I do not think Murphy can redshirt since he played in the exhibition games.
I agree that this team is fun to watch. There have been several times when I have not voted for MOTM because I couldn't decide between 2 or 3 guys. This team has so many weapons on offense, and defense is improving all the time. I like this team a lot.
The '92 team simply had more talent than anyone else that year; there were six NBA players on that team, four
of them good. And yes, they did play, D especially both Hills. (Hurley wasn't bad either.). This team clearly has
good talent, but is a little unbalanced with a lot of big guys and guards, and not many typical forwards. Consequently,
this team will have trouble stopping good driving small forwards and the like.
Can this team make the final four? Not out of the question, when you have shooters like Seth and Andre. More
consistent low post offense will help; hard to say how much better our bigs will get, although it's likely at this
point that MP1 has topped out. Who knows. A long ways and a lot of games, matchups, injuries, streaks and
slumps from here to April.
National Defensive Player of the Year in 1993. He wasn't a slacker the two years before.
If you check that link, you will find that a Duke player has won that award in 8 years (of the 24 years the award has been given).
Right now, I'd describe the team as "better than advertised". I know that no two teams are alike but I can't help but see comparisons to the 2010 team. Let me clarify: I see major comparisons between how the two teams were and are perceived by the media and "gurus". Both teams were what they consider "second tiers" and expected to be "good but not great". I prefer it that way myself. It gives us a little bit of an ability to fly under the radar.
I have noticed that this is a team that tends to play to the level of their opponent. If you had asked me during the Belmont game if I thought we'd come out of Maui unscathed, I would've said no. But, the team seems to be improving with each game and kicking it into a higher gear when challenged by a team who plays at said gear.
As for Miles, if he had the confidence of Mason it would make a huge difference in his consistency on the court. As the sister of an over achieving brother, whom I adore by the way, I have run into the same situation. I liken Miles's basketball playing to my backgammon skills. I'm pretty good but when the person you grew up playing against is stellar it is difficult to believe that you can have that same level of expertise. OK--lame comparison but it is true that it is hard to believe in yourself when you and everyone else has so much invested in believing in your sibling who happens to possess a stronger skill set. If he can get that confidence going, watch out. We saw a bit of it in China so here's hoping for more to appear.
You could tell in the interview tonight that Coach K is very excited about this ball team. This is a team that is very, very good and also very young.....a team that will improve tremendously by March........ Coach K already knows this is a serious, serious contender that he has.......man, he's got alot to work with........
Maybe we should change the title of this post to:
This team is very fun.
For a fan, that makes for a great ride.
I agree with Kedsy. The journey to March is even more important than the last 4 weeks of the season. I can't wait to see how good they are then, but right now this team is having fun! Awesome win. I can't get over how tough these games have been. While some other top teams are playing cupcakes to start the season, Coach K is getting this team ready for the toughest teams throughout. Never taking a moment off.