Thursday, January 19, 2017

DoggyDaddy's Dailies 1/20/17



                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                          

                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                  
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Well, my son and I took that long drive across the state of Florida to see my younger brother Steve and his son Ben play in the Yankee Fantasy Camp game and have dinner with some of the old time Yankees. Boy, was it worth the drive!!!

Here are a few pictures to commemorate the day!!!

From left to right
Gil Patterson, Jessie Barfield, Ron Bloomberg, Marcus Thames, Jim Leyritz, El Duque, Mickey Rivers and John Wettland. Not all stars but boy, could they tell stories!!!!  

From left to right

My son Jay, my brother Steve, me and my nephew Ben 

Me and El Duque (Orlando Hernandez) 

And his autograph!!! 

It was a lot of fun! And if anyone wants to contribute to the "send doggydaddy to fantasy camp" fund, contact me at my email address. I only need $5000!!!!!  

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Several top 25 games Thursday night. No upsets, but I really wasn't impressed with the performances of some of the "top" teams against much weaker opponents. Mostly on the defensive end.

- No. 6 Notre Dame continues to underperform with a mediocre effort against a terrible Boston College team winning 80-69. A team of ND's caliber should never give up 69 points to a team like BC. They allowed them to shoot 50% from the field and 38% on threes. Good thing for the Irish that they had their offense playing well shooting 54% from the field and 7-12 on threes.

- No. 5 South Carolina beat Ole Miss 65-46 in a game where neither team could shoot. A'ja Wilson was back for this game but looked a little rusty. Wilson is a little bit too much of "look at me" for my takes. With her rolled up sleeves and shorter length shorts....it just turns me off. Coates is a load but the Gamecocks will have to turn up their game a couple of notches to have a chance at beating UConn.

- No. 16 Ohio State struggled with 5-14 Wisconsin winning 70-61. In no way should this game have been that close. And no way should Wisconsin outscore Ohio State 20-12 and 22-12 in two of the quarters.

- No. 15 Duke sloberknocked No. 17 Virginia Tech 84-59. This was only VT's second loss but I'm not surprised with this result. I have felt most of this season that they are overrated and overranked. that will change soon. They play Florida State next and I would guess they would lose that one and that would be two straight and three out of four. Look for them to possibly drop out of the top 25.

- Speaking of No. 7 Florida State, they jumped all over Syracuse in the first quarter, taking a 26-7 lead after one. The game was even the rest of the way but it was clear that FSU was a much better team. So good, in fact, that they could be a final four team.   

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I gave Tennessee some props for their win over Notre Dame in their last outing even though much of Notre Dame's problems were self inflicted.

Thursday night, the Lady Vols looked to continue the momentum when they visited unranked Auburn. This is the Auburn team that lost by 26 to South Carolina. But they also lost to ranked West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Kansas State. That's four ranked teams. They did have one bad lose by two to the Tulane team that UConn is playing on Sunday. But they have zero good wins. Not one.

Tennessee jumped out to an early lead, looking like they would make this a runaway with a 14-0 run to start the game. They pushed the lead to 24-8 and settled on a 25-10 lead at the end of one quarter.

I'm sure the Tennessee fans were now talking about final fours again. The rebirth of a dynasty. Ahhh......no. It didn't happen. Talk about a collapse. Auburn outscored Tennessee 49-17 over the next 20 minutes, turning a 15 point deficit into a 17 points lead 59-42 going into the fourth quarter. The lead got as big as 23 points, 69-46 before Tennessee was able to close the gap to 18 for the final of 79-61.

For the Lady Vols, it was all about turnovers. They had 22 for the game. In a bizarre state sheet, DDD came close to a quadruple double with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and NINE turnovers. DDD giveth and DDD taketh away.

Credit to Mercedes Russell, who keeps improving her position in the 2017 WNBA draft. She had 26 points and 11 rebounds. No way she comes back next year.

I've had some debate on Holly Warlick's recruiting skills. Until this latest top class, the results have been underwhelming. Just look at Jackson, Dunbar and Middleton. Middleton has really struggled in the SEC and this game was no exception. She was 0-7 from the field, 0-4 on threes. She just can't play against any teams that have even the slightest quickness in the backcourt.   

So, now Tennessee is 11-7, 2-3 in the conference. They play Vanderbilt and Florida, two teams that Tennessee should handle, before playing South Carolina.

Time to visit Vol Nation!!!          

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Just for a loyal reader Mike, here is a throwback Thursday version of the UGGY award!!


There were  a few candidates but one effort stood out to me.

Virginia beat Clemson 69-37 and that looked like the winner to me. I mean, they shot only 32% from the field and 2-11 on threes. They also had 18 turnovers. Anything under 40 is a good benchmark for a possible UGGY award. And when I looked at the linescore, it showed that Clemson only scored 2 points in the fourth quarter. TWO points?? They started the quarter with 3 turnovers, then 2 missed free throws. Then two more turnovers, and five missed jumpers. Finally with 2:30 left, they hit two free throws. They finished the quarter with 3 more missed shots and then a turnover to end the agony. That's 0-8 from the field, 2-4 on free throws and 6 turnovers. Now THAT is ugly!.  



