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Still unproven as a recruiter. Has built the ISU program largely with transfers (White, Allen, Babb, Clyburn, Lucious, Booker). He landed a very good player in Niang last year and has Thomas and Morris coming in this year, so he's on the upswing in recruiting, but it is still unclear if he can woo top echelon talent.
He might be tempted to go back to the NBA, where he has lots of playing and a few years of office experience.
Maybe he's a little too supplicating.
Come to think of it, he looks a natural.
He would be in my top three but Bierce already touched on why probably no
Mike White's La Tech team lost to So. Miss 63-52. Lost 4 of 5 to end the season after getting into the top 25.
He's also recruiting kids to live in Iowa for 4 years. No easy task.
Ok, after this I will stop with the Amanda Marcum Enfield comments, but I can't not share this. Apparently, she is a prime motivator for the FGCU team.
I really do not feel that losing 4 of 5 down the stretch is a reflection of Coach White as much as it is a reflection on the talent Louisiana Tech actually has. The tallest guy on the entire team is 6' 7. Southern Miss exploited that by having 42 of their first 59 points in the paint. On offense, the scheme and everything was working but La Tech couldn't make a shot.
Coach White needs to be given a shot here because it is truly amazing what he did with so little at Louisiana Tech.
One of my favorite Mike White stories is that when he got here last year, La Tech was one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the country. He figured out that the reason is that the school practice facility only had two baskets! Finally getting the athletic department to purchase multiple baskets, La Tech was in the top 25 in free throw percentage this year.
I'm pretty sure lack of baskets is not holding back free throw shooting at Texas. Maybe the players aren't shooting at those baskets enough.
Long article about Andy Enfield's time leading shooting clinics
Needs to be repeated.
No coach should ever have trouble recruiting top players from ANY sport to The University of Texas at Austin.
That should not be a concern IMO.
I know conjecture is fun but Barnes is not going anywhere. The domino in all this is Dodds. Until that falls, no one is going anywhere unless its their own choosing.
Buzz Williams doing work son. Marquette up 13 on Miami
Marquette has produced some great coaches. Al McGuire was a New York Darrell Royal in terms of personality. Just one great one liner after another. When he as at Marquette; they were a small Jesuit school without money and could only recruit one star a year max. One of my two or three top color men after he retired. Rick Majerus was his X and O's guy, who went on to have a great career as well. Tom Crean was the next excellent coach to come out of Milwaukee. Buzz definitely is going to produce some buzz the way he has them playing.
Buzz Williams and Greg Marshall move to the Elite Eight. Altman's and Enfield's teams play tonight, both severe underdogs.
With Hoiberg now signed through 2022-23, Smart turning down UCLA, and Stevens more likely than not staying put, I have to think someone is going to direct a lot of attention to Marshall and Enfield.
And just like that, we learn Stevens won't leave Butler for UCLA
Alford just went from making beat writers swear off Lobo basketball to being the new UCLA coach.
I think they made a good choice.
Tweet to the effect that a 1 mil buyout on Alford's new 10-year deal with UNM didn't take effect until Monday.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
More angst in Lobo land.
Greg Marshall's WSU Schockers up 13 over tOSU at the half.
Long article on Marshall's reluctance to leave Wichita State.
"This could be a destination job for me. Now it may not be, but I'm just saying I'm not in a big hurry and I never have been."
Marshall makes it to the Final Four after Wichita State nearly blew a 20 point lead over the last 11 minutes. Add at least another 250K to his salary demand.
On the Green Board, all the Big Ten guys were talking about the good chance for an all Big Ten Final Four. They are a Michigan loss to Florida away from being shut out.
I was at the Verizon Center today and caught the Marquette-Syracuse game. Color me unimpressed with Buzz Williams. Frankly, it was the worst basketball game that I've seen in person, and I've been to a LOT of games. Marquette was playing a familiar foe from their own conference and against a defense, the 2-3 zone, that they run themselves. Yet, they continued to pass the ball around the perimeter the entire game while taking a lot of long jumpshots (while hitting very few of them). There were (all too) brief moments of offensive cohesion, but it was an unimaginative offensive game plan all game long with no in-game adjustments.
I get to see a lot of Big East games by being on the East Coast, and I just don't see Williams as being the answer for us. He's a good, but not great coach, and not the huge step up from Barnes that we would want.
I'm not sold on Marshall either, but I'll grant that I haven't seen many Wichita State games.
I've pondered this hypothetical for a while now, and I'm not sure who would be ideal for the Horns. Guys like Brad Stevens remind me too much of John Mackovic in terms of having a somewhat quiet, intellectual approach. That's a good fit for some schools, but I think that you need someone more animated and more charismatic for Texas, so probably more in the Shaka Smart mold (though, he's going nowhere anytime soon).
But probably the best interim answer is finding an assistant coach (or two), if we lose any of our current assistants, who can provide some good X's and O's on offense. Like Mack, Barnes needs good assistants to implement and coordinate the offense so he can be more like a CEO of the team.
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I was impressed with Marshall today. The decision to go under screens guarding Craft was genius. They balbay'd the sob and it worked.
Wichita State is in the Final Four after losing its top 5 scorers from last year, and it beat the 1 and 2 seeds to get there.
I like Marshall, but going under the screen is not "genius". Most teams go under the ball screen when a player can't/won't shoot.
True enough--guilty of hyperbole, but most coaches have an ego and will challenge the ball handler on the perimeter. I remember Self manning up Balbay tight the first time and then ended up playing him correctly from then on.
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