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    Quote Originally Posted by ier4p
    We will give them a better game this time I can fell it a big win
    I can fell it too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeaux
    Was refering to the no call on the steal by JT and then the wave off of Mitchell's basket. Did not see it myself but only going off what Jay said. After all that effort finally showing up, this team deserves better but that's life on the road.

    If the team had played good enough in the first half and the score was somewhat close at the half, then the 2nd half run the Cajuns went on would have iced the game. You can't look at a few calls at the end of the game and determine that's "life on the road." Look at the entire game. The Cajuns played like |||| for most of the game and then finally hit their stride. If they played a complete game, then the calls at the end wouldn't have mattered as we would have won by 10+.

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    To everyone complaining that this team is doomed for the rest of the season.....WE'VE PLAYED TWO GAMES.....both of which on the road. Our boys will be alright, there's enough talent on this squad to do some damage in the NCAA tournament.... however, the X factor is TURNOVERS. If we quit turning the ball over 20+ times a game we will be fine. Go Cajuns.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jacoment
    To everyone complaining that this team is doomed for the rest of the season.....WE'VE PLAYED TWO GAMES.....both of which on the road. Our boys will be alright, there's enough talent on this squad to do some damage in the NCAA tournament.... however, the X factor is TURNOVERS. If we quit turning the ball over 20+ times a game we will be fine. Go Cajuns.
    Great point.

    In my opinion they were thinking too much in the first 60 minutes of the season and in the last 20 they started doing.

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    Tough game guys. Saluki fans were pulling for you.


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    Hey Basketball Brethren... I posted this on the Missouri Valley Conference board and wanted to share it. Your season looks bright and we Saluki fans will be pulling for you. I live in Tennessee so I got the game last night.

    From ValleyTalk.net..
    UT played some pretty good defense last night. They were all over the place and did a better job of getting in the passing lanes than we (SIU) did. UT looks pretty tough; which is tough to admit considering how much I dislike them.

    Southall was pulled because of 1) early fouls, and 2) they needed to go to a smaller line-up. Mitchell came up big last night for the Cajuns, but he is definitely not a point gaurd. Once ULL gave the ball handling duties to someone else they started to get some points.

    I really thought ULL was going to pull it off last night. I thought the refs had an influence for the first five minutes of each half and for the last 2-3 minutes. UT was getting away with a lot and ULL was being called on a lot of questionables. I was glad to see the ULL coach (Lee) get a 'T' called against him...He had every right to be upset with the refs.


    All in all, I would say ULL was the better team. They were a little slow on adjustments, but if they played them on a neutral court UT would have fallen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel02
    If they played a complete game, then the calls at the end wouldn't have mattered as we would have won by 10+.
    Maybe we would have, but the way we were playing in the second half, seem we could have come back from 30+, take the lead and we still would have lost. When you got momentum on your side and then all the sudden call after call goes against you it kills the run. JT stole the ball on an inbound pass that he could have broke away for spirit breaking dunking. The last time we played them we were close thoughout the game. But during the waining minutes of that game Bret Smith got called for a phantom foul before another break away dunk to end the Cajuns chances in that game.

    I wish they would have played a complete game also. But I kinda felt like they would stink it up. You have to take into account that Turner,Barksdale,Fields and Hart are all JUCO transfer and not D1 transfers. They haven't been with us for a full year and played with the others on this team. Many time they aren't going to be in the right place or they might not automaticly know what play is being run, especially against constant pressure. I agree with Turbine that at time they seem like they are thinking to much. But then again they have alot thrown on their plate.

    There is still gonna be a learning curve. Barkdale seems like he is catching on. The future looks bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDawg
    we Saluki fans will be pulling for you.
    That's it it's official I am an SIU fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamicajun32
    43-25 at half.

    Cajuns are a bad team folks. May be able to compete for sunbelt title again, but a mediocre SEC type team will blow them out this year. 14 turnovers in first half. Bad shooting. Out hustled for loose balls. There is no answer at guard for ball handling or perimeter shooting.

