UE11 wrote:Not saying you are wrong, but curious what your reasoning is that lead to the conclusion there is no chance UE finishes 10th next year. Looking at it objectivity, I would say there is more than a decent chance a team returning only 40% of its minutes played and 30% of its scoring from the year before, with a coach that has never been the top guy other than preseason camps won't win many games. Also, lets not forget Walter has had 4 months to put together more than half of a roster. While I hope every newcomer is a top level MVC contributor, I can't help but think at least some of these guys won't be around to finish all of their eligibility.
9th or 10th seem pretty reasonable to me. Although, to me a least, wins and losses mean almost nothing next year. I'm much more interested in seeing a shift in culture and philosophies than wins. Staying with the status quo for the past 10+ years would have yielded more wins this year than changing. I'm glad there was a change.
For the most part I agree. However, I would caution projecting this season by using returning minutes and scoring from Martyball as a metric. Under Martyball the moment the designated shooter graduates (Ely, Colt, DJ, Jaylon, Taylor) the Aces lose 30% of their scoring with a single graduation. That doesn't mean the returning bench players like Hall, Noah and Evan would not have scored much more if they were permitted to. We just don't know. Also, while the Aces lost Blake's 37 minutes per game. Blake's minutes helped empty the Ford Center and if he could return this year only a tiny few of us would believe that his returning minutes would be a positive thing. In short, we have several returning players who deserved the lion's share of Blake's minutes last season. Any one of them can achieve more than Blake ever did.
It has been a liability for Coach Walter to try and fill a roster late in the season. His second year of recruiting will be the tell. That said, not every late signee is a picked-over also-ran. There is no reason that Romeo Langford couldn't have committed last October. He waited until after the season ended. I would venture to say that if the Aces could have had their pick of all the players who signed after April 1st they would be conference championship contenders immediately.