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CUIndepent Pre-season series "Dance, Ralphie, Dance"

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Shldr2Shldr, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    Apparently they are doing a week by week chronicle of practice. Interesting perspective, and finally at least more press coverage.

    http://cuindependent.com/2014/10/13/dance-ralphie-dance/56083

    If he is even partly right about XJ and Tory... oh my goodness this year could be fun.
     
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  2. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I'm confident in our front court. It's elite. I worry that our back court is average at best.
     
  3. wyobuff

    wyobuff Well-Known Member

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    Agree - I'm not even so much worried about booker - he was great to watch last year after spencer went down. I think he'll still make the one off mistake, but by and large, I'm hoping he plays smart all year.
     
  4. FLounder

    FLounder The Buffs will rise again! Club Member

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    The good thing is teams with a really solid front court are consistent. Great big men can cover up the deficiencies in the backcourt IMO.
     
  5. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    You hear all the time about how great front-court play really drives college teams, you never hear about guard play as a driver in the NCAA ranks.
     
  6. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Guard play wins in the Dance. We need to see a lot of progress & growing up from the back court over the course of the season.
     
  7. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    It'll come back to this a lot of the course of this season. We are going to need to get some decent guard play to have a chance to get the ball to our front court. If you look at how bad we got handled in the last 2 games it all started at the guard position with pressure and ineffective play. we could have had Shaq and Malone in the front court and it wouldn't have mattered.
     
  8. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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  9. rolandftw

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    I worry a lot about Askia if he is the point guard

    Still think Fletcher breaks out big time this year. Need another of our guards to do so, too (Dom, Jaron, XT)

    Love to hear the good talk on XJ
     
  10. BuffG

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    Scott, sure, but we haven't seen Wes play with consistent confidence yet & Tory is a wildcard until he proves otherwise.

    "How much have Jaron Hopkins, Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Wes Gordon, who played big minutes as freshmen, improved?"

    Everybody, including the beat writer is sleeping on Dustin Thomas.
     
  11. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    I don't think anyone knows what to expect with DT. I know people were nervous when he decided to go home for the summer, but relieved when he came back in good shape. He's kind of a wild card for the team this year.
     
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    Has anyone heard a thing about any of the sophomore players improving?
     
  13. sackman

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    JHop, Dom, Ski And XT make a solid backcourt. While the frontcourt will be a strength, I don't think the backcourt will be a glaring weakness.
     
  14. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    I think the back court will be very solid defensively.
     
  15. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    The regular stuff about how everyone had a good summer and the greatest improvement is usually made between freshman and sophomore year. Yada, yada, yada. I'm eager to see the Drexel and Auburn games.
     
  16. BuffG

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    So many wild cards... Thing about that writer's statement was that he mentioned Tre as playing significant minutes but DT played far more minutes even when Tre was healthy.

    Lots of people are calling a Tre breakout but, not only did the coaching staff play DT more, he also made a statement during the Seals training. Of course, their breakouts aren't mutually exclusive.
     
  17. rolandftw

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    Their minutes were very similar from the Harvard game up to his injury. DT is going to have to shoot better, as his defense is not as good as Tres
     
  18. tante

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    wishful thinking FIFY
     
  19. BuffG

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    That's a really small & selective sample size, but even then your argument is that their minutes were even. DT's FG% was 41.4 on 111 shots & Tre's was 40% on only 50 shots. Tre only played 10 games of 10+ minutes at 100% health so it's quite the leap to make any definitive statements about his game.

    Again, their 2nd yr jumps are not mutually exclusive, but DT is being overlooked while Tre gets hyped even though DT played 273% more minutes than Tre.
     
  20. rolandftw

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    I think it's more about Tre staying on-campus, and more players being able to say they think he has improved his game, while Dustin did not stay on campus. He could have improved as much or even more, but he's not going to be the first name out of players mouths when they didn't watch him as extensively as Fletch

    I just feel defensively, Fletcher is a more versatile player. Ideally, Dustin Thomas can be instant offense off the bench.
     
  21. BuffG

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    Yes, recency bias would imply Tre would get more hype bc of staying on campus, but that has nothing on game experience. My issue was the writer made a mistake leaving out DT. I don't see either of them starting from the onset, but that could change quickly.

    Not really on Team DT or Team Tre. Just think it's funny how the hype train works. DT was the 1 getting hyped at this time last year.
     
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