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View Poll Results: Which games will we win?
@UNLV 24 92.31%
NKU 26 100.00%
Xavier 20 76.92%
@Miss St 7 26.92%
UCLA 21 80.77%
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:40 AM   #1
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Expectations for Next 5 Games (OOC Gauntlet)

Cincinnati - 6-1, KenPom #36

12/1 - @UNLV (4-1, KenPom #132)
12/4 - NKU (7-1, KenPom #119)
12/8 - Xavier (3-3, KenPom #60)
12/15 - @Miss St (5-1, KenPom #29)
12/19 - UCLA (4-2, KenPom #52)

Last year our gauntlet consisted of @Xavier, Florida (neutral), Miss St and @UCLA. We went 2-2 in those games and were able to turn the momentum from those two wins into a 16-game winning streak.

How do you believe we'll fare this season?

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Old 11-28-2018, 07:44 AM   #2
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I think we go 3-2 but am hoping for 4-1. I got us beating UCLA, X and NKU at home. If we can steal one of the other two games that would be very nice. My reasoning is centered on only losing 2 home games the last 2 years. We have been tough for teams to beat on our floor. Even if it was NKU for one season.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:51 AM   #3
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I think UCLA is the best team, they played UNC very close until about 5 minutes left in the game then UNC throttled them, the miss state game is 50/50, the x game is 50/50, we should win the other 2
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:58 AM   #4
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IMO yes the next 5 games are tough but we really should beat UNLV and NKU so then that leaves you with the other 3 games. Anything short of 2-1 would not feel good so Im hoping for 4-1. Especially since 2 of those 3 games are at home.
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:47 AM   #5
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UNLV hasn't played the toughest schedule, but neither have we. However, if the old saying "Defense Travels" is to be believed...then we should leave Vegas as solid winners.

The other 4 are a toss-up. We should beat NKU, but i have to believe they will play us tough. Xavier is always a toss-up. Miss. St. and UCLA are both pretty good.

These next 5 could go a long way come selection Sunday.

I expect to go 3-2. Anything more is a blessing. Anything less and I'm just going to be pissed off awhile.

I'll recover though.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:03 AM   #6
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first 2 shouldn't be a problem, i dont think i'd consider them particularly tough.



the next 3 though, you could see the 2 home games going either way, and i dont like our chances vs mississippi state very much. mississippi state plays pretty well on both sides. i will say a plus for us in that game though is they aren't the best at preventing offensive rebounds. they let austin peay get 35%, arizona st get 37.5%, and saint mary's to get 32.5% and arizona state is the only team thats even good at getting offensive boards (but we are better).



im never going to feel good going into a xavier game until we show we'll show up for the game more than once every 5 years or w/e it is.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:08 AM   #7
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I'm not overlooking Xavier. they have more raw talent than we do.


But most of all, they will be DESPERATE. They literally have nothing but US and @missouri left on their non conference. We are their only chance at a tier 1 win in the non conference most likely as missouri isn't good at all this year.


That said, even our average offense should be able to carve up Xavier's 327th ranked defense (without preseason bias baked in).

Cane was able to blow by his man every time last year and we need Cane to do the same thing this season and for Jarron to be big Game Jarron like he always is.


ALSO... PLEASE Guard Ryan Welage. He is exactly the kind of ugly faced Xavier kid that will shoot us to shreds if we don't find him.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:13 AM   #8
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ALSO... PLEASE Guard Ryan Welage. He is exactly the kind of ugly faced Xavier kid that will shoot us to shreds if we don't find him.


its always the bad shooters that hurt us vs them, and they've got more this year than ever before!


we gotta worry about goodin, marshall, and scruggs.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:47 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Queens_NYC View Post
Cincinnati - 6-1, KenPom #36

12/1 - @UNLV (4-1, KenPom #132)
12/4 - NKU (7-1, KenPom #119)
12/8 - Xavier (3-3, KenPom #60)
12/15 - @Miss St (5-1, KenPom #29)
12/19 - UCLA (4-2, KenPom #52)

Last year our gauntlet consisted of @Xavier, Florida (neutral), Miss St and @UCLA. We went 2-2 in those games and were able to turn the momentum from those two wins into a 16-game winning streak.

How do you believe we'll fare this season?
Had this question been asked after the first 2 games I would probably have said 2-3 at best. At this point after seeing a lot of progress I would have to say 3-2 would be the minimum we need from that stretch. I think 4-1 should be a real chance as well.

3-2 content
4-1 very happy
5-0 Ecstatic
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