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ESPN American Preview

Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:49 pm

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/30167257/the-american-2020-21-predictions-memphis-rebound-wichita-state-dark-cloud

Anonymous AAC coaches size up The American

"SMU's whole deal is gonna be about stops. Can they consistently stop people? Offensively, they are really, really hard to guard. But in the same way, if you play SMU, the game is never over. They got up 20 something on Wichita, but because they struggle to defend, Wichita was still in the game. You can get up 20 something on SMU, but because of the way they can score, they're never out of it."
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby mustangxc » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:00 am

Nice to see we are consensus top 3/4 pre-season pick. I hope we manage to live up to the modest expectations. The talent is there, especially if Yor Anei is granted immediate eligibility. Can Jankovich get this team to play a fluid offense with crisp passing to drain the shot clock and find the open man? Can Jankovich get this poor collection of individual defenders to play solid to good team defense? Did this team learn from their collapse down the stretch last season and keep a fire burning to make amends for their epic collapse? It will be interesting to see.
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby JasonB » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:04 am

An eligible transfer would help that stop rate.
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby ponyboy » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:31 am

In a very dramatic fashion. Any word on timeline from the NCAA? Never mind, it's the NCAA...
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby mustangxc » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:39 am

If we can reduce the rate of chucking up 3s the first 10 seconds into the shot clock by 33% or more I would venture to say this team is a lock for the NCAA tournament.
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby Charleston Pony » Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:57 pm

Anei becoming eligible might be the key to this team playing better D. We haven't had anyone to protect the lane/rim in a while now and I'm expecting he will be the key to our guys being able to play tighter perimeter D. We've got depth on the perimeter, but I still worry about depth in the low post, even with Anei.
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby EastStang » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:32 am

Hopefully our bigs have learned not to dribble or bring the ball low while in the paint.
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby FriscoPMG » Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:19 pm

ponyboy wrote:In a very dramatic fashion. Any word on timeline from the NCAA? Never mind, it's the NCAA...


I know this means nothing for SMU, but I noticed today that Michigan's Chaundee Brown (from Wake Forest) was granted immediate eligibility, and Texas Tech's Mac McClung (from G'town) was granted a waiver to play.
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby Charleston Pony » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:45 pm

Jank makes honorable mention for coaches on the hot seat:

https://www.cbssports.com/college-baske ... d-2020-21/
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby ponyboy » Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:47 am

He could go from hot seat to AAC regular season champion. We shall see.
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby Charleston Pony » Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:53 pm

ponyboy wrote:He could go from hot seat to AAC regular season champion. We shall see.


Would love to see the latter. We need something to jumpstart recruiting
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Re: ESPN American Preview

Postby mustangxc » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:20 pm

The latest addition in recruiting is perfect for our average rotation player. With the glut of expected transfers expected thanks to the wacky COVID-19 season having open scholarships in the spring could be a real asset if we manage to win big and land in the NCAA tournament. There is a path to success going forward but we will need to catch some lucky breaks. There is also a path for the season and the program to really spiral out of control. Pony Up!
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