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Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:34:57 am »

Offseason Power Rankings:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026452835259432960

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1. Tennessee
2. Auburn
3. Kentucky
4. Mississippi State
5. LSU
6. Florida
7. Alabama
8. Vanderbilt
9. Missouri
10. South Carolina
11. Ole Miss
12. Georgia
13. Arkansas
14. Texas A&M

**Ridiculous. You can count me in the camp that does not expect the Hogs to make the NCAAs this year, but no way in hell we finish in the bottom 4th of the league. We'll be 7th, 8th, 9th, IMO. Maybe a floor of 10th.

Preseason Sleeper:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026453336097284097

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Alabama

Preseason Player of the Year:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026453838994264064

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Grant Williams, Tennessee

Preseason First Team:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026454341882789892

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Tremont Waters, LSU
Bryce Brown, Auburn
Reid Travis, Kentucky
Grant Williams, Tennessee
Daniel Gafford, Arkansas

15 Impact Freshmen:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026454845039947776

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A. Hagans, UK
I. Quickley, UK
K. Johnson, UK
E.J. Montgomery, UK
T. Herro, UK
N. Reid, LSU
E. Williams, LSU
J. Smart, LSU
D. Days, LSU
D. Garland, Vandy
S. Shittu, Vandy
A. Nembhard, Florida
R. Perry, MSU
R. Woodard, MSU
A.J. Lawson, SC

**Honestly, I don't know who all of these guys are, but I'm a little surprised not to see Reggie Chaney on there. Then again, I remember making a thread going at Rothstein for not having Jimmy Whitt as an impact freshmen and he was right about that one.

10 Under-The-Radar Freshmen:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026455349266722816

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Jemarl Baker, UK
Ethan Henderson, Arkansas
Jared Butler, Alabama
D.J. Burns, Tennessee
Torrence Watson, Missouri
Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt
Keyontae Johnson, Florida
Noah Locke, Florida
T.J. Moss, South Carolina
D.J. Stewart, Mississippi State

10 Impact Transfers:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026455851672817665

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Reid Travis, Kentucky
Samir Doughty, Auburn
Tevin Mack, Alabama
Kavell Bigby-Williams, LSU
Tre Campbell, South Carolina
Matt Ryan, Vanderbilt
Jalen Harris, Arkansas
Christian Mekowulu, Texas A&M
Wendell Mitchell, Texas A&M (JUCO)
Josh Nebo, Texas A&M

5 Under-The-Radar Transfers:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026456355467665409

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Marlon Taylor, LSU (JUCO)
Yanni Wetzell, Vanderbilt
Mason Jones, Arkansas (JUCO)
Brian Halums, Ole Miss (JUCO)
Zach Naylor, Ole Miss (JUCO)

10 Breakout Players:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026456859283218432

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Chuma Okeke, Auburn
Herb Jones, Alabama
Nicolas Claxton, Georgia
Keith Stone, Florida
Jeremiah Tilmon, Missouri
Devontae Shuler, Ole Miss
Quade Green, Kentucky
Justin Minaya, South Carolina
Savion Flagg, Texas A&M
Adrio Bailey, Arkansas
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018, 09:31:22 am »

Ethan Henderson being in the list shows he just picked the highest rated guy. Obviously, due to depth and losses from last year, the biggest impact freshmen for us will be at guard. Mostly likely either Joe or Embery. Henderson wont put up numbers, but will provide depth at the 5 spot.

I dont see the Bailey thing. He will have sports here and there, but I dont think a 6'6" PF with no jump shot will consistently provide the numbers to be a breakout player. Gabe has a better shot to be that guy because his shot is better, he is taller/longer, and just as good if not a better athlete.

If we end up being projected 13th, then it wont be hard for Mike to overcome low preseason expectations again. I just wish we could get to a point in our program where people actually expect us to succeed.

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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 10:36:37 am »

Stop reading after I seen Arkansas behind Ole Miss, Georgia, and South Carolina.  You just lose all credibility placing those teams ahead of Arkansas.  Ole Miss should have been 13th.  Ole Miss was absolutely terrible last year, lost most of the key players, has a worst recruiting class than us, and bringing in 7 new guys with a new coach.  But, they will be better than Arkansas returning a projected top 10 pick and better recruiting class?  LMAO. 
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2018, 10:38:52 am »

Ethan Henderson being in the list shows he just picked the highest rated guy. Obviously, due to depth and losses from last year, the biggest impact freshmen for us will be at guard. Mostly likely either Joe or Embery. Henderson wont put up numbers, but will provide depth at the 5 spot.

