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Two common themes I've heard throughout the season regarding what fans want:
B) entertaining style of basketball
So which one is more important to you? Yes, I understand they don't have to be mutually exclusive. However, for the sake of debate, would you rather see-
A slow paced grind it system, similar to what we have now, but taken to the next level where we close out games, resulting in more Ws, NCAA births etc
A fast paced, exciting run n gun system, more scoring, but fewer wins
No preconceived ideas. Not trying to ask a loaded question. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure which I'd pick
This post was edited by Bama_Lefty 13 months ago
Great question. I honestly don't know. I watch Wisconsin and Bo Ryan. They win pretty consistently but they are difficult to watch.
I guess if I had to choose, I would go with winning. Fortunately, those two things aren't mutually exclusive.
I'll take wins no matter how slow or ugly they may look
I don't care what kind of system we run so long we run it effectively and win games.
If this has been a discussion it couldn't have been a serious one. Its like saying I would rather play in the NIT and win a couple of games than go to the NCAA and lose the first game.
Winning, winning either the SEC tourney or conference out right, and making deep runs in the NCAA tourney.
Playing excellent D is something not all schools do. It will help us differentiate from others. Coupled with better O by having a big guy who can score and pass will take us where we want to go.
There have been posts about the days past and how good they were. Wimp's teams played great defense for the era. But remember how they could not shoot free throws? Just a small thing but a lot of his guys struggled with FT's.
Of course it has. Maybe not explicitly, but it has..throughout the season. People complain about how boring our system is all the time.
Reality is we're very close to winning 5 or so more games this year with the exact same system. Cleaning up a few mental lapses and reducing the droughts, and were staring at 25 wins this year.
But cleaning those things up would still not create an explosive offense. Our PPG might go up by 10 or so, but that's still low compared o many programs.
So there's the dilemma. It might still be a grind it out system, but it would've gotten us in the Dance this year.
I guarantee you many fans would still be muttering and attendance would be low, simply because it is "boring".
Just win and everything will take care of itself.
Sick of the NIT tournament. Sick of Grant
I'd rather see winning, if it means we're going to win all of the games we're supposed to win and a few of the toss-ups or games where we're playing better opponents. Absolutely winning.
The issue I, and a lot of us, have right now is that we lose to some bad teams each season, we almost never beat teams we're not favored against, and it's still like watching paint dry.
I think Grant is now 3-20 in 4 seasons against Top 25 teams. As everyone knows, we lost to Aub, Mercer, Tulane, Dayton, etc. You can't do those things AND be boring as hell in your approach.
But to answer your general question - I don't care how we play as long as we win and win big (big for this program anyways. I'm realistic enough to know we have limitations compared to a Duke, UK, etc.) Get to the tournament 2 or 3 out of every 4 seasons and occasionally have us in position to contend for the SEC, and I'm good.
I prefer winning. I don't mind low scoring games when you beat good teams. Also funny someone mentioned how Wisconsin is bad to watch with their horrible offense. They actually are a better offensive team than us, and average more PPG per game.
This post was edited by IvoryTusk 13 months ago
Just win, baby!
Wisconsin was the example I had in mind.
Badgers are known for being deliberate on offense but they are also efficient. Seems like they always convert. I'd be interested to see how their points per possession compares to other top programs (factoring in both fg% and to's).
Where's the choice of just good decent fundamental basketball?? If u have that then everything else would take care of itself.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
Just win baby
I don't care if Bama is a grind-it-out, in your grill defensive team that takes 25 seconds to shoot each time on offense and wins games in the 40s or if they're a light-up-the-scoreboard run-and-gun team that scores 85 every night.
You're not sure if you wanna win? I'm not going to comment about that...
My response? Win. That's a no-brainer.
Excited about next year! We lose Andrew, but get Carl back + our 2 new big men. Nick played well recently.
Good inside game would do wonders to our outside game and our offensive style.
I want fast and fun because I think with the talent available in this state it will lead to more Ws.
I think the states talent is better suited for a system that requires less precision and can capitalize on athleticism. I thought mike Anderson would have been able to do that.
I don't like how Anthony grant's system fits us relative to our players. I think his system is good but requires more skill yet he continues to recruit more athleticism in the absence of skill.
Also if you don't have a quality big man then adjust what you are doing. Once again if he had great players he would win I'm just not seeing how's he going to consistently with Alabama kids.
I'm just being honest. Of course winning is most important to mr. However, there is an element of wanting to be entertained. Watching a fun system does make it more exciting and easier to get inspired to make that drive for an 8pm Tuesday night game.
Ultimately the fun is in the winning. But the style of play dies help ESP when you are in an area that is football centric and you are trying to attract the casual fans
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