If you consider UL to be a 'Second 100' program [as our RPI during Marlin's tenure would seem to indicate], Marlin coached Cajun Teams are 35-49 against our peers in the 101-200 RPI range. We are 9-33 against top 100 teams. It is only against the dregs of Division 1 basketball that Marlin's teams have excelled [70-20 against 201-351 RPI].
I suspect that most programs are pretty similar both above and below their peer groups, but better programs are much more successful against their peers. I am not satisfied with 42% winning against our peers, and I would like to see a somewhat higher than 21% win rate against the top 100. I don't believe we will get that on any kind of consistent basis with Marlin.
Considering he pretty much had to start over by cleaning house in year 2 (or whatever year it was), I think he deserves some what of a break from the "he's been here 8 years" chants.
For me? Strong NCAA showing next year or bust.
I appreciate and respect everyone's opinion. Good points made by all in sharing both pro and con views. I appreciate the respectful way those views were presented. It is true that it is unknown how the transfers will perform and other things could impact the situation negatively. By the same token, positive things could occur. Another strong player could be brought in during spring recruiting for example. It is interesting that over 85% of respondents to date believe he should be retained. That tells me his overall support may be over 90% as people I speak to outside of RP are not even aware this is a debate. That is a pretty strong endorsement. Now, a poor performance this afternoon would probably drop that support below 50%.
Note Coach Marlin had a birthday on Sunday and assistant coach Neil Hardin had one yesterday. Their team gave them an early birthday present on Saturday night with the best effort we have seen in a home game in a few years Despite what any of us think about the job they are doing, I am sure we all wish they enjoyed their birthdays. After all, they only come around once a year.
Happy Birthday to Coach Marlin and Coach Hardin.
Here's hoping Marlin wins his next ten games and prove all his detractors dead wrong. At least the next three.
Personally I don't think the Cajuns will ever be a national power in basketball but we should expect to compete year in and out for a conference championship in this league.
I take a totally different view on national power. I'm saying why not us? Then work on the legitimate hurdles. Absolutely shocking that we're consistently a middle of the road basketball power in the SBC hierarchy.
The numerical error is from my having mistakenly put a team with an RPI of exactly 100 in the wrong group yesterday.
About average on the road
Since some here have declared us superior to Tech, here is their overall record for the last 7 seasons:
Sadly, over that span, they are better than us at home, better than us on the road, and better than us at neutral sites.
Tech's Record for last 7 season vs:
Top 100: 19-32
Again, better than us against the top 200, about the same vs 201-351.