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jacobkdoyle 07-30-2017 11:07 AM

Around the AAC
 
Just saw that Landry Shamet for Wichita State broke his foot and is out for a while. That's a huge blow for them. Hopefully he comes back by the start of the season, or conference play at worst.

NKY Bearcat 07-31-2017 07:05 AM

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Originally Posted by jacobkdoyle (Post 169944)
Just saw that Landry Shamet for Wichita State broke his foot and is out for a while. That's a huge blow for them. Hopefully he comes back by the start of the season, or conference play at worst.

I saw yesterday that he likely will be back for the season opener. I doubt he misses Maui for Wichita.

Queens_NYC 08-07-2017 10:09 AM

For anyone that's interested, Jon Rothstein visited SMU's practice last week. Here are some of his Twitter comments...

Greetingsfrom Dallas. Here for SMU practice. Ponies are aiming for back-to-back NCAA bids. https://t.co/JYOhMovscF

The biggest area of focus at SMU practice? Offensive rebounding. Undersized Ponies need extra possessions. Limited size yet again.

Arkansas transfer Jimmy Whitt will give SMU a new dimension at PG. Should allow Shake Milton to move to wing and focus on scoring at will.

SMU won't have Jahmal McMurray until December. The games without him: Battle 4 Atlantis, USC, and TCU. Epitome of brutality? Indeed.

Early prediction on SMU's starting five: Jimmy Whitt, Shake Milton, Ben Emelogu, Jarrey Foster, Akoy Agau.

Similar to last year, expect SMU to focus on a "5-out" alignment. Positionless basketball a major theme at practice today. Interchangeable.

SMU has NCAA caliber talent 1-4. Big question is if there's anything else after that. Ponies lost three guys that will play for money

Biggest surprise I saw after the past few days? SMU freshman Ethan Chargois. 6-9 and SKILLED. Needs to change body, but could help Ponies.

Think with McMurray, SMU can get an NCAA bid. Could be tough sledding without him in November though.


Seems like SMU will be another tough out during conference play regardless of how they fair during McMurray's absence.

ThomasMac 08-07-2017 11:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Queens_NYC (Post 170017)
For anyone that's interested, Jon Rothstein visited SMU's practice last week. Here are some of his Twitter comments...

Greetingsfrom Dallas. Here for SMU practice. Ponies are aiming for back-to-back NCAA bids. https://t.co/JYOhMovscF

The biggest area of focus at SMU practice? Offensive rebounding. Undersized Ponies need extra possessions. Limited size yet again.

Arkansas transfer Jimmy Whitt will give SMU a new dimension at PG. Should allow Shake Milton to move to wing and focus on scoring at will.

SMU won't have Jahmal McMurray until December. The games without him: Battle 4 Atlantis, USC, and TCU. Epitome of brutality? Indeed.

Early prediction on SMU's starting five: Jimmy Whitt, Shake Milton, Ben Emelogu, Jarrey Foster, Akoy Agau.

Similar to last year, expect SMU to focus on a "5-out" alignment. Positionless basketball a major theme at practice today. Interchangeable.

SMU has NCAA caliber talent 1-4. Big question is if there's anything else after that. Ponies lost three guys that will play for money

Biggest surprise I saw after the past few days? SMU freshman Ethan Chargois. 6-9 and SKILLED. Needs to change body, but could help Ponies.

Think with McMurray, SMU can get an NCAA bid. Could be tough sledding without him in November though.


Seems like SMU will be another tough out during conference play regardless of how they fair during McMurray's absence.

Good info. Thanks for sharing.

I feel if we don't take care of SMU fairly easily this year, then we'll have severely underachieved this year.

Bearcat513 08-07-2017 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by ThomasMac (Post 170018)
Good info. Thanks for sharing.

I feel if we don't take care of SMU fairly easily this year, then we'll have severely underachieved this year.

Our depth will help us win a lot of games and the games versus SMU especially.

Alum2013 08-07-2017 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Bearcat513 (Post 170019)
Our depth will help us win a lot of games and the games versus SMU especially.

They've beat us with only 5 or 6 players multiple times. Depth in college ball is pretty over rated when you have a good starting 5.

jacobkdoyle 08-07-2017 11:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Alum2013 (Post 170021)
They've beat us with only 5 or 6 players multiple times. Depth in college ball is pretty over rated when you have a good starting 5.

Yeah our pace has allowed teams with no depth to stay in the game in the past. Will that change? Time will tell.

UCalum08 08-08-2017 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by jacobkdoyle (Post 170022)
Yeah our pace has allowed teams with no depth to stay in the game in the past. Will that change? Time will tell.

Not to mention, sometimes our defense wasn't the right plan for teams like SMU. They were and are great shooters. Don't let them take good looks from 3. Make them beat you with 2 pointers...what'd we do? Over help, allow them to drive and dish.

Bearcat513 08-08-2017 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Alum2013 (Post 170021)
They've beat us with only 5 or 6 players multiple times. Depth in college ball is pretty over rated when you have a good starting 5.

Agreed but their starting 5 is not as good as last years. Semi was the MVP based off of ORtg for each of the games we lost to them last season.

I agree with Jacob, depth really comes into play when you can press and play a quicker pace. It's assumed we will with Broome and Jenifer running the point. But, we shall see.

jacobkdoyle 08-08-2017 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Bearcat513 (Post 170024)
Agreed but their starting 5 is not as good as last years. Semi was the MVP based off of ORtg for each of the games we lost to them last season.

I agree with Jacob, depth really comes into play when you can press and play a quicker pace. It's assumed we will with Broome and Jenifer running the point. But, we shall see.

It's also important to have quality depth vs a team like SMU instead of just having bodies. A quicker pace could certainly have tired them out...but on the flip side, guys like Jenifer, Q Moore, Brooks, and Scott didn't really belong on the floor against their guys. Brooks had a tough time in the AAC Title game.

Against the South Florida type teams though, you can get away with using your depth no matter what bc even our young bench guys are better than their starters. It's a fine line.

Luckily, this year we seem to have the best of both worlds. We can use our depth vs anyone without feeling like we're vulnerable.


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