2017-18 Preseason Summary

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    Well it’s that time of year again where we attempt to keep track of the comings and goings of a conference that has grown beyond my ability to keep track of without some help.
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    I share your concern about the OCC for State. Maybe a couple games against that level of competition but at some point you have to progress. I also agree that this year is not the defining moment for KK as the coach – I’ve seen some things I like but also a lack of focus by the team at times. I’m assuming State will essentially be a coin flip on getting into the dance.


    ^if we’re a coin flip getting in to the dance, we all should be applauding. We’ll be lucky to win a game in conference without Johnson.


    If Pitt, GT and VT are as bad as predicted, it won’t help that we play them only once, and on the road. We need more home opponents that we have a realistic chance of beating. We sure as he!l aren’t going to win many road games this season.

    The ACC looks about like it usually does. Duke and UNC are in the hunt for another national title, while Miami and UVA, slightly on a lower level, will be tough outs in the post-season. Louisville should get back to the
    Dance despite losing Pitino, and FSU and Clemson will likely make it as well. I don’t know much about ND’s coach but do know that VT’s coach will keep them in the hunt, same as Syracuse. We appear lost among the rest of the ACC teams not mentioned above.

    We also appear lost much of the time on the court. So far, there doesn’t seem to be a floor leader for the Wolfpack. Tourney Tuesday seems a lock for this team.


    You don’t know much about Mike Brey? Only been the coach of the Irish for 18 years…

    We aren’t going to do anything in conference play this year. It’s all about building for the future this year.


    I agree Wulf. It’s why ther eis such a dilemna for me when it comes to Freeman. He is a good defender but hurts us offensively. Since he is a senior, would it be better to play a younger player for the experience and take the lumps? Maybe we do that after a few ACC losses etc.


    You always play your best players. Period. You develop young players in practice against the starters…not in games playing in place of the better player.

    It’s all about building for the future this year.

    My guess is that the building won’t really start until next year’s freshman arrive on campus.


    I’m assuming State will essentially be a coin flip on getting into the dance.

    I’m afraid that the odds of starting conference play 0-5 are better than getting into any post-season tournament.

    From teamrankings.com, here’s their projections of State winning each game over the next two weeks:
    Notre Dame (A) – 14.9%
    Duke (H) – 14.2%
    Clemson (H) – 38.1%
    Virginia (A) – 7.8%

    The odds of winning at ND are probably better than currently projected since ND just lost their best player for two months:



    I think you are right but I still think it is a coin flip this year. Losing Markel reduces the chances no doubt.


    Thanks for the write up. Good info.


    VaWolf !!!

    Thank’s the time and effort you put into your analysis and report — that wasn’t a 5-minute job…
    Your numbers don’t lie and just as important, they don’t contradict the ‘eye-ball tests’ to date…

    PATIENCE is the key word for this season, unfortunately…


    As for A.Freeman… and the associated criticisms… imo, it’s more a matter of ‘energy’ filling a ‘vacuum’, than ‘attitude’.

    The way to ‘fix’ that is to ‘fix’ the ‘vacuum’ side of the equation, not the ‘energy’ side…


    As for Markel… we probably ought to quit moping about that — someone will invariably confuse us with ‘whiners’….


    Tonight against ND could be an interesting game — key word being ‘interesting’…

    and VaWolf — keep ’em coming!
    GO PACK!!!

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    Editoral Note:

    I corrected the “OUT” category to RPI Ranking >75. A couple of years ago, Syracuse got in with 72 and there was one other team some time ago that got in with >70 (too lazy to look up).


    Our post season chances are pretty slim. MJ’s suspension probably clinched us CBI or worse.

    Our offense is awful. If our most experienced guard was more selective on his shots, we might have a shot. But that hasn’t been the case thus far and it’s crazy to think that will change.


    Markell’s suspension was the icing on the cake. I don’t see over 6 ACC wins.

    Oh well….


    Great post! Always appreciate an engineers take on things. Keep up the good work.

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