Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DoggyDaddy's Dailies 9/28/16


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A nice day at school for Logan and an even better dinner!!!!!



   
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Tennessee just got a commitment from a terrific 2017 point guard Anastasia Hayes. She is top 10 recruit in the ESPN Hoopgurlz 2017 class.

So, why am I writing about this? It's a positive for the Lady Vols and their fans, and I'm sure you have noticed I'm not their biggest supporter. Ok....I hate them....lol.

Well, I'm here to point out the hypocrisy of that fan base.

Here are a few examples of the prevailing opinion from the Tennessee when Crystal Dangerfield, the homegrown Tennessee point guard committed to UConn in October of 2014.

"Cooper and Dangerfield are both pure point guards, one year apart. Dangerfield is too good -- and knows she is too good -- to wait in line for three years behind another equally elite pure point guard. It's understandable that she would want to go to a school where she will either start immediately or, worst case scenario (from her perspective), within a year. Tennessee is loaded with very good guards, and will be for a long time to come; Dangerfield wasn't close to being a necessity."

" Tennessee has already landed a commitment from an elite point guard who is every bit as good as Dangerfield. The greatest need is for posts, not more guards. I realize many will say that the team needs a backup in case of injury, etc. That's a legitimate point. However, I highly doubt either Cooper or Dangerfield would be satisfied being relegated to the role of "backup" for more than a season. You have to consider team dynamics, as well. Too much of a good thing can sometimes lead to very big problems"

Clearly they didn't need another point guard. And with Cooper out for the season with an injury, she will have three more years when Hayes is a freshman.

It's the same situation as with Dangerfield only Hayes actually committed to Tennessee. Both are home grown Tennessee players players that were recruited by Warlick.

Of course now there is NO talk on the message board about too many point guards, how Hayes will play behind Cooper for three years.  

It's typical of the Tennessee fans. When recruits go somewhere other than Tennessee, they have all the excuses in the world

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By David in Naples!!!!!


The number 8 is not usually associated with the game of basketball. There is 1 ball, 2 teams, 3 point shots, 4 periods and 5 players on a side. About the only use for the number 8 is to describe the optimum rotation of starters and substitutes, although Geno sometimes tightens that to 7. However, when it comes to winning National Championships, the number 8 comes up often. Consider:

1. There are 8 teams who have won a single National Championship. (Notre Dame, Purdue, Old Dominion, Texas A&M, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Texas) That's 8 total championships for that group.

2. In addition, four institutions have won two National Championships each. (Louisiana Tech, Stanford, USC, Baylor) So that is also 8 total championships.

3. One school, Tennessee, has equaled the rest by winning 8 National Championships. Again, 8 championships.

That is where the pattern stops. One school, in a small town called Storrs, broke the record by winning 11 National Championships, including the last four straight. Those darn UConn Huskies always want to be in a class by themselves. 8-)


P.S. - Thanks to Phil for this idea.

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Chicago Sky @ Los Angeles Sparks


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Monday, September 26, 2016

DoggyDaddy's Dailies 9/27/16


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Sorry about missing last night. I'm nursing a bad cold that really hit me Sunday.

Guess who I caught it from? Could it be that cute little runny nose grandson of mine??
   
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Not many UConn players left in the WNBA playoffs. Seattle is out, so Stewart, KML and Bird are out. New York is out so say goodbye to Charles, Stokes and Cash (Swin's last game). Yesterday Atlanta lost so Hayes is done for the season. Dolson, Jefferson, Tuck, Faris didn't make the playoffs.

Taurasi and Phoenix are still in. Moore, Montgomery for Minnesota as well.

Only one will make the finals. Good luck UConn Alumni!!!

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The King is Dead, long live the King.......

One of my golf heroes and a true gentleman, Arnold Palmer passed away Sunday. He will truly be missed.   
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By David in Naples!!!!!


 Gabby Williams has now played two full seasons at UConn. She has appeared in 76 of 77 games during that period. Last year she was one of three players to see action in all 38 of the Huskies games, starting 12. While there has been some dramatic improvement in her play, Williams has also been remarkably consistent overall. For example, freshman year she scored 137 baskets. This past season she had 147. Her first year Gabby created 50 assists. This year, 51. The same is true for rebounds, 218 as a rookie and 213 sophomore year.

