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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: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2008 9:48 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Does anyone really think Stephen Curry couldn't have scored against this team?

Loyola is not "the first team to hold Curry scoreless."

It is "the first team against whom Curry scored no points."

There's a difference.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2008 9:21 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Amen, mmmvegas!!!  A coach has to put his team in a position to win the game.  If coaches would have double-teamed (ok, maybe triple-teamed) Michael Jordan, we wouldn't have gotten to see his wizardry but the Bulls would have still rolled through to multiple championships.  Maybe not a great comparison, since there was the man-to-man defense requirement in the NBA.

Loyola deserved to be blown out.  Maybe he should stick to History.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2008 9:19 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Precisely, Mr. Parrish.  He clearly told his team that they had no chance to win and would not attempt to do so.  And then had the gall to berate his players throughout the game.  Those players deserve better.  I hope they find it.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2008 8:59 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

Everyone is saying Loyola should be embarrassed, but who knows what would have happened if they did not double team him. Davidson is a top 25 team that was playing against a low level mid major. If this were UNC and Loyola lost by 50 nobody would say a word.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 8:07 am

Loyola coach should be embarrassed, ashamed

I think you hit the nail on the head.  Not only did Loyola fan get to see their team blown out, they were deprived of enjoying one of college basketball's best players. 

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