So after last year's clusterfark, where does everybody see this coming year playing out? We obviously have a lot more talent as opposed to D2/D3 talent...but the team will be extremely young.
How many wins do we need to make this season a success? I will need to look at the schedule, but I will say 13 wins, at least.
13 wins would definitely be a success to me but will we get there? Sure, we will have a talented but young roster. How will they perform?
Will there be improvements in game coaching, strategy and player development? Beyond the recruiting, there are many aspects to coaching that I have yet to see well executed by this staff. I am hoping that they will grow in their roles so we can be competitive in the ASUN.
I believe the 2020-21 season will be cancelled.
Maybe they'll play football and maybe they won't. Maybe they'll start the season and give up part way through. I'd like to think that by the time basketball season rolls around the decision makers will realize that it is not worth jeopardizing the health of the the student athletes for our entertainment.
The NCAA announced that the basketball season will start on Nov 25 with a maximum of a 27 game season. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that KSU loses less games this year than last year.
Pomeroy has his ratings out. 357 D1 teams.
Good news: Pomeroy is giving us a little love, placing us waaay up there at 345 (serious comment).
Bad news: Last in the ASun -- behind Bellarmine (!) 291 and Jax 311.
News: Liberty 162 and Lipscomb 173 are the best in conference.
More news: After opening the season with 2 wins, our first D1 opponent is UAB 116. Our next game is against our highest rated opponent, Creighton 13.
bb_fan how does Pomeroy even rank teams before they've played? Is it based on outlook combined with last performance?
The short answer is that I don't know. I imagine they start with the relative strength of the conferences and the teams prior year performance. Then there has to be a level of subjectivity -- no games played yet, new players, departing players -- that decreases as the season progresses. It would be interesting to be able to peek behind the curtain.
bb_fan it's tough enough to rank teams in the first month as well for the same reasons. I don't want to look behind the curtain...ive seen the wizard of oz
No season tickets this year. Single game tickets now being sold. Only 200 or so tickets being sold for each game -- so this just might be the year that KSU basketball is a tough ticket.
Cut and paste from the MDJ:
The ASUN Conference’s coaches’ and media basketball polls were released this week, and neither had much confidence in Kennesaw State for the 2020-21 season.
On the men’s side, the Owls were picked last in the nine team conference by the coaches and eighth by the media. On the women’s side, Kennesaw State was picked to finish eighth in both polls.
73% of the points scored last year by the Owls were from players who are not on the team this year. (One of 19 teams who lost more than 70% of last years scoring.)
When you are 1-28 that is not necessarily a bad thing.
"On the men’s side, the Owls were picked last in the nine team conference by the coaches and eighth by the media..."
I think the Owls are victims of recency bias. KSU will outperform these predictions. (Assuming, of course, that the season actually gets played. And I still say that it shouldn't.)
The men's team will also finish higher in conference than the women.
I took a quick look at Sagarin. He has KSU at 350/357. The bottom 3 teams are Bellarmine, Dixie State (there's that name again) and, no surprise, Chicago State. Those last 2 teams are both in the Western Athletic Conference, which also has Tarleton State at 348.
Lipscomb 109 and Liberty 132 are the class of the ASun.
bb_fan We have more talented players this year and more than 7 players - there's no way we finish that low. I view this season as sort of a "get on track" year. I don't think we'll blow anybody's mind, but start to build wins and right the ship.
The new ratings are out after the first week, and Sagain has dropped the Owls from 350 to 351, while Pomeroy dropped the Owls from 345 to 352.
And despite improving every game, Mississippi Valley has lost by 80, 52, and 36 -- Pomeroy has them as the worst team in the country. Sagarin says "not so fast" and still likes Chicago State in that position.
bb_fan I would bet my middle nut that we will not be worse than MVSU and Chicago State