Hello everyone, happy Thursday.
I see I have a bunch of questions here in the que, so I'll jump right in.
Yes, so far the Gophers have made 78.2 percent of their shots from the line after making 68.5 all of last year. That would be notable improvement if it kept up, but it’s still early, so it’s hard to make that judgment. Generally, though, if the Gophers shooting overall improves – which I expect it to after Minnesota underperformed in that regard last year – the free-throw shooting should tick up as well.
This may shock you, but I’m not changing my predictions based on a bunch of non-conference fluff plus a close game against Syracuse and a good win over Florida State on an off-night for the Seminoles. I think 8-10 is reasonable, good for landing somewhere around ninth in the Big Ten.
There’s no doubt that Ellenson is a gifted athlete. Right now, however, that isn’t translating into Pitino’s system. The Gophers want him to develop in other aspects of his game. Just a hunch, but if this continues, Minnesota might be watching a transfer – the big issue, of course, is that Ellenson would have to find another school that would let him compete in both basketball and track.
Great win by the Bison. Forward Marshall Bjorkland is from Minnesota, was one of a handful of finalists for Mr. Basketball in 2010, and he’s been solid for NDSU since. I don’t think the Gophers recruited him strongly, but his size and strength in the paint is definitely something that wouldn’t hurt the current team right now.
Well, Rand, of course you basically do play-by-play aloud … and Sid spills ice cream on me occasionally. But a person on fire seems really disrupting.
Yes, I think it’s obvious that the Big Ten is going to be a whole lotta challenge for the Gophers frontcourt as a whole, particular on the post players. Eliason has been playing well though and Walker has lots of potential – you have to remember that it’s kind of like he’s in his freshman year right now with all of the time he sat out. Plenty of room to grow. Whether that came happen in time to make a difference in the conference slate is another matter.
The Gophers are hoping it will be effective through the entire year. I think you might be making the argument that teams are more worn out at the end, but that would go for the Gophers too.
I’m not really keeping tabs on the Tubster and his mastery of the guns-up thing – but Texas Tech has had few tough losses because they’ve played some tough games – at Alabama, against Pittsburgh in Brooklyn and at Arizona. The team is kind of firmly in rebuilding mode right now.
Nope, what we do is pretty different!
It was cool, seems like a family full of hams.
They are good schmoozers, aren’t they? Hey, that’s part of a coach’s job – creating a likable program so that people will come to the games and hand over money for facilities and recruits will want to play there. But schmoozer or not, I think Pitino is generally a pretty genuine guy.
Pitino didn’t say it was going to be perfect right away – it’s a work in progress. And frankly, all the foul calls don’t help in keeping the pace up. I think their offense has looked pretty good for this point of the season.
I agree that Pitino has done a good job getting the most out of his players. Sometimes, just a new situation, a new approach helps.
Only time will tell. Austin Hollins has really risen to the challenge this year with the thin frontcourt. But Austin has also always been a very, very talented young man.
The South Dakota State game was pretty poor in terms of attendance -- where are you guys?? -- but it will get better once the Big Ten starts and the city thaws out (maybe) with above-zero temps a little bit.
He's had a couple of slow games, but he's not the only one. We'll see how he responds when the competition gets stiff again. His biggest shortcoming right now is what looked like improvement on the boards has kind of disappeared again.
Hey, it's hard to argue that Wisconsin has looked really, really good so far. They have something like 7 wins over top-100 teams. They will come down from their lofty heights a little bit, but there's no doubt that this team is talented.
Also Henry Ellenson over in Rice Lake.
Certainly, he's going through a little shooting slump right now but that doesn't change the fact that he's a very talented guard.