This is a program changer. It probably deservedly knocks them out of the tournament without a win that isn’t expected.
It was just a complete no-show in defensive effort for most of the game, cemented with a lot of really dumb mistakes every time they got close.
Cook does a few good things and thinks he’s a shooter. We had about 5 offensive fouls on little unnecessary pushes by guys with the ball.
I lost count of how many times we just let people shoot 3s when we were in a position to close out.
Macon’s heart is huge and he made some shots but he also played an awful game defensively. Barford tried to will them to it but he sprinkled in some of his expected unforced TOs in crunch time.
Macon passed on closeouts 3-4 times on made 3s. Moses did, too.
I don’t care if the book is to let them shoot because they’re awful shooters and about 4 of them have absolute junk form on their shot. At some point you have to adapt and close out when they’re pulling shots out of their Eric Beisel (who I would gladly pop in the face right now and take my whuppin).
The game was there for the taking. Then, we played very little D and the the times they did MO hit shots they don’t hit. And, we just took it.
For as smart as Moses seems to be he did some really dumb stuff tonight. Just an awful effort all around. Down 2 late with a chance to pull down a board he has to get it or keep Puryear from putting back an easy shot.
I guess Goodman was right after all. MA will be on the hot seat and the question becomes whether the upcoming classes save him. That’s unfortunate because until tonight the opinion was unfounded and clearly primarily based on some odd, irrational axe he has to grind with MA.
And, I’ll add that MA had some real head-scratching moves. I understand why he stayed in the pressure because MO typically doesn’t handle it well and he expected it to take a toll on them and it probably did in the stretch when we went from -15 to -1.
But Beard got 3-4 fouls that gave them FTs far away from the basket. He should have gone full court man and made the worst P5 team in America coming off a 40-point loss 2 days ago make a play in crunch time with someone dogging them. I’m sure it would have been a foul but you have to do something different.
I hate it because nothing good will come out of this if they fire MA. He is a great man and a pretty good coach and they constant crap he has taken has been mostly personal and unfair and unnecessary and largely based on biases that none of his detractors would ever admit.
I’m talking about the people who say he has no offense when in truth it’s one of the better offenses in the country.
That said, you can’t really defend losing to the worst P5 team in America even if they hit a bunch of dog shots and continued the trend of us being Team Tribute Game.
I’m just numb. I think they are a lot better and the team and program is trending in the right direction and they have some talented kids that work hard and care. But, I am smart enough to know this has the potential of being an absolutely devastating loss.
It seems like a good time for me to bow out from this board. I say it not to be “look at me” dramatic or to draw out “stay” or “c-ya” posts, which will undoubtedly come. I am not asking for and don’t want posts, public or private, asking me to stay or leave. Please don’t.
It’s just a so-long from someone who has been on this board in some form for a generation.
For the constant MA haters, Congrats. Looks like you were right. I was wrong. There’s something you “keep it realers” have never done and will never do on this board–admit you were wrong.
I’m looking at the Razorwills and the Dilibes. People and posters like you bring nothing to the table. You are hypocrites. You say you are just keeping it real, but your schtick is low-rent, tired and essentially unskilled trolling.
Enjoy basking in the glow of your general internet tough guy-ness.
It appears you may get another shot at a coach to hate and nit-pick.
As for me, I’m mostly just sad. I’ve lived and died with this program for 30 years and I am tired. It isn’t fun.
For those of you long-time posters who make this board the best one around, keep up the good work.
It’s not about whether you are positive or negative but rather whether you are objective, bring something to the table, support your opinions with actual facts and have undying passion for the Hogs.
This board has more people like that than any other Hogs board and you are the lifeblood of the program.
Keep fighting the good fight. I have enjoyed our decades of reveling in wins and arguing about coaches (most forget I wanted Heath and Pro gone), and teams, but I’m out. My blood pressure can’t take this nonsense.
GHG. WPS. Etc and so on.