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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby GeneralHog » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:50 am

Watched a few Butler games and here's my two cents:

Kelan Martin is legit! He's athletic and has range. We need to put our best 4 on him on defense. Bailey has been getting the start with Thomas gone, but Bailey gets lost on defense about half the time and we can't afford for him to lose Martin or Martin will pick us apart. Cook might be the best person to at least start and get things going, but who knows, Bailey wasn't expected to do much in the tourney last season and he had North Carolina all messed up when he got in.

Butler seems to have trouble with teams with good big men. Butler isn't very big. The biggest guy being 6'8, but they do start 3 guys that size. This is a game where Gafford can shine if he gets in position and works the middle of the floor instead of turning towards the backboard.

Keep them off the line!!! The SEC tourney, I thought was pretty good with the officials letting teams play, I hope that continues in the NCAA tourney. But if we get into a FT shooting contest with Butler, we'll get creamed.

Guard the 3! Like a lot of SEC teams, Butler wants to rain 3's, so we have got to defend the 3 point line.

Run, Run, Run, and oh yeah, RUN! Butler is athletic and they've got about 8 guys they rotate in regularly, BUT those rotations are mostly just to give the starters rest and that's it. Arkansas can go 10 deep and should in this game. Push the tempo! I don't think from what I've seen and read, that Butler has faced a team that likes to press and push the ball like we do. And Butler isn't a fast pace team. So if we can get them to chase us, we'll have a major advantage.

Protect the ball!!! Butler is great at protecting the ball, so we don't need to do them any favors by turning the ball over ourselves.

On a side note, is anybody watching the NIT? I'm liking the 4 quarter system better. Far less stops in a game and the flow stays steady a lot better because of it.

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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby reddiehog » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:29 am

I think this is a real toss up. MA better be ready to change the D as needed to disrupt their offense. Butler is usually well disciplined. Barford and Macon both need to be on their game.

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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby GeneralHog » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:01 am


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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby reddiehog » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:19 pm

GeneralHog wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:01 am
https://www.arkansasfight.com/2018/3/14 ... ing-report

Here's a good breakdown.
Good read General. Thanks for the post.

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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby GeneralHog » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:37 pm

Just watched the interviews with the coaches and players of Arkansas and Butler and it seems to me the Indiana media don't seem to care to know much about our coach and players. Seemed like Arkansas was an after thought and not worth the time.

Arkansas media and Indiana media were asking a lot of questions to the Butler team, but when it came to Arkansas, Indiana media hardly asked anything, especially of the players.

I thought it was interesting that Butlers star player said he'd never heard of Gafford. That's not unusual, but it's the way he said it that made me think(and I hope Gafford does too) "you're going to know his name before the games over!!!"

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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby Dfarris » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:51 am

Gafford should have an opportunity to dominate the paint in this matchup and I hope he does.
If he does and our two leading scorers have 20 point games we should have a great chance of moving forward to round two.
A bunch of closely contested games yesterday and and really only one major upset, hopefully the same will be true today and we come out on top.
Our defense will be key to our success today, we need to mix up our defense until we find what gives Butler the most trouble and then stay with it.
Our bench needs to play well today and need to be able to go deep enough to be fresher in the last 5 minutes than Butler’s players.
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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby bakedhog19741 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:18 am

So......When did aTm go back to the B12?

Jim Nantz just said Providence vs aTm was Big East vs B12. Knew these guys didn’t do research

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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby Dfarris » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:10 pm

That is one major drawback with CBS controlling the Tournament coverage.
They have a very limited amount of folks that cover the college game during the season and often don’t know much about the teams they are trying to cover.

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Re: NCAA Tournament

Postby Dfarris » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:40 pm

We are on the cusp of losing our opening game of the NCAA Tournament by double figures to a Butler team that is simply tougher, more disciplined and better prepared and coached today.
That’s is the only way to explain what we just saw today, can’t blame anything on the referees today. Butler is just a much better all around team than our Razorbacks, they score from inside and outside, rebound on both ends of the floor and don’t beat themselves with turning the ball over much or taking bad shots.
Basically, they play the game the way it should be played.
This is a huge disappointment once again by getting to the dance, but failing once again to get past the 1st weekend much less the 1st game.
I like Coach Anderson, but I’m not certain he can take our program to greater heights. I’m not saying we should fire him after this season, but I don’t believe the University should make any further extensions to his contract either.
Obviously, Butler wasn’t the easiest draw for a first round game, but eventually you have to beat good teams in the Tournament and we just don’t have the roster to be able to accomplish that at this point under Coach Anderson and perhaps never will be. I hope I’m wrong, but time will be the judge of that in the end.

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