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  1. #91

    Default Re: Basketball today Jan 21

    Quote Originally Posted by JMV JustMyView View Post
    It's a one bid league, it is what it is. Actually 4 games in March is the mentality for every team in the league.
    No it isn’t. GA State is bad this year but go look at their finishes in the regular season since joining the league. Then look at their trips to the dance. Sharp focus in the regular season sets you up for those 4 games in March.

  2. #92

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelincajun View Post
    No it isn’t. GA State is bad this year but go look at their finishes in the regular season since joining the league. Then look at their trips to the dance. Sharp focus in the regular season sets you up for those 4 games in March.
    If you finish in the top 4, you only have to win three in the tournament. It is correct that the teams who do well in the tournament are generally playing well going into the tournament. Winning the regular season title does guarantee you an NIT appearance. Therefore there is benefit to the regular season. You could get beat in any game including the tournament if your opponent goes crazy from the 3. That is any game in college basketball these days. That is why it is somewhat unfair to make a judgment based upon any one game. We must continue to improve to make a run at the title. Hopefully the bench starts providing a little more scoring than today. Charles did help us defensively as usual. Folks who noticed the free throw problem today being related to the travel are on to something. Shots were short quite often which is indicative of tired legs. Coming home does not necessarily guarantee a victory. Plenty of teams lose at home after a successful road trip because they don’t prepare properly. Coach Marlin said that in his radio interview. This group is unlikely to lose focus but you never know until they tip off. Also, Coach Marlin has no plans to retire voluntarily. He plans on being here next season. The ongoing recruiting is evidence of that. The administration may let him go however. I doubt they do that if he wins either the regular season or tournament title.

  3. #93

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunchuck View Post
    Jay said on the radio that this is the 3rd time in program history that the Cajuns have won all 4 games on a scheduled 4 game road trip. Great job Cajuns!
    Jim Hatfield coached Andrew Toney when that last happened. Beryl Shipley was the coach the other time it happened. I think the Cajuns are better than all 4 teams we played on the trip. However, the weariness of the travel usually gets you at some point. Credit to the team and their coaches for keeping their focus throughout.

  4. #94

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    Thanks Mike for all of the level headed and very much informative analysis. As for the Big Fish returning, I donít ever remember 10 posters on a message board ever being able to fire a coach. On the other hand, at some point if he is not able to recover with some modicum of attendance improvement, that could be a problem.

    Since we have such a horrid basketball faculty, why should poor attendance be blamed on the coach . . . hell, look at the attendance for football after the success of the previous three years.

    May these kids who play with Louisiana across their chest and their coaching staff continue to have the success they have enjoyed this season . . . Sweet 16 bound here we come . . . maybe if it is said often enough . . . may it happen . . .

    . . . when it is time for The Big Fish to end his career as the HC at Louisiana . . . whenever and however that happens . . . BBoyd for head basketball coach at Louisiana . . . we know he will be available . . .

    GEAUX CAJUNS BASKETBALL . . . GEAUX CAJUNS SOFTBALL . . . AND FOR MY FAVORITE, GEAUX CAJUNS BASEBALL


  5. #95

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    Maybe UL is using the Fighting Irish model…https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Brey

    A divisional championship in his first year. Benefited a several times with an at large/NIT due to their conference.

    But ONE divisional championship over 2 decades ago.

    The four game road trip UL just pulled off was darn impressive. Need to rest up, Troy will not be easy. Congratulations to the players and staff.


  6. #96

    Default Re: Basketball today Jan 21

    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelincajun View Post
    No it isnít. GA State is bad this year but go look at their finishes in the regular season since joining the league. Then look at their trips to the dance. Sharp focus in the regular season sets you up for those 4 games in March.
    So you think 2 or more teams will make the NCAA tournament? We are not talking about the NIT tournament or an appearance in that tournament.

  7. #97

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    Quote Originally Posted by UL_Cajuns View Post
    Regardless of what happens. I think most Cajun fans want to support the program, but also understand even if we win the SBC regular season championship and or win the tournament Bob needs to be gone. He can retire on a positive note.
    Zero chance Coach Marlin is shown the door if he wins either the Regular Season or Tournament Championship.

