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36 minutes ago, Wendelprof said:

I wouldn't read too much into last year.  Once covid hit the team it is logical to assume everyone's athleticism took a hit.  Trying to run a team out of the gym after covid hit our team so hard - wasn't going to happen.  I give Ford a "pass" on last year (hell, I give everyone a "pass" on last year).  Most everyone was doing their best just to get through the year.

I'm not sure what a "pass for Ford" is all about. 

Last four seasons (20-21 already recapped - 9 plus Bell with 8.8 mpg)

17-18, 7 players with double digit minutes plus Anthony played in 32 games at 7.8 mpg (I count 8 in rotation.)

18-19, 8 players with double digit minutes

19-20, 10 players with double digit minutes, including Thatch with 9 games and Jimerson with 10 games due to injuries.

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1 hour ago, HoosierPal said:

I'm not sure what a "pass for Ford" is all about. 

Last four seasons (20-21 already recapped - 9 plus Bell with 8.8 mpg)

17-18, 7 players with double digit minutes plus Anthony played in 32 games at 7.8 mpg (I count 8 in rotation.)

18-19, 8 players with double digit minutes

19-20, 10 players with double digit minutes, including Thatch with 9 games and Jimerson with 10 games due to injuries.

I was replying to Roy's post where he wrote:  "however when we didnt take advantage of that athleticism last year, that sealed it for me.   aint never going to change.  that's ford's style.   deal with it."  I should have included that in my post to clarify my point.  I don't think one should come to that conclusion based on how Ford got the team through last year.  We don't really know how healthy each player was or was not, and how covid affected each player's stamina.  Without that inside information, there are too many unknowns about last year to draw too many conclusions about Ford's coaching philosophy.

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47 minutes ago, dennis_w said:

The Swede does not get mentioned much in this thread, he has legit size and presumably can shoot. Maybe he is that 3rd "big" stretch four type

Good point I forgot about the Swede and he might have been pushing Jimmy Bell for playing time.

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21 hours ago, 3star_recruit said:

The top teams in the team in the A10, with the exception of Richmond, are just as athletic as we are.  In the games that matter, we don't have an athletic advantage.  We did, however, run the bad teams on our non-conference schedule out of the gym.  That's progress.  There's way too many buy games in our recent past  that were hard-fought 10 point victories.

The game that really frustrated me last year was the ST. B tourney game. They totally dictated the pace of play, and it worked totally in their favor, ie slow ball and great D (especially Osuni on the inside.) Now the Covid hangover might have been in effect, but I felt if we threw enough guys at them at a much faster pace we might have worn down their starting 5 and two minimal subs. Instead, we played their game and stuck with trying to force the ball inside where Osuni was doing a really good SWAT team impression. I think he had like 11 blocks in that game. That's almost unheard of, yet we kept trying to get shots over on him. I was hoping Ford would make a rotational adjustment at the half but no dice. He stubbornly stuck to some game plan that wasn't going to work. 

I know we MBM'ers have a tendency to overrate our talent, but still think we have enough good depth to wear teams down. Hopefully, we will see Travis use some of that depth this year against teams that want to slow ball us. Also, am hoping our 3 pt % will improve to where teams just can't sardine can us on the inside. Perkins, Jimerson, and Williams are proven from beyond the arc. If we can add TJ, Yuri, Thatch, and Strickland to that mix we could be a dangerous team. Maybe even the Swede, who was supposed to be the stretch 4 we're looking to add.  

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13 minutes ago, bauman said:

First, thanks to Steve for updating the front page with the 21-22 schedule with as much info as we now have.  It seems to me that we will still need 4 home games (one could be an exhibition).  Does that seem correct to you guys (and gals)?

@SluSignGuyLeft out the away game at Duquesne.

Stu alluded to a home with Central Arkansas, but I'd wait until it is posted elsewhere before including on this list.

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