Limit turnovers. This is by far the #1 factor. We start throwing it away, we have a major problem
Lower their 3 pt percentage.
Nick and Ricky have to play well along with AB, who has been pretty consistent. We need all of these.
And for my final stat, the Hogs are now 32-3 in the Muss era (I am pretty sure on that) when we shoot at least 20 FTs and make them at 75%. We just did that versus the Iliini. That is the secret sauce.
That’s alot of factors. But you know, Kansas is good. We can’t play less than close to our best and win. We have been inconsistent all year long. But as Dari and Pat said on the SEC Network, our ceiling is “so high.” We play our best, we win.
I am feeling fine. A little sore. Nothing major. My left ear is better. Still not normal. Jeff is probably right, I probably did burst my eardrum. It will heal. I’ll go see my hearing specialist this week. My ears are my living, that’s for sure.
I think it’s more mental than physical. IMHO, when the Hogs have a lead in the second half, they play “not to lose” rather than play to win. They get uptight, lose their focus and aggressiveness and become tentative. All of which affects their physical performance.
UA…Campus of Champions
I hate to point this out, but we all know it. Muss is the one that conducts the “stall ball.” Especially in year’s past when we had good FT shooting, he will point at the spot, dictate that the ball handler go to that spot (usually between the hash and the center court line), and have them wait to get into our action with about 12 seconds left in the shot clock.
So while I agree we need to keep our foot on the gas, I am sure Muss has lots of analytics pointing to
winning percentage once you have a so and so lead with so and so left. That’s just a guess. But I know what I have seen for years now. Its Muss who dictates slowing down the offense late.