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Could it be????

Post by mcaggie1 » October 11th, 2019, 1:43 pm

I grew up watching the Wayne Estes era. After that came the Shalor Halimon years, then the Roberts/Williams/Tebbs years (the best Aggie team ever (imo). Greg Grant, Brian Jackson, the Stew Morrill era. etc. etc. which included Jaycee Carroll.

This years team, I feel, has the potential to be one of the Aggies greatest teams, if not the top team ever. I think they have a chance, if the new guys produce and contribute as well as we are expecting. There are always variables there with the new kids.

What do you, my good friends on this board think about the near future of this years team? Of course we always hope injuries dont take much if any of a toll. I just think we can be as good as the Roberts/Williams years. Could we be even better????
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Post by SLB » October 11th, 2019, 2:07 pm

I remember making this point some time ago even considering some great Aggie teams in the past.
Some sports media folks have Sweet 16 predictions for us, and a few say it is possible that we do better than that.
If we went to Sweet 16, the reaction would be unreal. This board would completely lose their mind including myself if we go to the elite 8.



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Post by nvspuds » October 11th, 2019, 2:21 pm

I thought you team last season was your best I had ever seen and this current team appears to be deeper and more talented.

Getting to the Sweet 16 or beyond really comes down to how hot your team is at the moment. The 2 times Nevada has made it that far were as a 10 seed and a 7 seed.



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Post by SpectrumMagic » October 11th, 2019, 2:48 pm

NVspuds - to echo your point song with playing well at tournament also comes down to getting favorable matchups
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Post by nvspuds » October 11th, 2019, 3:40 pm

Absolutely...However, Nevada beat Michigan state and Gonzaga in 2003..

They beat Texas and Cincy in 2017. The Pack was a heavy underdog in each game.

You team has plenty of size and talent to match up well with most teams in the tourney. It still comes down to how well you are playing in March for the most part.
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Re: Could it be????

Post by usu99 » October 11th, 2019, 4:02 pm

As we saw in the tourney we can't be a super athletic team and that wouldn't change much this year. Washington whipped our butts.


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Post by Aggie_CEE » October 11th, 2019, 4:11 pm

Not sure what to expect, but I did just purchase my first set of basketball season tickets today! Let the good times roll.
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Post by nvspuds » October 11th, 2019, 4:34 pm

usu99 wrote:
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As we saw in the tourney we can't be a super athletic team and that wouldn't change much this year. Washington whipped our butts.
You are a top 25 team in all the preseason rankings..I think you are plenty athletic..

Should be no excuses for the 19/20 Bags..Either you win 30 plus games and have a deep run in the tourney or this is all just empty hype..



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Post by pilotaggie » October 11th, 2019, 5:43 pm

On paper this should be the best team I have seen since I started following USU, but there is a long time between now and the end of the season. As long as the SLC media finally gives some love to USU I will consider this season a success. I figure we could win a national championship and the coverage that night on the news would follow a BYU football story and PAC12 story.

Enjoy the ride it won't last forever.



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Post by MrBiggle » October 11th, 2019, 8:56 pm

nvspuds wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 4:34 pm
usu99 wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 4:02 pm
As we saw in the tourney we can't be a super athletic team and that wouldn't change much this year. Washington whipped our butts.
You are a top 25 team in all the preseason rankings..I think you are plenty athletic..

Should be no excuses for the 19/20 Bags..Either you win 30 plus games and have a deep run in the tourney or this is all just empty hype..
Dang, 30 plus games is a pretty high mark, especially with our schedule. Last year was a dream come true, despite not winning the first round.
I would be really pleased with the season if we win the conference regular season and become tourney champs again. Truthfully the next big step for the program is to just win a first round game. I don’t buy into all the hype of going sweet sixteen or elite 8.
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Re: Could it be????

