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10 hours ago, VinyVango said:

Febres doesn’t deserve to be on the court with that soft, half effort defense ... he gives up more points than he scores even on his best nights ... and doesn’t move at all on offense ...


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He’s f’in terrible and we focus our offense on him. It makes no sense.

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8 hours ago, Huckleberry said:

 

If we were 13-31 and finished 15-32 then we need whoever shot the last one to take all our threes. 

Six points per shot minimum!!

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8 hours ago, Huckleberry said:

 

If we were 13-31 and finished 15-32 then we need whoever shot the last one to take all our threes. 

Efficiency 

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2 hours ago, immortal13 said:

Efficiency 

Box score says 15-32. So 13-30 before Ramey hit 2 in the final 3:26

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watching the game the other night, we had a couple of possessions late in the first half where our team ran set plays, and for the life of me i could not figure out wtf we were trying to do, at all. as in, "how in the world is this set of positioning/movement/rotation supposed to end with a good shot?" totally baffled me. i just now remembered that i recorded them and put them on youtube. feel free to explain to me what i'm missing here, because i sure as shit don't see a coherent offensive plan.

 

1)That Hepa screen was fucking woeful. Absolute garbage.

2)We got one look from this entire possession, and it was Kai Jones from three. Luckily Matt Coleman never looked at him as that would be a terrible shot.

3)Matt Coleman, for as much as he has improved, still erratically dribbles with his head down and no plan of action. 

4)our players have had all of the "play" coached out of them. they try to run our "system" to the detriment of their own basketball instincts and ability. fucking shame.

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1 hour ago, Goo Punch said:

here's that possession in photos:

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Look how pathetic that attempt at a screen in the first still is. Shaka’s been here 5 years and we haven’t even set decent screens in any of those seasons. 

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If you're confused by our offensive sets, just imagine what the opposing defenses think!  Advantage Texas!

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Zero cuts to the basket, zero looks inside by guards, zero interior screens or passes.   All of our motion (which is basically a pick and roll with the 3 guys standing still) is geared towards passing the ball back out.  Our guys have given up open layups to throw the ball out to Febres for a brick.  

It looks like our most complex "offense" is a weave you see run by teams at the end of games when the game is over, usually with no player even hinting they might cut to the basket.

This past game, Hepa actually made a few drives (w dunks) to the basket.  It's sad he waited until 1/2 way through year 2 before doing that... perhaps it's because he didn't want to screw up and get pulled immediate for more Febres.

These players are young.  They need tough love and lots of conditioning to do stuff they didn't have to do or that was very easy in high school.  Hepa and Sims look like are finally starting to "get it" most.  Ramey has some toughness, but makes too many repeat mistakes that should've been coached out of him 10 games ago.  Febres and AJ are fair weather, soft players.  When things go their way and they can flex after a 3 point shot, they may decide to play with energy on defense.  The instance something isn't easy, they get bodied up by an opponent, they fold.  They pull up every time there's a turnover and don't seem interested in helping those players that are trying to prevent an uncontested break.

Coleman is an overall +, but he still too often oscillates between dribbling too long or driving a bit too fast without any idea what he's going to do if he gets cut off.  It's like he's waiting for and expecting things that have been diagrammed on the magnet board that aren't happening in the game.

I like Jai, but he is being allowed to develop some lazy habits on offense (like Baker).  Both of these guys have tools that can help now if pressed to focus on them rather than getting their 3-point shots up.

I seems like we don't have any player, aside from Sims, who wants the ball anywhere inside the 3 point line.  None seem interested (perhaps due to zero coaching up) in setting off ball screens.

The play by Hepa and Sims has provided a glimpse of light in the abyss.  I wonder what changed.  Did they just now figure out what the coaches have been telling them?  Did they just recently get coached up to do what they've been doing of late? Or, have they independently figure out they need to step up and provide a little interior play?  No answers to any of these questions shines favorably for Shaka.  Even if the team just isn't getting it, you sit players who continue to fuck up and change ways to get things taught.

I'd start Coleman, Ramey, Hepa, Jai and Sims from here out.  AJ and Febres can help off the bench if you keep them around the 15 min target.  Get Hamm and Liddell out of their own heads focused on good defense and rebounding.  Let Baker know he is 7' tall and expected to play like one of the larger men on the floor.  He's a + passer and has good hands.  How about showing him how to post up low and encouraging him to fire passes from the post.  Tell him shooting 3's is no longer a option if he wants mins, unless he's wide open and we are up by 13 points.   

One of Hamm, Liddell, and Baker needs to get the train on the tracks and start playing basic solid tall man basketball.  We don't need a hero at their spot.  Just someone who can make an opponent alter a shot and hold onto a rebound without fumbling the ball.

AJ and Febres need to play with 100% effort when they don't have the ball in their hands and quit sagging off their man on defense.  They also need to quit flexing on made shots.

Kansas come in angry about being beaten by Baylor and West Virginia has two grown ass men playing PF and C.   Sims will be outnumbered.  Jai and Hepa will be in deep water defending and rebounding inside.

I suspect our guards will resort to contested threes and a jogging back on defense  when the going gets slightly intense.  I hope I'm wrong.

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3 hours ago, VinyVango said:

I like Jai, but he is being allowed to develop some lazy habits on offense (like Baker).  Both of these guys have tools that can help now if pressed to focus on them rather than getting their 3-point shots up.

I like Coach Lucas too.

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16 minutes ago, gecko said:

I'm tired of losing to OSU in basketball....it's getting old.

Well we didn't lose this time so you are in luck!  But don't watch tomorrow if you are tired of losing to Kansas.

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6 hours ago, txhorns said:

Well we didn't lose this time so you are in luck!  But don't watch tomorrow if you are tired of losing to Kansas.

Maybe we beat Kansas... 🤣

 

But Clemson did beat Duke, so maybe, maybe possible 🍀

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1 hour ago, Zuerst said:

Maybe we beat Kansas... 🤣

 

But Clemson did beat Duke, so maybe, maybe possible 🍀

Clemson isn't coached by Shaka.

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