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    The Thing About Bouknight

    As well as he's played the last ten games or so, does anyone else think that he's still going to have a game way beyond what we've seen yet? Since his scoring has become consistent his floor game seems to be getting better game by game as well, but offensively he still has long periods of time...
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    Playing Without Akok

    Just a little confirmation about how we've changed since losing Akok Akok.. A lot has been said about how the team is "developing" and plays "prettier" in the last week. That's clearly true, because as much as we love the young man and belive in his future, Akok was giving us nothing...
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    Looking Forward From the Injury

    First, one paragraph looking backward before looking forward. Obviously I feel terrible for the young man, and pray that however far he was going as a basketball player is only delayed and not denied. But from a fan's point of view yesterday brought the kind of emotion that is why we all put...
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    A Few Thoughts On Last Night

    1. Overall a good offensive game but one of our poorer defensive ones. Yes, they are good offensively, especially at home, but part of it was on us. See #2 below. 2. The criticism of our Center play last night is absurd. Perfect, no, but Whalley and Carlton combined had a double double and...
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    A Few Thoughts

    1. Obviously Bouknight, Whaley and Gilbert were just great. The Bouk run in the 2d half was unreal, but Gilbert's run in the 1st half when we couldn't buy points was just as important. 2. While I'm happy we won comfortably, note that we didn't get over the hump of winning a close one. We're...
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    Where We Are Through a Wider Lens

    A little perspective. I just looked at the KenPoms. We rank 33rd in the country in defensive efficiency. We rank 159th in the country in offensive efficiency. We are more than good enough defensively to be an NCAA team. People need to give the coaches, and the players, credit for that. It...
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    I'm Anti Anti-Edsall

    I have decided that I am anti anti-Edsall. I have no energy or desire to defend his coaching over the last three years. What's the point. The results have sucked. But I find myself so annoyed by the irrational need to complain about everything of the anti-Edsalitas -- he's not ruthless...
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    Two Additional Thoughts about the Iona

    1. After what looked to be an "I don't give a damn" effort against Maine, it was nice to see Josh Carlton come out last night and decide "I am going to be a man." I have said it before and I'll say it again -- I understand Carlton is not an explosive athlete, but if he simply plays to his...
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    The Path to 2020 Bowl Eligibility

    Whether the suits can strike a deal to make sure that, at 6-6, we go to a bowl game as an Indy or not, 6-6 is the obvious goal for next year. Now that the schedule has come out, it breaks down pretty easily. We play three teams at home that are currently above 140 in the Sagarins: Maine, ODU...
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    One More Thing Yesterday Showed Us

    For all the deserved talk about how good the freshman are playing and how much better we looked with our starting guards letting the game come to them, one point that I haven't seen made enough. For all the frustrations of his lack of explosiveness inside and stretches where he not just...
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    The View From Section 241

    Not much to say. That was a horrific, horrific performance, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Reminiscent of last year. We didn't seem to care a lot, or if we did we aren't smart enough to put ourselves in a position to try to make plays. And, while I am one of the last people...
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    The View From Section 241

    First, for the first time probably since the win over undefeated Houston, that was a fun way to spend an afternoon. It was good, entertaining football on a beautiful day with a crowd that was way too small (and didn't come close to 22k people in the building) but was into the game and not just...
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    The View From Section 241 -- the NBE

    This is not an easy column to write. I have loved UConn basketball since I moved to Connecticut in fall of '77. I have loved UConn football with maybe even a greater passion (as it was part of a more exclusive club) since they opened the Rent. The last few years have just been incredibly...
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    Akok and mid-year acceptance

    Forgive me if this was discussed in the other thread before it become unreadable and got frozen, but there was a lot of speculation about how Akok could come here during the semester break given that we have 13 scholarship players. I did not see the obvious answer discussed, so let me set it...
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    One Thing I Haven't Seen Mentioned

    Was at MSG last night and have only skimmed the boards this morning, but with credit to my son for pointing it out to me let me make one point that I haven't seen discussion on. The most critical and underappreciated part of college basketball is point guard defense. Everyone talks about how...
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    No View From Section 241 This Week

    As a little kid I was taught if you don't have anything good to say, don't say it. There is nothing helpful to say about Saturday night's loss. Let's see what we see against URI, and then there may be more to talk about. Unfortunately, none of that may be good either. Time will tell.
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    The View From Section 241

    I think I will try to do these more regularly again, but they will be shorter. First, because this team just isn't worthy of the depth I used to provide. But more importantly, we are playing so many players that I have so little knowledge of that I can't even keep track of the defensive...
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    UCF v Memphis and Offensive Football

