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I see two things happening:
(1) attempts to score in transition from their pressure defense AND
(2) NBA isolation set from the 3-point arc while playing for the last second shot with 2-20 minutes remaining on the game clock
Its the craziest and MOST excruciatingly frustrating basketball I have ever witnessed. I prefer watching 6-8 year old kids move around attempting to run an offensive play, as opposed to that crap that supposed BCS players are doing at ALA. At least the kids keep moving!!!
Junior high girls
"What does it resemble?"
Answer = garbage
The other night when Bobby Knight was doing the color commentary for our ESPN broadcast I noticed something. He was calm as hell. They must have given him whatever Mike Tyson had during that Diane Sawyer interview with his ex-wife Robin Givens. The comments he was making out our energy and offensive flow was frustrating to him BUT he couldn't muster the energy to get excited or show any emotion!!!
Bobby is the master of the motion offense. It probably bored him to death to see so much standing around.
The most frustrating part to me is that we pass up good shots early in the shot clock only to take an extremely horrible shot 15 seconds later. You can take shots early in the shot clock and still play good defense, it isn't a sin for a final score to end up in the 60's or 70's.
^^^^THIS. We pass up wide open shots early in the shot clock just to hold the ball until there is under 10 on the shot clock and end up having a contested shot or fumbling to get a shot off. i really dont understand. You cant just play keep away, you actually have to score the basketball.
This! We could probably muster a few points more per game if we got more possessions from not passing up shots. Not to mention that we pass up some damn good shots. Sometimes it looks like our team is just running skel drills or a walk-through practice on offense.
What does it resemble? It resembles the basketball version of running Tim Castille up the middle out of the jumbo package for 40 straight minutes.
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LOL at playing keep away.
Again, we are ranked 328th at possessions per game. Other teams around us are Princeton, Wisconsin, Pitt and Virginia. Those teams actually are running set plays to get points. We just pass it around and hand off behind the three point line. Totally different. We aren't built to play that kind of game.
Teams like LSU, Missouri, Arkansas, Ole Miss are all over 70 possessions per game. That's where we need to be. That's who we are built like.
It makes zero sense.
Reminder from when Grant was hired. I feel like Gottfried said the exact same things and the offensive result was pretty similar (i.e. the exact opposite of what was promised). I find it hard to believe that he wants the players to push the tempo and they just aren't doing it.
" When Grant met with the news media on Tuesday, he was asked to describe his style of play.
"In a word, up-tempo," he said. "We want from an offensive standpoint to be a team that tries to get out in transition as much as we can play and plays an aggressive, attacking style. "
This is also the main reason people are screaming about Pollard not progressing, I wouldn't mind seeing a lineup of Lacy, Releford, Cooper, Pollard, and Randolph and we really press, trap in the half court, and push the ball every time it comes out of the net instead of walking across half court while looking back at the bench for the same play call we just ran 15 possessions in a row.
It resembles my last bowel movement.
And the rare times we actually DO that, like the beginning of the AU game, it works really really well. It feeds our defensive intensity and the players seem to love it.
I'd call him a liar but I think he meant it. He wants points off turnovers in transition. Our offense has always revolved around turnovers and quick scores. It obviously does not work on a consistent enough basis and is probably why he could care less about a inside presence. It's not going to change, this is the final product and it's time to burn it down and start over.
This post was edited by BuriedAlive14 17 months ago
The Miami game in the NIT should be the blueprint for how we should play and look.
It resembles the Holocaust.
After reading the article, kinda makes you wonder where the Coach Grant from that article went
I really don't know what happened to Grant, truth is he is not coaching the same way he did the first 2 years here. I don't think he is happy or trying that hard anymore, and I think that's true for our players to. I remember being at games during his second year here when we made a run at the SEC regular season title (mainly due to getting to play in the crappy Western Division that year, but regardless we made a run at the SEC title that year). Anyways, I remember myself and all of the fans at Coleman yelling our hearts out because while that team had issues scoring due mainly to what we thought at the time was a lack of 3 point shooters, we saw a team where every player fought and scrapped every play both on offense and defense. I remember making the comment to someone at one of the games "They have to try so hard to score points, but they fight so hard and outwork the other teams, I love this team because of that." Everyone was so optimistic because of it, Grant was getting long standing ovations when he came into court before the game. Now here we are today, Jacobs never plays hard unless the other team is named Kentucky, the rest of the team plays hard is spurts but never for the whole game. Our coach looks like he just doesn't want to be there some nights, it is rare he shows any fire from the sidelines anymore. Our guard gets anal raped by 2 defenders trying to give a foul on the last play before halftime at our mosted hated rival, refs call nothing, and Grant doesn't react because he doesn't care. It is rubbing off on our players, they are only playing for themselves not for Grant anymore. Because of that the team can only muster full effort for maybe 25 minutes a game, that's why we can't put together 2 good halfs of basketball anymore. I saw one play in the second half of the Auburn game where Steele tried to drive hard to the basket, got cut off, but had no one to pass to because everyone else was just standing around. I remember the look of sadness on Andrew's face because at that point in the game he was the only one on the court really trying.
I'm just frustrated, so are our players I believe. The only one not frustrated is Grant, because I think he quit caring enough to be frustrated anymore.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by robert1975 17 months ago
Five guys walking in wet concrete.... with ankle weights on....and their eyes closed.
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