- Apr 22, 2009
The slump over the last 2 games has more to do with defense than the offense.Just from my morning research, I'd say no.
Here's one thing that's been an early killer:
A-10 effective field goal percentage (minutes/A-10 game)
Vann 18.2% (25) on 15 attempts
Curry 15.4% (14.3) on 11 attempts
Williams 21.9% (18) on 11 attempts
Also Marcus Evans' A-10 true shooting percentage is at 49.1% right now, down from 60.3% last season.
That's a lot of dead minutes on the offensive end with the three wings. Vann's % is down from 51.4%, Vince was a 52.5% EFG% in A-10 play last year while Curry barely played really. Basically we've just got a group of important players to this year's team in a VERY legit offensive slump early and all at the same time. They combined to go 0-13 against Rhody and 3-13 at Dayton for a team-killing 11.5% group shooting performance. You just can't beat good teams that way. That group also went 3-9 at Wichita State (missed all their threes) and 4-15 against Tennessee (only 1 was a three) and combined for 6 points against Purdue. According to kenpom Vince has played 44% of our available minutes at the 4 spot the last five games, Issac 57% of the small forward minutes and Key 32% of available minutes backing up De'Ri at the 2. That's a good chunk of minutes slumping on offense.
Dayton's 22-0 run and the URI's previous have to with physical and mental fatigue from over reliance on the press to get steals. Instead, we need to rely more on our half court defense to get stops.
In this way, we have save our energy to execute at the offensive end, finish strong at the rim, and the legs to hit jump shots and prevent unforced mental errors af both ends of the floor (lazy passes, travelling with no defenders around, not getting back to protect the rim etc.).