Agreed, and this comes down to scouting. Whichever coach is in charge of film study/exchange needs to be coaching up the players on who they need to worry about when it comes to perimeter shooting - usually 1-2 guys. Then they need to determine who our best defenders are and task them with sticking on those guys like glue. You don't help/sag off when the ball goes into the post, or someone drives from the top. That's just an open invitation for the kick out to the sharp shooter for an open look. Gotta play smart.
Did you watch the game last night? Of course the majority of the line ups people are suggesting and based upon offensive performance. We were down 11-ZERO before Thad had to call a timeout and get some offensive firepower in the game. No one in last night's starting line up wanted to even look at the basket, let alone try to get a shot off. I agree that defense is very important, but you won't win many games if you don't have a couple guys who can put the ball in the hole. Starting a game off at a 10-15 point deficit is not a recipe for winning, and quite frankly doesn't prove to me that they can play defense very well either.
I said the same thing last night watching Tate throw his arms up after every foul or non-foul call. You didn't see that crap out of him last year. Get over it and PLAY ON!
As someone mentioned previously, it doesn't seem that Thad will play Harris and Lyle together due to the remaining lack of depth at PG. The lineup I'd like to see is Lyle, Williams, KBD, Tate, Thompson. Essentially replace Loving with Kam. At least Kam is looking to score every time he gets the ball, good or bad. We spotted Wisc 11 points last night because NONE of our starters wanted to be "the man". No one was looking for their shot or looking to create an opportunity for points. Unreal. With this lineup, if Lyle gets off to a bad start, i.e. multiple senseless TO's, you can bring Harris right off the bench for him. Loving needs a knot jerked in his chain somehow. Maybe coming off the bench would create a sense of urgency for him. It appears that nothing else has worked.
Unfortunately we all know that he won't. See Amir Williams. Amir was worse than Loving (shockingly) when it came to hustle and attitude, yet there he was, in the starting lineup every game. Loving is unbearable to watch. So much talent being wasted by lack of effort, let alone potentially hurting the rest of your team with poor play.
A Freaking MEN, Mock. Your assessment is 100% accurate. For the life of me, I couldn't understand why we were sagging so hard onto the post players and letting them get wide open shots on the perimeter. Historically, Wisconsin is a pretty good shooting team, so I was surprised to hear them saying on the broadcast that they aren't very good from 3. Well damn if they didn't get off on the Bucks last night. Unbelievable, and yes, super frustrating.
He has a heck of way of making sweet passes to open players though. I'd take that over another Loving brick followed by passe defense any day.
Harris is the starting PG. If what you've stated above were the case, I highly doubt Thad would be rewarding him with the start.
He's not a starter. Harris has started at the point for the past several games.
I seem to remember them playing fairly well against Kentucky. I understand the overall sentiment, and we've seen glimpses. I'm just excited and ready for ALL of them to put it all together. Hopefully that starts tomorrow night and keeps rolling.
Talk to your kids about an undefeated Iowa.
I was pleased that we didn't have the TV Teddy Valentine crew last night. These guys actually let them play for the most part. I can't stand a whistle/foul on every play. Takes the guys out of the flow and makes it really hard to watch and enjoy. Last night was great, the first half notwithstanding. And yeah, the no look by Mitchell to Thompson was a beauty. Keep it rollin, Bucks!
Maybe he's like Sampson. His play went downhill as soon as he cut his hair!
Soooo....does the down vote indicate that you DO hope this is Saturday's headline? I'm confused.
The problem is, Urban can't decide who his BEST playmakers are, versus his FAVORITE players. It goes all the way back to the QB "controversy" to start the season. Everyone could plainly see that JT fit this read-option style offense much better than Cardale, but Urban didn't want to disappoint Cardale or make him mad. And it seems that has been the case in other instances as well. As it turns out, our "wealth of offense talent" has been our achilles heel all season. With the exception of Zeke, it seems they've tried to appease too many people offensively, and get everyone 'X' amount of touches. They've tried to get so many guys involved that it's been a detriment because NO ONE was able to get in a groove in this offense. Too much trying to spread the ball around, and not enough focusing on 2-4 solid playmakers, a la Jalin, Zeke, Brax & Michael Thomas, and just riding them to a second consecutive national championship. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.
That was exactly what caught my eye as well. It doesn't sound like much is going to change the rest of this year. Seems that there are more substantial issues with the offense that aren't going to even be addressed until next season.
Zeke had been sick earlier in the week. He spent 3 days (Mon-Weds) in the hospital with a 103 degree fever. Had a staph infection in his leg/shin. If you noticed, he had it heavily wrapped during the game. Not sure if that's why they went away from him in the play calling, but definitely sucks regardless.
That cat is dabbin'!
The Braxton Era has been one for the ages, indeed.
That move KBD made to the hoop, finishing STRONG with his left hand was a thing of beauty. He was authoritative and got the bucket, which is most important. I'm impressed with what I'm seeing from him so far. Seems that he's gained a lot more confidence since last year to start the season.
You ate a baby!!!!????
3) It's SOOO nice to see them being able to get the ball under the hoop (to Thompson) and not have to see it hit the floor twice, his forehead and a knee before bricking it on the side of the rim (I'm looking at you Amir!)
YES!!! On two different occasions last night a guard made a terrific pass underneath which was actually caught and finished by the post player! While sitting on my couch I said outloud "Amir wouldn't have caught that"....both times. It's a breath of fresh air having post players who can PLAY!!
But....but....but....I thought JT couldn't throw it very far?