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  1. jonson

    Nat’l Championship Thread

    I think Stanford loses the Hull sisters, Anna Wilson, and Hannah Jump. That's 3 starters and an important reserve. They will be tough, but their guard issues will likely remain, or perhaps even grow.
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    Transfer Portal 21-22

    Although Brown is tall and ok defensively (and she was a McDonald's All-American), she likes to think of herself as a stretch 4 and, while at Oregon State, resisted playing inside. She can, of course, think whatever she wants about where she belongs on the court; however, since she doesn't have...
  3. jonson

    Transfer Portal 21-22

    No argument here. Graves et al. really blew this one.
  4. jonson

    Transfer Portal 21-22

    3, not 4, none of whom have come close to living up to their recruiting ratings (and not just those on Hoopgurlz). (As an aside, it's easy to see where Sabrina comes from; she'd probably say something similar if she were reckless enough to put it on social media. And, of course, another...
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    Non-Lady Vol Basketball News 2022-2023

    I believe that 4 Stanford players will be leaving after this season: the Hull sisters, Anna Wilson, and Hannah Jump. I also believe that it is unlikely that Tara will be open to additional Covid years for her current players since she believes (rightly imo) that Stanford scholarships are so...
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    NCAAT Game Thread: Lady Vols vs Buffalo/Belmont

    Oregon coach Kelly Graves also had a nice story during his official pre-Tournament interview (should be on U-Tube). My version: At a tournament in the Virgin Islands--maybe 15 years ago now--Graves (then a coach at Gonzaga) went down to the hotel restaurant for a "late" dinner. It was closed...
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    Non-Lady Vol Basketball News 2022-2023

    I don't think all of them are starters, but Benzen and Masonius stayed home due to illness and Miller is injured.
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    UCONN vs USC poll

    And, for UCONN, I believe that Muhl and Juhasz don't have numbers attached because they are international players. They would likely have been ranked fairly high if from here. Recruiting rankings do matter imo, but they are really educated guesses and it seems clear that, for example, not all...
  9. jonson

    Non-Lady Vol Basketball News 2022-2023

    I agree; they are very good and a very tough out. But just to be accurate--and to defend my team a bit without, I hope, being overly homerish--Oregon has been playing 3 games in three days with a roster of 8, which--more to the point--does not include 3 starters (Paopao, Rogers, Sabally), all...
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    Saylor Poffenbarger to UCONN

    Well, boyfriends can take and as well as give. Currently, the boyfriend of a current Oregon WBB starter (Maddie Scherr) seems very unhappy with his role on the football team and is likely to transfer. Will she follow? Hope not, but--as the bard said--the path of true love never runs smooth.
  11. jonson

    2022 Recruits

    Sorry. I guess I was tone deaf on this one.
  12. jonson

    2022 Recruits

    As an Oregon fan, I have to take issue with this, not to denigrate Kellie, but to defend another Kelly (Graves), who (at Oregon) has had (consecutively, over the past 5 years) 2 Elite 8s, a Final 4, a missed opportunity to win it all (I think he would have) due to Covid, and a Sweet 16, as well...
  13. jonson

    Vandy hires Shea Ralph as next head coach.

    On the other hand, there's Adia Barnes at Arizona (she was an assistant at Washington), who in a few years has transformed a program that had no history of success into the team we saw in this year's final 4. I think Ralf will get Vanderbilt back to where the program was under Balcomb and then...
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    Non-Lady Vol Basketball News 2022-2023

    I think this is a great hire for Vanderbilt and am not certain that Ralph will head for UCONN should she ever be offered that job. She is from North Carolina, I believe, and her husband (also a coach) was an assistant at Vanderbilt from, I think, 2009-15, so she should be reasonably informed...
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    Coach Kellie’s Fundamental Challenge

    Full disclosure: I'm an Oregon fan now, although I do come from CT and certainly admire the team up north (from here) or to the east (from Eugene). But, for what it's worth, I think that it's relevant to point out that Auriemma has never won a championship without at least one "superstar" (eg...
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    Arizona beats UConn

    I agree about "chinks" in the armor. However, I think that would be a plus rather than a minus because it would help prepare the team for encounters like the one with Arizona. Playing in the American Athletic Conference or the "new" Big East clearly doesn't. I also suspect that GA would...
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    Arizona beats UConn

    I think the gesture was aimed at the NCAA for leaving Arizona off the video highlighting the "three" final four teams, since Arizona apparently didn''t count. Barnes even brought this up when talking with Holly Rowe.
  18. jonson

    Non-Lady Vol Basketball News 2022-2023

    Although most UCONN fans bristle at this, I agree that their conference affiliations since the demise of the old Big East have not done the team any favors. I don't think it's an issue in the years in which UCONN is a juggernaut that is head and shoulders above everyone else (e.g. with Stewart...
  19. jonson

    Non-Lady Vol Basketball News 2022-2023

    It's difficult for me to imagine how anyone could argue that these two injuries are remotely equivalent--in terms of timing (UCONN had ample time--indeed games--to get over whatever hurdles were involved due to Muhl's injury vs. having to make an immediate adjustment during a game against a very...
  20. jonson

    Non-Lady Vol Basketball News 2022-2023

    So, whom do you believe is more deserving?

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