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theeagleman5

Athleticism is nice....HEART would be better....this is a dark day for ORU basketball.....;(

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TheEagleman has been an ORU basketball fan since his senior year in HS (1971-72) when the decision was made to go to Tulsa....that's over 45 years ago and we were the Titans then....today has to be one of the top 5 or 6 lowest points in program history....feeling really low today....hard to believe that even though we are short of talent and players at guard that with our front court we still can't beat Southern Nazarene at Mabee Center.....but alas........no heart....no wins.....;(

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ORUalum

We will learn a lot about this team tomorrow.  Time to see how much "care factor" they have left after that humiliating defeat.

Call me crazy, but why not spend every practice, film session, and meeting preparing for Omaha and Fort Wayne after tomorrow's game?  They might want to spend some time on FT shooting also.  Why would you spend a second game planning for FGCU, ARK, or MN?  Treat them as exhibition games and try to get a jump on conference play.

 

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ORUJason

I have seen Eman, Albert, Javan, and Chris Miller all show some offensive talent at times.  I just didn't understand why none of them seemed capable of putting together a good game against NAIA talent.  They were taller and "bigger" than the SNU players that were guarding them.  Since Ruder has been out, teams have no fear of any of our remaining 3 point shooters, so SNU clogged up the lane last night and made it more difficult for the post men.  Perhaps our post men are not skilled enough to handle the double teams even against an inferior team.  Albert has actually done a pretty nice job of passing to the open man and playing the "inside-outside" game, but there isn't a lot of "outside" to that game right now.

SNU had a decent point guard, but other than that, there was nothing special about most of their other players.  As I was leaving the Mabee Center last night, I thought that this team's first goal needs to be to MAKE the Summit League Tournament, because embarrassingly, that would be an improvement over last year.  Then, anything else they accomplish beyond being at least the 8-seed will be gravy.  Then I won't be so disappointed when they drop a game they should win like the Oakland game, Pepperdine game, and SNU game.

I felt like this team had shown improvement since the OSU blowout, but last night's game was clearly a regression.  Paul Mills may have to get creative, but with Ruder out, there is not much depth to work with.  I was hoping for more from Manek, but he seems to have a "slow" shot that will be very prone to being blocked.  I did not see a lot from Emir Ahmedic either.  Jontray isn't really impressing either.  These were small sample sizes for Emir and Manek, but they do not appear to have the skill sets to be difference makers.  So ultimately, Paul Mills is left with: Emmanuel Nzekwesi, Albert Owens, Javan White, Chris Miller, RJ Fuqua, Kearns, Ruder (once he returns for conference play), and I guess Jontray Harris.  That is basically his 8-man rotation which is now a 7-man rotation for the next few games.

If RJ and Kearns cannot get a consistent entry pass into the post, they may have to use Javan White on the perimeter to make entry passes.  Then when Albert and E-man get a pass, they need to be in position (within about 4 feet of the basket) to make a post move and score.  They need to focus on offensive rebounding as well, as some offensive rebounds were to be had last night, but no one was in position to get easy put backs.  There is A LOT of coaching that needs to be done by Paul Mills and his staff before conference season begins.  

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TrueBlue82
18 minutes ago, ORUJason said:

As I was leaving the Mabee Center last night, I thought that this team's first goal needs to be to MAKE the Summit League Tournament, because embarrassingly, that would be an improvement over last year.  Then, anything else they accomplish beyond being at least the 8-seed will be gravy.

First goal is accomplished - only because IUPUI's departure leaves eight teams, so every team qualifies for the tourney this year.

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ORUJason

Ha ha.  Well that is a relief...

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ORU2017grad

I continue to say that our 4's and 5's are not threats on offense.  I was at the game and SNU didn't attempt to guard Eman Javan and Al outside of 5 feet.  I know defense is a major part of the game but if you can't score you will continually come up short even against D2 teams.   I am not sold on Mills yet as a coach.  I have yet to see any in game adjustments that standout as being great coaching moves.  Also he continued the trend of bringing in small guards which obviously doesn't work.  

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vcboy2000
On 12/8/2017 at 9:00 PM, vcboy2000 said:

All. Time. Low.

Let’s see how they respond. 

They responded very well!!!

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