I dont see the Bailey thing. He will have sports here and there, but I dont think a 6'6" PF with no jump shot will consistently provide the numbers to be a breakout player. Gabe has a better shot to be that guy because his shot is better, he is taller/longer, and just as good if not a better athlete.

If we end up being projected 13th, then it wont be hard for Mike to overcome low preseason expectations again. I just wish we could get to a point in our program where people actually expect us to succeed.
Bailey showed some serious flashes last year, they were just few and far in between.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2018, 10:52:29 am »

Bailey showed some serious flashes last year, they were just few and far in between.

Which I think will always be the case with him. Making him a solid contributor off the bench, but not a major minutes guy.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2018, 11:04:34 am »

Bulletin board material...
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2018, 11:08:45 am »

I thought Bailey started off well last year but really fell off when Thomas and Cook came back and took some of his minutes to complete the three headed monster. Then he got sick. Maybe he will breakout or at least play a decent role not wondering if he is going to juggle minutes with those two guys. I still think Chaney will be the man at the 4 spot though.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2018, 11:29:42 am »

I thought Bailey started off well last year but really fell off when Thomas and Cook came back and took some of his minutes to complete the three headed monster. Then he got sick. Maybe he will breakout or at least play a decent role not wondering if he is going to juggle minutes with those two guys. I still think Chaney will be the man at the 4 spot though.
he started playing good for three or four games and then got the flu for three or four games and never really recovered
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2018, 11:48:28 am »

Makes no difference what the reporters say, right now everyone is tied for 1st. Then you play yourself out of that position. Hard for me to believe that we will play ourselves from 1st to 13th. But then I haven't seen any of the new guys play and the only "Force" we have returning is Gafford.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2018, 11:54:56 am »

Makes no difference what the reporters say, right now everyone is tied for 1st. Then you play yourself out of that position. Hard for me to believe that we will play ourselves from 1st to 13th. But then I haven't seen any of the new guys play and the only "Force" we have returning is Gafford.

We will be very young, and that will cost us several games, but there is talent and depth there. If there's also a hunger, we'll be alright. We have more talent than probably half the SEC. Anderson's worst team at Arkansas, one that was very much undertalented and shallow compared to this roster, finished tied for 8th. Lot of unprovens on the team, but hard to see that many of them missing that we'd finish down in the basement.

Very hard to see the Hogs playing themselves down to 13th.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2018, 11:56:46 am »

he started playing good for three or four games and then got the flu for three or four games and never really recovered

Played well against FL in the SECt. Bailey’s problem is he has to be able to shot from 15 ft against good teams.

That night against FL has fire even hitting his FT
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2018, 11:58:43 am »

As much as I disagree with his ranking prediction for the Hogs, I do like his inclusion of Henderson among the under-the-radar freshmen. I think that could be a thing. A lot of posters judge Henderson by his time at Parkview, but it seemed like night and day when I would read about him on the AAU circuit. Don't know what the deal was at Parkview. Maybe a coaching clash. I think he could really be an X-factor for the Hogs if his motor stays on.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2018, 07:12:35 pm »

Offseason Power Rankings:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026452835259432960

**Ridiculous. You can count me in the camp that does not expect the Hogs to make the NCAAs this year, but no way in hell we finish in the bottom 4th of the league. We'll be 7th, 8th, 9th, IMO. Maybe a floor of 10th.

Preseason Sleeper:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026453336097284097

Preseason Player of the Year:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026453838994264064

Preseason First Team:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026454341882789892

15 Impact Freshmen:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026454845039947776

**Honestly, I don't know who all of these guys are, but I'm a little surprised not to see Reggie Chaney on there. Then again, I remember making a thread going at Rothstein for not having Jimmy Whitt as an impact freshmen and he was right about that one.

10 Under-The-Radar Freshmen:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026455349266722816

10 Impact Transfers:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026455851672817665

5 Under-The-Radar Transfers:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026456355467665409

10 Breakout Players:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026456859283218432

Every year being disrespected in preseason presumptions like this. And every year we end up in the top half of the SEC. I'm so used to this, I don't care. It just makes these sports writers look dumb.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2018, 08:54:49 pm »

#13 is laughable
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2018, 10:18:46 pm »

I actually like JR, just gotta know that he is an east coast basketball guy. They only pay attention to that side and the blue bloods. It was a very bad prediction IMO but I don’t think even he puts too much stock into it.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2018, 11:08:21 pm »

Just win baby... it will sort out the rest.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2018, 11:19:41 pm »

I actually like JR, just gotta know that he is an east coast basketball guy. They only pay attention to that side and the blue bloods. It was a very bad prediction IMO but I don’t think even he puts too much stock into it.

