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Old 11-04-2019, 01:40 PM   #1
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Am I the only one who is concerned about tomorrow night’s game? Former OU assistant, Steve Henson’s, UTSA team is picked to finish second in Conference USA. UTSA also returns two hot shooting guards who are preseason picks for the all-conference team.

I think OU will have to play really well to win this game, and after watching this team struggle on defense against Southeastern last week, I’m not sure we’re ready.

What say you?

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Old 11-04-2019, 01:51 PM   #2
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:58 PM   #3
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Dang, they're picked high in that conference. Anybody know what ever happened to Buford after he transferred there?

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Old 11-04-2019, 02:19 PM   #4
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Dang, they're picked high in that conference. Anybody know what ever happened to Buford after he transferred there?

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I don't think he ever played a game for them.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:34 PM   #5
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G: Jhivvan Jackson (6'0'' 170) - 2019-20 preseason C-USA Player of the Year he third all-time conference scoring champion (22.9 ppg) in program history and the first since LeRoy Hurd in 2003-04 (19.4 ppg) ... ranks 15th in the NCAA in points per game (22.9) ... had the third-best single-season scoring average in school history ... second-most 3-pointers made in a single season ... seventh in NCAA in 3-pointers made per game

G: Keaton Wallace (6'3'' 185) - 2019-20 preseason All-Conference USA...One of the top scoring threats in the conference, ranking fourth in the league in points per game (20.2) … named first-team All-NABC All-District and second-team All-Conference USA (coaches & media) … added 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game … formed half of the nation’s highest scoring backcourt with Jhivvan Jackson as the pair combined to average 43.1 points per game, the fourth highest scoring duo in the nation and the highest in UTSA history … set the program record with 121 3-pointers made (38.2 percent), shattering the previous mark of 96

F: Byron Frohnen (6'6'' 230) - Led the team in rebounding while making all 32 starts at the No. 3 and No. 4 position on the floor … grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game, adding 6.4 points and 1.8 assists in 29.2 minutes per outing … shot 53.8 percent from the field (92 of 171) … finished junior year with 100 straight starts, each game of his career, ranking tied for third in career history in starts

F: Atem Bior (6'7'' 225) - UTSA’s go-to sixth man in his debut season, playing in all 32 games with 12 starts … made starts when Jhivvan Jackson was out for the first three games, when Jackson returned on a minute-restriction for the next five games, and when Nick Allen was out of the starting lineup for the final four games of the year … averaged 20.7 minutes, 5.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game

F: Luka Barisic (6'10'' 240) - third-team NJCAA All-America selection in 2018-19 ... averaged 17.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 88 percent from the free-throw line ... earned first-team All-Region IV honors while totaling 27 games in double figures and five double-doubles during the year, topping out with single-game highs of 30 points and 16 rebounds. ... played for the U-18 Croatian National Team
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:42 PM   #6
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No Doolittle for this game. It will make the game tougher for us.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:43 PM   #7
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Am I the only one who is concerned about tomorrow night’s game?
I'm always concerned about early games (which is why I expressed concern the past two seasons about our tough non-conference schedule -- and my concerns were proven unfounded both times). I certainly think we'll have to play well to win tomorrow night, but I also think we'll see an improvement, offensively and defensively, on our performance in the exhibition game. The coaches will have had a week of teaching based on that outing and any new guys who were a little nervous that night should be a bit more settled in this time.

