Miles and Mason have a long way to go, which is the main reason for their lack of production... but by the same token, you could plug Patterson or Monroe into the current "big guy" role in our offense and they wouldn't be doing much either. Every once in a while, I would like our bigs to be allowed to focus on getting themselves open and getting open looks, rather than doing that solely for our guards.
Sorry if that sounded gloomy.
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I really think we would be a much stronger team if Andre and Mason were more effective. I'm sure that many of us are hoping that they show the same improvement EWill showed down the stretch last year.
I attended my first acc game since graduation last night ('94) and had a blast. Nice to finally attend an actually full game again. . From my vantage point, I kept seeing our bigs post, but not actually seal their man away to allow for a clean entry. Reid, Alibi, and Singleton consistently had an arm wrapped in front to prevent the pass. Our guards could have been more aggressive with the pass, but the bigs HAVE to seal off to allow the pass. We seem a lot more comfy with the pick-n-slip move because the big only has to cut to the hoop, not turn and seal, which seems to be the issue.
And lest we forget, shelden was GREAT at this skill, so our coaches can teach it, but somebody has to learn. Zoubeck has the best version of it, just banging his guy off and spreading that enormous wingspan. Mason is BUILT to do it, but has to learn how to keep his guy behind him. If that light goes off, look out.
I do wish we would enter the ball into the post more and give our bigs, especially Zoubs, Miles and Mason a chance to look to score or draw attention and kick it out to shooters or hit cutters coming through the lane. I was hoping to see us put pressure on FSU's bigs last night by trying to draw a few fouls on them. I think the offense would flow better with that approach added in to what we are already doing. And every guy on the court needs to be a threat to score if left open.
But that said, I was pleased with last nights game because FSU is one of the better defensive teams and it is extremely difficult to score on them especially in the paint. I thought we used the 3 very effectively last night without "falling in love" with it or forcing many. Most all of them were good looks that needed to be taken.
Good news is, not everyone has FSU's frontline or defensive ability. And there are still enough games left for individual players and the team to improve and get better.
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Regarding Miles and Mason, I think it is a mistake for folks to keep lumping them together. I see a lot of posts saying "they just are not there yet" or "the Plumlees struggled last night against FSU"
I thought Miles played a solid game last night. He played solid D and fought hard for boards. Had he not gotten the cut he would have played at least 25 to 27 minutes or so. He put up some nice shots last night that just rimmed out. Mason struggled for sure last night for the 3rd game in a row and has taken a step back since his nice 4 game stretch that ended with Wake. I expect him to bounce back though.
But for now, Miles is far better than he was last year and is clearly ahead of baby brother right now. So Miles is miles ahead of Mason at the moment pun intended.
I think it is a bit unfair to Miles to lump them together so often. They are 2 different players with different skillsets and while Mason has the higher ceiling I actually think Miles can turn into a beast down low before his career is over. With those 2 and Kelly, along with Hairston coming in next year, the future is bright in the frontcourt. And like the 4 bigs this year, all 4 of the future bigs have different games/skillsets that will complement each other and their backcourt mates really well.
Just my take..
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I am very glad that there is so much time left in this season. Basically, FSU turned us into a jump shooting team - we just made the shots. If our shots weren't falling, either we would have lost, or we would have had to change strategy. Luckily we didn't have to do that.
In the games that are left, it would be great to see Mason, Miles and Andre improve dramatically. I have complete confidence in them to do so, and there is more than a month. I trust the poster above who said that our bigs were doing a bad job sealing off the man behind them. On the other hand, Mason should be able to do more of his driving moves against the opponent's 4, if he works on his decision making. The assist to Zoubek was absolutely brilliant.
I guess what I'm saying is I don't think we had extraordinarily good shooting or lucky shooting or anything against Florida State. We should shoot this well or better in most of our games.
After our game vs FSU and watching the Wake/GaTech game tonight, I am struck by how many tall athletes there are in the league this year. Alabi and Singleton from FSU; Favors, Lawal, and Peacock from GaTech; Davis, Thompson, Zeller, etc. from UNC; Aminu from Wake, etc. etc. Plenty of shotblockers, rebounders, and players that can score inside.
More quality big guys, and probably fewer all-around type guys in 6'4" to 6'7" range in the conference.
Advantage to Duke on the perimeter against nearly every team in the ACC, and we've got enough depth inside to play against, if not outdo these other teams with quality big guys.
Still like our chances to have the best regular season record.
Umm ,plug Monroe or Patterson in that lineup and they would be getting the ball.Just saying They know how to get the desired position and what to do once they have it.You gotta have confidence in your big's to make the pass.Just sayingMiles and Mason have a long way to go, which is the main reason for their lack of production... but by the same token, you could plug Patterson or Monroe into the current "big guy" role in our offense and they wouldn't be doing much either. Every once in a while, I would like our bigs to be allowed to focus on getting themselves open and getting open looks, rather than doing that solely for our guards.
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