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At one of the recent post-game press conferences, a reporter asked Rhoades why our guys didn't box out consistently. He said it was due to poor habits. That b.s. answer sheds some insight into the problem. He's been coaching these guys for three years now. Their poor habits are a reflection of his poor coaching. Period.
 

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Incoming freshmen ought to be licking their chops. Was already going to be a ton of available minutes with 5 seniors leaving but besides Bones and MSS there should literally be nobody expecting to start or get big minutes. Wide open. We’ll probably be raw and inconsistent next year but playing a bunch of young guys should pay off eventually.
Hoping that Vince and Corey will be contributors along with MSS and Bones. There's much potential for advancement with the current freshmen.
 
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The folks talking about incoming talent fixing everything are the same ones who talked about how much talent this team had.

MR first season was the end of our tourney streak and had some quite memorable beatdowns.

Last year he won COY but our best win was Temple and we had similar epic collapses such as @ ODU. A10 sucked. We got bounced pretty easily by a lower seed albeit injured. Successful year but not as impressive as led ro believe.

This year? Collasal failure.

I just dont understand this fanbase. Everybody wants to act like we are Gonzaga and not some mid major school, but yall are always talking about next year and bringing Shaka back and being competitive and oh we work better with low expectations and underdog crap. Seems like a mid major mind set to me and now you finally found your guy that will send us back to obscurity where yall feel so at home.

If I remember correctly, we also had an easy non balanced schedule last year also.
 

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Ward was outmanned and not ready for prime time.
I disagree with this assessment.

Ward played a total of 5 minutes. That's not really enough to make that big of a judgment, but if we want to dive into what happened in his five-minute sample and just how effective he was, here goes...

Had 2 offensive rebounds and scored 2 points on 2 attempts. If you stretch that out to a per-37 rate -- the amount of time Kel played, which led the team in minutes -- it's basically a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double on 50% shooting, which is a better rate than basically everyone who actually played and is certainly better than Kel's 8-point, 4-rebound on 18% shooting effort.

Hasan is raaaaaaw, but has a high ceiling. Rhoades opted to not use him and other young players with potential high ceilings in favor of some experienced low ceilings. What did we get? 52 points on 31% shooting against the nation's 169th-ranked defense and a loss to the nation's 176th ranked team, a team that is the fifth least experienced team in the country. We now have a losing conference record and are in danger of finishing in the bottom half of the Atlantic 10 for the second time in two seasons under our current staff.
 

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I disagree with this assessment.

Ward played a total of 5 minutes. That's not really enough to make that big of a judgment, but if we want to dive into what happened in his five-minute sample and just how effective he was, here goes...

Had 2 offensive rebounds and scored 2 points on 2 attempts. If you stretch that out to a per-37 rate -- the amount of time Kel played, which led the team in minutes -- it's basically a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double on 50% shooting, which is a better rate than basically everyone who actually played and is certainly better than Kel's 8-point, 4-rebound on 18% shooting effort.

Hasan is raaaaaaw, but has a high ceiling. Rhoades opted to not use him and other young players with potential high ceilings in favor of some experienced low ceilings. What did we get? 52 points on 31% shooting against the nation's 169th-ranked defense and a loss to the nation's 176th ranked team, a team that is the fifth least experienced team in the country. We now have a losing conference record and are in danger of finishing in the bottom half of the Atlantic 10 for the second time in two seasons under our current staff.
So puzzling.
 
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I disagree with this assessment.

Ward played a total of 5 minutes. That's not really enough to make that big of a judgment, but if we want to dive into what happened in his five-minute sample and just how effective he was, here goes...

Had 2 offensive rebounds and scored 2 points on 2 attempts. If you stretch that out to a per-37 rate -- the amount of time Kel played, which led the team in minutes -- it's basically a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double on 50% shooting, which is a better rate than basically everyone who actually played and is certainly better than Kel's 8-point, 4-rebound on 18% shooting effort.

Hasan is raaaaaaw, but has a high ceiling. Rhoades opted to not use him and other young players with potential high ceilings in favor of some experienced low ceilings. What did we get? 52 points on 31% shooting against the nation's 169th-ranked defense and a loss to the nation's 176th ranked team, a team that is the fifth least experienced team in the country. We now have a losing conference record and are in danger of finishing in the bottom half of the Atlantic 10 for the second time in two seasons under our current staff.
Preach!!!!!!
 

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At one of the recent post-game press conferences, a reporter asked Rhoades why our guys didn't box out consistently. He said it was due to poor habits. That b.s. answer sheds some insight into the problem. He's been coaching these guys for three years now. Their poor habits are a reflection of his poor coaching. Period.
Problem is during the next presser we are going to hear “yes, we’re not where we want to be but we’re not going to run and hide. We’re going to work and fight like crazy to get better”. Rinse, Lather, Repeat.... . If my company’s CEO gave that answer when we failed to make expected numbers year after year or lost out on opportunities to improve our position relative to our peers they would find themselves working with an executive search firm in short order. We the fans want to see a difference and want clarity into how that difference is going to be brought about. If not, like stockholders, I think you’re going to see people divest their position. So Mr. CEO what’s your vision and strategic plan for fixing your organization which is grossly underperforming.
 
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Maybe Rhoades' the game plan was to just troll the ramnation forums. How many posts have we seen wanting an end to the press and posts wanting Rhoades to shorten the rotation? Well, he did that and we got worked by a bad team, only scoring 19 second half points. Hey maybe play the starters 40 minutes next game. "if they get hot, look out"
It worked while we were rebounding. Then we stopped.
 

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I disagree with this assessment.

Ward played a total of 5 minutes. That's not really enough to make that big of a judgment, but if we want to dive into what happened in his five-minute sample and just how effective he was, here goes...

Had 2 offensive rebounds and scored 2 points on 2 attempts. If you stretch that out to a per-37 rate -- the amount of time Kel played, which led the team in minutes -- it's basically a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double on 50% shooting, which is a better rate than basically everyone who actually played and is certainly better than Kel's 8-point, 4-rebound on 18% shooting effort.

Hasan is raaaaaaw, but has a high ceiling. Rhoades opted to not use him and other young players with potential high ceilings in favor of some experienced low ceilings. What did we get? 52 points on 31% shooting against the nation's 169th-ranked defense and a loss to the nation's 176th ranked team, a team that is the fifth least experienced team in the country. We now have a losing conference record and are in danger of finishing in the bottom half of the Atlantic 10 for the second time in two seasons under our current staff.
Your reasoning is sound but he was getting pushed around and getting stranded under the basket. I dO agree that our younger guys need PT. I have lots to say about what should’ve happened 5 games ago but last night when we still had a lead was not the time. After that, we struggled.
 
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Hoping that Vince and Corey will be contributors along with MSS and Bones. There's much potential for advancement with the current freshmen.
The freshmen have shown some potential. Next years class looks good on paper.

Player development is a red flag. Silva has made some improvements, but other than that can one player be named that has gotten any better while here?