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Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Posted on: November 26, 2008 6:56 am
Edited on: November 26, 2008 7:02 am

I've never been a basketball coach.

Let me preface this with that.

But everything I know tells me the top priority when it comes to coaching should be to win or at the very least stay competitive, which is what makes Jimmy Patsos' decision to double-team Stephen Curry pretty much every minute of Tuesday's game (even when he didn't have the ball) one of the most bizarre sights I've ever seen. I mean, seriously, the whole thing was a joke, and that Patsos let his Loyola Greyhounds lose 78-48 to Davidson while basically playing three-on-four is an embarrassment to his profession, program and the players he supposedly coaches.

Sure, Loyola held Curry to three shots and no points.

That's great.

But if such an achievement comes at the expense of a 30-point loss then it's stupid, and Patsos didn't help himself in the post-game press conference when he explained his rationale and essentially acknowledged that he was more interested in not letting Curry play than he was in actually trying to win.

"Anybody else ever hold him scoreless?" Patsos asked. "I'm a history major. (Are people) going to remember that we held him scoreless or (that) we lost by 30?"

Actually, they'll remember neither, Jimmy.

What people will remember is the putz who let his team get embarrassed to prove a point that had no point.


Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2008 2:38 pm

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

I agree with pretty much everything that was said. When his strategy was not working only an egotistical maniac would stick with it so that he could, in his own mind, "make history". Steph could have scored if he wanted to, but instead took the easy win. That's one of the reasons people love Steph Curry, he is ridiculously good, but also completely unselfish, pretty much the opposite of coach patsos.

I also want to point out that after the game, the idiot "coach" spoke only about himself. Talking about his gameplan, and how he was the only one who ever kept Curry pointless. However, he also talked about how he used to be one of the top assistants in the country and that he knows what he's doing.

I would hope that Loyola would realize their coach does not care about basketball, his players, his school or anything else than his own ego. I really hope to never hear this guys name again unless we need a cleanup in aisle 8

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 1:56 pm

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

I think Patsos' mistake was being stubborn. It was a good plan, but he should have switched from it when the Greyhounds fell behind by 20.

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2008 1:41 pm

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Who really should be embarrassed:

Anyone who admits to being from S**tsburgh. The biggest bunch of hypocritical, whining, jealous, vaginal fans in all of sports. And the most racist people in ALL of America (see "B" girl in 2008 election). That, and only that, is whom should be embarrassed!

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 1:28 pm

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Yes you are also sound like nothing more than an ego trip for coach Jimmy Patsos

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 1:24 pm

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Seems to me, if the Loyola coach had looked at his boxscore he would have noticed that Curry only took THREE shots. This was probably a great thing for the Davidson team, since they got to build some confidence in their abilities to score without Curry's help, and it allowed him to be a point guard and dish the ball, and at the very least, suck the defense away from the rest of his team. It's too bad for Loyola's kids that their coach is more worried about "history" than being competitve.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2008 11:55 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

don't you think a GOOD coach would adjust his game plan at some point when it became obvious the original idea wasn't working?  So, you hold Curry scoreless and get your ass kicked.  Really?  You think that was a good idea?  Isn't about putting your team in position to win, at least?


Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2008 11:45 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Patsos is an idiot and a lunatic.  Worst sideline demeanor and behavior I have ever seen.  Couldn't believe it the first time I saw his act in person.  He screamed at everyone(players, coaches, officials, fans) within shouting distance from the opening tip to then closing horn.  He truly is an embarassment.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 11:35 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Who should be embarrassed is the following..

the NFL for allowing Ray Lewis in it's league.

the NCAA for not having a playoff and not banning Indiana basketball with some real sanctions

Pacman jones for being Pacman Jones

Bengal fans

Duke basketball fans for thinking they are perfect.

Any network that allows Chris Collinsworth or Stuart Scott to work.

Roger Goodell for being a gutless turd.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 10:55 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Loyola didn't lose the game because of their defense. They held Davidson to 47% shooting(albeit 52% from three). They held Davidson to 78 pts. That's not bad defense except for three point land. 

They lost that game because of two reasons. The first was that they only shot 34%. The second is because they had 21 turnovers and ten more then Davidson. That helped enable Davidson to get 15 more shots. None of those were impacted by the decision to double Curry the whole game.

If a team like Loyola only shoots 34%, then they're going to get blown out. I don't think it was a bad decision to double Curry.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2008 10:35 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Hey, Gary,

I was at the Davidson-Loyola game, and it was definitely bizarre.  I am a big Davidson and Steph Curry fan, and was disappointed in the game, but thought that Patsos strategy actually was not too bad--at least until they had fallen behind 22-9 and Lovedale had 12 easy points, and Barr was starting to hit his open 3-pointers.  At that point, it was clear that it wasn't working, and he should have changed his game plan.  At the half, 39-17, and he STILL didn't change--more stubborn than good coach, I think.  I don't think it is the last time Curry will see junk defenses.  I could see several Southern Conference teams trying something like that, at least until other Davidson players proved they were on that evening.  I don't think anyone, even Purdue or Duke, will play him straight up, although I hope they try.

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