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— Dusty taking what the defense gives him. He’s making more and more plays off the bounce as defenses try to run him off the arc. Hogs need to find a way to free him for more looks. Missed 2 good ones last night. Definitely slumping.
— Defense was aggressive and disruptive both in the press and halfcourt. SFA’s motion offense meant the defense could just man up more and not have to worry as much about rotating constantly against PNR. (SFA did run some ball-screen stuff). SFA looked overwhelmed a lot, which was to be expected. SFA only scored 89.9 per 100, a really, really good number, much better than Hogs had been doing. That performance got them down to double digits on the year both in raw and adjusted defensive rating.
— The halfcourt offense was interesting all night. Took advantage of SFA overplaying passing lanes with some nice backdoor cuts. Good prep. SFA went to a box-and-1 on Dusty for a while that took the offense out of sync and there are still stretches with poor spacing and standing around. Sometimes they’ll run a set piece to start a possession, it’ll go nowhere and they look clueless. Did better being less tentative, attacking more in the second half. The defense led to a lot of offense both off turnovers and stops allowing them to attack in transition or semi-transition.
— Moses played with a lot of energy in the second half after a quiet first. Said after that he played angry in the second half. Still think they could be more calculated with how they post him/surround him with, but they did have one nice PNR with him late that unfolded really well.
— Kyle Keller praised Manny after the game, bringing him up unprompted. Does a lot of stuff.
— Stray thoughts in there too.