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  1. Sagarin had us lower overall due to schedule and failure to beat any teams in the top 50, but they hd us in the 50s based on "recent action."
  2. Not at all disappointed. The injuries to Yetna and Q were very significant, disturbing the chemistry of an inexperienced team.
  3. I agree that the team has some talented players. But the consensus was they would finish last. One of the reasons one can say they beat the teams they were supposed to beat is that's how it looks now, because they beat them. At the start of the season, this team was not expected to beat Wichita State or Memphis or to lose narrowly to Temple twice and to Cincinnati or to beat SMU on the road (a place they lost by 50 last year). Perhaps over-performed is the wrong word. They won 2 conference games last year, 8 this year. A gain of 6 games surely has to be considered something beyond expectations. If they don't win 10 games in conference next year, we'll likely be disappointed.
  4. This team over-performed most of the season, with the only real under-performances against the Citadel and SMU. The defensive effort was poor yesterday given the game plan, which was to crash the boards. USF did their usual great job of offensive rebounding, but the failure to get points off the offensive rebounding led to many easy baskets going the other way for SMU. Yes, it was disappointing, but we all know there are still a few glaring weaknesses. We don't have any forwards who can score off the dribble. Our poor outside shooting makes us vulnerable to teams that can play a good match-up zone. The future is bright, but we are still a couple of weapons away from being a tournament team. Still, let's not forget we were picked for last in the conference. This has been a year to develop a "professional" and disciplined approach and, for the most part, it has been successful. We can be expected to finish among the top six next year and will have only two seniors among the top eight players. No reason to believe we won't again be the best or near the best rebounding team in the league and that's a good start. Sure would love to beat Connecticut and win our first ever game in the AAC Tournament.
  5. We'll get the 20th win on Sunday and should add another during the Conference Tournament.The starting seven are back next year in addition to two three-star recruits and Zach Dawson (if he has his life straightened out). Durr will bulk up this summer and Yetna should continue to improve. This should give USF the talent to compete and perhaps split with the teams at the top next year. A reasonable goal of 11 or 12 wins in conference next year is attainable. Losing our point guard for the rest of this season is a blow, but we should still be able to finish on a high note. Those 2 point loses to Tulsa, and Temple really hurt, but as CBG likes to say "we know who we are."
  6. That three point shot was a disgrace as was the missed free throw. Coach was not happy. Do like his attitude. Disappointing that UCFwanted it more
  7. Other than the spurts at the beginning of each half, we played Houston pretty well. They are just too experienced and they haven't lost at home in two years. We will have Zack Dawson next year and that should make a lot of difference. Casatenada has progressed nicely and is playing with more confidence. He will only get better. Teams have adjusted to our preferred mode of driving to the basket. Justin Brown was expected to be a three-point threat, but he just hasn't delivered except in spurts. Lang is ok, but is a defensive liability and lacks the kind of effort we see in the other players. So we are what we are. Next year, we will have Zack Dawson. He was rated as the third best shooting point guard in the country coming out of Miami and averaged 24 points a game. And he was recruited by Arizona, Louisville, and Oklahoma State. Hopefully, he's not a head case,With 4 good guards and Yetna and Durr continuing to improve, we have to think we'll be a 22-25 win team. Moreover, I anticipate that Gregory will add another recruit in the late signing period. And the two incoming Freshman look like they can both contribute early. Q has been off his game for the past three weeks and it has hurt. We need him to have any chance of upsetting UCF. When he is on top of his game, Collins is a better than average shooter. He's playing hurt and it is unlikely we can afford to rest him
  8. They take into account margin of victory. If we had won by double-digits, the ranking wouldn't have changed that much.
