In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple of Bevo-related items. Here is his take:
On Tom Herman “trying to educate the fans”
After Saturday’s season-saving win over Kansas State, Tom Herman used the word “misinformation” while praising his team for hanging in there after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter.
I asked for clarification on Monday. Herman has famously said the only opinions that matter about this team are inside the locker room and on the coaching staff.
So, here’s how it went.
Me: “Tom, you spoke of misinformation after the win being printed about your team. What put it on your heart to make that statement, given that you’ve always said outside noise doesn’t matter to you guys?”
Herman: “I was just trying to educate our fans, really, as to what to believe and what not to believe. I pay no mind to it, I really don’t. Again, if you want proof of how this team is doing, watch the game. You saw a team Saturday afternoon that was completely united, loved each other, played really, really hard for each other. So that was it; just hopefully our fans can be cautious with what they choose to believe.”
Actually, he does pay mind to it. How else would he know such outside noises were there to begin with? When it’s all said and done, winning is the ultimate cure to whatever ails a program, and beating Kansas State keeps this season on the interesting side of things.
Winning at Iowa State on Saturday won’t eliminate the outside noise, but it will most certainly change the tenor of certain conversations outside the locker room. Texas rolls into Ames as a 6½-point underdog, the biggest point spread since it opened as a double-digit underdog against Oklahoma.
Herman has been using a lot of boxing analogies lately, like “against the ropes,” so here are a few that might fit for Saturday: Avoid the early knockout, take Iowa State to the late rounds, and try to win a decision.
On the start to Texas men’s hoops season:
Is this finally the year Texas basketball gets past that three-year drought of no wins in the NCAA Tournament?
The thing that stood out most — aside from some great hustle from junior big man Jericho Sims and forward Gerald Liddell — was watching Texas players coolly, calmly knocking down six straight free throws down the stretch, something that has plagued Smart’s teams in the past, those 31 turnovers over the first two games notwithstanding.
“We’re making progress with our poise,” Smart said Monday. “We still have a long way to go. Our biggest Achilles’ heel through two games offensively is turnovers. Now, we did do a better job of taking care of the ball in the second half (against Purdue) and down the stretch than we did in the first half.”
Better yet were the players who were knocking down said free throws: Andrew Jones and Matt Coleman.
For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on the Golden State Warriors and the Baltimore Ravens’ Heisman Package, visit here.
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