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UNC in 19-20, Duke/Kentucky last year

Even the blue bloods have off years. I am not ready to throw in the towel on this season yet, as far as making the NCAAT, but I think we have to know even with CTB off years arent impossible. We have 4 highly regarded recruits coming in and are in good position with 1 in 2023. All 5 would be exactly what we need. Will we be an instant Final 4 team next year, probably not. But the future still looks bright.

As far as this year. I think our realistic ceiling is somewhere in the 8-10 seed range as an NCAAT team with our floor the NIT. If you were being realistic, we could see last night coming. I didnt expect to win, I hoped we would be competitive, keeping it in the single digits, but alas no. This team is still finding itself. Will itself be an ACC champion and high NCAAT team, most likely no. But it will get better and guys will find their roles. This happens every year with a CTB team. We are what we are though. We will not morph into an offensive juggernaut. For us to win games we will have to play better team D (this will come in time) and guys have to play within themselves. Hero ball want cut it, since we really have no one who can take over a game on their own.

While I understand playing/starting Reece/Kihei may give us the best chance to win at this point in time. I may would favor one of them coming off the bench, still playing 20-30 mins, but perhaps getting more time on their own on the floor as the primary ball handler. I would go with Reece/Kihei, Franklin, Kody, Gardner, Shedrick. At this point I dont care which one starts. It isnt like Reece is so good it is an easy call. I love Gardners aggressiveness, but he has to play within himself more. He was a liability out there last night. He has to limit his TOs and let the game come to him a bit more.

We have a favorable schedule for a while to put it together and find ourselves. Lets see what happens.
[Post edited by RaleighHOO at 11/17/2021 10:37AM]

Posted: 11/17/2021 at 10:37AM


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