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In Topic: Ideal Athletic Department?

06 October 2015 - 06:46 PM


In Topic: Ideal Athletic Department?

06 October 2015 - 06:34 PM

I'm saying the entire deal....coaches, athletes, staff, facilities.....we went to a soccer tournament recently at Lindenwood and the fields and athletic buildings were unbelievable. They don't have a Chaifetz Arena but I'd sure take everything else. Why put all the investment into athletics and not want to be the best Jesuit program in nation? That's more university level than athletics, I think. Everyone matters in an organization. Again just curious to what others think should be the bar?

I think your premise is flawed. The best mid-major basketball programs don't necessarily arise out of the biggest athletic budgets. They emerge from a strong local basketball tradition, right down to the high school level. Missouri produces some good players but basketball isn't a religion here the way it is in Indiana or Ohio or North Carolina. The level of talent isn't consistent, the coaching these kids receive is often abysmal and the vast majority of basketball fans are of the casual variety.

In Topic: 2015-2016 Prediction Thread

06 October 2015 - 03:55 PM

16-14 regular season
8-4 non-conference
8-10 conference
1-1 in A-10
Progress, but not enough to turn the non-believers into believers and vice versa. 

Just for context, there have only been three underclassmen-dominated Billiken teams in the past 25 years who have finished 2 or more games above .500. One of those teams had a one and doner. Another had an all-conference center on it.

A really young Billiken team winning 17 games is a pretty big deal.

In Topic: 2015-2016 Prediction Thread

06 October 2015 - 03:37 PM

If anything the team should benefit from the head start it got in the Bahamas in the early part of the season.  Multiple people have done studies on the benefits these trips have on a team's record, especially in the early part of the season.  The benefits of that trip should outweigh the team's youth at that point of the season.

North Florida played in the Bahamas too.

In Topic: 2015-2016 Prediction Thread

06 October 2015 - 09:23 AM

The North Florida game will tell us a lot. That game should give us a good gauge of how good we are. If we are any good at all, we beat North Florida at home. Of course if we dump one before that, get ready for global board meltdown. However, if we can beat North Florida at home, I and everyone else will be pleasantly optimistic.

I don't think games that early in the season are necessarily predictive of anything. A young team can lose to a good team at home in November and beat a comparable team two months later. Happens all the time.