    Cajuns would lose this game 10 out of 10 times if it was played that many times. Look for more of the same against all the tough non-conference teams. I expect double digit losses against any decent NCAA tourney type team. And Tennessee may not be good enough for NCAAs, but still a route.
    Why don't we not jump the gun too much? I think you are getting a little out of control with your projections there Miamicajun. I know we looked sloppy, but every team from the beginning of time, including the Dream Team, had bad games. If we play like that, yes, we cant compete. But don't downplay the talent and potential for this team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDawg
    Hey Basketball Brethren... I posted this on the Missouri Valley Conference board and wanted to share it. Your season looks bright and we Saluki fans will be pulling for you. I live in Tennessee so I got the game last night.

    From ValleyTalk.net..
    UT played some pretty good defense last night. They were all over the place and did a better job of getting in the passing lanes than we (SIU) did. UT looks pretty tough; which is tough to admit considering how much I dislike them.

    Southall was pulled because of 1) early fouls, and 2) they needed to go to a smaller line-up. Mitchell came up big last night for the Cajuns, but he is definitely not a point gaurd. Once ULL gave the ball handling duties to someone else they started to get some points.

    I really thought ULL was going to pull it off last night. I thought the refs had an influence for the first five minutes of each half and for the last 2-3 minutes. UT was getting away with a lot and ULL was being called on a lot of questionables. I was glad to see the ULL coach (Lee) get a 'T' called against him...He had every right to be upset with the refs.


    All in all, I would say ULL was the better team. They were a little slow on adjustments, but if they played them on a neutral court UT would have fallen.
    Thanks for the insight. Your post is appreciated. I agree that when the ball handling duties were given to Barksdale, the Cajuns played considerably better. Barksdale should be inserted into the starting lineup from this point forward. Our guys did a lot of growing up last night and they will get tougher and tougher as the season goes on. I hope they can put it together early enough to win a few games against quality opponents before conference begins. In regard to the Salukis, they are dangerous and one of the best teams if not the best team that we have scheduled this season. I hope that both of our teams are dancing come March.

    Geaux Cajuns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlappyCajun
    Why don't we not jump the gun too much? I think you are getting a little out of control with your projections there Miamicajun. I know we looked sloppy, but every team from the beginning of time, including the Dream Team, had bad games. If we play like that, yes, we cant compete. But don't downplay the talent and potential for this team.
    If you look at my past posts, I have been as excited as any abou the obvious talent on this team. However, through 60 minutes of play (until second half of last night's game) Cajuns could not handle the ball and all the talent in the world on wings and down low was not going to change that.... However, Barksdale really showed something last night and Mitchell showed a lot as well when he was able to play is more natural 2 spot...

    In top level D-1 play you are going to need adequate point guard play. Orien Green can play the point at NBA level, so it is a huge void. But if Mo can step up and continue to play as he did last night at the point, then Cajuns should be ok.

    Surely, the chemistry problems will resolve themselves. I was never worried about that. But just because Turner, Pelosi, Fields, Hart and other newcomers figure things out does not mean that we will have a point guard. That is up to Barksdale it seems. It is clear that Mitchell is an outstanding basketball player and possibly and NBA prospect, but he should not be running the point guard position.

    Even at halftime of last night's game I still expected Cajuns to compete for Sunbelt title. But only if we play like we did in second half will Cajuns have any chance whatsoever to beat UTEP ,Nevada, LSU, or Charlotte.

    By the way, living in SEC country and being a big fan and alum of Florida (bigger cajun fan in basketballl, but not football), I can tell you that Tennesee is a mediocre team with serious rebuilding to do with their outstanding new coach (who built Wisc. Milwakee).

    UTEP, Nevada, LSU and Charlotte would all go to Knoxville and beat up on Vols in my opinion. Tennesse is at the bottom of SEC, 9th to 12th place range.

    A top mid major program should go to Tennessee and win quite easily this year... A second tier mid major program (nit type team) should be able to play toe to toe at Vols this year.

    Cajuns could improve and still lose all 4 of the tough non-conference games ahead. Losing those games would not be a major problem, but not fixing the 20+ turnovers a game would be a major problem.

    We shall see...

