Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Well that Sucked...

and its made worse by Friday's loss (seeing that lazar put back from the shot beneath the bucket makes it even more unbelievable that he didn't make that). Take care of business at home against the Johnnies and Hall and get our mojo back for the stretch run. Defense was bad...shooting was better. I think we looked tired...3 straight road games. i agree with what D3some said "inexcuseable defense, with an assist to fatigue". oh well. still 20-5 and 9-2 in conference. congrats to jerel! nova fans bitch about more shit than i do.

20 comments:

Rubie Q said...

Like I said before, we learned a lot about Buzz following the debacle in South Florida. And what we learned was not good.

Just a pitiful effort, all around. 102 points? 70% shooting allowed in the second half?

This team looks cooked. But that's what happens when you play your starters 37 minutes in a non-con game against Our Lady of Perpetual Suckitude.

EMoney said...

Losing at Nova made us learn alot about Buzz? Really? As if the Villanova game was pegged as being an easy win for MU. First of all, it was the 3rd road game in a week which sent us to Chicago, Tampa Bay Florida, and up to Philadelphia, in the deepest and most talented league in the nation. Give Buzz and the team a break. So they crapped themselves in South Florida......it happens and we're not the only ones. Second of all, this just in.....Villanova is REALLY good! They only have four losses on the year, one of which was against Louisville and was reminiscent of our USF game where they missed like 3 layups at the end to win it. They already have a win over Pitt as well. Their offense is incredibly efficient and have guys virtually at every position that can score well. And to top that off, they play solid defense and crash the boards as well. And did I mention that this was played AT the Pavilion? So before everyone starts freaking out, let's remember that nobody here (aside from maybe me) thought that we would be 9-2 at this point. We are a very good team, but not good enough to stroll through the Big East conference season. Not even UNC and their band of McDonald All-Americans can go through the conference season without a hiccup or two. We now have a solid 4 days off (in Milwaukee) to regroup and concentrate on our next 2 home games that we should win. I for one am ecstatic that we are 9-2, and fully expected to lose that game last night so maybe that's why I don't feel as bad. That is all.

Zone Defense is for Pussies said...

I agree $...everyone totally freaks out after losses. Team shot 70% in the second half. You can't put that all on bad defense. sure we play bad defense but they made a lot of shots too. like i said get back to the BC against to sub-par teams and get some mojo back before the gauntlet.

Rubie Q said...

Yeah, we did learn a lot about Buzz. The loss at South Florida, in and of itself, wasn't significant. Like I said last week, it was the way we played on defense (both in that game and against DePaul) that was telling.

Last night, we not only played as bad on defense as we did in the two prior games -- we played WORSE. Not fighting through screens, horrible rotations on ball reversals, getting blown by time and again on the dribble; it was atrocious.

This has been a festering problem for a while -- D3Some pointed out our terrible FG% allowed last week. We gave up 80 to a Georgetown team that's struggled to break 60 against anyone else. 'Nova would have scored 110 last night if they had made their throws.

Yes, 'Nova's good. Yes, it was on the road. Yes, it was the third roadie in a week. I get it. But there are serious problems here, and you've got your head in the sand if you don't see them.

Devil's Threesome said...

We are having the same defensive problems we had with Crean. We have NO inside presense, so our guards have to help out down low. That makes us vulnerable on the perimeter. We are somewhat dependant on teams just plainly missing shots. Nova didn't do that and we got cooked.

Our guys also were run out of the gym. With our short bench and 3 road games in 8 days, we played right into their hands and ran. We should have slowed the game down and worked it inside to Wes and Zar more. We did that for a bit in the second half and were great on offense. Unfortunately, we then got beat down the floor time and time again, which set up easy shots. The zone was a joke last night.

Poor job by Buzz in controlling the tempo. Lesson learned, now let's address the defense by re-instilling the toughness we already know is there in this team. We are going to see a serious, determined group of guys on Saturday and I can't wait for it!

One more thing - if we played like we did last night against USF, we would have won by 15. Nova is just that much better than USF.

EMoney said...

I heard a comment made during the Seton Hall/Depaul game that struck a cord in regards to our defense as well. Bobby Gonzalez was discussing how his team gives up a large number of ppg to his opposition. Well, he agreed (as numbers don't lie), but in defense of that he explained how his team's offensive philosophy is up-tempo and therefore gives the opposition a greater number of possessions than normal which in turn leads to more points being scored. I completely agree with BGonz and relate it to MU. I understand that our defense hasn't been stellar, but you can't totally blame the number of ppg given up on our lack of defense. How many times do u see us grab a rebound, go the other way, and score a bucket in less than like 8 seconds? My point is, we run like hell when we can so who cares if we gave up 80pts to G'town....we still kicked their a$$. Nova shot the freakin' lights out! And they also scored 102 in their last outing. They've scored over 90pts in like 3 or 4 BE games already. Sometimes you just need to tip your hat to the opposition, 'cuz there's nothin' you can do. Prediction: Nova finishes in the top 4 of the Big East and makes it to the sweet 16 (minimum)....... a complete basketball team and the real deal in my opinion.

