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1. We are 16-8, and that in no way is a record that we need to fire Grant over
2. We dont have NBA talent on the team, this is a positive as the youth on the team will get to their SR year.
3. We are still a very good defensive team which will help us to stay in games that we might be struggling on offense.
4. Pollard is really coming on
With all that said the coaching has been below par for this group. I watch as teams keep going through screens, or going under them to force a long shot. Our spacing on offense does not allow us to cut to the basket, and backcuts are getting picked up by other teams because the help defense is always in position to get a turnover because of our spacing. Our screens do not work because it is easy for the defense to help, and the fact that the ballhandler does not do a good job of setting up the screen. Our big man are receiving passes beyond the 3 point line making the game 5 on 4. We are a quick team that lacks size from our PF position, while we have to play 1 of Jacobs and Gueye. One cant score and the other cant defend. In other words we are missing 1 1/2 guys. A physical PF who can shot the jump shot and post up, and a true C on both ends. This is why we run a 4 guard set with 1 big man, however we dont use this to our advantage. We dont run the floor much, and we dont drive and dish the ball (when we do we get good shots). Instead we set up, let the other team us their length and size to make sure we dont get to the basket. It is like we are scared to commit a turnover by pushing the ball, but with our defense why not trust it?
This is where i think we have made the mistake, we make plays with our feet and creating turnovers, but what happens when someone has a force down low and we dont get much opportunity to create them? Well we look like we did against Auburn, even though they didnt score much they got the ball into the post and if we did create a turnover there was no chance for a fast break with most of the team out in front.
It just gets on my nerves how we have zero backcuts, set zero back screens toward the basket, and we never get position at the high post. The offense is lacking in a few positions but this can be made up with a scheme and pace, and so far this season we are not creating that pace. Luckily we have a great defense, and still have a chance to get into the tournament, but this team has the ability to score more points and create the pace that we should be playing . We should be beating teams that we are having trouble with by 15+ points. We can get better, but until we start using our advantages to score we will continue to see these close games. (I really thought they figured this out @Miss State) And i hope we can pull all of these close games out, and have some momentum going into the SEC tourney.
Not sure that Pollard is really coming on.
I laughed out loud when he airballed that 3 last night by about 3 feet haha
".. which will help us to stay in games that we might be struggling on offense." You mean every game? (g)
+1, agree with you on pretty much all counts
Here's my thought. Can the NCAA Commitee keep us out if we finish top 3-4 in the standings. I know all the RPI and SOS stats are not great but dang! It just wouldn't seem right. Just like they did when we won the West and were left out.
He also blew a wide open opportunity under the basket. He looks to have potential but so far I haven't seen anything to convince me he will make a significant difference at least scoring wise this season.
Like others, I agree on most points except Pollard. He seems timid and tentative. He seems to have all the athletic ability in the world but his head is way off right now.
He has the physical tools. Just needs to adapt to the speed and toughness of college basketball.
i realize we will never be a basketbal lteam, but at some point all these 4 and 5 star guys have to translate into an above average team, a perrenial tournament team...
richard hendrix, jamychal green, ron steele, trevor lacy, pollard, et al...some of them were nice players but we just always find a way to suck
i hate to laugh but i did
Did you guys see what Matt Scalici tweeted about Moussa Gueye?
"I bet the area around Moussa Gueye's trash can at home is an absolute nightmare."
I'm like you...I hate to laugh, but that made me weep.
The selection committee can and will do whatever they damn well please, which is why you should ignore the droves of people who think they know exactly what it will take to make the tournament. As you pointed out, we won the West in 2010 and lost the SEC regular season title to Florida on the road but were left out because of bad losses in OOC play. Once again, bad losses will be what keep us out if anything.
The reason by me saying Pollard coming along...is not because of his scoring but because of him attacking the rim and getting a good look. At first you hardly noticed him out there but last night i felt he was more comfortable, he never did penetrate much and hardly ever looked for a lane, but last night a few times i saw him feel comfortable putting the ball on the floor... that's progress for him and he will get better.
The will and they should. This team has beaten nobody of significance outside of Kentucky (who is barely significant) AND has lost 3 games to sub-100 RPI teams.
Go the CBS Bubble Watch and use their comparison tool and compare us to other bubble teams. Every other team currently listed as barely in or right outside either has (a) no great wins but no bad losses or (b) 2-3 top 25 wins and a few bad losses...................we have no great wins, 1 good win, 3-4 decent wins and 3-4 miserable losses. That just doesn't cut it.
And just because we are top 3-4 in the SEC means nothing. The SEC is the 8-9th ranked league right now. We behind the A10, Mountain West and Pac 12 (and rightfully so). That's basically like a team finishing with a 13-3 record in the Sun Belt and feeling like because they had a good conference record they deserve to get in. If those 13 wins were all against junk then no, they don't.
That's what I witnessed, but I haven't seen it in consecutive games yet. We'll see against USC...
i think pollard will be much improved next year. he hasnt done squat this year but you can see the potential..he has tony mitchel level athleticism, but he just has zero confidence with the ball
an off season will do him wonders IMO
I assume you are being sarcastic about Pollard? i don't know if I have ever seen a McDonald's All-American look worse as a freshman. I am hoping it's due to poor coaching.
My thoughts exactly
Unless I'm talking Crazy Pills (Mugatu), I'm pretty sure Pollard has been garbage. One of the worst freshmen debuts I've seen in awhile. Let's hope he turns it around.
He air balled because the shot clock was at one and he had to rush the shot.
Piss poor excuse, but nice try. Wide open three and he airballed it. He has shown very few basketball skills. A five star McDonald's AA should be much better.
I guess you've never played basketball to shoot with one second on the shot clock. It's a lot harder than you think.
Here's the thing...the SEC is SOOO bad that at this point there is only one lock Florida. It's up to 2-3 more teams to play their way in. If we could get to 3rd and win a tournament game or two we'd have a chance because as down as our league is its hard to imagine not getting at least 3 teams in. Hopefully 4. So...
1) UF is a lock and likely a #2 seed.
2) Kentucky was playing their way in at 8-3 and let's not kid ourselves will get every benefit of doubt on the bubble. Can they maintain and keep winning without Noel? They're our best win post-Christmas so we kind of need them to not crumble and they shouldn't. I'm thinking UK wins enough to keep a spot.
3) Missouri came in to league play ranked and have struggled a bit but can still easily play their way in.
4) Bama. 2 good wins. 4 awful losses. Awful losses. We have to keep winning. No more losses like South Carolina or anyone like that. Sounds easy but this team has no margin for error in their play either. Yes we can beat Kentucky but we also could have lost at home to A&M and LSU. @Ole Miss is HUGE and I don't love our match up there.
5) Ole Miss has played the rough stretch and can easily play their way in or out. Our game is huge.
6) Watch out for Arkansas. 6-5 but beat UF and is tough at home. IF they can get a road win or two they could play their way in.
I may be missing something. Haven't looked at an updated standings in a week or so.
This post was edited by Tide2477 14 months ago
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