         A. Nee     B. Collier     C. Sadler     D. Miles     E. Hoiberg
     
     
    2.  Which Head Coach has the best free-throw percetage for their tenure (not a single season, but all seasons combined)?
         A. Nee     B. Collier     C. Sadler     D. Miles     E. Hoiberg
     
     
    3.  Which Head Coach has the best Assist-to-Turnover ratio for their tenure (not a single season, but all seasons combined)?
         A. Nee     B. Collier     C. Sadler     D. Miles     E. Hoiberg
     

    4.  Which Head Coach has the fewest minutes-per-rebound ratio for their tenure (not a single season, but all seasons combined)?
         A. Nee     B. Collier     C. Sadler     D. Miles     E. Hoiberg
     

    5.  Which Head Coach has the best minutes-per-fouls ratio for their tenure (not a single season, but all seasons combined)?
         A. Nee     B. Collier     C. Sadler     D. Miles     E. Hoiberg
     
     
     
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