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  1. Through 5 years, Ford has been a success. He’s raised the talent floor of the program to a point where SLU should be top 4 every year, and in the conversation come March. There are moments of frustration, but I’m very curious to see how the team changes post-Goodwin and French. Some of the more frustrating moments the last 4 years came because of the identity formed by those two, and I’m really excited to see him work with (on paper) the most offensive weapons he’s had here. 

  2. 5 minutes ago, Brighton said:

    Browsing the Big East forums, I'd rather SLU not be in the conference now. Bunch of snobs.

    Strong disagree. SLU gaining an invite to the Big East means the program has risen to a sustainable level of success of yearly tournament appearances with top notch facilities. Sign me up for that! 

  3. 5 minutes ago, brianstl said:

    I disagree with how relevant Loyola currently is in Chicago.  

    Regardless, an irrelevant Loyola in a conference is important just as an irrelevant Fordham is important.  Their presence gets you games in those cities which could help with recruiting, but more importantly gets you a chance to work well funded alumni in those cities for donations.  

    People in Chicago care about Loyola more than Fordham, but not really before NCAA time. You won’t find them on TV much here, but a lot of maroon and gold was around the city during the last two tournaments. There’s a lot of colleges competing for relevance here, and a lot of alumni from various places settle in Chicago, so it’s a tough market. 

  4. 21 minutes ago, slu72 said:

    Ok, I'll ask again and be a PIA, what is our deal with FSMW? Is this going to become Bally's or stay as an FSN branch. They didn't broadcast any of our games post Covid last year, but ESPN plus picked up the slack. If they're a no show this year, I'm switching to Comcast. 

    Unless I’m misunderstanding the question, there will be no games broadcast on FSMW this year as the channel has been rebranded as Bally’s. SLU games that  previously were broadcast on FSMW *should* be broadcast on Bally’s and ESPN+ as they previously were when the channel was named FSMW. The only thing that has changed is the name. 

  5. 1 hour ago, cheeseman said:

    I thought NBCSN was shutting down. They transferred their contractual games to another channel.  

    The games will likely be on Peacock, if the strategy NBC has employed with the Premier League is the template. 

  6. 4 minutes ago, Reinert310 said:

    I haven’t seen this posted anywhere, so I thought I would. They have us as the #75 in the country. They don’t give us much of a chance against Memphis or @Bona, but every other game they either have us favored, or have it as reasonably winnable. The problem I have with this write-up their minutes break down. There’s a 0% chance that Nesbitt plays less than 30% of the minutes, almost half of Rashad Williams minutes. That’s just not gonna happen. I also don’t see TJ playing less than 15% of the minutes or Gibson playing over 70% of the minutes. 


    T-Rank is an awesome site and alternative model to kenpom, but their early season stuff isn’t something that can be reliable since there isn’t a ton of data available. Give that site 4 or 5 games and stuff starts to normalize. 

  7. 4 minutes ago, billiken_roy said:

    it seems to me, the problem with thatch is his fouls.  he was in foul trouble constantly.  

    Fred’s fouls per 40 last year was 4.9, second highest on the team (for rotation players) behind Linssen at an astonishing 8.1 per 40. Fred is always going to have a degree of foul trouble to his game, he simply plays too physically on defense, but the key will be spacing the fouls out. 

  8. 1 hour ago, Old guy said:

    I apologize for my lack of knowledge. Does anyone know how what the average minutes per game was for Thatch last season?

    Based on kenpom, the only site that broke out the splits, Fred played an average of 16.2 minutes per game. For conference, it was 18.02 minutes per game. 

  9. 1 hour ago, brianstl said:

    Who had the best 3 point shooting percentage on the team on last season's conference games?  Fred Thatch at 40% is the answer.

    Fred was 4/10 from 3 in conference. Yes, he was really effective and efficiency numbers loved what he did, but it’s hard to make broad sweeping conclusions about many aspects of his game from the sample size. Heck, he only took 16 3’s for the entire year, and just 71 shots total. He had the highest offensive rating in the A10 for conference play, but the usage is so low that it is hard to really say if that will translate with more time. 

  10. From those articles it doesn’t seem as if the NCAA is preventing current representation from providing future services, but rather doesn’t want current representation to be *contingent* on a player retaining that agent in the future. 

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