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    Quote Originally Posted by Winasota Gopher View Post
    Hurt absolutely has to be able to step up and give us 10+ solid minutes at the 3 and 4 this year. He has experience playing 3 years of Big 10 Basketball, needs to be able to utilize that when matchups allow.
    If Williams and Ihnen are truly top 110 recruits like their rankings say they are then I don't see Hurt playing over either of them at the 3. And I don't see him playing over Willis or Kalscheur at the 3 either. And if I had to guess, I would think Pitino would opt for Omersa over Hurt at the backup 4 who has the higher ceiling and is younger. I don't think Hurt plays much and if he does, I think that means Williams, Ihnen and Omersa aren't as good as we hoped they'd be.


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    Quote Originally Posted by die hard gopher View Post
    Only Ihnen and Williams have never played against Big Ten teams. So only 2 out of the 8 have zero big ten Experience.

    And Carr has starting experience playing starters minutes in what many consider to be a better conference than the Big Ten.
    Point taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakers612 View Post
    We have three guys I expect to be better than average at their respective positions: Carr, Kalscheur, Oturu. If those guys meet or exceed expectations, we’re going to win games. Hell, there were times last season when Kalscheur and Oturu were the best players on the court. Combine those two with Omersa, Hurt, Demir, Carr, Willis, Williams & Ihnen and I think that’s enough bodies/talent to compete for Last Four in
    I would say Oturu will be an above average starting Big Ten center, a big ten honorable mention type. Outside shot of third team all big ten. Kalscheur is maybe above average by the slightest of margins and Carr is right around average. Then I would say Demir and Willis are below average Big Ten starters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelectionSunday View Post
    Here's my Gopher 8, and this is without having seen five of these guys play a minute of college basketball. (If I saw Carr, Willis, or Demir on TV it was in passing fashion)


    No Omersa? He will play more than people think. We will need his strength and he can be a grinder.

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    I would feel much better next year if we had Coffey back that is for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnipegopher View Post
    I am not an expert by any means but that looks like a team that will lose a lot of games.
    And it will


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    I'm a little more cautious, apparently, than most here on how much we should 'expect' out of Oturu this year. While there's no doubt that he came in and made a very favorable impression, it seems (especially with the Gophers) big men make their most significant jump from Sophomore to Junior seasons. Really would be a boon, for once, if Curry can get and stay healthy and give us anything more from that under the basket.

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    If curry is at all productive this team will be fine, questionable but possible, sure seams like they will have better depth, if one of the freshman is productive that much better.

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    Right now, we have 12 guys who realistically can compete for minutes. We also have another scholarship to add a grad transfer. No, we are not going to play 12 or 13 guys but I do believe we have true competition for playing time.
    We have the trip to Italy to bond and grow together. If we stay healthy and eligible I'm confident we will be better than last year.

    Gotta get Ihnen in the country...that's an important step. Nobody mentioned Greenlee...I don't believe it has been determined he won't carve out some minutes. We also have no idea if Freeman accelerates his development and everybody goes where did this guy come from? We have candidates. We typically have been down 3 or 4 roster spots or more. I think these guys can surprise people. Anxious to see it happen.

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    With the line moved back 3 pt shooting will be about the same...

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    We have Kalscheur, Oturu, Carr (may be our standout player) returning. Willis has a year of practice with the team and several newcomers will have a year like our freshmen last year. Omersa is the key to being a sweet sixteen or better season. I am an Omersa fan and believe he will really breakout this year. The guy who lights up the barn and gets the crowd on its feet. He will be the fast break finisher with flare. He will emerge as the team leader. This will be our best team in a long time. Depth we haven't ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoFellDownTheGopherHole? View Post
    I'm a little more cautious, apparently, than most here on how much we should 'expect' out of Oturu this year. While there's no doubt that he came in and made a very favorable impression, it seems (especially with the Gophers) big men make their most significant jump from Sophomore to Junior seasons. Really would be a boon, for once, if Curry can get and stay healthy and give us anything more from that under the basket.
    what data do you have to prove this point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by diehard View Post
    We have Kalscheur, Oturu, Carr (may be our standout player) returning. Willis has a year of practice with the team and several newcomers will have a year like our freshmen last year. Omersa is the key to being a sweet sixteen or better season. I am an Omersa fan and believe he will really breakout this year. The guy who lights up the barn and gets the crowd on its feet. He will be the fast break finisher with flare. He will emerge as the team leader. This will be our best team in a long time. Depth we haven't ever seen.
    With all due respect, without Coffey, we will not be a Sweet 16 team. I think we will have a similar year as last year, might get a good match up in the round of 64. But we're a year away and another good recruiting class from being a second weekend or beyond type of team

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    Quote Originally Posted by bemidjigopher View Post
    With all due respect, without Coffey, we will not be a Sweet 16 team. I think we will have a similar year as last year, might get a good match up in the round of 64. But we're a year away and another good recruiting class from being a second weekend or beyond type of team
    Probably correct, but I think the gist of the OP was talking about even making it back to the dance at all. Would be happy to make it back again, win first game, and lose second. Then like you say ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers_4life View Post
    Probably correct, but I think the gist of the OP was talking about even making it back to the dance at all. Would be happy to make it back again, win first game, and lose second. Then like you say ...
    I agree with that, I was responding to diehard as this team isn't a Sweet 16 team, though happy to be wrong

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