When you are growing up as a basketball player, you learn little things as a youngster like boxing out, keeping your palms up on defense, never turning your back on the ball, etc. One thing I learned at an early age was when a player was on the floor that looked like Opie Taylor with no athletic ability, he wasn’t there to drive to the hoop, play clamp down defense , or rebound—he was in there to shoot. Our basketball team is so stupid when it comes to taking care of the ball and knowing who and where the shooter is. It is absolutely pathetic to think that we can’t take out the other teams best 3pt shooter. I have seen it all year long: Pangos, OKLA, ST guard, and the list goes on. How stupid can you be? It is beyond comprehension to me that you don’t communicate with your teammates where the shooter is and who has him. We give up 6 3pt FG to the guy and never once tried to stop him. I will say that when you don’t have anybody to keep Jackson from penetrating, it can create space for the shooter but still—we gave no effort.
Several things contribute to this loss: 1) the oppositions penetration off the dribble. I counted 4 dunks in the first half and at least 5 in the second half and they were all on assists 2) turnovers; we give it up 18 times which gives the opponent 13 more shots.3) not guarding the shooter & 4) offensively: What in the heck are we running ? We bring Kalici out high, Noreen out high, Rutledge out high and they all are handling the ball while the defense was packing it in like a can of sardines. Question for ya? What good does all those cuts do? Nobody on Baylor was buying into those three firing up 3 pt shots and making them. I blame the coaches on the offensive woes because this team is not a half court set type of team. If you have any chance in hell of winning with these idiots, you need to push the ball and make good decisions. No way am I gonna let these opponents disrespect your inability to shoot the 3 like they do. If you lose by 20 in a half court set, why not? If we can’t score easy buckets, we wont win because of our IQ and inability to shoot the ball well consistently for 40 minutes.
So in conclusion, they got their arses handed to them tonight. Its 2 steps forward and 1 step back and we are back to the same old BS basketball we have seen all year. It is just tough to watch a team play this poorly. Maybe we get next time--maybe.
Are they not more athletic?Yes and No.
My original point is that this year's team was supposed to close the gap with other teams in athleticisim.... and, it hasn't happened. Teams are still quicker, and playing more above the rim... than this year's team.Agree completely. The idea was that Staten and Murray were supposed to provide this. For all you Truck haters out there - I'd take Truck and KJ any day of the week over those two. Right about now - we sure could use a PG who can actually shoot the ball (for all the bad shots Truck took, in 4 years as a Mountaineer he never shot below 30% from 3 pt range - neither Jabarie, Staten nor Browne is shooting even 25% from downtown this season). All 3 are more athletic than Truck was, but by his senior year, Truck had improved his defense to a serviceable level. So lets see - a comparable defensive PG who led the country in free throw attempts, shot over 30% from 3, and scored 17 ppg for us? Isn't this the guy everyone complained about pretty much all last season? I'd rather have Truck at the point right now than any of our "more athletic" options...
We all know that Deniz cannot make or even attempt a shot outside of 10 feet. Then why is he posted on the perimeter so often? All that does is allow his man to camp in the paint and eliminate any possibility of a cutter to the rim.
The other 3 big men can hit a 15-footer if they are WIDE open and have enough time to get the shot off, which is maybe once a game. So you have 3 guards/swingmen running their asses off trying to get a clean path to the rim, which they never get, because there is always a big man in the lane.
This is further complicated by the fact that I have seen both Staten and Browne pass up many open shots, both at the 3-point line and even inside the 3-line, especially early in the shot clock. Don't know if they were instructed by the coaches not to take those shots early in the clock. If your guards are unwilling to take and make those shots, it makes defending our team laughingly simple.I'm sure he told them not to shoot, and sadly, it has probably helped our offense, more than it hurt overall. In exchange for passing up those opportunities over the past few games, at least we no longer have guys who shoot bricks 0% and 20% from 3 chucking up shots. It was working pretty nicely when both Terry and Eron were playing together with only one of these guys on the floor at a time. It clearly cannot be our game plan though when Browne and Staten are on the floor together (with Kilicli) - to your point.