Butler Bulldogs (5-0) vs Missouri Tigers (4-1) - 11/25

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  1. Tentozen

    Tentozen Well-Known Member

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    CD was huge off the bench. Looks like a completely different player. 8 points with a couple of 3’s and 5 boards, as well as excellent defense. Really shortened the bench; basically played 7 with Battle only getting 3 minutes, and no Baddley. Was he available?


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  2. firedupkaren

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    We have mobile post defenders. That’s really all it is.
     
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  3. BulldogsAllTheWay

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    It's insane the difference that makes.
     
  4. willisbrown

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    This is correct. When the wings/guards know they can play more "freely" they can be more effective. Last year the team play defense almost in fear because there was zero inside presence. Teams now have to respect Nze and soon enough will respect Golden. That's the game changer and cannot be understated. All you have to do is watch Baldwin and Thompson in 2017-2018 and watch them last year then watch them now. They reach their defensive abilities, which are insanely strong, when they have confidence in their front court.
     
  5. Dawgedd

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    I know the NET rankings are not out but still I think KP gives us a good approximation for our quadrant wins.

    Last night was a Q1 win but could very well end up as a Q2 win by the end of the year (still obviously solid but would be nice to notch a Q1 win this early). Unfortunately, this game was a neutral game even though it should count as a road game given the fact it was basically in Missouri's backyard. Missouri is now 40th in KP and is projected to do really poorly in the SEC (Go Missouri!). They must remain top 50 for this win to be a Q1; otherwise it will be a Q2 win as long as they remain below 100 (if designated away they would only have to stay inside top 75). Team rankings has their predictive rank at 44.

    Stanford, on the other hand, is currently 61 which would be a comfortable Q2 game. However, they have improved drastically in KP since the opening of the season and there might be a chance that they get inside the top 50. They will have some real opportunities in P12 play against Arizona, Colorado, Oregon (all top 30 KP) and USC and Washington (KP 50-60) to get quality wins. Team rankings has their predictive rank at 59.
     
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  6. Insane Dawg

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    Agree. Last year the wings had to help defend the paint because outer fives were awful thus leaving the perimeter open.
     
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  7. znelson15

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    How ever the rest of this year plays out, I love this team win or lose because of the effort and fire they are showing so far this year

    It’s so much different from last year even from the coaches.




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  8. estar20dawg

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    anybody find a press conference after last night's game?
     
  9. AZRPh

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    Watching KB ball handle and particularly driving towards the middle, he generally appears to have his head down targeting a spot to execute his fade away jumper in the paint. Looking to dish to an open shooter in the corner or lob to a big underneath seem to be secondary objectives. As you would suspect, opposing teams have scouted this and collapse on him before he can reach his "spot" and secondarily also nullify his ability to pass off for a viable assist opportunity. Seems to me a successful pick and roll pass or two as the defense anticipates, but does not complete, converging on KB might be effective when he invariably attempts this play.
     
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  10. ButlerNut

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    Not a comms major. Just a fan that can understand the game of basketball and don't need commentary to know if Butler is playing good defense, or passing the ball, or boxing out, or any other aspect of the game.

    Do you watch games at a bar? You can't hear announcers. What's the difference?
     
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  11. ButlerNut

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    I already conceded that point and I don't disagree.
     
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  12. TheDawgDub95

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    From a game planning perspective, I think props have to be given for running the double stack offense early. It created wide open looks for about the first 6 -7 minutes, or so, which ended up being the difference in the game before the rock fight ensued the rest of the way.

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  13. MSUDawg

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    We had more rocks, they had bricks...
     
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  14. Gregory Roach

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    Some thoughts after last two games:

    1) The ability of this team to dominate inside (relative to last season) illustrates just how atrocious Nate/Joey were. Kudos to Nzi and Golden for being the real deal!
    2) This team is deadly when moving the ball, setting/looking for screens, inside/outside (second half Golden & McDermott) and back cuts.
    3) This team is simply so-so when Baldwin is attempting his isolations (for the turn/fade jumper....others have mentioned this) or dribble penetration. When he is in dribble mode, the offense becomes stagnant with Baldwin dribbling and four observers waiting to rebound.
    4) Thompson, Nzi, Golden all attempted several high risk/high reward passes beginning about 8 mins left in first half through the balance of the second half. I appreciate the risk taking on occasion, it shows desire to attack, but the attack must recognize the strengths of the opponents D and not attack it directly. You can do that against IUPUI_Kokomo and often succeed....but not a High Major like Missou.
    5) The emergence of Tucker as a reliable point forward who rarely turns the ball over against the press and can hit free throws will win many close games this season. A very major development.
    6) The use of Nzi, David, McDermott, Tucker and Thompson together was an early experiment that is now beginning to see more PT. With that line-up, and David's ability to play positions 2-4, you have a very quick and tall team that is lights' out on defense and ball handling.

    The main concern I have for this team after Morehead St and Mizzou is centered on LaValle being able to coach Baldwin. He is a gifted player that could be deadly if he optimized his game for his physical assets (speed, shooting and defense) and stopped playing to his weaknesses (height, ball handling, awareness). I understand he is a talented Senior, but he still has much to learn about himself and how to apply his capabilities. It appears a "growth opportunity" for coach and player.

    I look forward to tonight's game with the matchup of Thompson vs. Terry. Should be fun to watch. Butler appears much stronger inside to my eye. I will look forward to seeing if that is an accurate impression or simply wishful thinking.

    Go Dawgs!
     
  15. Ignatius J. Reilly

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    Roach -- always appreciate the thoughtful commentary after games. Just to note that it is spelled "Nze" and not "Nzi"
     
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  16. Gregory Roach

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    Spelling never one of my strong points. No way I could win a spelling bee...so I will attempt to not to play to my weakness. :(
     
  17. theenforcer13

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    I encourage everyone to report Bulldogs260 personal attack on me. Maybe the mods will finally do something about it? Page 11 for those interested. Just totally uncalled for.

    This is repeated targeted harassment and yet I have been the only one to receive a ban.
     
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  18. Bulldogs260

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    Block me if you don’t like it. Pretty simple
    Btw I know your into keep track of Lavall record away from home. He’s just a bit above 60% win in neutral floor games.


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  19. Eric

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    I wouldn't have posted it, but this post is more indication he wasn't wrong.
     
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  20. pjohnsto2003

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    I’d be frustrated, as well. Not sure that warrants agreeing with the post, though. Civility goes a long way and I’m not sure that is asking too much.


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