    Maybe he'll opt to retire (sounds doubtful), but I can't imagine any Sunbelt AD pushing their head basketball coach out the door after an NCAA Tournament at this point, certainly not when it's the programs first appearance in nine years.

  8. #98

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunrunner View Post
    Zero chance Coach Marlin is shown the door if he wins either the Regular Season or Tournament Championship.

    Maybe he'll opt to retire (sounds doubtful), but I can't imagine any Sunbelt AD pushing their head basketball coach out the door after an NCAA Tournament at this point, certainly not when it's the programs first appearance in nine years.
    And the athletic department is basically broke.

  9. #99

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMV JustMyView View Post
    So you think 2 or more teams will make the NCAA tournament? We are not talking about the NIT tournament or an appearance in that tournament.
    I think the GA State model is the way to success. Show an ability to finish at or near the top of the conference (regular season) consistently and you wind up with more NCAA tournament appearances. Contrast that with the Cajuns who I believe (Mike can correct if I'm wrong) have finished in the top 3 of the conference just twice in the last 12 years. Last year's team had WAY too much talent to lose to Jackson State at home and finish 8th in the league. This year's team seems to be dialed in in a way that last year's squad simply wasn't. We shall see if that pays dividends for them.

  10. #100

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelincajun View Post
    I think the GA State model is the way to success. Show an ability to finish at or near the top of the conference (regular season) consistently and you wind up with more NCAA tournament appearances. Contrast that with the Cajuns who I believe (Mike can correct if I'm wrong) have finished in the top 3 of the conference just twice in the last 12 years. Last year's team had WAY too much talent to lose to Jackson State at home and finish 8th in the league. This year's team seems to be dialed in in a way that last year's squad simply wasn't. We shall see if that pays dividends for them.
    Answer the first question that I asked.(So you think 2 or more teams will make the NCAA tournament? We are not talking about the NIT tournament or an appearance in that tournament) I said the belt is a one bid league and you say no it isn't.

  11. #101

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMV JustMyView View Post
    Answer the first question that I asked. I said the belt is a one bid league and you say no it's not.
    I have never said it is not a one bid league. I am saying that the way you play and prepare in the regular season will have an impact on tournament performance. Therefore, the "only 4 games matter" mindset is a fallacy.

  12. #102

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelincajun View Post
    I have never said it is not a one bid league. I am saying that the way you play and prepare in the regular season will have an impact on tournament performance. Therefore, the "only 4 games matter" mindset is a fallacy.
    Post 91. Look at my first question and your first response. No need to crawfish my friend. Own it. So a team can't be bad in the regular season and then get hot come conference tournament time? 4 games is all that matters when everyone is zero and zero.

  13. #103

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMV JustMyView View Post
    Post 91. Look at my first question and your first response. No need to crawfish my friend. Own it. So a team can't be bad in the regular season and then get hot come conference tournament time? 4 games is all that matters when everyone is zero and zero.
    Ah. I see the confusion. I meant "no it isn't" as in that isn't the mentality for every team in the league. Not "no it isn't" in regards to this being a one bid league. It is.

    A team can catch fire sure. 2014 Cajuns. That isn't the mode of success that should be relied on though for a long-term healthy program. We have the results of that method: 1 bid in 12 years. Whereas the Panthers who finish near the top at a much higher rate have 4 bids in that same time span. Also that 2014 team that caught fire is I believe our only top 3 finish outside of the #1 team in 2017-2018.

  14. #104

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunrunner View Post
    Zero chance Coach Marlin is shown the door if he wins either the Regular Season or Tournament Championship.

    Maybe he'll opt to retire (sounds doubtful), but I can't imagine any Sunbelt AD pushing their head basketball coach out the door after an NCAA Tournament at this point, certainly not when it's the programs first appearance in nine years.

  15. #105

    Default Re: MBB Final Louisiana 60, Texas State 51

    Winning the regular season doesn't mean squat! We have to win the SBC tourney to make it to the dance. No way in hell would we get an at large bid and if this team doesn't make the NCAA tourney, he needs to go...period. One tourney appearance in 13-14 years is hardly acceptable.


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