  9. Hats off to ECU. They came to play. Q was not benched at any point; he had two early fouls, which is an automatic sit. Gregory said after the game, he had to ask the team at halftime if they knew the game started at 5:30 because they were playing as if it started at 6:30. Great line! Collins played over 40 minutes and was outstanding. This team was built around Yetna's offensive rebounding and ability to move inside or outside and be equally effective. Coach made some great defensive adjustments taking away the three pointers and limiting the top Freshman rebounder in the league to 3 rebounds. But as you could see, this team is offensively challenged and their are no easy solutions with the present cast. Let's be real. This team is way ahead of schedule. Each player has improved over the course of the season and once again today we at times had three freshman on the court at the same time. They just came off their biggest road win and had a quick turnaround. And would be hard not to be looking ahead to their biggest rival. Speaking of the game Wednesday, consider they play three 5th year seniors. We play one senior and he rarely plays more than 12 minutes a game. Gregory will be Coach of the Year.
  10. 1. Kudos to Collins. Two clutch 3 pointers. 2. We don't win this game without the play by Durr. They had the rebound and he forced the "ruled" jump ball that gave us a chance. If he doesn't do that, we have to foul and it's game over. Kudos to Michael Durr. 3. We can likely beat ECU without Yetna, but we're not the same rebounding team without him. He adds so many dimensions to this team. If he's out two weeks or more, the challenge will be immense. 4. At one point in the second half, we played with three true freshman on the court. That should give all of us a sense of how far this team can go over the next three years. 5. Will be able to keep this coach with the miserable attendance. If we get another 3-4000 for ECU, the impression is going to be horrible. Other conferences will be looking to grab Gregory if we manage 20 or more wins. It's time for us to show we can support major college basketball. Why can't we get 8,000 at the YC for UCF and Temple? Why is there nothing locally being written about the success of this team?
  11. Our trips to SME have been disasters, the worst of which was last year's 79-39 loss. In the past four seasons we have lost there: 39-79 65-84 58-72 49-83 I would think this is likely to be a very tough game even with Yetna.
  12. I am as excited about this team as anyone. But let's be realistic. We are a young, aggressive, and improving team, but we are not world-beaters--yet. The game at SMU will be telling and I don't want to think beyond that game. We have never won there. In fact, we have never come within 25 points of winning there and they are no slouch. If we beat Temple, Tulsa, Tulane (again), and East Carolina (again) we should make the NIT. We have yet to show that we can beat a decent team on the road. Without Yetna we will likely have to change our game plans. I do think the league is improving. If Gregory doesn't get Coach of the Year, I'll be disappointed.
  13. How cool is to have Coach Gregory posting! How lucky we are to have him. What a difference he has made. Love his positive attitude, his energy during games, and his drive to do things the right way including emphasizing our players' academic work. A class act. So disappointing that we're not getting at least 7,00O in the YC. Where are the students? Why can't we do something about all the empty Green Jacket seats. Loved Coach Gregory's comment about the Tampa Bay Times not even mentioning USF Basketball in their "Things worth Doing this weekend" column. USF build their big lead withour Tideau and with a Freshman Guard who is still learning and contibuted greatly to the 30 turnovers. How do you win a game with 30 turnovers? That means the other team is going to have something akin to 20 or more shots at the basketball. That's giving up a lot. I don't think Memphis would have closed the gap with a healthy Yetna grabbing rebounds and Rideau and Collins playing in foul trouble most of the second half. But give Memphis credit they played hard and that press was effective. Consider that we have only one senior and two juniors getting significant playing time and neither were playing last year. Our entire top six players will be back next year. I've seen one projection that now gives us a 28% chance of making the NIT and 19 wins. Now we go to SMU, a team that has beat us by 30-40 points on their home court the last two years. Would be an awesome win. Without Yetna that is a tall order. Loved how he got off the floor, could hardly move and drained both foul shots. That kid is something special.
  14. He's getting better and better. Still trying to learn how to stay out of foul trouble. Has such a natural instinct for rebounding. If he stays four years and remains healthy, he'll re-write the USF record book. Awesome player with incredible "want to."
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