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    Quote Originally Posted by muskiefan82 View Post
    I just hope that since Miller is the new coach that any existing relationships between coach/players is gone and Miller will sit a player who isn't meeting expectations and won't care who it is. The ability to deliver a message immediately without worrying about feelings/player psyche and just being able to teach fundamental basketball for a year will benefit some of these players immensely.

    The "I don't care who you are or what you do, if you don't guard or you shoot a 3 10 seconds into the clock when you shoot poorly to begin with, then you don't play" mentality will be nice to see
    I'm guessing he won't even have to say it.

    College kids aren't dumb. They're going to take what you give them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UCGRAD4X View Post
    Y'all keep heaping praise on Miller such as best in the league, most intelligent, generational....

    There is also debate on if the COVID team would have been in the tourney and how close the other Travisty teams were until the last games....

    If those teams were that close and Miller is that great, how is "just getting in" the expectation?

    I guess I'm the ant with a rubber tree plant.
    I’m with you about having high expectations even though it’s his first season. Miller’s going to need his incoming freshmen and the new transfer to fill in nicely for Paul, Nate and Dwon, but the returning players (particularly Nunge, Jones and Freemantle) should all be even better.

    I am pretty sure Miller believes he can get next season’s team into the tournament and win some games, but I don’t blame him for not saying so publicity. It would just add unnecessary pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IM4X View Post
    Iím with you about having high expectations even though itís his first season. Millerís going to need his incoming freshmen and the new transfer to fill in nicely for Paul, Nate and Dwon, but the returning players (particularly Nunge, Jones and Freemantle) should all be even better.

    I am pretty sure Miller believes he can get next seasonís team into the tournament and win some games, but I donít blame him for not saying so publicity. It would just add unnecessary pressure.
    I think it is very possible Miller could also feel that the current roster is a little bit of a mess. That there is no reliable PG to run the offense, there is no reliably consistent 3 point shooters, and there is no reliable low post defenders.

    Or it could be somewhere in the middle.

    I am sure Miller is salivating with what he can do with Colby. I also think he is probably very optimistic about Nunge.

    I think if Claude and Craft are ready to contribute in a meaningful way as freshman the team can be pretty good. Also hope Boum is as advertised scoring but doing so efficiently and maybe taking on more of a distributing role too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drudy23 View Post

    College kids aren't dumb.
    I'm sorry, I am going to need you to cite sources to support this claim.
    "If our season was based on A-10 awards, thereíd be a lot of empty space up in the rafters of the Cintas Center." - Chris Mack

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-West & PO-Z View Post
    I think it is very possible Miller could also feel that the current roster is a little bit of a mess. That there is no reliable PG to run the offense, there is no reliably consistent 3 point shooters, and there is no reliable low post defenders.

    Or it could be somewhere in the middle.

    I am sure Miller is salivating with what he can do with Colby. I also think he is probably very optimistic about Nunge.

    I think if Claude and Craft are ready to contribute in a meaningful way as freshman the team can be pretty good. Also hope Boum is as advertised scoring but doing so efficiently and maybe taking on more of a distributing role too.
    Miller’s not getting the entire team back but he is getting the emerging stars. Making the tournament is still the minimum I am expecting from Sean with next season’s team. If Scruggs, Nate and Dwon were coming back, I think expectations would have to be a bit higher. There certainly are some question about players coming in who appear to have the talent to step in and help the team both with its 3 point shooting and it’s point guard play. I’m excited to see how it all plays out.

    I really wish Dwon was coming back, but I could see Claude stepping in and being a very good facilitator. I would be interested to see Kyky getting playing time at the 1 too. Maybe Miller put that bug in his head. I feel at a minimum Boum should be able to contribute as much as Nate. He may be a tad less accurate from three, but he will likely get to the line more often.

    To think that X went on that NIT run without Scruggs say a lot about the potential of this team. If Craft can hit 2 or 3 threes a game, it will really help too. From his video and from what I’ve read about him, he is a lot more than just a 3 point specialist, though. He is quite good at getting to the rim and finishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STL_XUfan View Post
    I'm sorry, I am going to need you to cite sources to support this claim.
    Let me re-phrase. They're very dumb.

    But if you give them an inch, they're taking a mile. Seems like Steele was more concerned with buddy ball. The players knew this and likely took advantage of it.

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    My expectation is for Xavier to be in the tournament, at minimum. Anything less would be disappointing.

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    Better Coach = better game planning and performance, player improvement, better team IQ, better shot selection and better defense. So top 3 in BE, NCAAT, and depending on matchups 2nd weekend.

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