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Old 12-07-17, 01:24 PM
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Bizarre night between the KU loss, the Florida free-falling continuing (losing to Loyola-Chi), and California losing by 27 at home to 4-5 Central Arkansas.
Florida is my team and I did not trust their early-season success at all, because their defense is terrible - especially in transition. They can light it up offensively with the best teams in the country, but if they go cold, almost anyone in the country can break down their sieve-like defense and beat them. Mike White needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat and get them to play solid D if they are going to have a chance to really be a truly damaging team in the tourney this year.
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Old 12-07-17, 01:32 PM
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Good. Don't need that clown around college hoops.


It's not good for his kids though. Feel bad for the little one, the non-felon.
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Old 12-09-17, 11:56 AM
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Re: College basketball 2017-18 regular season thread

Oh man, Seth Greenberg just torched Jay Williams in studio. Williams has a Christmas sweater with Santa riding motorcycle. Dakich told him “You of all people should know that Santa should be wearing a helmet on that thing”

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Old 12-09-17, 12:36 PM
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^ Wow!
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Old 12-09-17, 12:48 PM
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Damn, that's cold.

Surprised that BC is hanging in here. Duke had the comeback and bonus with 13 min left.

Meanwhile, Michigan and Wisky not good at home. B1G sucks this year. Michigan got UCLA on early time.
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Old 12-09-17, 01:06 PM
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Nice win by BC

Tough call on that late Flagrant 1.
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Old 12-09-17, 01:26 PM
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Bridge-jumping if you had UCLA +7. My god, what a choke.
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Old 12-09-17, 01:34 PM
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Good win by ASU over St. John's.
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Old 12-09-17, 01:39 PM
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Good win by ASU over St. John's.
We'll see if that ends up being a good win. I'm guessing not. St. John's hasn't beaten anybody good.

I really like ASU but I don't think they'll keep Hurley. But the longer Coach K stays on at Duke, the better for you.
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Old 12-10-17, 03:06 PM
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We'll see if that ends up being a good win. I'm guessing not. St. John's hasn't beaten anybody good.

I really like ASU but I don't think they'll keep Hurley. But the longer Coach K stays on at Duke, the better for you.
How about the win against Kansas. Good win?
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Old 12-10-17, 04:12 PM
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Wow, I totally missed this with all the football. Nice win for you guys; the Jayhawks almost never lose at home. This team has zero depth and rally misses the maturity of a Frank Mason.
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Old 12-10-17, 04:53 PM
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ASU looks like the real deal to me. Tra Holder seems like the kind of player that can go off and possibly lead them on a Sweet 16 run or better.
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Old 12-10-17, 05:00 PM
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How about the win against Kansas. Good win?
Absolutely. You should have driven to Vegas a few weeks ago. Could have gotten them at 400-1 to win it all. Now they are probably 30-1.
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Absolutely. You should have driven to Vegas a few weeks ago. Could have gotten them at 400-1 to win it all. Now they are probably 30-1.
I was in Reno a few weeks ago.
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Fucking awesome block by the Rams

Great comeback after falling behind

Still a long way to go.
college basketball thread.
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The Ball brothers signed 1 year contracts to play Professional hoops in Lithuania.
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Old 12-11-17, 07:07 PM
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lol, I'm sure they will love that cold weather and basically playing for free over ucla and hot chicks everywhere..
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Vytautas drew 13,394 in attendance last year.. for the season. Averaged 715 in an arena that seats 1500.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016%E...317_LKL_season
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Heh, a funny read about the Lame-lo and Lemonjello move to Lithuania:
Linky: https://sports.yahoo.com/ball-brothe...222233839.html

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Ball brothers picked 'worst possible place,' says American who played in Lithuania
Jeff Eisenberg, The Dagger
December 12, 2017

When he learned where LemonJello and Lame-lo Ball will be playing pro basketball this season, Ben Brust couldn’t help but chuckle.

The former Wisconsin guard isn’t optimistic two pampered teenagers from sun-splashed Southern California will make a smooth transition to a club based in a remotely located, snow-covered town in Lithuania.

“I think they’ll last a month maximum,” Brust said. “It seems like the worst possible place they could have picked.”

In October 2016, Brust signed with BC Pieno Zvaigždės of the Lithuanian League six months after helping lead Wisconsin to the Final Four and a few days after the Milwaukee Bucks cut him during training camp. The culture shock he experienced during his lone season in Lithuania left him more homesick than he expected.

Hardly anyone in the 7,500-person village of Pasvalys spoke English. Restaurants typically only served traditional Lithuanian dishes unrecognizable to Brust. He and American teammates Michael Dixon Jr. and Alex Oriakhi had to drive 30 to 40 minutes to the nearest big city to find a mall, a grocery store or restaurants that offered American fare.

Only the premier teams in Europe can afford the charter flights and high-end hotels that major-conference American college teams take for granted. Brust’s team bused or ferried to games in Latvia, Estonia and Finland and saved money by staying in bargain hotels.

“My American teammates and I would literally count down the days until we got back to America,” Brust said. “It was always cold and dark. There are only like 5 or 6 hours of sunlight every day, and you’re in a gym for half of it. It’s a good basketball league, but there are plenty of other places in Europe that I would much prefer to live.”