Nah he does put stock into his predictions,  Jon is a classic know it all.   He'll get offended if you say anything against it.  He just got into it with one of the Kentucky sportswriters earlier when they commented on how bad his list was.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2018, 11:58:26 pm »

Which I think will always be the case with him. Making him a solid contributor off the bench, but not a major minutes guy.

I'm with you. I just can't see it with Bailey.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2018, 12:01:51 am »

Nah he does put stock into his predictions,  Jon is a classic know it all.   He'll get offended if you say anything against it.  He just got into it with one of the Kentucky sportswriters earlier when they commented on how bad his list was.

Well I stand corrected then  :)
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2018, 11:07:38 am »

What a bad list! Bailey is just not very good...We will have a guard be a breakout player by default. There is no way around it.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2018, 12:13:45 pm »

You gotta factor in the 7 or 8 home wins in the SEC just because of Bud Walton and that will pretty much put us above 11, just gotta steak some on the road and then we are an NCAA tourney team again
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2018, 01:28:20 pm »

Offseason Power Rankings:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026452835259432960

**Ridiculous. You can count me in the camp that does not expect the Hogs to make the NCAAs this year, but no way in hell we finish in the bottom 4th of the league. We'll be 7th, 8th, 9th, IMO. Maybe a floor of 10th.

Preseason Sleeper:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026453336097284097

Preseason Player of the Year:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026453838994264064

Preseason First Team:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026454341882789892

15 Impact Freshmen:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026454845039947776

**Honestly, I don't know who all of these guys are, but I'm a little surprised not to see Reggie Chaney on there. Then again, I remember making a thread going at Rothstein for not having Jimmy Whitt as an impact freshmen and he was right about that one.

10 Under-The-Radar Freshmen:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026455349266722816

10 Impact Transfers:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026455851672817665

5 Under-The-Radar Transfers:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026456355467665409

10 Breakout Players:

https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1026456859283218432

You are awfully optimistic if you think our floor is 10th. Looking at our SEC schedule, I do not think it is ridiculous to say we could finish 6-12/7-11. 6-12 finished 13th last season, 7-11 finished 11th & 12th. The SEC is going to be much better this season, and we are likely going to be much worse. Out of the 18 SEC games, we may be favored in 6 or 7. At the moment, if I had to pick, I would say the Hogs finish 7-11 in the SEC based on what others are returning. Our SEC schedule is brutal. Even the "cupcakes" of the league are going to be much improved. Vandy signed 2 potential future lottery picks. MSU signed a big time class while returning almost everyone. LSU is returning Waters plus signed a couple of 5* players (they also swept us last season.) 7 teams had better recruiting classes than us, and 2 teams who had "worse" classes are Tennessee and Mizzou and they return essentially their entire roster from NCAAT teams from last year. 

Aaron Torres was the biggest Hog supporter in the national media last season and has followed us closely over the years. He is picking us 11th in the SEC, so it isn't like Rothstein is the only one. Lunardi's post draft bracket didn't even have us as a team considered for his bracket. Is it possible we finish higher around 7 or 8? Sure it is, just look at what UT did last year. However, I do not see why our fans think picking us in the bottom 4 is so ridiculous considering we lost everyone but Gafford, and did not sign any big time recruits. We need 2 or 3 of our recruits to play better than expected from day 1 if we want to finish in the top 10 of the SEC.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2018, 03:24:08 pm »

You are awfully optimistic if you think our floor is 10th.

That can't be possible. I'm just a negative hater than hates Mike Anderson. (Don't directed at you, just something I heard A LOT when my opinion doesn't fall in line.)

Looking at our SEC schedule, I do not think it is ridiculous to say we could finish 6-12/7-11. 6-12 finished 13th last season, 7-11 finished 11th & 12th. The SEC is going to be much better this season, and we are likely going to be much worse. Out of the 18 SEC games, we may be favored in 6 or 7. At the moment, if I had to pick, I would say the Hogs finish 7-11 in the SEC based on what others are returning. Our SEC schedule is brutal. Even the "cupcakes" of the league are going to be much improved. Vandy signed 2 potential future lottery picks. MSU signed a big time class while returning almost everyone. LSU is returning Waters plus signed a couple of 5* players (they also swept us last season.) 7 teams had better recruiting classes than us, and 2 teams who had "worse" classes are Tennessee and Mizzou and they return essentially their entire roster from NCAAT teams from last year. 