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By David in Naples!!!!!

The leading scorer for the Huskies this season is Katie Lou Samuelson with 363 points. Fellow sophomore Napheesa Collier is right behind her with 329 points. Juniors Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams are 3rd and 4th with 217 and 204 points this year. But who has the highest career point total on the team? Here's the answer:

1. Kia Nurse = 970 points
2. Gabby Williams = 856 points
3. Katie Lou = 771 points
4. Saniya Chong = 622 points
5. Napheesa = 587 points

How about for career assists?
1. Kia = 280
2. Saniya = 222
3. Gabby = 187
4. KLS  = 127
5. Pheesa = 68

Career rebounds is not even close... 8-)
1. Gabby = 574
2. Pheesa = 338
3. Kia = 236
4. Saniya = 216
5. Katie Lou = 195

Obviously, Juniors have the advantage of three years of stats that get added together. Still, Kia and Gabby are 1st, 2nd or 3rd in all three statistical categories. Definitely carrying their weight during UConn's record run..!!

Go Huskies..!!

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UCONN LINKS

  

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DoggyDaddy's Dailies 1/19/17



                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                          

                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                  
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Today might have been the nicest day so far here in sunny Florida for us. I played an early round of golf, had two birdies on my way to a nice round of 79. Best so far.

Then went right to the beach for 3 hours of relaxing and snoozing with my beautiful wife.

Thursday morning I leave with my son for a long drive to Tampa to see my brother and his son, who are having a great time at Yankee fantasy camp.



It might slow down my blogging. But I am bringing my laptop, so it might be a matter of giving up some sleep. Hey, I've done that before.

Right now, I'm tired and so is Logan.



A quick blog and it's off to bed for me!!!!

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Here is my UConn/Tulsa Post Game Report.

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By David in Naples!!!!!

In UConn's victory over Tulsa, Katie Lou Samuelson scored 34 points on 18 shots and 1 free throw. Seven of her 13 baskets were worth three points. Overall, KLS went 13-18 or 72.2%. Her six baskets inside the three arc and seven outside showed her complete scoring repertoire. For the season, she has scored 363 points on 256 shots and 56 free throws. So, Katie Lou has 363 points on 312 total opportunities to score. The is a positive difference of 51 more points than attempts to score. ;)

The diva from Tennessee, known locally as DDD, has scored 248 points on 228 shots and 70 free throws. So her 248 points come from 298 tries to score. Her difference is negative 50. What about other hot shot scorers? Well, everybody's All American, Kelsey Mitchell, has scored 454 points and averages 22.7 points per game. But, she has taken 355 shots and 100 free throws. So, her 454 points have come from 455 opportunities to score. That would be a difference of negative 1. Thanks, but I'll take Lou.. 8-)

Katie Lou is not the only Husky with "scoring efficiency." Napheesa has scored 329 points on just 205 shots and 63 free throws. So her 329 points come from only 268 opportunities to score. That is a positive difference of 61. :D By the way, Kia and Saniya are +10 in this measurement and Gabby is even at 0. Her 204 points come on 160 shots and 44 free throws.

UConn shares the ball, makes the extra pass and takes better shots. The result is more points per scoring attempt. And an undefeated record... :D

Go Huskies..!!

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College Fans Only - WCBB board where no holds are barred

Vol Nation - Tennessee women's basketball board    

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DoggyDaddy's UConn/Tulsa Post Game Report


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Post Game report

I watched this game in amazement when Tulsa hit three after three. Geno put it best when he said if they shot like this all the time, they would have a better record. I think that some were contested, but most were shots that the defense just didn't get out to defend. Probably has to do somewhat with the last day of a road trip.

Thankfully, the offense was in high gear behind the performance of Katie Lou Samuelson. More on her in the player evaluation. More good minutes for the bench.

I loved the passing in this game. A lot of terrific post entry passes to Collier and Williams. There were a few wonderful back door passes reminiscent of years past.        

Enjoy the highlights, quotes and player evaluations!  

Game Highlights

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Game Quotes From Geno
 
''She's on the right track to be an all-time great. 'What's going to be the deciding factor is, what does Lou want to be? One of the best players in college? Does she want to be one of the best shooters? Or does she want to be talked about as one of the best players ever at Connecticut?''

''If that's her goal, she's got some work to do.''

''Lou does things better than anybody else in the country. 'She does things that other kids can't do. There's great shooters in America, but they're not her size. There's kids her size, but they don't shoot it the way she does.''

"I didn't quite like Lou's her response this morning. And you know what? To her credit, she came out today and she had it going and she figured it out. … When would you rather have it, game time or shoot around? I'd rather have it game time, myself, but it didn't prevent me from getting pissy with her this morning."

''The final score - that doesn't mean anything. We didn't play as well today as we did in games where we won by five. The final score is never indicative of the way the game went.''

