Good afternoon (almost) folks. Hope everyone is doing well today. Thanks for joining me.
I see I've got a lot of questions waiting, so I'll jump right in.
Syracuse feels like a scary game because it is a scary game. The Orange isn’t ranked No. 9 in the nation for nothing. Cuse has shown it isn’t totally unbeatable after just barely squeaking by St. Francis, but there is also a lot of talent there, and Boeheim’s teams are always very good defensively. In this year’s case, the team is just inexperienced, a la the Gophers, with only a couple of starters getting meaningful minutes last year. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Gophers kept it close, but it should be a very, very tough test, yes, at this stage of the season.
Smith isn’t the best driver, which is why you don’t see him doing that more. Still, he does need to be more involved in the offense. I think we’re still seeing a transition period after being the guy who just got open on the perimeter a year ago.
Nah – the Gophers don’t comment on recruits that went elsewhere.
I'm sure he is -- most players don't want to sit on the bench for six games at the beginning of the season, especially after looking so good in the exhibitions.
Pitino has said he doesn’t plan to redshirt any of them right now. There will probably be room for one of the guards (either Carlos Morris or Nate Mason) to start with Austin Hollins graduating. I don’t see Josh Martin starting over Joey King because they are kind of similar players and King would be more experienced.
The Gophers are still learning the system right now. It's not perfect. The press, in particular, is certainly not perfect. But that's OK --they're only four games in. There are going to be teams that can beat the press right now, and then they've got to adjust. I think, certainly, that Pitino is willing to scrap his signature press when he needs to is certainly admirable. You need to be able to show teams different things, and have options.
You’re going to be in Maui but you’re not going to the games? Wha? I don’t know of any pep rally situation, no, but if I get word, I’ll make note of it on my blog.
I agree, he did. He was walking around the halls last night, ice pack on face, seeming relatively OK for the situation, but he will be re-evaluated today (maybe with X-Rays). No word yet, but I will certainly let you guys know when we do hear.
It is a concern, certainly. The Gophers don’t really have an inside presence right now, someone to effectively muscle in the paint. Big Mo (can we still call him that?) coming back will help, but it’s not going to solve it. This is a different frontcourt than a year ago (and even that one had a lot of trouble). The Gophers will have to rely a lot on the perimeter shot and scoring in transition, but that won’t always be working.
It's so hard to predict something like that right now, after seeing him coach for just four games. You guys are getting ahead of yourselves. I like what he's done through the first four, but it's only been four.
Stop pretending to be Tubby, guys, joke is old.
Eliason, and that's a good thing. The guy had to play 34 minutes last night -- that's not a pace that's sustainable. When Walker returns, those two will go back to platooning the way they did in the preseason games, and you'll see less of Oto-and-Joey frontcourts.
Yes. He returns for the second round of the Maui Invite.
Gophers haven't said yet. Depends on the results today. Not much time for him to get healthy, but he could be fine.
I am tired of getting this question. Can’t you guys just accept that Pitino knows more about Buggs’ game than you do? He’s not playing him because he’s not ready, not because Pitino just loves watching the frontcourt struggle and get thinner by the second.
Hard to say. Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State are all going to be very tough. Against Wisconsin, it will be interesting to see how (if) the Gophers can control the pace.
Oto Osenieks has definitely surprised me; he’s playing with a lot more confidence. And Joey King has been more productive all over the court than I expected him to be. Of course the biggest surprise is probably DeAndre Mathieu. I love watching him play.
Definitely squatchy woods, please.
I'd like to pick that game after knowing how the Gophers play for the first four Big Ten games or so.
I’m going to go with one. And he will get yelled at for it.