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Dr. Cornelius
40 minutes ago, Old Titan said:

Meanwhile, on Screen #2 I’m watching SDSU give #15 West Virginia all they want right now in Sioux Falls, and the difference between the two preseason Summit League favorites could not be more pronounced. The Jackrabbits look aggressive, poised, and extremely well-coached. Their basketball IQ is off the charts for a low-major. Frankly, they are really fun to watch.

I agree OT. SDSU looks really good.

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ORUIllini

Eesh, may give up 100 in the opener!

Defense is optional I guess...

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Old Titan

Second half has been abysmal.

Here it is in a nutshell, over a five possession span:

ORU:  missed three, missed three, turnover, made bucket, missed three

Missouri:  drive for a lay-up, drive for a lay-up, free throws from an ORU foul, lazy turnover, wide-open three. 

Multiply that by 10, and that’s basically what the second half felt like. 

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theeagleman5

Brutal start....ouch....not sure TheEagleman wants to watch that replay tomorrow and spoil my holiday dinner...hopefully ORU can handle Rogers State on Saturday....🏀😬🏀

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Dr. Cornelius

I don’t think ANY college team should be shooting 35 threes...

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ORU82

First off, I want to thank the Athletic Department for the new ORU Athletics App., and also the move of the radio broadcast to ESPN 99.9 FM.  I could not get either the app to work or find 99.9 FM on the Tune-In app.   HOWEVER, I did tune the game in on the SEC Network.  After watching on and off because I am also watching SDSU give No. 15 WVU all it can handle, I must concur with what OT posted above.  We appear to have some talent but no discipline and where was Lufile?  Really not impressed with either the team or the Athletic Department.  Again, the Athletic Department did a fantastic job for making it impossible for fans trying to follow the team from outside of Tulsa.  Thanks to the SEC Network for carrying the game.  

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Keenan Henderson

No post presence at all and K.O. still wants to live by the outside shot.  Any word on Lufile?  He could give ORU some inside toughness and rebounding.  We don't want to hear it but the Eagles are a year away from being a top three team in the Summit.  Missouri's guards just pounded ORU's backcourt in the second half.  Thought coach might put the highly rated freshman, Bergmans, in after it became a blowout.

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ORUJason

I thought that Glasper played decent defense and looked pretty good overall.  Kareem Thompson had several sloppy turnovers and had some defensive breakdowns.  The post defense was at times nonexistent.  I understand that Missouri had a lot of height but they outrebounded us by 12.

We shot 35 3-point attempts and made only 7 of them (20%).  That is out of 66 total shots.  So we only attempted 31 2-point buckets.  We have a lot of athleticism and should focus more on driving to the basket and either scoring or drawing foul shots.  We shot way too many 3-pointers and many of our 2-point shots were also jump shots.  That is how you end up averaging 35% shooting for the game.

We have a nice roster of long and lanky athletic players who should be able to be coached up to play decent defense.  If defense is not Coach Mills' specialty, then he needs to find an assistant coach who can coach solid defense, or we will waste the next couple years until he wears out his welcome.  Until the focus on consistent defense improves, we will land around 9-9 in the Summit League, be a 4 or 5 seed in the conference tournament, and likely get bounced by the 2nd round.

I like Lacis, but I would prefer to see DJ Weaver starting instead of Lacis.  I know they are slightly different players, but Weaver is long enough to play solid defense as well as Lacis.  Hopefully this team can improve defensively over the next couple of weeks and get it together.  

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Old Titan
1 hour ago, ORUJason said:

 If defense is not Coach Mills' specialty, then he needs to find an assistant coach who can coach solid defense...

Begging your pardon, but what exactly IS his specialty?

Shot selection?

Offensive sets?

in-game adjustments?

Player development?

Pre- and post-game remarks?

Whoever eventually follows in his footsteps might be able to do something with what appears to be a slowly-improving roster in terms of talent, but thinking what we saw tonight is somehow going to get better under the current regime a month, or a year, or a decade from now is simply wishful thinking.

It’s just the same bad musical we've all suffered through the past three years, only now with slightly better singers. 

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Keenan Henderson

Disappointing start to the season but still good to have college basketball back.  Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old Titan
20 minutes ago, Keenan Henderson said:

Disappointing start to the season but still good to have college basketball back.  Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Well played, KH - well played...

So, allow me now to step away from the keyboard, take a few deep cleansing breaths, and also wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving in these most historic & hysteric times.

richard schiff pie GIF

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TrueBlue82

I watched the whole game (even though painful at times), and was not surprised with the final result.  I saw some positives and some negatives, as should be expected.

The chemistry and flow of the game was sporadic tonight, which is common for a season opener, but also accentuated due to all of the new pieces to the puzzle.

I hope that this team only jacked up so many threes because the Tigers were so dominant inside.  If this team falls in love with the three (as it did at times last season), it will be a feast or famine year, heavy on the famine side.  And, as far as I'm concerned, it would be just fine if K.O. NEVER takes another three this season.  It's just not a smart play - and even if he can hit one occasionally, we have other players on the team who are much more successful at it.

R.J. Glasper had some nice plays on defense, but didn't run the offense as much as I had hoped (only one assist). 

Kareem Thompson brings some versatility to the lineup, but also turned the ball over way too much.  Hopefully, this was due to first D1 game jitters. 

Clover is a freshman, and will play like one for most of the season, but has the height and girth to be a matchup problem as his career progresses.  He seems to have a lot of energy and a bright future.

We could have really used Lufile tonight.  I'm concerned that he and Bergens did not play, and certainly hope they can get some playing time before Summit play begins.  Did John Joslin give a health report before the game?

Max seems to have improved his game over the summer, and made some nice defensive plays.  He has also perfected the drive into the paint and the pull-up teardrop shot, which pairs very well with this 3 point prowess.  And, he led the team with five assists.

DJ Weaver looked very tentative to me tonight, as if he was trying to find his legs - and to assure that he wouldn't sustain an injury.  This may not be a fair assessment, but just my thoughts from the broadcast.  And, after spending a year on medical redshirt, it's perfectly understandable.  Hopefully, he will regain his confidence as the season progresses, as I believe this team will only reach its ceiling with a solid year from DJ.

While we only shot 12 FTs (to Mizzou's 18), making 11 of 12 is a solid start to the year.

I still believe that (barring major injury) we will finish in the top three in the Summit, if we ever actually get to the conference season.

And, yes - a VERY Happy Thanksgiving to all!

   

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theeagleman5

TheEagleman just watched some of the replay on SEC Network....yuck!....way too many 3 balls from guys who can't shoot....Obanor needs to stop it...he's a bricklayer....should only be shooting from 12 feet on in.....dude is 6-8....not sure what this coaching staff is trying to do.....this style won't win a lot of games......😲

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ORUJason

If Kevin can increase his 3 point shooting percentage a little bit then he could draw defenders up closer to the 3 point line and that could open up more driving to the basket.  He did hit some clutch 3s last year.

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Keenan Henderson

Thinking back to Wednesday night, ORU only had 3 out of the 10 players who played vs. Missouri back from last year.  Missouri had maybe 9 out of their 10 returning and the other guy (Buggs) had played at Hawaii last year.  So their experience level was three times higher then the Golden Eagles.  The Tigers are most likely the second best team that the Eagles will play this year, behind Arkansas. Missouri will be a tough out in the SEC. So it was a challenging first game for ORU in Columbia.  

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