Let's hope Shannon has a 16 point effort tomorrow and D has another career day. And someone else show with nice game. We are going to need it.
Thompson is about 6'5. Always listed at 6'7 but I am nearly tall as him. I am 6'4.
This team will make us crazy watching it win 22 or 23 games barely making it to big dance. Russell will leave and we will have to find another point guard to go with Harris. Let's hope Thad can find one. He also needs to find another 4 unless T Thompson can be a 4.
Would agree that better D would solve some problems but the offense still has real issues of its own. Shooting, setting poor screens, no movement during offensive sets, and no dribble punctuation make it difficult to win.
I think you are starting to see SIT DOWN with those players with Thad. His patience is shorter than earlier in the year. While it makes you and me feel better to sit those guys it will not mean more wins with them on the bench. Was really hoping that Lee was the answer to our post issues---not. Was really hoping Scott and Thompson would improve their perimeter shooting this year---not. I find myself more interested in who we are recruiting than the season itself. Hopefully that will change before the season is over.
Other teams know now that the only guy that can hurt them consistently is Russell and their defenses are now geared to make life rough on him. Trapping him, making him go with right hand etc. Worst of all, whether it's the right or wrong decision, he will likely not be here next year.
I am with you that he is doing too much at times. Poor decisions with ball, bad shots at times and turnovers. But I ask, if not him trying to make something happen then who? I see Tate trying like heck to make a play but he is young and makes mistakes too. Scott and Thompson need to be more aggressive but in three and a half years it has not happened. I am not bashing anyone, I want this team to come around and be competitive against the top teams and beat those teams that they should. I am not one calling for Thad's head. He will get us back to the top of the league again. He has not forgot how this thing works/looks when he has the players with some skills to work with. If this team could make shots and finish around the rim and had a heartbeat of something from the post position it would in the hunt anyway.
Problem is they don't play games on paper. I see some young players with talent and some veterans who are just role players, and would be second five players on good teams. The best thing is for these seniors to move on and next year Thad won't have to resort to putting them in the lineup. Look at the stat line from yesterday's game from the veterans-- it's telling.
What we do know is that this team has at least 14 games left. There is time to change what is going on if there is the will and the pride to do. Thad hasn't forgot what it takes to win. The frustration of the older players performance is showing. Hopefully the young guys get some.more minutes.
I think this coaching staff misses Chris Jent in a big way.
These seniors have not.improved their games from last year. I might be able to be convinced they have regressed. I was hoping Lee would provide something we knew we didn't have inside---but no! We still cannot rebound or make shots. We will be a better team when the young players get some time to mature. Unfortunately that will not be until next yeat at the earliest.
The man to man defense will make a dinference and if we make a decent percentage of our shots we will grab a road win today.
This team is average because our senior class is average. Two big recruiting classes back to.back the.last being this year's seniors killed recruiting anyone for the.better part of two years. We have a nice freshmen class and by all accounts another nice class next year. Early departures, transfers, and a class where no one has become a top notch player has hurt. One top player/leader would make a.huge difference. Last year's and this years team has no such player.
I am glad we are a man to man first now but the zone very well may come in handy we need to slow another teams run with a defensive change up. Need to keep in the "toolbag" for when we need it.
I do not think any of the above points are off base. The main thing was the energy no matter what defenSe we were in. The effort playing the zone d was significantly better than I have seen all year. Illinois was simply hitting 24 and 25 ft shots. That rarely will happen for 40 minutes. Live and die by the three!!!
On weekly call in show Thad answered why zone--- didn't want bigs guarding ball screens at 3 pt line and numerous.freshmen having to learn to switch on man to man d.
Don't disagree that the zone is a problem but look down the roster------do you see anyone that you would call a tough man to man defender other than maybe Scott? Our 5 position has no chance to guard the Kaminsky's of the world at the three point line. I see a collection of soft defenders and rebounders.
Agree that a zone,rather than man to man, can lead to players taking a break mentally which leads to poor D and rebounding woes. But only if the players let themselves lose focus. Believe it, if you WANT TO play zone and rebound you can. Right now there is not much "Want to" on this team.
Well we haven't lost to NJIT or Texas Southern yet so everyone take a deep breath. No I hate the scheduling also but understand good opponents want you to come to their place next year and that does not fit into Gene Smith's budget. So don't expect more than 3 or 4 top tier OOC games each year especially when 2 of them could be away games. It would be a smart move to schedule more local Ohio teams to generate some interest.
Maybe Thad scheduled these cupcakes this year because he knows full well what he has for a team---one with numerous issues much like last year.
It's early and hate to get too bent out of shape about it all just yet but we need some hustle and aggressive play on both ends of the court. Once again this year the offensive sets are not executed well with any flow. They had shots today but like last year could not knock them down. Make a few more shots and things will come more easily on offense.
Couldn't have said it better. Concerns me some that Thad talks about establishing an inside game. I guess I see no one to establish an inside game with! Disappointed that Lee has added little to no dimension to this team. The seniors on this team are the same players they were last year----good but not ones that step up at crunch time.
Agree that this defense is not a final four team defense. After today the offense is not either. What is Jim Heacock doing these days?
The run D needs to pick it up for next week when they meet a better OL and much better RB's. It is a damn shame that JT come.this far and cannot be out there the last two games
Wasnt blaming any coach just making an observation.
This offense seems to fall back on the qb to make plays with his feet when the other team D is playing well. Braxton took a beating in big games too. And now it happens again. The OL did not control the LOS today- that put JT in bad situations.
Dont forget. We got Louisville December 2nd. We will know more then.
Hopefully that will give A.Lee a chance to show he is the better option---- thats why he was brought in for one year. At least I hope that was the reason!