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Old 01-08-2013, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

Candon is an ok player, he has his moments but Trey has more then earned a starting spot. He is more consistent and a better all around player then Candon.

Tonight Trey came in and hit a few shots and Becker took him out. I don't get it, we need to ride the hot hand when/if we have one.

Candon can sit on the bench for a bit, or atleast be the 6th man. Jeepers
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

yes trey shot hit back to back 3's and didnt get another shot before he came out. He should stay in until he missed.
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

Candon needs to hit the weight room less- because he doesn't use his strength to drive to the basket and doesn't use it to rebound, so I'm not sure what it's being used for other than making him shoot the ball long a lot.

I'm kinda torn, I think we need Candon to be playing with confidence and playing well to get where we need to go...but performances like tonight are tough. Becker was playing Elbaum in crunch time which did not help tonight- because Candon was struggling so much, although Elbaum did have one of the nices passes to the post all night late in the game.

Anyways, as far as Rusin goes some of his shots were no where close- and they were clean looks too which makes it even more frustrating.
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

Candon has the ability to score a ton in a short amount of time but with his inconsistency and mental lapses I think Blue absolutely deserves the start right now.... The previous 2 games when Candon played well it came at the end of the first and beginning of the second half which tells me he'd do fine off the bench.. He also seems to do well when the rest of the team is on where Blue has created when everyone else was struggling....
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

Looking at whether Blue or Rusin should start is kinda missing why we lost tonight- we got out to a 10pt lead early in the game with Rusin as the starter.

I would have liked to have seen Blue with some more time/more opportunities to score/take shots- especially after hitting a couple 3s. I agree, it seemed like that was a bad time to sub Blue out. I would have liked to have seen Blue get some more of Elbaum's minutes in the second half to have had another scorer out there- especially in a close game/when we're down.

I don't think it necessarily matters who starts between Blue/Rusin as long as they both play comparable time, which they have been.

Who should start at SG really mattered last season and that boat has sailed.
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Looking at whether Blue or Rusin should start is kinda missing why we lost tonight- we got out to a 10pt lead early in the game with Rusin as the starter.

I would have liked to have seen Blue with some more time/more opportunities to score/take shots- especially after hitting a couple 3s. I agree, it seemed like that was a bad time to sub Blue out. I would have liked to have seen Blue get some more of Elbaum's minutes in the second half to have had another scorer out there- especially in a close game/when we're down.

I don't think it necessarily matters who starts between Blue/Rusin as long as they both play comparable time, which they have been.

Who should start at SG really mattered last season and that boat has sailed.
I agree with this... This loss was a team effort... How many to's did Brian have? I guess I'd like to see Candon as an auxiliary guy and Blue as the go to with more minutes.... He's just been playing better flat out... It would also be nice to see that Becker learned something from last year and is rewarding strong play...
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

I feel like Trey has been a real constant in coming in with that second unit and being able to put points on the board. So by replacing that you'd be putting in someone who has been inconsistent and taking away that strength. I think that unit really needs Blue leading it, since Clancy has been up and down as well.

If you look at their minutes, Candon is getting 23 and Blue 20 so it's almost a split. I think Candon brings a bit better defense as well. Trey is obviously shooting the ball much better. And to be clear, in a tight game like last night and Candon struggling I have no problems going with Blue more.

If Blue wasn't a grad student transfer I'd probably feel differently, but presumably Candon is going to also be our starting SG next season. I think we need Candon playing well to get where we want to go this year. I think it's important to believe in him and trust him.

I think Rusin is better than he's shown and obviously he's played some real good games so we know he can do it, the key is just somehow finding a way to make Candon more consistent but that's something the coaching staff needs to figure out how to do and it's their job.
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

Blue should of played 10 more minutes than Rusin last night. I have less of a problem of who is starting and more of a problem on how many minutes they play. Blue hits his first two shots and Rusin missed his first couple. That should be an indicator on who should be playing more that game. Why didnt Blue play more?????
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

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I feel like Trey has been a real constant in coming in with that second unit and being able to put points on the board. So by replacing that you'd be putting in someone who has been inconsistent and taking away that strength. I think that unit really needs Blue leading it, since Clancy has been up and down as well.

