Exactly, Mike Anderson is not coaching this team. Rick Pitino is. That’s why I’m not worried at all right now. Rick will right the ship. We will win 8 games OOC and 12 or 13 in conference along with one or two in the Big East Tournament and we will get a bid. If Mike Anderson was still the coach I would be panicking. Look, this is exactly what everyone on this board wanted. They wanted Anderson out and Pitino in. They were tired of losing and playing with a team that had borderline Big East talent. We got Pitino and he cleaned house. Let’s let Pitino do what Pitino does. This what we all wanted. We can’t complain about it now. I have total faith in Pitino and his process. Let Rick cook, in the end we’ll have a savory meal!Perhaps offensively with Luis out. But in no way are we where we should be defensively by allowing 50 second half points to an A 10 school with their starting point guard out for the season. After all, Mike Anderson isn’t coaching the team. I expected more defensively at this point in time.
The quality Big East players who never had a winning record in conference and never made an NCAA tournament with Anderson? I’ll take what we have now and trust Pitino.He didn’t have to out together a team in one month. He chose to put together a team because his arrogance and telling quality proven BE players to leave as “they didn’t fit his system”. His system has looked great the past two weeks
Michigan is a better example because they play in the BIG. Our defense allowed them to dictate the tempo and again, Soriano could not contain their big guy and drifted too far from the basket to be effective down low. To date, even though he gets his stats, his play has been not very cerebral.Dayton was a quality opponent regardless of their mid major status.
I hate to be the one to do this (no i dont)... but the team really lacks a defensive
Better have our shooting shoes on for a changeAnd Utah is a very solid team that starts two guys 7 foot plus. Will not be an easy game for us at all Sunday.
Those two guys were at the top of the food chain for many college coaches who were trying to fill roles on their teams. CRP beat them out. Granted there was no time for recruiting so getting the top kids available on just your name was an unbelievable accomplishment. Don’t think Anderson would have landed them. 12 new kids with 12 new roles. Where will they be in January? Let’s see how it plays out?Ok . Good point . But , he knew that and knew he needed to bring in some impact players . Has he ?
Ledlum and Dingle were advertised to be those players . Will they be in January ?
The problem with your comparison is that on those Kentucky and Louisville teams, he brought kids into the program his first year and retained them jn his second. On this team in his second year he will lose Soriano, Jenkins, Dingle, Allyne and Ledlum, 4 of this years 5 starters. So next year will be like starting all over again.(From one reputable College basketball resource)
His (Pitino’s) first team at Kentucky went 14-14. The next went 22-6, winning the Southeastern Conference. His first team at Louisville went 19-13. The next went 25-7, landing an NCAA Tournament bid. His first team at Iona went 12-6 in a COVID-shaped season. His next went 25-8, winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Time will tell.
I bet most of us are fine with
Hand picked must mean something else to you than it does to me. If I'm the first one to the produce section in a grocery store, I can hand pick the nicest fruits. If I am in a mad scramble with dozens of high major fruit picking coaches, I'm not hand picking the best anymore. I may get some fruit that are overripe, some that have bruises, and some I pick because I need to fill my refrigerator. I may get outbid for the real top of the line melons, Those are the most coveted.We were hoping to avoid that with the transfer portal era. He hand-picked 12 guys and has 6 5th-year seniors.
If we were losing with freshmen and sophomores I think all reasonable fans would be more understanding.
I used go to the racetrack with a friend. About 5 steps out of the starting gate, he would start complaining how his horse stunk if he wasn't among the leaders. I had to remind him the race had another mile to go. He didn't listen as he preferred to be miserable. So I stopped going with him.CRP must’ve been picking fruit with his eyes closed while wearing gloves
Would his horses win or lose?I used go to the racetrack with a friend. About 5 steps out of the starting gate, he would start complaining how his horse stunk if he wasn't among the leaders. I had to remind him the race had another mile to go. He didn't listen as he preferred to be miserable. So I stopped going with him.
We will be much better with Wilcher, Taylor, Luis, Dunlap and Ejiofor THIS YEAR. Past records of Jinkins, Ledlum and Dingle were from mid-major program, not major program like Big East.To me it’s very simple…we don’t have time to let these guys figure out their roles on their own. Pitino has to assign it to them. We are about to get our 3rd loss in the first 5 games tomorrow and we came a shot away from another.
Jenkins and Ledlum are absolutely steamrolling everyone else. How can you possibly find a rhythm as a team with two players dominating all the looks?
We will be much better next year with Wilcher, Taylor, Luis, Dunlap, and Ejiofor back in big roles with less learning to do early on.
Recruiting 5th year players was a deliberate strategy by Rick. While you are correct that these players are definitely gone next year, he has had more time to build the 24-25 roster and already has made progress.The problem with your comparison is that on those Kentucky and Louisville teams, he brought kids into the program his first year and retained them jn his second. On this team in his second year he will lose Soriano, Jenkins, Dingle, Allyne and Ledlum, 4 of this years 5 starters. So next year will be like starting all over again.
Perhaps but RP had a better chance to build those teams under the former landscape where kids committed to programs (blue bloods) and usually stayed. And while no one questions coach P’s resume, we have yet to see how he fares under this new “portal” landscape as we are all witnessing the portal situation does not guarantee a quick fix. And with the importance of OOC record for Dance entry, by the time this team gets its act together a Dance bid may be lost as we have no doubt witnessed in the past.Recruiting 5th year players was a deliberate strategy by Rick. While you are correct that these players are definitely gone next year, he has had more time to build the 24-25 roster and already has made progress.
I would also say we are in a new era in college basketball. The portal combined with NIL essentially makes most of your roster a 1 year commitment and even freshmen like Wilcher and Dunlap will reassess the market after this season.
Many older coaches especially really want no part of this added complexity of re-recruiting existing players each season and work within the confines of NIL budgeting. Any kid who busts out with a great season will want more NIL. In a competitive landscape of the portal, he can get it.
Two reassurances about CRP - his broad attention to even the smallest details, and his history of success tells me that he will figure it all out and we are on an upwards trajectory.
Hard for battered fans to accept the uncertainty but the uncertainty is part of the landscape.
Factor in that we are already competitive at top of market, a vast improvement over the last 30 years maybe more.