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Old 11-15-2012, 08:40 PM   #76 (permalink)
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It's going to be epic when Xavier loses for the first time this season...if that happens. Heh.
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Why would that be "epic"?
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Just to let you all know, I know exactly how and where each team in the A-10 will finish this year. I have been 100% accurate for the past 13 years. I simply choose not to share this information with the likes of you.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:50 AM   #79 (permalink)
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Awesome. You and Z8Minute(man) should go to Vegas.

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Awesome. You and Z8Minute(man) should go to Vegas.
If this was directed at me, the answer is and always will be "no". Please, do not be jealous of my abilities, just because you can't see them, does not mean they don't exist.
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Has anyone seen Title_BU?
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He's hiding somewhere along I-74 back to Indianapolis.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:18 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Seems like we saw much of the same thing last night, A-flyer, though I am a bit more charitable to Butler. I think they will get much better, though not challenge for the league title. We'll see.
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Some of us didn't buy into the horsecrap that Butler was a 3rd-5th place team in this league. Some of that was X themselves and how well they played but as Adam said, Butler is very near the bottom of this league in horses.
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Just like with us, it's probably way to early in the year to know what the hell will happen. Stevens and Smart will adjust from these loses and get better. Their history of success proves they have that coaching capability. My point of course was that Mack is a good coach too.
Nice win for BU over Marquette (not a bcs school but generally quite good at basketball). Maybe their relevant again. Horses looked better.
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Nice win for BU over Marquette (not a bcs school but generally quite good at basketball). Maybe their relevant again. Horses looked better.
Butler played very well. They played as hard as they can play for 40 minutes. Khyle Marshall was the best player on the floor for either team. And they still needed a near miraculous shot to beat a rather ordinary Marquette team.

We're all happy for Butler. That was a great win for the league, the second best win we've had so far in this early season. We'll see if it has bigger significance for their season. I suspect not. UNC probably runs them out of the gym today, but that means nothing, they'd probably run all of us (save maybe SJU and Temple) out of the gym right now. Unfortunately for them, their third game is likely to be a glorified exhibition against Chaminade.
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Nice win for BU over Marquette (not a bcs school but generally quite good at basketball). Maybe their relevant again. Horses looked better.
Is this some sort of inside joke I've missed?
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Is this some sort of inside joke I've missed?
No. Marquette isn't a BCS school - - it doesn't play D1A football. It presently is a member of a hybrid BCS conference, but a conference that is about to lose its BCS designation.

I know what you're thinking and you're right for perception purposes, but thin is the BCS blanket that presently wraps around a small number of Catholic hoops schools. It is thin, it is tattered, and it's about to fall off.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:21 AM   #87 (permalink)
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It's gonna be crazy this year. Nice job by BU. These last second heroics may be the norm in the A-10 this year. Nice to have BU and VCU join the party. Don't think anybody's gonna run the table for sure. Should be fun.

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Crazy finish and nice win by Butler. For the BU fans out there, What are your impressions of Rotnei Clarke at the point? My immediate thought when hearing this was it would mess up his offensive game. I know he put up some points yesterday but I see he is 10-31 from 3 in the first 3 games. That is not exactly what was expected of maybe the best shooter in the country as far as career numbers go. Any thoughts?
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Man, Mudflap. No respect or anything, but that is one bad (as in good) Xavier female in your picture.
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I think the biggest thing you can take away from this game is that Xavier is very athletic, which just about everyone knew, and Butler is not. The game started way too fast for Butler, and once it slowed down they were too far behind, and a step too slow, to make up ground.

Of course it was just one game, but a sheer lack of athleticism is not subject to the sample size caveat. That's something that's going to hinder Butler all season long. They did well guarding Xavier's base offense, but absolutely could not handle them in transition or in late possession ad-libs.

Rotnei Clarke is a great shooter and it looks like Dunham can be as well, but that means very little if they have to work for every jump shot. And defensively they got rocked. They'll have nights where one or both light it up, but all in all that's a below average A10 backcourt. Smith and Fromm are going to get abused by A10 bigs. The athletes (Jones and Marshall) don't have the skill to consistently burn athletic defenses.

Coaching and a great home court will get Butler 6 or 7 A10 wins. I'm not sure I see more than 8-8 for them. I think Butler is a couple of years from being a true contender for a league title. They need athletes, and they need them to be experienced. It will take some time.
Good analysis here.
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