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K-STATE POSTGAME: An unfriendly reunion for Kruger & Co.

Sun, Dec 13, 2009 (1:47 a.m.)

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Ryan Greene and Christine Killimayer delve into what was No. 18 UNLV's 95-80 loss to Kansas State on Saturday at the Orleans Arena. The Wildcats shot the lights out, while the Rebels had a hard time doing much of anything in their first loss of the 2009-10 season. Plus, a look ahead at a week which favors a UNLV team with wounds to lick.

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  1. I don't think making light of the next three teams the Rebels face in this podcast (i.e. your comments of "upsate", "upstart", "mighty") is a good idea, considering that immediately before making those comments you identified that one of UNLV's main flaws, metioned by one of our own players, is turning in an inferior effot in the first half.

    The Rebels face an important test in the next few games-to see how they respond after being defeated so soundly at home. Was K-State really an anomally? Take note that the tape from that game is being passed around to future opponents.

  2. Let's be clear - the Rebels scored 80 points. That is more than all but two games last year. My point is the problems is we had a flawed defensive game plan and didn't adjust when they were draining threes. 14 of 23 three will kill most teams. Scoring 80 points wins most games, especially considering it was against the physical K-State defense. We need to get more aggressive and take better pride in shutting down opponents and stay on assignments. I am not concerned about hte loss

  3. "I am not concerned about hte loss"

    That's the kind of attitude that concerns me.

  4. CJ ... lets be real. UNLV has a golden opportunity on its hands right now to get healthy this week. And if there are opponents to inflict first half damage on, it would be any of these three.

    I do believe K-State was somewhat of an anomaly. Take away even two or three of those treys they cashed, which for the most part were well-defended, and it's a new ballgame. It's not every night that UNLV will see an opponent go 14-of-23 from deep. However, the inability to consistently create against K-State's sticky defense needs some work. That's why the Rebels, on Sunday, worked on offensive precision more than anything in practice. Freestyling won't get it done, as Saturday showed.

    I wouldn't be concerned by this as a fan. Bothered for a moment? Sure. But concerned? No.

  5. "CJ ... lets be real"

    I was not aware that I was being unreal, if that is even a word. I was offering an honest opinion.

    "UNLV has a golden opportunity on its hands right now to get healthy this week."

    UNLV has three games in six days, starting in less than three hours. This is not a week to get healthy-its a week to play and fight hard. As I wrote in a previous post, attitudes that posit that we should not be concerned about the performance of our team against K-State doesn't comprehend the vital need to learn from our mistakes. Brushing off that game, which is how some written and verbal suggeestions have characterized the way forward-including your last podcast, is not wise. Its certainly not what Coach Tark would do. I certainly expect its not what Coach Kruger will do. We shall see if Kruger took this loss as lightly as you and Christine did in just a little while. If he has this team ready to play and fight and they come out in Utah on fire, I'll know that they didn't listen to your advice.

    That written, I am glad that you made the cut two Tuesdays ago and didn't lose your job. Many, many good people were lost that day. Jeff Simpson and Jeff German were two of my faves and I will be greatly miss them.

  6. I didn't know Ryan Greene was a coach. Why are you comparing him to Tark and Kruger?

  7. I'm not.

  8. You wrote:
    "Brushing off that game, which is how some written and verbal suggeestions have characterized the way forward-including your last podcast, is not wise. Its certainly not what Coach Tark would do. I certainly expect its not what Coach Kruger will do."

  9. You correctly copied and pasted my text. No where in what I wrote did I compare any alleged coaching by Ryan with the efforts of either Tark or Kruger. I believe that both Tark and Kruger would have a different perspective about the game than either Ryan or Christine had. The perspective those two learned individuals would bring would hopefully take the game much more seriously.

  10. well Ryan isn't Tark or Kruger so don't say "oh he should bring the same perspective to the game as him"

  11. I didn't say anything. I wrote that coach Tark, and hopefully coach Kruger, would not bring the same perspective to the performance of the team against K-state as did Ryan and Christine. By bringing the same perspective, they would be taking the game much more seriously than they did in the podcast, and that would be a benefit.

  12. of course a coach would take a game more seriously than a reporter. that is a given. come on

  13. I can only hope that Ryan and Christine take this team seriously, rebelsfan11. I assume they do. Perhaps you expect less from reporters.

  14. Christine, there's a fine line between bitter and angry. EMAW.

    STILL ANGRY!!!!