EMoney said...

Completely agree with D3.

EMoney said...

Completely agree with D3.

Devil's Threesome said...

I'm not worried about PPG. PPG is a completely worthless stat, just like runs scored in baseball. Our FG% D is HORRIBLE. Our kenpom defensive efficiency rating is 59th in the nation, behind such basketball luminaries as Stephen F Austin, Wright St and Oral Roberts.

Before last night, our FG%D was 43%, I'm sure that's more like 46% now. That's fucking awful. Compound that with our 14th in the league rebounding margin stat and it's a recipe for disaster.

Rubie Q said...

Lesson learned? We were running the whole game! Where was the in-game adjustment? That was Crean's fatal flaw: zero ability to alter his game plan to fit the dictates of the game. And Buzz fell into the same trap last night.

We've looked out of sorts for three games now, and we've played progressively worse each time. I expect a rock fight on Saturday.

Devil's Threesome said...

Also - I'm not sold on Nova - at all! They are destined to be bounced early. They are totally dependant on streaky shooting to be successful. Who can they feed in the post to get a bucket when they really need it? Cunningham doesn't like to mix it up down low. Instead, Scottie fucking Reynolds heaves up a long three. Their D is more suspect than ours. Also, they haven't done SHIT on the road. Early exit for Nova, book it!

Rubie Q said...

PPG, FG%, pick your stat, I don't give a shit -- the point is that you win with defense in college basketball. And we're not playing any right now, and it's going to be damn hard to fix when your players are already running on fumes.

Devil's Threesome said...

We played WAY better last night than we did against USF. Look at our offensive effort against a much better team in a much tougher environment. We had no answer last night. We changed defenses - they all sucked. Our guys looked gassed - what should we have done. A slower offensive pace would not have translated magically into better defense.

Rubie Q said...

What do you do when your guys looked gassed? I don't know, how about -- not have a run-and-gun game plan?

A slower offensive pace wouldn't have automatically fixed the problems on D, for sure. But trying to run with a team that goes 10 deep isn't exactly going to help tired legs, either.

EMoney said...

Slowing the pace would not have been the answer. Our offense goes stagnant when we play teams that slow it down, so why would we induce it upon ourselves. We gambled and Nova knocked down shots. In my opinion the game was closer than the final result. We kept cuttin the deficit to 7 points-ish with under 10 to play and they would come back and hit another 3 or Cunningham would hit a 90 foot jumper. I hate Corey Fisher.....he is going to be a thorn in our side for years to come.

EMoney said...

Slowing the pace would not have been the answer. Our offense goes stagnant when we play teams that slow it down, so why would we induce it upon ourselves. We gambled and Nova knocked down shots. In my opinion the game was closer than the final result. We kept cuttin the deficit to 7 points-ish with under 10 to play and they would come back and hit another 3 or Cunningham would hit a 90 foot jumper. I hate Corey Fisher.....he is going to be a thorn in our side for years to come.

EMoney said...

I like to post things twice.

Reid You Animal! said...

I gotta agree with the notion that fatigue played into our horrid defense last night. Like we've said, we did a terrible job getting through screens, and how many time did they reverse the ball to an open shooter and our guys just kinda watched him launch rather than even make a token effort to run out on him.

Also, I was shocked at the level of frustration that was obvious on DJ's face. Dude was shook last night, and that doesn't lead to good things for us. That airball FT definitely got in his head. And that's another thing that some people might attribute to fatigue, the poor FT shooting. I don't know because I've never played enough basketball to get so tired that I can't shoot FTs without first having a heart attack, but there are those who would say that.

Rubie Q said...

Prior to last night, every time Dom missed a shot or a free throw, he had that look on his face that said: "Fuck it. I'll make the next one."

Last night was the first time I've seen the "There's no way in hell I'm making this" look on his face when he stepped to the line.

The free throw thing is deep in his head now, and it's starting to pollute other parts of his game. Not good.

EMoney said...

I'd also like to point out how frustrated and sick of the etiquette of college basketball fans these days. The fans chanting "overrated" at the end of the game.......really? First of all it was the #13 vs #12 in the nation, you a$holes were at home, and MU stuck it to you earlier in the year. Therefore we split the season series. So in essence, if MU is overrated, then Nova is as well since they each won one game. At least they didn't rush the court, like some other instances that I've seen this year.