Aaron Torres was the biggest Hog supporter in the national media last season and has followed us closely over the years. He is picking us 11th in the SEC, so it isn't like Rothstein is the only one. Lunardi's post draft bracket didn't even have us as a team considered for his bracket. Is it possible we finish higher around 7 or 8? Sure it is, just look at what UT did last year. However, I do not see why our fans think picking us in the bottom 4 is so ridiculous considering we lost everyone but Gafford, and did not sign any big time recruits. We need 2 or 3 of our recruits to play better than expected from day 1 if we want to finish in the top 10 of the SEC.

It comes down to this -- as capped as I think the ceiling is as a program and in the postseason with Anderson, I absolutely believe in him during the regular season. He'll have use around the middle of the league, maybe a little lower in the 8-10 range. I just have faith, man. Our recruiting class was really good. I don't believe 7 schools have definitively better recruiting classes. I don't believe 7 coaches will get more out of their recruits than Anderson. We have a probable lottery pick. We have some real length, which is going to offer the ability to do some things both offensively and defensively that has not been able to have been done thus far under Anderson. It took a few more years than most of us thought, but it looks like Anderson finally has the roster make-up he's desired.

We are really young. I get it. I don't see us making the NCAAs. But I also don't see 8 teams in the NCAAs from the SEC again this year. I think our conference record will be close to even. We aren't going to finish in the bottom 4 of the league. I just don't see it. You're right that we need a couple of newcomers to come in hot, but I think that's very possible. Jalen Harris could be the kind of PG we haven't had since Durham's senior year. Mason Jones could really be a driving force the more you read about him and watch videos and hear first-hand accounts. Chaney is a dude. I think he can have a Marshawn Powell-esque freshman season (not going to play the minutes MP did, though). Joe can shoot it and can defend. Sills is a dog. Embery needs to get healthy but he's a dog, too. Henderson is a jackhammer but needs to keep the engine running the whole time. We have guys that can fit roles now. It's huge for Anderson. He's done pretty well with suboptimal rosters (regular season) and now he has pretty much an optimal roster. I didn't even get to Jordan Phillips because he's been banged up and kind of MIA from reports. Guy's talented and versatile. Again, there's already a lottery pick on the roster. There's a guy on the roster who had a wonky season last year, but was on the court and a real factor when the Hogs went toe-to-toe with UNC in the NCAA tournament. At least a couple of our newcomers are going to be pretty good for us this year. Would have loved for Hall is stick around, though.


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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2018, 03:47:18 pm »

I'm with you. I just can't see it with Bailey.


Exactly, he doesn’t know enough if he has Adrio as the breakout player. He better breakout or Middle Tenn will be calling again. 
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2018, 09:46:57 pm »

I'm with you. I just can't see it with Bailey.
Lol..I remember when Bailey was going to be the next Qualls, since obviously enough, both were from Louisiana.

But....there is still plenty of time left for Bailey, he can still get it all figured out.  Be nice if he does. 
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2018, 10:56:32 am »

Lol..I remember when Bailey was going to be the next Qualls, since obviously enough, both were from Louisiana.

But....there is still plenty of time left for Bailey, he can still get it all figured out.  Be nice if he does.

Was never going to be the next Qualls - different bodies. But has the potential to be like the JaCorey Williams we never saw at Arkansas.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2018, 12:00:17 pm »

Was never going to be the next Qualls - different bodies. But has the potential to be like the JaCorey Williams we never saw at Arkansas.
we’ve seen flashes! Freshman year in the tourney against NC he had a great game playing 10 minutes scoring 8 points, and last year scoring 9 in a row at Alabama! He’s got a motor most PF’s don’t have, we all just wish he was about 2 inches taller.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2018, 12:22:29 pm »

yawn lmk when sam rothstein comes out with a number.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2018, 12:34:33 pm »

yawn lmk when sam rothstein comes out with a number.


Sam is Jon's Great-Great grandpappy. So, in a way, Sam did come out with a number by proxy.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2018, 01:38:23 pm »

we’ve seen flashes! Freshman year in the tourney against NC he had a great game playing 10 minutes scoring 8 points, and last year scoring 9 in a row at Alabama! He’s got a motor most PF’s don’t have, we all just wish he was about 2 inches taller.

