Chad Smith

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KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Indiana still has a name brand draw and as far as team success, he could elevate hoosiers to a top 3 big 10 team and make them nationally relevant again. They have enough of a supporting cast to jump up a bit. Vanderbilt, i think that is the trae young scenario, he will be the man leading a truly mediocre team. KU, without any veteran leadership, he could lead and blend in, and face stiff competition in another loaded big 12, but with a core group of really talented players. I think its weird to think KU would be in last place. We still have a need at that spot and he would get playing time right away. Intrigued to see what happens.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Newman is a coin flip on stay/go. He did go on a hot streak and raised his stock, he also still needs defensive work.

I wont lie, though we will lack a true senior leader next year, think about nova, their starting 5 this season and 6th man superstar, none were seniors. Experience is helpful, but it doesnt mean everything. Our frontcourt rotation next year will be lethal and with that roster self can get back to his high low, interior passing, perimeter complement oriented offense that is his bread and butter. Our team wont be soft, if people perform like they can it will be a physically imposing defensively sound team that can block shots get boards and steals and wear you down over time. Garrett will be a lockdown defender. Azubuike andDe Sousa will be great. The lawson twins are the key, how good will they be? If they are as good as expected, this team wil be playing for more than a final four appearance.

Im super excited for next season, we have the roster of balance which includes shotmakers, athletes and physical beasts. We will be a hard team to deal with. I know self always cuts down on rotation, but i really cant see him going below 8 man, not with the amount of talent we will have. The frontcourt will come in waves and not drop off in terms of quality. Man i have high hopes.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Blaming graham is so poor. He made key passes and he facilitates the team perfectly. Yeah he shot the ball poor. He also scored in double figures, grabbed rebounds, made assists, got steals and led the team once again. Not everything is tangible from the box score. We are at our best with graham running the show, and getting his teammates involved in the game. So quick to jump on the kid, i get it, high expectations. But he is a true leader and does a great job. #rockchalk. #beatpuke

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Duke plays zone, but i wouldnt say its exactly like Syracuse, they cheated both their wings of the 3 person backline a lot, almost making it appear like a 1-3-1. What syracuse didnt take advantage of is once they got into the lane making a diagonal pass across the lane to a wide open man down low. The opportunity was there several times in the game last night and they either made a pass back to the perimeter or they shot a contested midrange jumper. We will shoot threes cuz we do that well. But dok and vick have to shine and hit the glass in this game.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

We need to stay doubted and underrated. We play better with the chip on our shoulder circa 2012. That team was very unimpressive in the first 3 rounds of the ncaa tournament, but managed to get to the title game.

We dont need hype, we need motivation, and being undervalued will resonate with our players. rock chalk

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

I will have to watch some Clemson games on YouTube as admittedly I am not very familiar with them this season. I have a feeling if Udoka is back closer to 100%, I have to like our chances no matter who we play.

Kansas has yet to put together a complete game in the Tourney so far. That is a pro/con situation as our margin for error decreases with each round. But overall it's encouraging to believe that our best games are in front of us and not behind us.

If you subscribe to the kenpom stats, these teams are inverse of each other, with Clemson being top 10 defensively and lower 40 offensively and Kansas the opposite being 5th offensively and 46th defensively.

I think it's clear our defensive rebounding is still awful and penetration defense is suspect at times. We've offset that with good passing, good shooting and honestly not piling up fouls at a rapid pace.

We can deep dive more, but the home court advantage will be substantial and important and as long as Kansas doesn't fall behind by more than 10 points, I think they can win every game. Their record this season in close games(9-2 in games decided by 5 points or fewer) is fantastic and newman really stepped up in free throw crunch time. I loved his confidence.

It's March, anything can happen, but I think our squad has as good a chance as anyone.

rock chalk!

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

You can say KU got lucky, but carrington didn't miss a shot the last 4 minutes of the game. Without him, Seton Hall loses by 10 points easy. Both teams had some fortunate plays in my mind. In march, all that matters is being ahead of the other team when the clock hits zero. rock chalk jayhawk

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Main difference between this and embiid is embiid was a season ending injury and now looking back very serious injury as he is finally fully recovered and killing it in the NBA.

Dok is still out there playing, embiid had no shot and we knew that in 2014. If we manage to win saturday dok will be fully healthy by next weekend to be a difference maker.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Yes the holy cross game was close. However, one minor detail our all-American point guard and leader of team got injured in the first half( Kirk Hinrich) and we only had a very young inexperienced PG (Aaron Miles) to back him up.

Still, Penn does look like a tougher 16 than most. But than again, they have played one team in the top 25 this season ( Villanova) and lost by 28 points. It's easy to have inflated stats against lesser competition. Their 3 point defense doesn't scare me as much as people are claiming it. Newman, Svi, and Graham can all get to the basket if they really wanna hover on the perimeter that much. Plus Silvio and Lightfoot will present matchup problems for them as their tallest player is 6'7" or so.

Really my concern is us on the defensive end. We have bad defensive stats, especially for a Bill Self club. Adjusted defensive efficiency we rank 46th per kenpom.com Other championship caliber teams rank high in both offense and defense typically. Michigan State for example is 9th in both categories.

Playing defense against an unorthodox offense we really haven't played all season concerns me. We should be able to outscore them easily, but down the road, our defensive woes may catch up to us.

Just take care of the ball and play with purpose and passion, we should be fine for this one.

rock chalk

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

probably right, but really I see this as a great opportunity for our other frontcourt players to step up and get some meaningful minutes against whoever play as both OU and OSU both need victories right now for their respective resumes.