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    Loss at Moanroe was tough, but loss last night at South Alabama is disheartening! I know they're not as bad as their record indicated, but last rpi had us 94 and them 264! This is year 4 for him. He's got to start winning those, if he wants to put people in the stands and get us to the big dance!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by NickatNite View Post
    Loss at Moanroe was tough, but loss last night at South Alabama is disheartening! I know they're not as bad as their record indicated, but last rpi had us 94 and them 264! This is year 4 for him. He's got to start winning those, if he wants to put people in the stands and get us to the big dance!!!
    Very inconsistent. Turnovers were a big reason we lost that game last night. As is the case, though, with most teams we play much better at home than on the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickatNite View Post
    Loss at Moanroe was tough, but loss last night at South Alabama is disheartening! I know they're not as bad as their record indicated, but last rpi had us 94 and them 264! This is year 4 for him. He's got to start winning those, if he wants to put people in the stands and get us to the big dance!!!
    I agree with the meat of your post...The headline should read when are we going to consistently win the games that we are supposed to win.....I would say that the wins against Tech and Houston were big game wins....

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    Right. I don't think USA was necessarily a big game, but a game we needed if we wanted to be considered in the converastion for the regular season league title.

    USA was picked to finish second in the league by the coaches and have struggled with chemistry. They played better, we played poorly, pluse we didn't get a great performance from the bench.

    Things we want are still in front of us, 20 win season, conference championship, and NCAA berth. But, our margin for error is getting much smaller. IMO, if we want to win the league title, Saturday night is almost a must win.


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    Either way, the only way we dance is if we win the tourny. The good news is the Sun Belt tourney is in NOLA this year and still pretty wide open. We should have home-court advantage. Hopefully we can get some nice crowds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NickatNite View Post
    Loss at Moanroe was tough, but loss last night at South Alabama is disheartening! I know they're not as bad as their record indicated, but last rpi had us 94 and them 264! This is year 4 for him. He's got to start winning those, if he wants to put people in the stands and get us to the big dance!!!


    The team will win a "big" game (I think road game is the more appropriate term as we have won big home games) when the guys are mentally strong enough to shoot over 70% from the line and physically strong enough to not have 12 shots blocked. 12 blocked shots is a huge number and results in high % shots from the opposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephyr View Post
    Very inconsistent. Turnovers were a big reason we lost that game last night. As is the case, though, with most teams we play much better at home than on the road
    And FT shooting. USA had way more TOs than we did. A new coach, some new players, a losing record, and we lose to these guys. They start 3 guards that are under 6'2" (2 are 6'), a 6'7" center and 6'5" F and still out rebounded us. A lot of fundamentals seem to be missing.

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    Look, it is time for us to become a group of realist, Marlin will not win consistently here and will be mediocre at best. Marlin is good at player development, but has not been successful at bringing in top tier Sun Belt talent. I don't want to hear about Long and Peyton, because Elfrid was a crap shoot and Long transferred in.

    We need a guy here similar to Hudspeth who can create a level of excitement around basketball. I am sorry but 4 years of mediocre basketball with a limited run of success in an obviously weaker league than what Fletcher or Evans coached in.

    I for one am extremely frustrated with what has transpired in basketball over the last decade here. This administration has ____ on the program and fans for a decade. It is not about conference affiliation, but rather a lack of a true demand for excellence from our athletic department across the board.

    Marlin will likely be given another year, but I do not think he deserves one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    Marlin will likely be given another year, but I do not think he deserves one.
    Season is not over yet. I will wait for judgement after this season.

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    Top tier Sun Belt talent.. lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    Look, it is time for us to become a group of realist, Marlin will not win consistently here and will be mediocre at best. Marlin is good at player development, but has not been successful at bringing in top tier Sun Belt talent. I don't want to hear about Long and Peyton, because Elfrid was a crap shoot and Long transferred in.

    We need a guy here similar to Hudspeth who can create a level of excitement around basketball. I am sorry but 4 years of mediocre basketball with a limited run of success in an obviously weaker league than what Fletcher or Evans coached in.

    I for one am extremely frustrated with what has transpired in basketball over the last decade here. This administration has ____ on the program and fans for a decade. It is not about conference affiliation, but rather a lack of a true demand for excellence from our athletic department across the board.