But I won't be surprised if UTSA gives us all we want (and maybe more) in the opener. You know Henson will have his team ready to play, that's for sure; I'm sure he circles all of his games against the Sooners in bright red.. I'll be happy with a one-point win -- anything more than that will be icing on the cake.
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Can you say why Doolittle can't play? Injury or suspension?
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:45 PM   #9
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If Doolittle is out I bet UTSA wins in a close one... 78-73 something like that.
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He isn't injured. I believe it is a one game deal but not sure. He hasn't done anything bad just one of those things. I'm sure it will be out tomorrow or Wednesday.
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He isn't injured. I believe it is a one game deal but not sure. He hasn't done anything bad just one of those things. I'm sure it will be out tomorrow or Wednesday.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:50 PM   #12
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Prediction: Reaves is the best player on the floor tomorrow.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:54 PM   #13
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I have to be honest the more I think about it, we should win even without Doolittle. I mean, we're talking about losing to UTSA at home, after all the talk of how deep we should be. I know weird things can happen in a first game, but if we can't beat them at home Doolittle or no Doolittle, we really do have a long way to go. I would think we should beat them just on physical prowess and talent. I change my prediction, 85-76 OU.
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I have to be honest the more I think about it, we should win even without Doolittle. I mean, we're talking about losing to UTSA at home, after all the talk of how deep we should be. I know weird things can happen in a first game, but if we can't beat them at home Doolittle or no Doolittle, we really do have a long way to go. I would think we should beat them just on physical prowess and talent. I change my prediction, 85-76 OU.
Right.... but Doolittle is the best and most experienced player on a team picked near the bottom in the league. All the "talk" about depth and all that is just offseason talk... The team got a combined 2 points out of Williams, Merritt, and Kur in the exhibition.

It's a scary game without Doolittle.
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He isn't injured. I believe it is a one game deal but not sure. He hasn't done anything bad just one of those things. I'm sure it will be out tomorrow or Wednesday.
So he isn't injured, but is having to a miss game because he hasn't done anything bad? I'm a little confused. I guess we will find out tomorrow.
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So he isn't injured, but is having to a miss game because he hasn't done anything bad? I'm a little confused. I guess we will find out tomorrow.
Seems to me vbdad was saying it wasn't a major misdeed on Doolittle's part, but obviously a big enough deal to justify making him sit for a game.
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Seems to me vbdad was saying it wasn't a major misdeed on Doolittle's part, but obviously a big enough deal to justify making him sit for a game.
Also may explain why, as one of our posters noted, Doo played very little in the SMU scrimmage -- coaches must have already decided he wasn't going to play tomorrow and therefore decided to give the team a chance to play with the group they will have tomorrow.
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Also may explain why, as one of our posters noted, Doo played very little in the SMU scrimmage -- coaches must have already decided he wasn't going to play tomorrow and therefore decided to give the team a chance to play with the group they will have tomorrow.
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Seems to me vbdad was saying it wasn't a major misdeed on Doolittle's part, but obviously a big enough deal to justify making him sit for a game.
Fair enough. IF this is the case, this is a pretty big opportunity for Kur, Iwaukor and even Williams to begin to solidify or even expand their role.

As far as including Williams above (and yes I know he is a guard), he is going to play a lot this season regardless.....but to me, he looks like a guy that could play the 4 (from an athletic standpoint) if OU ever decided to go really small out of necessity or strategy (of course Hill is 6'7 and could also fill that spot along the same lines). This is just a one-off, "what if" scenario if we were to be without Doolittle and Manek at the same time.
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"Kristian Doolittle will miss opener. He played in an unsanctioned summer league game and will be penalized for one game by NCAA. "
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Old 11-04-2019, 04:36 PM   #21
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"Kristian Doolittle will miss opener. He played in an unsanctioned summer league game and will be penalized for one game by NCAA. "
Good find, thanks for posting so quickly. Reading between the lines of vbdad's post, I thought it was likely something like this. Silly mistake on Doo's part, even if you think the rule is dumb. One bright side is that this will give Kur a big chance to show that he can handle a big role. He should be able to play freely tomorrow knowing that there aren't many other frontcourt options. Of course, it also likely means there will be stretches tomorrow with a four-guard lineup.
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Also, not sure it's been posted, but I'm seeing OU as a -13.5 fav.
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Reaves and Iwuakor show out tomorrow night.
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Old 11-04-2019, 05:28 PM   #24
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I heard it was a game Doo played in for his church in Edmond. He didn’t get permission from the NCAA beforehand.
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I heard it was a game Doo played in for his church in Edmond. He didn’t get permission from the NCAA beforehand.
Nope. Not accurate. Skins league game. Both Woodards, Spangler various current and ex college players play in during the summer in OKC
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