Other parts of Gabby's game have improved dramatically. No where is this more evident than her free throw shooting. After a forgettable freshman year shooting 42-91 or 46%, Williams improved to 42-56 or 75%. Her steal totals also increased from 46 last year to 72 this past season, 2nd only to Moriah. Unfortunately, her personal fouls also jumped from 45 to 60, but Williams has never fouled out. All of these great statistics happened in the shadow of the Big 3, who have now graduated. Look for Gabby to take her game to the next level and turn 1,300 minutes of playing experience into a breakout season. :D

Go Huskies..!!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

DoggyDaddy's Dailies 9/25/26


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LOGAN!!!




Thank you my daughter for sending me these wonderful pictures. I love sharing them with my readers!!!
   
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An upset in the WNBA Saturday night with Diana Taurasi leading the Phoenix Mercury to a 104-97. She scored 30 points and poured it on in the fourth quarter. Tough loss for Tina Charles and the New York Liberty at home.

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By David in Naples!!!!!


The five players who graduated or transferred started a combined 105 games last season for the Huskies. Since five players started the 38 games, there were 190 possible starts available. Stewie and Moriah had 36 each and Tuck had 32. Of the returning players, Kia Nurse, Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams had the most starts at 38, 22 and 12 respectively. Napheesa Collier started 9 times and Saniya Chong 3. Natalie Butler started the one strange game when Geno sat the normal starters and went with the rookies.

More important than starts, Kia, Gabby and Napheesa played in all 38 games last season. :D   Add to that, KLS played in every game up until the Final against Syracuse. Together, those four played 3,305 minutes. Most of those minutes were at the beginning of games and not just mop up minutes. Kia and KLS averaged 28 and 24 minutes per game respectively, while Gabby and Napheesa logged 18 and 17 per game. That real time action should pay huge dividends this season. Even Butler and Saniya each averaged 12 minutes per game, when they played. Geno counts on players to understand his offensive and defensive schemes perfectly. While this years starters still have lots of learning to do, they have been exposed to the UConn way for years. Saniya is entering her 4th season, Kia, Gabby and Butler their 3rd and KLS and Collier their 2nd. Even the former walk-on, now on scholarship, TLAW, is now a veteran with 3 full seasons to her credit.

No doubt, the big three are gone and their talent needs to be replaced. But Kia, Gabby, Napheesa, Saniya, Natalie, Katie Lou and TLAW have played a combined 7,328 minutes in 116 games. This is not a bunch of rookies..!!  Speaking of rookies, wait until you see Crystal, Molly and Kyla... 8-)

Go Huskies..!!


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Phoenix Mercury 101 New York Liberty 94

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Diana Taurasi Phoenix 30 points (4-8 on threes)
Britanny Griner Phoenix 22 points 10 rebounds 5 assists 4 blocks
Penny Taylor Phoenix 20 points
Swin Cash New York 1 rebound
Kiah Stokes New York 3 points 2 rebounds
Tina Charles New York 19 points 9 rebounds 5 assists
Tanisha Wright New York 21 points 5 assists

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Nothin'!!!!!

Can't wait until First Night!




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Friday, September 23, 2016

DoggyDaddy's Dailies 9/24/16


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Busy day with Logan!!! Sorry, he tired me out. Only some links and David's Numbers.  
   
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From all accounts, Katie Lou and Napheesa are the best of friends. If true, opposites must attract because the two buddies couldn't be more different on the court. For example, KLS hit for 78 three point shots, while Collier only made 2. Samuelson is a 6'3" outside gunner who only rarely mixes it up inside. Napheesa is a 6'1" undersized forward who lives in the paint and led the team in offensive rebounds (83). In contrast, KLS had only 19 offensive boards. Collier also was 2nd on the team with 47 blocked shots. Her taller buddy only had 6. If is almost as if someone switched their bodies at birth... lol

They each bring different talent to the floor. Inside power forward cleaning up the boards vs the tall, lean wing who prefers long distance bombs. Interestingly, they were #1 and #2 on the Huskies in free throw % this past season at 91.7% (Collier) and 89.4% (Samuelson). They tried 48 and 47 free throws respectively.

