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While they somehow manage to keep winning, the coaching emphasis limits this team from doing any damage in the tournament. It's very evident that CAG emphasizes defense and creating turnovers in practice, perhaps too much. The teams ability to execute a half court offense and shoot free throws is pathetic. We run 4 guards out there most of the time, who are jack of all trades type players. They are all pretty good at most aspects of the game, but arent particularly excellent in any. While this coaching strategy will keep you in most games, it will eventually cost you the big ones. Am I bashing CAG or the players? Not in the least bit. I'm just pointing out the fact that this strategy puts a cap at just how much a basketball team can improve. I really like the way our team hustles on defense and creates havoc, but every time we play a fundamentally sound team who limits their mistakes, they really slow us down on the offensive end. This team is not built to win a shootout with tournament caliber teams.
I'm beating a dead horse on this topic but we don't have much of any kind of inside game. That's why we are limited. Our "bigs" are averaging a combined 7 points a game and less that 10 rebounds a game combined.
It's very hard to find skilled big men, the NBA itself is still searching for them. The college game is really about good PG play, the three pointer, and perimeter defense. The NBA game is spacing for athletic ball handlers and inside presence offensively and defensively. Alabama plays good defense on the perimeter and the dribble drive on offense is effective.The biggest problem is simply they do not shoot consistently enough and they do not have enough quality players to run their defensive system effectively.
I went to the game Saturday. Being the first time I've been to see us play this year, I was actually able to see a lot of stuff you can't always see on tv (like in the press and what players do away from the ball). It was obviously nice to see us start off shooting the 3 so well, but then the offense went stagnant and allowed USC to hang in a little bit. The biggest thing I notice offensively is how quickly our guys' confidence will swing up and down. What I mean is the fact that when we shot well, we kept firing. The guys were smiling and having fun and playing basketball the way they should always play. I understand it was a hot streak, but their whole demeanor and style changed after just a couple misses. When the shots were falling, the dribble drives were harder and more purposeful, which led to USC helping down and ultimately leading to some open 3's after kick outs. Then in the second half, our offensive spurts were fueled by good defensive (or poor USC offense) plays and instinctive plays at the rim on fast breaks. Although I'm not sure if we have any sure NBA talent in our multitude of athletes, when we attack on the break we are extremely effective. It was really just boiling down to our mind sets. Our half court offense has absolutely no purpose most of the time and our bigs act like they could care less if they touch the ball. And I think when you watch us swing the ball, it's pretty apparent that our guards really don't have a lot of confidence throwing the ball into the post.
Gueye obviously has a very raw skill set and still seems like sometimes he's surprised that he's a 7-footer. Then sometimes he just expects his height to make up for bad defensive positioning. Jacobs, on the other hand, shows flashes of some sort of offensive ability. If he wasn't so lazy he could literally double his production pretty easily. If you watch him, he kind of half-heartedly points to the guard in front of him so the PG will maybe consider passing it to him. He doesn't demand the ball, and I know from experience that if a post player doesn't look like he wants the ball, he isn't getting it. And on defense, there was a particular time on a press where he just let his man get about 20 feet behind him and then ended up looking stupid trying to recover and block the shot. It's just little things that add way up.
And in regards to Releford and Cooper, they have to stop whining about calls. I know refs make bad calls from time to time, but especially Cooper on Saturday had three different very obvious fouls called on him and he just looked shocked and pissed when he got caught. They were all fouls.
This is the problem. Those stas are laughable
this is sad
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