If the poiint guard had a better night of dribbling, we would have been talking about the big win in Boulder. Turnover points went 21-10 in their favor.
[quote=Incyte;867860]Styles don't win games. Talent does.
I had to think of a reply for this as I actually think it is a combination of the two.
Pete Carril ran a specific "style" at Princeton and had great luck with it in the Ivy League. He pulled only one upset in the NCAA's with this "style". His protege, who's name escapes me, then ran the "style" in a major conference, the Big 10 while at NW. He had limited success, a few upsets but not consistent success so one could argue the "style" was not conducive to major conference basketball.
If any coach has terrific talent at his disposal, he can win. Witness George Raveling at Iowa.
I would say I'm hopeful but not necessarily excited at this point.
The future? You mean all the way to the year 2000? I am!
In the year 2000!
For security reasons, the government will declare it illegal to say numbers out loud. And the singing of numbers will be punishable by death.
Yeah, I'm excited for next year. Hell, I'm even looking forward to the game this Saturday. But I wear cardinal-colored glasses and drink the Kool-Aid pretty heavily.
What's not to be excited about for next year?
- 4 returning starters.
- 1st team Big 12 player returning in Brackins.
- Large freshman and sophomore classes with another year of maturation.
- Inside scorers: Brackins, Hamilton
- Outside shooters: Lucca, Eik, JVB, Christopherson, maybe Gilstrap
- Four new players: Gilstrap, Colvin, Christopherson, Pomlee
- Greater athleticism due to the new guys (or at least due to three of the new guys)
- Another year in the weight room for Diante; another year of peanut butter and jelly for Hamilton!
- Competition at several positions despite 4 returning starters (DB, Buck and Colvin at the 1; Christo, Eik, Lucca, Colvin, Booze at the 2; Gilstrap and Lucca at the 3; no competition at the four; probably little competition at the 5 unless Pomlee wows).
- A quality coach who's a quality guy.
Granted, this year we were supposed to vie for the NIT but come up just short. Now coming up just short isn't even an option. As a result, it's looking highly unlikely that we'll go into next year with a little momentum, which would have been #11 on my list above. Still...
The "style" is the framework that a coach develops to put his team in the best position to win. As such, the style most certainly affects whether a team will win or lose games. If you aren't running an offensive style that generates enough scoring attempts to outscore your opponents, given what you know about your team's shooting abilities and turnover tendancies, that style gives you very little chance to win.
I am still excited. I am hoping that Brackins sticks around next year so that McD can actually "build" something rather than consistently starting over each year.
People need to remember that we have lost our best player each year he has been here. When you are trying to build a program and keep losing your best player, constantly bringing in true freshman, you are not going to win right away. Greg has not brought in immediate Juco players to fill in the holes. He has consistently said he wants to build this program the right way. Unfortunately, this doesn't work if you are losing your best "built" player every year.
I'm enjoying this season much more than the last two. I don't know why. The results are any better but for some reason I still feel we are getting closer to where we want to be.
Can't place my finger on it, but I'm still optimistic.