Look for Geno and company to coach both out of their comfort zones and expand their talents. KLS needs to post up and use that height on the inside. Collier is actually a nice 3 pt shooter and Geno will challenge her to shot more often from outside the arc. With 31 starts and 1,523 minutes of playing time as freshman between them, UConn will need their experience and skills this season. Odds are the two best buddies will come through once again. Go Huskies..!!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

DoggyDaddy's Dailies 9/23/16


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Yesterday I asked "Can the freshman Dangerfield come in and take over the point guard spot?"

The second part of that question was "Or will Chong come in for her senior season and embrace that role?"

First let me say that I have been a big Chong fan from before she committed to UConn. She played with incredible confidence in HS. Her drives to the basket were done with total distain of the defense. She dribbles through and around her defenders finding inventive ways to finish the drive with a basket. She easily used both hands to do that.

She also had unlimited range on her three pointer and showed no hesitation in releasing the shot with the slightest opening. On offense she had no conscience.

Here is a great video illustrating my points.


She scored 54 points in this game. Her senior year she averages 30 points and 10 assists. Remarkable stats, albeit against not the strongest competition. But when she went out west with her team in a tournament playing some of the best teams in the country, she still excelled scoring over 25 points average in her three games.

So........what happened?

Well, HS is not College and that jump goes up a notch when you go to UConn. She never was able to play continued minutes her freshman year and with Jefferson running the team for 30 mpg, Chong was not the player in control like she was in HS. It was a big adjustment.

Then of course the last year, her knee injury impacted her ability to play extended minutes. She went from 19.2 to 12.4 in minutes played and never got in a comfort pattern. She certainly had some highlights during the season when she did play well and to me that bodes well for her getting 20+ mpg and possibly the staring pg spot for much of the season.

From her bio - " Scored in double-figures four times, including a season-high 18 points against Tulsa on January 6. Chong was 6-11 from the floor, including 4-8 from long-range, to go along with four assists and four rebounds against the Golden Hurricane ... That game was preceded by a 13-point, four-rebound effort against Cincinnati on December 30. The Ossining, N.Y. native was a tidy 4-6 from the floor, chased down four rebounds and dished-out three assists against the Bearcats"

For Saniya  it comes down to two things. Health and confidence with the first leading to the latter. I'm hopeful that Geno gives her the key to the car and we see a lot of the star I saw in HS. 
    
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I couldn't figure out how to imbed the video but here is a link to a great video of 2017 recruit Lexi Gordon. What a fabulous talent and a known recruiting magnet for players to come to UConn. She is well loved by the players on the AAU circuit. And one of the main reasons I am hopeful that Walker will come to UConn.

Nice form on her jumper. I love that she is a gym rat and will do what it takes to improve.

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Turnovers, especially in the back court by guards, are very noticeable. They often result in a layup by the defensive player and obvious embarrassment by the guard who was just pick pocketed. (Think MoJeff on any number of occasions.) Turnovers by UConn have been on a downtrend for the last few years, due in no small part to the ball handling skills of Moriah. Last year there were 452 UConn turnovers. Prior to that there were 474, 471 and 557. So last year, UConn had 105 fewer to's than when Jefferson was a freshman.

UConn fans will probably not agree who should replace Moriah as the primary ball handler this season. But, everyone can agree replacing MoJeff's steady hand running the offense will be critical. The choices are numerous. Saniya is coming off two seasons with only 63 turnovers in 1,133 minutes. that compares nicely with her 108 assists. Kia Nurse also has the skills to be a point guard. Over her two season, she has 212 assists vs 114 turnovers. And then there is the wild card, rookie Crystal Dangerfield. Her play for Team USA was stellar, but the competition against Notre Dame, South Carolina and Ohio State will be much tougher. The even wilder, wild card is freshman Molly Bent. Stay tuned...

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