Former NBA washout and his Nevada teams were always talented but seemed less than the sum of their parts. His last few Nevada seasons really soured me on him.why? Former NBA head coach and his Nevada teams always seemed to play a loose yet cohesive style.
A buck for your thoughts....
If Mike was working with that roster the minutes would be the same....Even our Final 4 team under Shaka/Rhoades saw Bradford average 34 minutes, Joey 33 and Jamie 31. Weren't we wreaking havoc back then? Jamie averaged 34 minutes a night during our 6-game Final 4 run, playing 3 games in 5 days during one part of that stretch...and I know Jamie, he'll be the first to tell you he's not the best at running that much. Bradford averaged 37 minutes per contest during that run and he was pressing his tail off.
It ain’t the Xes and the Os...it’s the jimmy and the joes...we got a couple 6’9 top 100 recruits hiding on our bench?A comparable team to look at is WV. I know Huggins likes to press and pressure on defense. In the past they have had good three point shooters, this year they don't. Their two leading scorers are forwards 6'9 250 and 6'10 250 both almost averaging double doubles. Looks like Huggins figured out they couldn't shoot and adjusted. It probably too late to completely change the game plan but like you said, can't we do it occasionally.
DL was Houston ever in the rotation? I thought he was hurt?Comparing the final four team to the current one is appies and oranges.
First of all, the final four team had enough depth and versatility to play in different ways and did so. The beats teams going small and big. They also did it by playing much.more half court defense.
You want to deploy 2 bigs. The final four team did because they could rotated 4-6
serviceable bigs(Skeen, Reddic, Toby, Haley, Houston and Hinton) in any game, this team has 2(Silva and Douglas) and Ward is a project.
No, we cant play our best 5 or 6 30+ minutes a game and press full court because they aren't use to it.
Our success last year was predicated on solid half.court defense and judicious pressing. We something like 43rd in turnover percentage but 2nd in 2pt percentage defense. This year we are 1st in steals but 207th 2nd percentage defense.
Go back and watch the Dayton's 22-0 run and the uri sports. We are even with the opponent then all of sudden we committed a rash of lazy passes, travels, cough up the ball with no defenders around, tripping while dribbling the ball and no defenders around, . That doesnt just happen..that's fatigue..
We need to get back to last years defensive philosophy.
Playing more half court doesnt mean you have to shorten your rotation either. See Witchita st, they play 9 with grinding HC defense and judicious pressing.
We are basically the same as last year. Difference is the A10 is better this year. Frustrating that we haven't gotten better.The team struggled on offense last season as well but they found ways to win all of the close games. It is not really much different this year.
Frequently players are remembered better than they were. Houston is now a key component to a team he didn’t play one minute for. Over the top. Veal gave very little, Haley tipped off then got yanked, 1 Pt 1 Rb. Hinton never played min against meaningful competition. Skeen and Burgess went heavy minutes - small lineup. Reddic was a good freshman backup. That team was no deeper up front than this one. Last year either. Mobley didn’t really play inside and Gilmore was useless.DL was Houston ever in the rotation? I thought he was hurt?
Yes but..but..Frequently players are remembered better than they were. Houston is now a key component to a team he didn’t play one minute for. Over the top. Veal gave very little, Haley tipped off then got yanked, 1 Pt 1 Rb. Hinton never played min against meaningful competition. Skeen and Burgess went heavy minutes - small lineup. Reddic was a good freshman backup. That team was no deeper up front than this one. Last year either. Mobley didn’t really play inside and Gilmore was useless.