    With all due respect to TD HUsky (I leave it to everyone to determine how much that is), I can't watch football like this. Touchdowns are only exciting when they are not something that is supposed to happen. When you have to work for them. I know it's a matter of taste, and everyone can like...
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    The Really Good News About Beating Oregon:

    That wasn't our best game. That wasn't close to as good as we can play. 1. Shooting. 3 for 17 from 3, and 10 missed foul shots. This is not going to be a great shooting team, but we can do better than that. 2. Cobb out. We were missing one of our three center by committee members, and...
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    So Tonight is the Cheif -- Nightclub Bowl

    I assume that means the game starts at 11:11?
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    The View From Section 241 -- Temple

    So a few thoughts from Saturday's win. First, credit to the players for not getting down on themselves and finding it in their hearts to gut out a win, on the road, while teammates were going down to illness and injury. It would have been very easy for the team to quit, especially given that...
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    The View From Section 241 -- ECU

    Well, that was harsh. That was a must win game played in a sauna in front of friends and family where we dug a deep and early hole, spent the entire game trying to climb out of it, and did -- but only to see a tieing chip shot field goal attempt go badly awry. I am fairly certain that is the...
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    Invitation to AD's Suite

    I received a printed invitation to the AD's suite for the Holy Cross game. The information on the card was very vague. Did others get this? Does anyone know what it means (in terms of what the event is)? I presume it means I'm supposed to bring my checkbook.
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    Our Starting Lineup Today

    If we had a huge qualifier next week, where everyone had to be released, and everyone was equally health and rested, I think we can name with over 90% certainty 10 of the 11 starters: Howard, Brooks, Cameron, Yedlin, Johnson, Bradley, Nagbe, Pulisic, Altidore and Wood. I think the only...
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    Premiership Title

    If Spurs is to have any reasonable hope of catching Chelsea, they have to gain points on Sunday. Forget for a moment that Spurs remaining schedule is difficult (home to Arsenal and Man U and at Leicester, West Ham and Hull) and even dream that Spurs can win out (which would mean taking their...
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    Bryant Shirreffs

    O.K., as exciting as the last four weeks have been, we still don't have a QB for next year. Here is my question. The players are all back for the second semester. There must have been a meeting where the players showed up, met the new staff and started their new strength and conditioning...
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    If Amidah Brima ...

    Ties his shoes in the locker room with no one around him, is it a foul? Four years of phantom calls against this guy that no one else in the history of basketball has gotten so consistently.
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    One Name I'd Take More Seriously

    Look, I hated the guy as coach of our rival as much as anyone, but Greg Schiano ought to be one name that we are seriously looking at. A number of reasons: 1. We aren't going to be turned around overnight just by X's and O's. We need a rebuild. Like Edsall did here, but like Schiano did at...
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    Still No Show of Support for HCBD?

    Each day that goes by since our embarassing end of season loss to Tulane without a formal show of support for HCBD from the administration harms recruiting and searching for the right OC. At this point, unless our entire University is incompetent (and I don't think it is), it is not plausible...
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    The View From Section 241 -- Temple

    It's getting harder and harder to write these. Heck -- it's getting harder and harder just to watch the damn games. Luckily, the game Friday night was for all practical purposes over by 7:30. Last week, I was in Florida and figured I would watch the tape when I got home on Sunday. Never...
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    The View From Section 241 -- UCF

    That was a tough loss. Really empty stadium, notwithstanding the announced attendance. We saw three bus loads of students heading back to campus before kickoff. (Yes, I know you are young and might have taken the bus out without noticing it was cold and raining but come on guys.). A tailgate...
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    The View From Section 241 -- Cincy

    Well, that was pretty clearly our best 60 minutes of the year. But does anyone really have a reason to think that we don't have a better game in our system than that one? If we play exactly like we did against Cincy but: (I) we actually go plus 1 or plus 2 in turnover margin, which has to...
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    The View From Section 241 -- Houston

    I don't have a whole lot to say this week, so this will be on the brief side. We played a road game against a legitimate top ten team that is much, much, much better than us in almost any way you can imagine, and wanted revenge, and they beat us easily. No matter how manic this board gets, we...
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    The View From Section 241 -- Syracuse

    Sickening feeling in my stomache this morning. I hate losing to Syracuse at home. Hate it, hate it, hate it. For all that went wrong yesterday, I never thought we were losing that game until they completed the third in long from their own 5. So we lost the turnover battle, again. Now a net...
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    The View From Section 241 -- UVA

    I am of two minds on the game, and I don't know which path to take. So let's try them both. On the one hand, Saturday afternoon was a pretty damn good day. Beautiful fall Saturday. Very nice 1:30 start time (allows leaving Fairfield in the morning to be way, way less rushed, but still...