Post by aggies22 » October 11th, 2019, 9:06 pm

Guys we went 28-7 last year! 28-7!! Only 7 LOSSES! Last season was an absolutely incredible ride! I'm not saying we are going to suck but it's going to be damn difficult to replicate or beat that overall record. I'm not being negative, I'm just being realistic.
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Post by Aggie84025 » October 11th, 2019, 9:12 pm

It will be tough to replicate what we did last year. We have the talent to do so, but unlike last year where we snuck up on everyone until the last 1/3 of the year this year we will have a huge bulls eye on our backs from game 1. We also have some super tough OOC games which none of them are at home which will make it even tougher. I agree that we do have good talent. Hopefully Queta will be back for those big OOC starting in late November.



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Post by nvspuds » October 11th, 2019, 9:19 pm

30 wins would include the postseason..

You won 28 last year..You are massive favorites to win the MW. You could go undefeated in conference..

Piece of cake..



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Post by nvspuds » October 11th, 2019, 9:22 pm

I am actually just blowing smoke at you guys..I have no idea how the season will go..You will have all the hype you can stand but you still have to play the games to decide anything..



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Post by bpd » October 11th, 2019, 10:40 pm

The MW is a better, deeper conference this year compared to last year.
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Post by scotlandog » October 11th, 2019, 11:24 pm

bpd wrote:The MW is a better, deeper conference this year compared to last year.
Where do you think the MWC as a whole has improved/is better? Some teams got worse, some got better but I don’t really see much of an increase overall as a conference. I think it is likely weaker this year. I hope I’m wrong bc this is the year we really need conference mates to step up and win in OOC.


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Post by stwinward » October 12th, 2019, 7:39 am

In most sports, it also comes down to who stays healthy throughout the season. Obviously, our first question is if Queta is even going to be Queta to start the season. If that happens and we stay healthy throughout and we don't let the hype go to our heads, then I predict a super special season.



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Post by ineptimusprime » October 12th, 2019, 8:21 am

stwinward wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 7:39 am
In most sports, it also comes down to who stays healthy throughout the season. Obviously, our first question is if Queta is even going to be Queta to start the season. If that happens and we stay healthy throughout and we don't let the hype go to our heads, then I predict a super special season.
I think it would be wise to sit Queta (or play limited minutes) the first five games. If we need him to win any of those we have much deeper problems.



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Post by dogie » October 12th, 2019, 9:43 am

nvspuds wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 9:19 pm
30 wins would include the postseason..

You won 28 last year..You are massive favorites to win the MW. You could go undefeated in conference..

Piece of cake..
If the Aggies are going to win 30 games, they need a full schedule. I think they are still short two games.
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Post by ineptimusprime » October 12th, 2019, 10:06 am

aggies22 wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Guys we went 28-7 last year! 28-7!! Only 7 LOSSES! Last season was an absolutely incredible ride! I'm not saying we are going to suck but it's going to be damn difficult to replicate or beat that overall record. I'm not being negative, I'm just being realistic.
No question. I’m trying to temper my own expectations, but we seem to have only added “some dudes” to the “some dudes” we had last year. It’s hard to not have through the roof expectations. I don’t much care if our record is better or worse, because I think our schedule is a little tougher than last year, I just want to win an NCAA tourney game.

I’m really excited to see what contributions we get from guys like Anderson, Bairstow, and Kuba (maybe McChesney too, but I think he might redshirt to put on weight). And if we can get anything out of Groot and/or Stall, we will be deeeeeeep in the post.
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Post by bpd » October 12th, 2019, 1:34 pm

scotlandog wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 11:24 pm
bpd wrote:The MW is a better, deeper conference this year compared to last year.
Where do you think the MWC as a whole has improved/is better? Some teams got worse, some got better but I don’t really see much of an increase overall as a conference. I think it is likely weaker this year. I hope I’m wrong bc this is the year we really need conference mates to step up and win in OOC.


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Post by Aggie84025 » October 12th, 2019, 2:38 pm

That list seems to bw about right.



