I watched without sound in a bar, so may have missed some of the insights.
1. First, PSU staying in this game to the end is something like
a football team turning the ball over 7 times and still staying in the game. The
only reason this analogy doesn't work is that while "turnover margin" is the
golden statistic in football, in my mind, FG% margin is the golden statistic in
bball. It's not discussed as much, but I have noticed that when one team blows
out a comparable team or if there is a big upset, usually the winning team has
shot lights-out--See Xavier over St. Joe's today.
be surprised if we don't get completely gassed tomorrow.
2. If we break down
bball into three phases--offense, defense, and rebounding, we are awful at
rebounding, good in transition offense, bad in set offense, and awesome on
defense. We are one dimensional, sort of the way we are in football, but in
3. Jitim Young: Lionheart on the boards, with loose balls, and
quick and intense on defense. Very quick on the drive and in transition. Poor
outside shooter, but barely even tried this game. JY didn't have a great game,
but once again brought all he had, as expected. The main thing is that JY just
gives the team a focal point and sense of themselves out there. You can almost
feel that nobody wants to let JY down and that he is willing the team to play as
hard as it is--and it is playing very hard! This team could easily be 2-14 in BT
if it didn't have incredible heart.
4. Vedran Vukusic: Shot wasn't falling and
unfortunately he didn't take a couple he should have late in the game. Not his
best game, but I wanted him to shoot every time he was open, because he was the
only guy whose shot anyone believed in. Our only complete player but might be
even better as focal point of offense next year, giving way to JY this
5. Mohamed Hachad: I completely understand why this guy was a phenom in high
school. I am going to love watching him for the next two years. 2nd best shooter
after VV, has a nice stroke and rhythm to his shot, but needs consistency. If he
can just move his shooting up a notch he has as much upside as anyone in the
conference. Great vision, incredible ball-handling at times, Kobe Bryant type
moves in transition. And with all that offensive talent, he has a shot at being
defensive POY in BT if he puts his mind to it.
6. T.J. Parker: The most glaring
thing is his awful perimter shooting. A decent shooting touch from under 10
feet, nice touch driving to the basket, on a couple drives he moved so fast I
could barely believe it. Between he and Hachad, it will be very hard for anyone
to press us. Excellent intensity. Same old story--if he could become a decent
shooter, he would be awesome. Coaches may have to completely reconstruct his
7. Davor Duvancic: Warm body, role player, plays hard, I appreciate his effort.
His shot didn't look pretty today. I think he knows what he's doing at least, so
he doesn't hurt us on offense or defense, but is limited as a player right now.
Still could be productive next year.
8. Bench: Ivan Tolic played 2 minutes. I
don't blame BC, I was nervous about taking out any of our big 4.
We need Evan Seacat to spell
these guys and to provide an outside shot. One problem we have is that we love
to and need to play transition offense to score, but this must tire us out. I
was amazed that we maintained the intensity during this game.
But we were
quicker and more athletic against another team without a bench. If we beat MSU,
BC deserves more than COY. Maybe the guys find something extra for Jitim Young.
I love the way these guys play. We are far from a great team, but we give as
much as any team I've ever seen.
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