Posted by: Brian | December 13, 2008

Crean doin a bang up job! (now it’s time to get banged up!)


First off, Tom Crean is doing an unbelieveable job for the Hoosiers right now.  Not only did he come right in and snag 13 scholarship players, (between the ’08 and ’09 classes), some of which being 6’7″ 215 pound SF Christian Watford****, PG Jordan Hulls****, SG Maurice Creek****, and a talented big man in PF Derek Elston****.  The recruiting is one thing…but the fire and heart his players are displaying is inspiring.  THESE BOYS FIGHT!  Don’t get me wrong, it ain’t pretty, but they fight.  From what I have seen, these players are taking to Crean’s system well.  Devon Dumes is looking like a diamond in the rough.  With a little more “Crean-polishing,” Dumes will become Indy’s Dominic James (strong statement, I know). 

With all that said…now it’s time to get banged up!

Billy Clyde, amongst all the controversy, is doing an unbelieveable job in Lexington.  Given not all fans understand the “methods to his madness,” but there is…trust me…there is.  Billy lives, breathes, and eats basketball.  PERIOD!  That’s not a statement…that’s a fact!  By 2010, Gillispie will have a ton of talent at his disposal.  Barring transfers and decommitments, the roster could read…Patterson (wishful thinking),Harrellson, Pilgrim, Orton*****, Ferguson*****, Liggins, Miller, Hood****, Vilarino***, and a developing KC Ross-Miller, just to name a few.  And it doesn’t stop there…BCG is also on the case for additional recruits: 

On the blue radar:

2009 recruits– SF Terrence Boyd****, JUCO SF Trenton Marshall****, C Kyryl “Criso” Natyazhko****, and SF Jamil Wilson****.  Also on the radar (but don’t get excited) SF Lance Stephenson*****, C Derrick Favors*****, PF Renardo Sidney*****, back on the market C DeMarcus Cousins*****.

2010 recruits-  SF Harrison Barnes*****, C Josh Smith*****, C Adreian Payne*****, PG Cory Joseph****, SG Stacey Poole****, and explosive SG Trae Golden**** (I want this guy, he is a true scorer).

Sorry, I digressed…now time to get banged up!

Today’s game will be ugly…guaranteed!  UK will have more talent, more size, and more experience.  IU will most likely play with more intensity than the boys in blue.  Gameplan = feed Patterson until he is full.  It is given that Crean will have one man front PP and another come over from the weak side block.  Still, Patterson will be a man amongst boys and will come away with 30 pts, 12 boards, and 4 blocks this game.  This is the entire focus of the game for me, (other than actually seeing Galloway catch some PT).  Hopefully, Mr. Harrellson will actually block someone out or make his presence felt inside, so that when he knocks down 3 shots in 3 minutes he won’t get pulled.  Lastly, (not be negative) I know Hartline Porter gives it 100% while on the floor, but I can’t get over how much better the team looks on the floor with Liggins at the point (barring turnovers).  (Statistical Example:  Versus Miami(FL) with Porter running the point = -20 point differential.  With Liggins running the point = +14 point differential.) As Bill Cosby would say,”the proof is in the pudding.”

Game Guestimation:

Kentucky 93, Indiana 79

I’m out…Bryan


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