The press was definitely a problem. Took too many risks going for the ball and completely whiffing. Also, when you press, it’s somewhat frantic and, when playing against fast guards who are shifty, they will easily blow by you....which happened over and over again.It wasn’t helpful either. We didn’t force a bunch of turnovers and we didn’t tire them out.
In the first half they blew by us in the half court seemingly every trip. The style of defense doesn't matter if you don't play with energy and aggressiveness. Last night wasn't about Xs and Os, it was about mindset and energy.The press was definitely a problem. Took too many risks going for the ball and completely whiffing. Also, when you press, it’s somewhat frantic and, when playing against fast guards who are shifty, they will easily blow by you....which happened over and over again.
Gotta hand it to the kids, they dont quitwell last night was a disappointment! but just one of what will be 35+/- games. URI approach to VCU is just better than our approach to them. They got our number right now but that worm will turn in the future.
I agree with those of you saying the refs had nothing to do with the outcome. (on balance usually there are bad calls against both teams in a game that relatively balance out but yeah there were two toward the end that they got wrong against VCU)
What impresses me with the URI approach to VCU are two things. 1. they are one of the few teams that when they beat our full court press they attack the basket to make us pay unlike lots of teams that just back it out and run their offense. 2. they pound us on the boards for second and third shots
What impressed me with VCU was we didn't give up and competed until the end (I can admit URI did not play the second half as aggressively as the first) and secondly was Bones got even more aggressive on offense in the second half and took it to the rim and finished - he continues to progress on his path to the Big Kahuna role!!
Consistency played a role in their success as a program, no question. That is a great point. Is MR the type of coach you build a program around in a manner similar to Few? My honest answer to that question is that I believe the jury is still out, but I believe in him.This is true. But the Mark Few types are hard to find. We need consistency within the program. I think we’re on the right track - only time will tell. It’s going to take a few years for Mike to get the program where he wants it. Consistency will help with recruiting. I believe we’re headed in the right direction. This year just might not end how all of us had hoped.