"Tulsa made a lot of shots today. I don't know that they make those shots all the time. If they make those shots all the time, they probably have a way better record than they have."


"Williams is one of these kids that every game it seems like there's a wow moment and then another wow moment and then another one. I don't see that anywhere else in the country. I don't care if it's here or anywhere. We've played everywhere and there's nobody that looks like her in America. Nobody."

“You get in a trip scenario like this where you’ve been traveling for five days and something’s going to show itself, and it’s usually a little bit of mental fatigue. We score so many points so quickly that sometimes we’re not as focused right now as we were a couple of days ago or last week. We need to go home and get back to class.”





Game Quotes from Coach Matilda Mossman 


''Not displeased with our team's effort. I thought we played hard. I thought we competed with them.''

''We feel like we have pretty good 3-point shooters, and we knew that we didn't want to attack the paint and try to attack them inside because they're so big and they're capable of blocking all kinds of shots. So I felt like our kids were really disciplined.''

“Obviously Shug Dickson played pretty well and we were feeding off her for the longest time. I think she’s a very talented, gifted young lady, and as she gets more accustomed to the pace of the game, the physical-ness of the game, it’s only going to be better things for her in the future.”



Player Evaluations





Katie Lou Samuelson

Geno needs to challenge her EVERY game. She really does respond. This was the first game that reminded me of her outstanding Team USA performance of a few years ago when she hit 10 three pointers.

But this is not the same Lou. She has made her game so diverse that even Geno can't stop talking about it. The drive down the right side of the lane and finish off the glass was (dare I say) Stewart like. She has a toughness that her sisters didn't seem to have at Stanford. Maybe it was from being the baby. She had to fight harder. Whatever it is, she is closer in attitude to Taurasi than anyone I can remember in recent UConn history.   

In her 29 minutes she scored 34 points on 13-18 from the field and 7-12 on threes. Wow. Talk about offensive efficiency? She had it in this game.

''He was really mad at me and said I couldn't make a shot in shoot around, so I had to make my shots in the game. He likes to challenge me, and I'll be the type of person that says, `Oh yeah, then watch,'''.  ''He knows how certain people work, but that's how he gets me going, by trying to knock me down, so I have to prove him wrong.''

"I've tried to expand my game this year so I'm not just standing at the three-point line. I can be cutting or doing other things so it's more of a mismatch when teams try to figure out who to put on me. I think that's kind of my growth from last year to this year. I've been trying to do more things."





UConn Women Vs. Tulsa
Napheesa Collier


The machine does it again. Wind her up and you get a double-double. Tulsa's shorter front line didn't have a chance against one of the best post up players in the country. In her 24 minutes she scored 21 points. She will be shooting 70% soon if she keeps shooting 8-10 from the field. And her 13 rebounds were just dominating. Five of those were offensive boards. Great job.    



Gabby Williams
Gabby Williams. Lawrence Taylor. Wayne Gretzky. This girl is a game changer. Eight assists? Are you kidding me? Who needs a point guard when you have a point forward?

In her 28 minutes she had 13 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 1 block. Geno said there is no one like her in WCBB and I totally agree. ASGR had her the NO. 2 ranked recruit in her senior year. She is every bit of that level.





UConn Women Vs. Tulsa


Kia Nurse

Well, not the best game for Kia. Only 8 points and 3 assists in her 34 minutes. She didn't do a great job getting out on the three point shooters, but I thought she played an overall smart game and a good job on defending the drives by the Tulsa players.



UConn Women Vs. Tulsa
Sanyia Chong


 Ok....let's just say it. She is finally playing game after game to her potential. Her defense has really improved (although in this game, she was also guilty of not getting out to the 3 point shooters) and she is a smart passer. In her team leading 34 minutes (get well soon Crystal) she had 10 points, 7 assists, 3 steals and ZERO turnovers. Again. Her assists to turnover ration leads the nation and this game will only make that better.  

Natalie Butler

Butler, once again, had a solid game. She showed a lot of aggressive play and that is exactly what Geno wants to see. He will deal with any mistakes as long as they are on aggressive plays.

In her 21 minutes she had 9 points and 4 rebounds. She also added an assists and 2 blocks. She has turned into a valuable member of the regular rotation.

Molly Bent
Geno keeps giving Molly good minutes while Dangerfield is out. And I believe she is getting better and better. In this outing she finally took a couple of shots, two open three pointers. While she did miss them, at least she took them.

She put in 21 minutes, she had 2 rebounds and 3 assists. She is a natural passer. But she is still making the silly turnovers. Geno will cut back her minutes if she continues to do that. She is a smart enough player to figure that out and improve in that area.



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Kyla Irwin

    
Only 7 minutes for Kyla, but I still love her effort. She had one basket, one free throw and one rebound.   
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Tierney Lawlor

Tierney got in her 3 minutes and as always, she hustled all over the court.

 Final Thoughts


Next for the Huskies is a game at home. Finally. They play 12-6 Tulane. I hope to have a pre game soon.



I just love the support the starters give the bench players!