I am not a coach, I don’t play one on TV, nor have I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in years. I’m just a poor ole fan that has watched a ton of basketball for more years than I care to count.
My layman’s opinion is pretty simple. I can sum it up in five words:
WE CAN’T SHOOT THE ROCK
We are horrendous from midrange out. PERIOD. And EVERYONE knows this. EVERYONE. To the point even our pump fakes don’t even generate a bit of hesitation from the defense. For example, I watched Ricky Council pump fake about every time he was about to drive. His defender just ignored it and stayed in front of him.
Wanna stop the Hogs, just play a zone defense where you sag and pack the paint. If they do drive be sure to be extra physical. We don’t seem to get the calls when teams are physical with us. If we do get the calls, its still doesn’t matter too much because since this team shoots so poorly, it translate to the FT line as well where we are shooting below 70%. Sometimes much lower.
Also, I’ll repeat this one more time, I said a couple of weeks ago I was worried about chemistry on this “team” when NSJ came back. I got hammered. But I believe we went something like 3-6 with his return. Don’t get me wrong, this team needed Nicks shooting/scoring no doubt. But we had just seemed to be coming together as a team and it was reflected with a masterful game in Lexington. Good passing, ball/player movement, assists, etc. I warned the addition of Nick could disrupt the small chemistry we had been building. Now if you watch, you see a bit more player standing around as if waiting to see what Nick will do. Heck RC has went from one of the SEC’s top scoring threats to a missing man. We see flashes of what this team could have been like with Nick there all year. But because its just flashes we are inconsistent at best.
In my humble opine, this team can’t shoot and has a chemistry issue and because of that every team in the nation that has watched even a little bit of film on us, knows the recipe to beat us. Pack the paint and be physical… make us shoot from outside… and even if we get a lead, just hang on to the rope and keep fighting because the hogs are so inconsistent, we will let you right back in the game.
We have seen this too many times this year… over and over.