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4 minutes ago, Vincent14 said:

Since we'll get our first look tomorrow, I wanted to hear what everyone thinks the starting lineup will be.  Here's mine

Johnson/Lander

Phinisee/Bates

Stewart/Kopp

Race/Geronimo

TJD/Durr

 

Seems very possible.  The only lock imo is TJD.

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2 hours ago, Parakeet Jones said:

That’s the lineup I predicted in the Bahamas thread. @IUFLA speculated in response that we should maybe slide Kopp in instead of Stewart. 

Yeah I was thinking he'd be first off the bench but could start depending on how CMW wants to run.

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First, Rob Phinisee seems to be a quality person, but seems a better fit off the bench with the influx of guards.  Fact is the roster is dramatically improved over last season and that may lead to a key role off the bench for Rob.

Starters guess:

X

Bates

Stewart

Race

TJD

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it's not the lineup i want to see, but i would bet X, Rob, Stew, Race, TJD with the only question being Kopp for Stew or Race?  i just don't have much faith in Rob other than being a good teammate and experienced.  it would make a ton of sense that Rob, TJD, and Race would all start at least in preseason stuff.  at the same time, it is theoretically a new system and a clean slate for all including returners, so who knows?

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A long way to go before the season. Lots of time for people to jockey for playing time. I imagine we will see all sorts of different lineups in the Bahamas to see with groups play well together. I suspect early on it will be upper classman and guys Woody can trust but I look for the young guns to eat into that before long. The gap will close...and guys with smaller upsides like Kopp and Rob will slowly give way to younger guys as they will improve at a much higher rate.

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13 minutes ago, dgambill said:

A long way to go before the season. Lots of time for people to jockey for playing time. I imagine we will see all sorts of different lineups in the Bahamas to see with groups play well together. I suspect early on it will be upper classman and guys Woody can trust but I look for the young guns to eat into that before long. The gap will close...and guys with smaller upsides like Kopp and Rob will slowly give way to younger guys as they will improve at a much higher rate.

I thought it was telling that Coach Woody singled out Rob for praise in his presser. Rob has the physical tools, but it was my thought that nagging injuries and confidence were his issue...Coach Woody said his confidence seemed to be renewed with the new system/coaching staff...

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6 minutes ago, IUFLA said:

I thought it was telling that Coach Woody singled out Rob for praise in his presser. Rob has the physical tools, but it was my thought that nagging injuries and confidence were his issue...Coach Woody said his confidence seemed to be renewed with the new system/coaching staff...

I think if anyone understands motivation and what mental health can do for players it would be Woody who spent enough years under Knight to witness first hand how to push buttons and whom you take different approaches with. Also I think Rob witnessing Xavier's game and how he opens up everything for everyone else by attacking will inspire him to do the same with his own game.

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