    Top 25 talent does not mean that Cajuns will win sunbelt if no point guard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlappyCajun
    Why don't we not jump the gun too much? I think you are getting a little out of control with your projections there Miamicajun. I know we looked sloppy, but every team from the beginning of time, including the Dream Team, had bad games. If we play like that, yes, we cant compete. But don't downplay the talent and potential for this team.
    Just because a frustrated Cajun fan posts something in the middle of a game that expresses that frustration and dissapointment, that does not mean that reality changes... If suddenly there were 100 posts that said the Cajuns would win national title or 100 posts that said Cajuns would lose every game, would somehow this forum spin out of control? Are we piloting some kind of ship here? Or is this a fan forum?

    I think you are taking things way too seriously...

    I am no basketball expert and don't make a living making sports projections. Don't make the mistake to rely on them if you are somehow... Instead of criticizing the direction of my projections, maybe you should entertain us with your own. Whether I or anyone else agrees or dissagree it is still fun to interact that way and is the purpose of a forum like this.

    Whether I or any other fan "jumps the gun" or not does not have any affect on the teams play... So what is your point exactly? What is the concern you have about the consequences of what you feel is a "jump the gun" incorrect projection?

    Am I fired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamicajun32
    Just because a frustrated Cajun fan posts something in the middle of a game that expresses that frustration and dissapointment, that does not mean that reality changes...
    I'm with you.

    Posts during games are what they are, a soda straw view of the moment.

    I love them for the very reason that they capture moments in time, but no one should think those posts alone will shape our long term outlook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbine
    I'm with you.

    Posts during games are what they are, a soda straw view of the moment.

    I love them for the very reason that they capture moments in time, but no one should think those posts alone will shape our long term outlook.
    I agree! Thanks! It is like watching your favorite team with a friend. Sometimes you want to throw the TV out of the window... Sometimes you think your team is unstoppable... Those emotions are part of the fun of being a fan and escaping from reality a bit (isn't that why we watch sports to begin with, as a fun diversion from every day life?)

    At halftime of the Vols game I happened to think that the Cajuns were going to lose by 15+ to all of the decent teams they played this year. After second half, I now think we have a chance to really be competitive at a high level (although Vols are not at high level) if we keep improving...

    Let's hope that the second half solid play was not an abberation..., but actually a turning point early in the season to the team growing up and coming together.

    I am glad to hear that the forum is not falling out of control because some fans were upset at the half of the Vols game ;-) It is good to know that if I check out raginpagin.com tomorrow, it will still be here... I would not want to be one of the fans resonsible for wrecking the forum with outburst of actual emotion during a game ;-)

  15. UL Basketball Ragin' Cajun basketball earns win


    EL PASO, Texas - Maurice Barksdale had been waiting for a while for a game like this.

    The junior point guard, whose struggles mirrored the University of Louisiana's offensive struggles through the first four games of the season, broke loose Sunday afternoon and did a number on UTEP's Miners.

    Barksdale finished with a career-high 23 points, hitting five three-pointers, and led the Ragin' Cajuns to their first win of the season, a 65-59 overtime win.

    "This is the kind of game I've been wanting all year," said Barksdale, who was 6-for-10 shooting, 5-of-8 outside the arc, made all six of his free throws and added three assists and three steals with only two turnovers. "This will take a lot of pressure off us."

    The Cajuns (1-4) handed UTEP (4-2) only its fourth loss in its last 39 games at the Haskins Center and won their 27th straight game when holding an opponent under 60 points. And UL head coach Robert Lee was adamant that Sunday's victory came because of defense.

    "That was our big point in practice," Lee said. "They made a few baskets, but just about every one of them were contested. I'm really pleased with the defensive job we did on the perimeter."

    The host Miners hit only 18-of-60 shots (30.0 percent) and went 0-for-6 from the floor in the overtime period to the dismay of the announced 7,752 crowd. Michael Southall and Dwayne Mitchell each hit jump shots in the first 65 seconds of the overtime period and the Cajuns led by at least four points the rest of the way.

    In fact, the Miners didn't have a field goal in the final 6:15 including the overtime, and after Miguel Ayala's three-pointer with 6:18 left the only field goals for UTEP in the last 11 minutes were two layups by John Tofi.


    The rest of the story



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    I have seen Rhett Hebert on the floor is Alphonso Williams redshirting? That roster sure looks different today


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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawfish
    He scrimmaged with the team Saturday. (Ford)
    I think he got kicked off the team

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    He left after the scrimmage. He did practice after the incident he got in trouble for, but apparently left after that. He probably really quit.


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