- Jan 18, 2020
Good stuff, Jive.I dont know where to put this so I guess it can go here. Mostly the same shit i put on X/Twitter. Except it looks at all runs we conceeded back to the beginning of conference play last year. We managed to survive and win 2 of the last 12 games we gave up a significant run. Runs like this are called "Kill Shots" by the statheads. Last year the team with the most Kill Shots in a game won 82% of the time. Guess what when we give up a Kill Shot we lost 83% of the time. Our major problem is we dont have a Kill Shot stopper Adams and Stockard are the two best examples I can think of. Since we dont have that guy we have become overly reliant on calling the right play at the right time to stop a run and all too often we have failed to execute the play or just called a bad play.
On a side note i think there is nothing more frustrating as a fan than seeing your team conceed massive runs. I can live with back and forth losses even blowouts when the team is just outmatched, but seeing the team go from in the lead/competitive to down 10 in 3-5 possessions is brutal and takes a lot of the fun out of it.
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While it's obvious that we probably don't have the scoring to offset runs like we saw on Saturday, I think Charles Pride could be that guy.
I think he can be a 15-17 ppg guy for us. I know that's not close to a 2018 Adams output, it's still a lot better than what we had last year. I'm really not sure what to make of this club. We are most certainly much better than last year, and yet Schmidt keeps giving big minutes to guys like Luc and Banks.
If we want to be a contender in the A10, Woods and Flowers need to be starters or at the very least play 30+ minutes each night. I've seen enough of Luc and Banks. Neither are bad players, but are best suited for smaller roles.
The only thing that worries me is we still look out of sync on the offensive side (defense too), and I have to imagine that's because we have two new starters trying to learn Schmidt's offense. I don't want to be an alarmist, but in the age of the portal, you need to onboard your guys faster than in year's past, if he can't do that, he won't succeed in this new age.
It's a longshot, but hopefully this team is much better than what they showed on Saturday. We need a major rebound to win a game in Brooklyn.