LemonJello and Lame-lo Ball will face many of the same challenges Brust did as they try to adapt to life in Lithuania. The younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball signed Monday with the Lithuanian club, BC Prienai, ending a week-long search for an overseas professional team willing to try to develop both of them.

LemonJello parted ways last week with UCLA after his infamously outspoken father LaVar became frustrated with the length of the suspension his middle son was serving for shoplifting in China. The 19-year-old swingman and UCLA teammates Cody Riley and Jordan Hill had missed eight games since returning to Los Angeles and had not been allowed to practice or travel with the Bruins.

Lame-lo left Chino Hills High School a few months ago to be home-schooled because LaVar no longer got along with the school’s new basketball coach. The 16-year-old’s future in college basketball was already in doubt after LaVar jeopardized his NCAA eligibility in August by giving him his own Big Baller Brand signature shoe.

The team that LemonJello and Lame-lo are joining is based in Prienai, a scenic 10,000-person town that attracts tourists interested in taking advantage of the surrounding rivers, lakes and forest. It’s a 90-minute drive from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, and a 40-minute drive from the country’s nearest big city, Kaunas.

It may be difficult for LemonJello and Lame-lo to develop at BC Prienai since the coach reportedly has a volatile temper and speaks little English. Billy Baron, an American guard who once played on a different team coached by Virginijus Šeškus, tweeted earlier this week that he does not have fond memories of that experience.

“Same coach there is the one who told me during training camp (through a translator) he wouldn’t play me much my rookie year at Rytas because he didn’t speak English,” Baron said.

Only one American has played for BC Prienai in the past decade: Former Vanderbilt guard Brad Tinsley. When reached by Yahoo Sports on Tuesday, Tinsley declined to comment on why he left the team this past October after only two months.

While adjusting to an unfamiliar language, a gloomier climate and a new lifestyle will be difficult for LemonJello and Lame-lo, the challenge of competing against grown men may turn out to be even tougher. Future NBA players Brandon Jennings and Jeremy Tyler both struggled transitioning straight from high school basketball to matching up against savvier, stronger professional players in Italy and Israel.

The top of the Lithuanian League features a pair of powerful teams that regularly participate in EuroLeague and EuroCup, but BC Prienai is unlikely to ask the Ball brothers to play in those games. They’ll probably instead only play for BC Prienai in the less competitive Baltic League, which includes lower-tier Lithuanian clubs and teams from neighboring Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

“It’s a low-level league, but it will still be a huge adjustment for them,” said Francesco Cavalli, director of scouting for EuroHopes.com. “They’ll play against players who aren’t as talented, but they’re more experienced and more physical, they make decisions quickly and they know every trick in the book. It’s just a totally different environment.”

NBA scouts who spoke to Yahoo Sports last week were skeptical that either LemonJello or Lame-lo are ready to make an impact for an overseas team of any level.

Lame-lo, a consensus five-star recruit entering his junior year in high school, is considered the more talented of the two. The slender 6-foot-3 combo guard is a natural scorer off the dribble who has shown potential as an outside shooter and facilitator, but he would benefit from a coach who played a more traditional system than what LaVar favors, one who would emphasize shot selection and force Lame-lo to defend for the first time in his career.

Coaches familiar with LemonJello in high school pegged him as a small-ball power forward at a mid-major program had UCLA not taken him as part of a package deal with his brothers. The 6-foot-5 swingman is a dangerous spot-up shooter, but he lacks the quickness or athleticism to attack off the dribble, nor has he learned to take advantage of his strength in the post. His defense is also a major question as he isn’t able to stay in front of wings off the dribble yet he’s shorter than most power forwards.

“No young players, with the exception of the occasional DeAndre Ayton or Luka Doncic, are good enough to succeed in the top division overseas or in the G League at 18 or 19 years old,” one NBA scout said last week. “LemonJello could probably play third division in Spain, France or Germany. I doubt that’s what he has in mind.”

It won’t cost BC Prienai much money to find out if LemonJello and Lame-lo can exceed scouts’ expectations. Cavalli said that players in the Baltic League typically receive about $1,000 per month salary.

BC Prienai could also benefit more from the publicity it receives by adding the Ball brothers than it would anything LemonJello or Lame-lo do on the court. General manager Adomas Kubilius did not return an email seeking comment from Yahoo Sports, but he told Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas that attracting new advertisers was one of the motivations behind the deal.
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Re: College basketball 2017-18 regular season thread

Cuse/G'town to OT. Entertaining game.
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Cuse/G'town to OT. Entertaining game.
Sucks if you had G'town +5.5. Said it once, say it again...if you have the dog going to OT, you're screwed.
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Upset alert:

E Tenn St beating down Xavier at Xavier.
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Thank you, VSiN, on the Under 66.5 1st half call on the ND game.
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Tremendous comeback by Xavier vs. ETSU. Glad that Mack did not call the timeout with the ball late. Let his players play. Got the go-ahead jumper.

MSU being tested by Oakland.
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Old 12-18-17, 11:13 AM
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All 10 of the Big 12 schools are in the top-60 of the Pomeroy ratings. That's really impressive.
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