Adrio has been my favorite player on the team since he came here. He has a lot of unique and intangible qualities. Just wish it could all come together soon!
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2018, 04:49:25 pm »

When does the full schedule come out?
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2018, 09:41:56 pm »

UK brings in the best freshmen in the country every year, and it typically takes them half a season to gel. I'm expecting the same for us. Getting in-state players may help speed things along.

Sure hope a couple of them can shoot. Biggest unknown right now.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2018, 10:01:50 pm »

UK brings in the best freshmen in the country every year, and it typically takes them half a season to gel. I'm expecting the same for us. Getting in-state players may help speed things along.

Sure hope a couple of them can shoot. Biggest unknown right now.

Well the big difference between us and UK is UK is going to schedule marquee name teams and travel in big name pre-season tournaments and play around a top 10 SOS with their freshman, so their gelling is going to be rougher than ours.  CMA and staff have become masters of scheduling based on their roster, while not hurting our RPI. 

We pretty much know what the OOC schedule is going to be like now.  The toughest games will be Texas (on neutral site), they are bringing in a bunch of new comers as well, should be a fairly even match-up.  And Western Kentucky and Indiana at home.  Indiana is still in rebuild mode with a new coach, we should have the advantage at home against them, and Western Kentucky, they'll have a couple big name players, but overall we'll still have more talent than them.  Our only true road game is against Colorado State and they aren't that good at all.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if going into SEC play we only had 2 losses.  If we can do that then just go .500 in SEC we'll be in the mix for a bid.  And that's where I would project them right at around 19-21 regular season wins and right on that bubble basically depending on some of these mid-majors we'll beat early in the season to end up having good RPI's and winning their conference.                                               

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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2018, 08:15:08 pm »

Wow,  If we do finish next to last that would mean we would only win like 6 SEC games or less.     If this happened there will be a lot of upset HOG FANS. 

 We should not be rebuilding but reloading.   If this does happens it should not happen in year 6 of an established coach's era.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2018, 08:29:57 pm »

Was never going to be the next Qualls - different bodies. But has the potential to be like the JaCorey Williams we never saw at Arkansas.

JaCorey was a different player to me.  He was 2 or 3 inches taller and very, very long.  Plus JaCorey body fit the 4 spot.  Unless Bailey gets stronger and thicker so he can get on the boards and gives us some put back points inside or develops a outside game including shooting out to 18 feet and handing the ball a lot better he is a body with out a position.  A classic tweener.
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HogBreath

Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2018, 09:35:40 pm »

JaCorey was a different player to me.  He was 2 or 3 inches taller and very, very long.  Plus JaCorey body fit the 4 spot.  Unless Bailey gets stronger and thicker so he can get on the boards and gives us some put back points inside or develops a outside game including shooting out to 18 feet and handing the ball a lot better he is a body with out a position.  A classic tweener.
Lol..that's what I was thinking.
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Fan701

Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2018, 09:51:43 am »

We lost so much from last year's team.  Players of the caliber of Barford and Macon are not easily replaced.  It's quite possible that we will be near the bottom of the SEC.  In fact, until we see how the new players look in action that's probably a realistic expectation.  Hopefully, some to the new players will be top-notch and we will be better than expectations.  As of now, I think we have to assume that the only player we have who we know can excel at this level is Gafford.  It might be a very long season.  The MA haters will likely be the only ones enjoying it.  The only comfort I take right now is that with so many unknowns on the roster, I have to put a very wide variance on my expectations.  We'll find out soon enough if some of these guys can really play, other than Gafford.

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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2018, 10:59:17 am »

I feel that the national people who rate teams are missing the boat. IF we can play defense, we will win a lot more games than forecasted. We have better defensive players than we normally have. If someone can coach them, that will be the key to the season.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2018, 11:17:51 am »

I feel that the national people who rate teams are missing the boat. IF we can play defense, we will win a lot more games than forecasted. We have better defensive players than we normally have. If someone can coach them, that will be the key to the season.

It takes time to get used to the defense, though. To know when to trap, etc.
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Re: Jon Rothstein SEC Predictions
« Reply #40 on: August 20, 2018, 11:46:55 am »

It takes time to get used to the defense, though. To know when to trap, etc.

You can get away with A LOT of things in high school that you can’t in college. Once they figure that out, and get used to the speed of the game at this level, they’ll start to climb. Might take 3 games, might take 23.
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