I'll take Scottie

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    The guy can flat out play. What a nice player. I'm really looking forward to watching him this year.

    7 assists, two turnovers, and one of those turnovers should not have been ruled a turnover (the play where he nearly made the steal and tried to save the ball from going out of bounds).

    We are a dangerous team and we are only going to get better with Chris Walker and when Hill returns. Hopefully, Harris will get his head straight too.
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    Tremendous game for him tonight. Very smooth and efficient. He was killing the pick and roll and did a great job against their zone getting dribble penetration. You could tell he was a little winded at times, and he also had some hiccups defensively that he normally doesn't have, but on the whole you couldn't ask for a better first game back.
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    Yeah, Hill is a nice player and will be a stud but Scottie is the General on this team.
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    Wilbekin and Hill will be a heck of a one-two punch when Hill returns.
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    Wilbekin was everything you want in a point guard last night, plus size. Sure didn't look like his first game back. You could see that everyone benefited from his play. Even on plays that won't show up in stats as assists, he got the ball to guys at the right moment so they could make plays.

    All game long I kept thinking, "We look GOOD, and we've still got two McDonald's All-Americans not even playing."
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    Wilbekin traditionally has done what needs to be done. Personally, I think that he is a primary reason this team has made the elite 8 all three years he has been playing. It is a bit surprising that he was so ready to go, but, being a senior and having practiced with the team from almost the start helped keep him ready. It would, however, be nice if this team could get healthy.
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    It would have been a laugher in madison if he played
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    To be noted, two of his points came on the last shot of the first half on a drive to the rim with 1.7 seconds left. I would love it if he became the steadying force at the end of halves and games. We need someone who can do that sort of thing who is capable of finishing at the rim or just simply making sure that we get a good shot off with an assist as time is winding down. Like any shot, you are not going to make all of them at the end of halves or games. But too many times last year we did not get a good shot or even a shot off. All you can ask for is that you get a reasonable shot off. I think Scottie will be very valuable in those situations this year as clearly the undisputed guy to have the ball in his hands as time is winding down.
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    I was thinking the same thing...performance in the short-handed games was encouraging, but now actually seeing what DFS brings and the palpable impact of having Wilbekin back...can't help but be VERY excited for this upcoming stretch of games & watching the rest of the season play out. If things continue to come together, the combo of talent PLUS experience on this team could be special...
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    In his last 3 games, Hill had 0 turnovers while scoring in double figures.
    I like Scottie...but Hill can drive to the hoop with much greater confidence.
    The SEC wars will shake out the difference between these two.
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    We will have them both and we will need them both, we have not had two real point guards on this roster in a LOOOONG time
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    Really good point. The great thing about Wilbekin is that he brings a more diverse skill set to late game situations. With some guys in the past, you knew they could rise up and make big shots from the arc, but with Wilbekin he can create off the bounce for himself or for others, he can find the open shooter or dish off the pick and roll or score in the lane if they give it to him. He also has that nice little pull up/step back mid range jumper he used so well in recent seasons, but didn't attempt last night. Very well rounded game that teams will have to key on in single possession situations. We could also spot him up at the arc and run those with Hill at times, or even do a dribble weave with Hill, Wilbekin, and Prather, which would deadly.
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    Scottie can distribute the ball very effectively....but he has to work overtime for his shot to go in.
    Did you notice in the game last night where he had to tear-drop the ball to go in...inside the paint?
    He has a much harder time beating out his man and driving to the basket successfully versus Hill.
    Bigger, stronger guards give him problems.
    Just sayin'.
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    Scottie's 3pt shooting is the biggest difference, teams can't sag on him like they were with Hill.
    Glad we have both.
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    Hill is much better, with only 3 games experience.
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    fortunately it's not an either or, but this is a ridiculous statement. He may end up there, but that was a much better team on both sides of the floor than in the first 3 games.
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    I think some of you may be looking at Hill from a perspective of potential rather than what he does at the point right now. He brings a lot but give him time to grow into the position more. With Scottie's return we are going to be looking very good at the 1 this year.
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    Ha. No he's not.

    You can see Hill's talent. It's obvious. He pushes the ball with purpose, is a very creative passer, and can finish around the rim with ease.

    But our halfcourt offense looked infinitely better last night than it has all season, mostly because of Wilbekin. He's a smart player. He's not as creative of a passer as Hill, but he makes all the right passes, which is something Hill will need to work on.

    Wilbekin is also a WAY better shooter. No comparison.

    They'll coexist and will both be important pieces on this team. But as long as Wilbekin stays out of trouble, he's the guy this season. He needs to be our leader on offense, and he did a great job of it last night.
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    Wilbekin's two "turnovers" last night weren't a result of him making bad decisions. One of his "turnovers" shouldn't have been a turnover at all. He stole the ball going out of bounds and couldn't save it back in. The other one, he just tripped.
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    I agree with your other points, but where would that leave Hill? Coming off the bench? The great thing about Wilbekin is that he can play off the ball or on it, at the one or next to Hill at the two. Hill was probably the second or third best player on the team and was making huge strides in the games before his injury. I suspect the two play a lot of time together (at least 15 minutes or so) and are both on the floor at the end of games.

    Of course, I have no clue what the rotation or starting lineup will look like a month or so from now. Between Wilbekin, Hill, Frazier, Prather, Finney-Smith, Yeguete, and Young, you will have seven legitimate starter-quality players. Add Walker and you have eight quality players to fit into that rotation. That is unbelievable depth, but almost too many options for your rotation. Great problem to have, I guess.

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