If you look at their minutes, Candon is getting 23 and Blue 20 so it's almost a split. I think Candon brings a bit better defense as well. Trey is obviously shooting the ball much better. And to be clear, in a tight game like last night and Candon struggling I have no problems going with Blue more.

If Blue wasn't a grad student transfer I'd probably feel differently, but presumably Candon is going to also be our starting SG next season. I think we need Candon playing well to get where we want to go this year. I think it's important to believe in him and trust him.

I think Rusin is better than he's shown and obviously he's played some real good games so we know he can do it, the key is just somehow finding a way to make Candon more consistent but that's something the coaching staff needs to figure out how to do and it's their job.
I was not impressed with Rusin at all last night (a small sample I grant you), but liked Blue's game a lot more. Do you think moving Rusin to the Bench might take the pressure off him and allow him to take more chances and grow as a player?
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I was not impressed with Rusin at all last night (a small sample I grant you), but liked Blue's game a lot more. Do you think moving Rusin to the Bench might take the pressure off him and allow him to take more chances and grow as a player?
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I'm a firm believer in starting your best players and stepping on the throat of the opponent...We waited all season for Brendan Bald to "click" last year..Never happened..... He left and so did Four... I get that Trey is a senior but a bad policy is a bad policy... And honestly if Candon can't overcome that type of adversity and competition, hes just not a good fit for this level of basketball...
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

Probably a good time to remind people that even Four McGlynn shot 0-5 against Old Dominion, 0-7 against Saint Louis, 0-8 against Albany, and 1-9 against Binghamton last season.

And Four is a superior shooter than Rusin.

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I was not impressed with Rusin at all last night (a small sample I grant you), but liked Blue's game a lot more. Do you think moving Rusin to the Bench might take the pressure off him and allow him to take more chances and grow as a player?
Yeah, obviously last night Rusin was bad and Trey was much better. I'm not necessarily opposed to Blue starting at all-I am going to be fine either way. I'm not sure if it would make a major impact on either player.

I think if the coaching staff feel like it would need to happen, then I'm on board. I'm also on board with Rusin starting right now- personally I can't just make a decision based on 1 really poor game. Couple of more games like this in a row? Then the player is forcing the decision.

The coaching staff made a much more difficult/controversial decision last season that went the opposite way of my view and the end result was a championship and NCAA berth- so it's pretty clear as far as I'm concerned they have earned the benefit of whatever doubt I might have.
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

That's the thing, this should have happened about 3 weeks ago IMO.

Rusin has been outplayed by Blue all year. Last year Becker clearly didn't have an interest in riding the hot hand, this year has been no different thus far. With that said we still made the tourney last year, so the coaching staff clearly knows what they are doing.

I just wish Becker would reward strong play more often then he has the past 2 seasons.

Couple questions though, did BK get injured again last night? I don't remember seeing him much if at all after he took that charge. Also, is it safe to assume Taggart will redshirt?
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That's the thing, this should have happened about 3 weeks ago IMO.

Rusin has been outplayed by Blue all year. Last year Becker clearly didn't have an interest in riding the hot hand, this year has been no different thus far. With that said we still made the tourney last year, so the coaching staff clearly knows what they are doing.

I just wish Becker would reward strong play more often then he has the past 2 seasons.

Couple questions though, did BK get injured again last night? I don't remember seeing him much if at all after he took that charge. Also, is it safe to assume Taggart will redshirt?
BK got hit hard on that charge and it appeared he was shaken up pretty good. Villani said he had a bruised rib which is why he didn't play in one of the games recently, so perhaps he re-aggravated that? He did not come back into the game after the incident.

And yes- safe to assume Taggart is red shirting.
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Re: Per Request: Trey Blue Should Start

If you guys think the problem last night was Rusin's bad shooting than you need to watch the games closer. That was as much a team loss as any game I've watched. The team failed to execute the game plan and allowed the other team to implement their will. Vermont took the easy route on offense gunning three's when their advantage was clearly inside. BU was the better team last night. Plain and Simple.
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