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Post by nvspuds » October 12th, 2019, 7:33 pm

3 solid teams at the top SDSU, NM and USU

BSU is somewhat interesting..

The rest about the same or worse..



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Post by AggieFBObsession » October 13th, 2019, 11:13 am

This team's success rides on the shoulders of Sam Merrills overall talent development.

That may sound strange given the newcomers but Sam really needs to lead this team and find ways to create good shots for everyone involved. His ball handling and passing is going to be a huge factor.



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Post by AggieFBObsession » October 13th, 2019, 11:15 am

ineptimusprime wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 8:21 am
stwinward wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 7:39 am
In most sports, it also comes down to who stays healthy throughout the season. Obviously, our first question is if Queta is even going to be Queta to start the season. If that happens and we stay healthy throughout and we don't let the hype go to our heads, then I predict a super special season.
I think it would be wise to sit Queta (or play limited minutes) the first five games. If we need him to win any of those we have much deeper problems.
Not necessarily. The newcomers need some time to integrate into this scheme just like Queta did last year.



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Post by Aggie formerly in Hawaii » October 13th, 2019, 7:53 pm

aggies22 wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Guys we went 28-7 last year! 28-7!! Only 7 LOSSES! Last season was an absolutely incredible ride! I'm not saying we are going to suck but it's going to be damn difficult to replicate or beat that overall record. I'm not being negative, I'm just being realistic.
We return 4 of 5 starters and will add some good players that will be good this year. It is a safe bet that the team will be better as Merrill gets better every year and if Queta takes another step, it is safe to say we will be better.

Obviously it is hard to win in the tournament. We could be better and still lose in the first round. A MW title, but a loss in the first round will be seen by many similar to the 2011 season which even though we went 30-4; I know a lot of people were disappointed with the result of the season. Expectations can be a b*tch not just on the team, but with fans.



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Post by dyedblue » October 13th, 2019, 9:08 pm

I’m most curious to see if Brock can take a step forward and be more than a shooter. When the chips are down and they take Sam out, do we have someone to knock down a three to break a zone?

I don’t think Porter has that potential and we watched Washington hound Merrill and all but double team him because there was no other threat.


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Post by aggies22 » Yesterday, 6:00 am

I'm being told that Bean, Porter and Miller are miles ahead of where they were last year.



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Post by Roy McAvoy » Yesterday, 8:44 am

I think Queta's health is a huge question mark here. He definitely won't be playing when the season starts.



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Post by bpd » Yesterday, 9:05 am

Roy McAvoy wrote:
Yesterday, 8:44 am
I think Queta's health is a huge question mark here. He definitely won't be playing when the season starts.
Do you know this for sure?



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Post by Roy McAvoy » Yesterday, 9:06 am

bpd wrote:
Yesterday, 9:05 am
Roy McAvoy wrote:
Yesterday, 8:44 am
I think Queta's health is a huge question mark here. He definitely won't be playing when the season starts.
Do you know this for sure?
Yes. That's what I was told at least. Expect him to be brought along slowly.



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Post by AggieFBObsession » Yesterday, 5:11 pm

aggies22 wrote:
Yesterday, 6:00 am
I'm being told that Bean, Porter and Miller are miles ahead of where they were last year.
I hate this kind of hype but love the news. My hopes are already too much for this team.



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Post by aggies1 » Yesterday, 10:25 pm

aggies22 wrote:
Yesterday, 6:00 am
I'm being told that Bean, Porter and Miller are miles ahead of where they were last year.
I heard that all of the returning players who saw minutes last year worked hard, have all improved drastically over the summer, and are playing really well together. The key is bringing the new players up to speed and getting them all to gel. I was also told that Kuba has been a beast defensively and is blocking everything in the paint the last couple of weeks.
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Post by NVAggie » 40 minutes ago

Every fanbase in America is feeling cautiously optimistic this time of year. You could cut and paste most of the comments from last year to this year and they would sound great.



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