    Marlin will likely be given another year, but I do not think he deserves one.
    I completely respect your opinion. I hope we get it turned around the remainder of the season. I still believe Marlin is the guy to get it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunJack55 View Post
    Season is not over yet. I will wait for judgement after this season.
    This is basketball not football, you do not need 5 or 6 years to turn it around. You need three solid players, he has two in 4 years. He ran off some problem kids that Marlin himself recruited. Only one of them could really help us right now. We have been through two complete roster rebuilds since he has been hired. Mainly due to his recruits or his staff hires, both fall on the HC if you are going to assign any responsibility for it.

    He had a great run his first year winning something like 11 straight, but since then it was like we are just spinning our wheels. Attendance is falling, in fact it is at a dismal average and we have two really solid players. That speaks volumes for this program.

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    This years UL basketball team is very inconsistent, moments of greatness and then turn around and look like talentless team. A rollercoaster season for sure. I'm not sure it can be straightened out this year, but we can hope.


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    Top tier Sun Belt talent.. lol
    Exactly! Not enough talent, at least Jessie's teams could go toe to toe with Tennessee, Miss St, and Louisville. Hell Orien Green, Tirus Wade, Michael Southall, Anthony Johnson, Tyren Johnson, Dwayne Mitchel and Brian Hamilton are all still playing professional basketball somewhere.

    Name me a player on our roster who would beat anyone of those players out of a starting position besides Peyton. I am not sure Long would start over Hamilton and I know he isn't better than Big Mike.

    I am not even throwing in guys like Brad Boyd, Laurie Bridges, Orlando Bulter, Blaine Harmon, Chris Cameron, Antoine Landry, Kenneth Lawrence, Tyrone Foster hell even Emanuel Washington are better than the majority of our roster.

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    The talent gap from the 90s to now is staggering. Those teams would have crushed these 2000s teams. Not only did we have great individual players, they played well together. Watching the new intro gives me mixed feelings. It makes me miss the old days, the flashy dunks, fast breaks, show time passes and atmosphere in the dome. GREAT times, hot tickets, awesome basketball. I would do anything to have that again.

    And yes, I'm endorsing cheating


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    Name me a player on our roster who would beat anyone of those players out of a starting position besides Peyton. I am not sure Long would start over Hamilton and I know he isn't better than Big Mike.

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    I think you can argue Long would start over Big Mike, because Big Mike did not play hard. On physical talent alone, Mike was head and shoulders better. But, he didn't always play hard. Mike's peak was when he averaged 8 rebounds per game. Also,Shawn is much more skilled than Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManAboutTown View Post
    The talent gap from the 90s to now is staggering. Those teams would have crushed these 2000s teams. Not only did we have great individual players, they played well together. Watching the new intro gives me mixed feelings. It makes me miss the old days, the flashy dunks, fast breaks, show time passes and atmosphere in the dome. GREAT times, hot tickets, awesome basketball. I would do anything to have that again.

    And yes, I'm endorsing cheating
    Agreed, Paul Johnson asked me repeatedly to come out and play for them when I was running track. I knew I would never see significant floor time but still thought about it. I played with those guys all the time, competed ok against them, but they were on a different level.

    Shoot I am 33 now, played a pick up game against a kid who supposedly was invited to walk on but didn't make the team and walked his behind all over the floor and I have only played basketball maybe 5 times a year for the past 5 or 6 years.

    Mediocre coaching with great talent will dominate all but maybe 40 programs in the country year in and year out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    Exactly! Not enough talent, at least Jessie's teams could go toe to toe with Tennessee, Miss St, and Louisville. Hell Orien Green, Tirus Wade, Michael Southall, Anthony Johnson, Tyren Johnson, Dwayne Mitchel and Brian Hamilton are all still playing professional basketball somewhere..
    Well we at least need to be consistent, you lowered Marlin with "I don't want to hear about Long and Peyton, because Elfrid was a crap shoot and Long transferred in."

    I liked Evans but virtually every player he had was a transfer in.

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    Frack!!!!!!!! We need Cajuns to start playing sum ball ______!!!!!! WTF is going on down there???????!?


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    We need a guy here similar to Hudspeth who can create a level of excitement around basketball. I am sorry but 4 years of mediocre basketball with a limited run of success in an obviously weaker league than what Fletcher or Evans coached in.
    Well, Hud did just as good in year one... with 96% Bustle starters... than he's done the entire time he's been here. I say Marlin just needs to get Hud to "have a talk" with the basketball players. Let Hud be his "heavy". You walk around the court and tell them that you are the "other guy" as you slam into them and slam the ball out of their hands... then you tell them, "that other guy wants your ball... are you going to let him take your ball away from you!?... and a few other things that can't be discussed or filmed... for the mothers.

    Our basketball players have the talent to beat everyone in the SBC and beyond. They just need a fire lit under their ___.

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