I wish we had another coach at CU that over performed expectations the way Boyle does. I just went back and read some preseason pack 12 articles, and this team is making the beat writers look like chumps again.
Better in the case of gatling. Eli has been fantastic. Very different player but so much better for this teamIs this the first year you could legitimately say we reloaded? We lost some good pieces in Siewert, Gatling, and Bey. The replacements stepped right in and have played basically just as well
Making this more impressive is that while not being decimated with injuries there have been enough guys miss enough games to force Tad to adjust his starting line-ups and rotations and adjust how he approaches opponents.As others have stated in different threads, the most encouraging progress is elimination of the 4+ minute offensive dry spells so common last year, especially down the stretch. We regressed to that a little when we played at Arizona but the last few games the offensive flow and movement is as good as I can remember. So far, Tad and the team have managed this season better than anyone could have reasonably expected.
Eli is criminally underrated right now. He’s been HUGE.
The comeback games against UCLA and Arizona will be huge! They should be ranked games, and being back at home will help.Don't forget to look at the NET rankings. That's what the tournament committee uses to put together the tournament.
CU is #7 - the other rankings will catch up over the next couple weeks.
He also should be more creative on how to deploy Traps and the Zone Defense in order to either change momentum.
I get you, but when you are in a slump and start getting behind by a few points, turning it on full-court or for a quick change of pace would be nice. They are playing pretty darn good defense right now and it is working, but when you are in a tournament, gotta coach your arse offBe very good at one thing, instead of being kind of adequate at many things. The style of defense Tad teaches does not mesh well with an aggressive trapping defense. If we tried to deploy a defense like that, I'm certain it would be terrible. You're not going to be able to bounce back and forth from Tadball to 40 minutes of hell. The styles are just too wildly different.
Kind of pisses me off that we’re 27th in the AP.
It's still early in the season.Kind of pisses me off that we’re 27th in the AP.
The Bracketology stuff looks like the Pac 12 teams will be in the “6” seed area.It's still early in the season.
AP is often a reputation poll, especially early in the season. If the voters haven't seen you they aren't going to vote for you and most of the voters are in other regions of the country.
Keep in mind that CU doesn't have a lot of success in recent tourneys,
The PAC12 hasn't done much in recent years to give voters reason to pay attention
Most PAC12 games, and most pre- and post- game discussion is on a network that most of the country never sees and our games have been at times when most people aren't actively watching or paying attention
CU doesn't have a "superstar" that gets them a lot of attention. Yes we all know how good Kin is and we have a bunch of other players who would be at home in any league in the nation but we don't have the HS all-Americans with off the charts stats that get people talking.
My expectation is that as long as we keep winning we will rise in the AP and get more national attention.
@Tony G. is correct that the #7 in the NET rankings is key as that ranking gets a lot of weight in seeding.
Also fully expect that when it comes time to seed that CU fans are going to be at least a little upset with the "lack of respect" we get in seeding.
In theory every year is supposed to stand on it's own but when they put the brackets together it does seem that reputation does make a difference.
Our history and our leagues recent performance is going to drag us down. Important that we overcome that and do some winning in the tourney so in the future we don't face that issue.