Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
at the St. Gregory's game. Weak opponent, but the Trojans played well. Showed a lot of good basketball, especially the 28 assists. That was just short of the 32 all-time team record for one game. I was pretty down on them, but I feel a little better. Won't be a really good team this year, but might be fair if things go well.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
My son-in-law and I got to see UCA play Tennessee Tech last night. Tech won in a close game. Tech is coached by Mike Sutton who received national notice a couple of years ago for his struggle with Guillain-Barre syndrome. At one point all he could do was blink his eyes. He now is on the sideline, sits on a stool in front of the bench. He walks with a cane, albeit somewhat awkwardly. Truly inspiring story.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I had hoped we would stay a little closer to Ole Miss than we did, but I am not surprised that we got blown out by a good SEC team. We did a few things well, but you aren't going to give up 20 turnovers against a team of that quality and stand much of a chance of winning. Some good things happened. Bails showed he is still a force on the boards. Cicic hit his first two 3-point attempts. Burton was 4 for 5 from the field. We will get better.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I like our recruiting class this year. First of all, they are all freshmen (at least so far). How long has it been since that was true. Since we expect to have all five positions covered next season, that makes good sense. Second, the class includes a point guard, a scorer, and a center. Nice combination. Who knows how freshmen will pan out, but long term I feel a lot better bringing in promising freshmen than having to plug holes with jucos, even though we have had some outstanding JC players. Second, the two guards look to know how to score, and that is always a plus.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We have perhaps more question marks after the exhibition game than we had before. What is the deal with this team? Was the Harding game a complete abberation, or did it reveal fatal flaws in the team? Who knows? And, I don't know if we will know any more after the Miss State game, because logically they should come close to blowing us out. It may take a good while to know how good this team really is.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Based upon the feedback we have gotten so far on this team (precious little), I have moved from being pretty pessimistic to being cautiously optimistic. I am not suggesting that I think we will be in the top tier of the SBC, but I think we might be able to move to being on the top edge of the middle of the pack. Considering what we lost, that will be an accomplishment. If we were to be one of the top 3-4 teams in the conference, that would mean Shields has done one of his best coaching jobs and that he has significantly upgraded our incoming talent. I would like to hope that is the case, but we'll wait and see.