Wichita St Coach Babbling Thread Topic

louis harrison....i really liked louis harrison, no low potential areas and a number of highs. he's a very good signing.

i only had two spots open this season. one of them needed to be filled with a PG (even moreso now that Cape has gone down with an injury in the first preseason game) so i needed to lock that one up early. having only two schollies, i couldn't take a risk and go after anyone further away than cyphers was...and anyway, there were only 2 5-star PGs to be had, so i was pretty content with cyphers.

that me with 1 spot for two assumed needs for next season. i'm about 99% certain that both morris and winkleman will go pro after this season. i really can't imagine either of them sticking around. so i will be pretty empty at both SF and big man next season. both spots were a need.

both SF-harrison and PF-locklear were considering me after the first cycle, but harrison was also considering SIU, so i decided i would just not get into any battles and keep as much $$$ for next year. i'm going to need it.
2/8/2010 12:01 AM
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2/8/2010 2:05 PM
Just a better starting team for sure, and the bench is mostly better too. Wyble is better than no one :), Charland as good as Benson was last year and Leffler and Moorman return, so I have high hopes this year.

Breaking noncon down into 3 sections we have Wyoming, then at Texas-San Antonio, then home vs. PAC 10 bottom feeder Arizona State an finish up on the road vs. a solid Houston team.

Anything other than 4 wins would be a disappointment, although that Houston game will be tough, but they only have 4 upperclassmen so we'll have the IQ advantage. Interesting to see how things go now that Flood is going to be one of the big 3. I have options to go 2 perimeter and 1 post or 2 post and 1 perimeter every game. Flood + 2 of (Benson, Baker, Norris) will be the main scorers every game.
2/8/2010 2:10 PM
2 games, 2 solid wins. Even though in the second Norris my center fouled out in 11 minutes. We have a ton of frontcourt depth and its only a matter of time before someone gets ****** about PT. No matter. MVC starts out 15-9 overall so that is great news.

And in the first poll of the year we are 26th, so 2 wins vs. Arizona State and at Houston will get us there. The Houston game will be the tough one, as we always seem to play poorly vs. zone/press teams.

4 players in double figures through 4 games: Benson, Flood, and then Moorman and Lefler, my backup PF/C as Baker and Norris have really been struggling.

2/10/2010 9:04 AM
Well first 4 games complete and we went 3-1. Lost badly at Houston, they just shot really well...I got owned by their PG who just had a ton of assists.

But 3-1 is still good and my team is still young, so these types of losses can be expected, especially when the opponent has a good shooting night. Now my next 3 games are San Jose State, @ Weber State and @ Kansas. All 3 were NT teams last year, but SJS went sim this year so I think we can get it done there.

Weber State has 5 freshmen and only 2 seniors, so they are even younger than we are, so I have a good feeling about that game.

Kansas is awesome this year and basically I wish this game was at home so we'd have a decent shot at it, but what the heck. Ending this stretch 5-2 would be very good going into the last 1/3 of the noncon schedule.

My conference is struggling though. Northern Iowa, who should be the best team in the MVC is 1-3 , and our sims are 1-15 or something. So overall we are like .500, which isn't very good and doesn't bode well for our NT berth hopes. But at least Gardner-Webb and Illinois State have it figured out (7-1) combined. Maybe we can make a run here to get into the 6th/7th/8th overall RPI spot.
2/12/2010 9:07 AM
Got the win vs. SJ State to get to 4-1. Norris and Baker did a good job down low, but Benson really played well, exposing SJS's 30 defense SG.

Now for a rivalry game with Weber State, we are 3-3 all time with them, played every year. Conference is still not doing so hot, 5-7 last night. NIU is the most talented team in the conference and is 1-4. If they don't turn it around soon they are going to not have any shot of making the NT through the at-large process.
2/13/2010 8:00 AM
Good execution down the stretch and the Shockers come away with a nice win at Weber State. Now its time to pray as we go to Kansas. This is probably not a winnable game, but you never know, if we can get a lot of TO => layups, we always have a chance. Maybe they go cold or whatever. Feel like there would be a better shot if it was at home, but whatever.

After Kansas I have 3 games I hope to win: Rhode Island, Fordham and at Canisius. The Fordham game is the hardest, but at least its at home.

Main reason for the early success: 3pt %! We are shooting 52.6% from deep so far this year. Only 24.7% of our shots are from deep, but Flood, Benson and Boyton are doing the job. I have faced a lot of pack it in defenses too, but still that is a great percentage. Hopefully I can get lucky with that again tonight.
2/14/2010 9:41 AM
Tough loss at Kansas. Down 2 with 5:00 to go and they score the final 11 points. 53-40, but we were 1-11 from 3. Needed a few more of those, and we'd have had a lucky win. But considering how lucky we have been shooting its ok.

After the break we have the 53rd RPI, which is fine. Conference went 7-5 last night despite my loss, so if I can win my next 3 I should be in great shape. Tonight is Rhode Island, a newly sim team that has zero depth and is 7-0 somehow. We'll see if I can go uptempo and get into their freshman backups.
2/15/2010 9:03 AM
Solid win over 7-0 Rhode Island, but Stephen Boynton my backup SG sprained his ankle and is down to 81%. Tough decision to make....play Wyble my freshman PG as backup at both guards? Leave Boynton at SG2? Play one of my SF up at the 2? Hard to decide.
2/16/2010 9:10 AM
let em rest
2/16/2010 10:18 AM
I'd rest him. You've got enough to cover the minutes. Though I wish you had the sim tonight.
2/16/2010 11:47 AM
Play him at 3rd string, put your starting PG as 2nd string SG AND starting PG, set your starting guards to "getting tired."
2/16/2010 2:36 PM
Yeah that is what I think I am going to do...too bad I am playing such a good team. But a little fortunate that we have that off day between noncon and conference play and Boynton should be close to 100% for the start of the league schedule.
2/16/2010 6:13 PM
Well, survived my injury I think, got good games from Benson and Flood and got to 8-2.

Benson is having a great year, averaging 13.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and only 1.9 TO per game, and shooting 52.2%. Hope he stays for his senior slump season :)

Flood is having an excellent sophomore season as well, averaging 10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg on 2 turnovers, shooting 52.8%.

Baker is my disappointment, averaging 7.6ppg and 5.6 rpg on 43.3% shooting, but he is getting more than a steal and a block per game while shooting 78% from the line. Plus I recently switched him to Center. Maybe that will help get his offense on track.

My first quarter of the conference schedule is pretty easy, @ Bradley, Missouri State, Illinois State and @ WKU. Bradley is 9-1, but has 9 sim recruited seniors, but our starters average 85 athleticism and 78 speed, compared to their 52 ath and 66 speed. The 33 point difference in Athleticism should make this a pretty easy game.

Then we don't lose to weaker teams at home very often and WKU is a lousy sim, so 4-0 looks pretty likely, and 12-2 is a nice way to start. Got to keep the foot on the gas, because I really want to make a run in the NT this year to improve my prestige and to make some $$$ for the MVC.
2/19/2010 9:39 AM
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