As a player I was a big fan of changing people up. I could play power off the catch getting low even on a smaller more athletic defender (hell, they were all althletic) and use it to freeze him so I could step, fake coming back, and then walk by him or simply move as I stepped into a shooting erect position, being reasonably certain that I would have an unimpeded look or if the guy sped to try to contest what he anticipated, beat him while he was still going up. However, I liked playing in a more erect position most of the time, except when I was going hard to the basket and would get low.
The problem with everybody doing the triple threat is that it slows the offense down, terribly. That was a huge differencein the Georgetown game. They have a lot of touches that just move the ball to different points of attack looking for someone with advantage given how the players are situated on the court. It empowers more initiators.
The triple threat catch as a regular practice in my mind kills effective half court offense, at least the kind that I appreciate the most.
I thought some of you might be amused by a couple of tidbits left over in the Wash. Post following Saturday's G'town matchup....
For those who have any doubt about the adage that Duke gets everybody's best shot, in the Tuesday Sports section was this highlighted quote:
"I've been going to Georgetown games since 1981 and I thought that was the most spirited crowd...I've ever seen."
-- Michael Wilbon in his online chat Monday talking about Saturday's victory over Duke
This also follows a number of player quotes saying saying, along a similar vein, that that was the most revved-up and intense the players have been all season, for ANY game. FWIW I was at the game and the crowd was VERY intense and loud throughout. Most GT fans were polite to us, with the exception of one drunken idiot seeing me and a couple other Duke fans quietly leaving the stadium afterwards, outdside, ran up and started clapping loudly right in my face (12") and shouting 'go Hoyas!!!' (My response, "Hey man, act like you've been there before..." )
Also, the Post does weekly rankings and comments of the 11 top college programs in the DC area -- GT, MD, ODU, VPI, UVA, VCU, W&M, Mason, Richmond... With GT as number one in the area there was this assessment:
"Cameras caught Duke Assistant Steve Wojciechowski mouthing the words "not true" when Clark Kellog said that the ACC was having a down year during the Hoyas-Duke game."
'made me laugh at least!
I just wanted to bring this to the top of the thread so everyone could see the similarities between this thread and today's St. John's thread.
The sky is not falling, people. Things worked our pretty well for Duke after the Georgetown game last year. The best staff and team in the country will use this as a learning experience and focus on our next game and the rest of the season.
Cameron Crazies Do Not Storm The Court
Only 12 points. It felt like a 20 point loss at the time.
Today's loss was "only" 15 points. It's one (out of conference, January) game. Big deal. Learn and move on.
Cameron Crazies Do Not Storm The Court
I believe we had 17 turnovers and 9 assists while shooting a stellar 19% from the three. I know were a young team. But it's Nolan and Kyle, Kyle and Nolan. With all the other McDonald AAs no one could step up today. Sad.
Thank you so much for digging this up! The post-game meltdowns are really funny when you look back on them.
Where's Greybeard? I think we could use an alignment.
Fatally flawed, unathletic, lacking the depth that Marty Pocius or Olek Czyz would have provided (!!!), a sweet 16 team at best....this G'town thread makes today's reaction look completely reasonable!
so which of our players is going to have a zoubek revelation? miles? mason? yeah.....
things to do this weekend:
1) watch duke
2) chip in to iron dukes for the average cost of one cleaning bill for "gatorade stain removal"
This year's team has several players who are either struggling to find their role or struggling to find consistency within their role. If those things happen, maybe we can have a big tourney run again. But simply referencing last year isn't terribly useful.
I hope K hasn't mellowed with age. I believe it was back in 2005 after a loss at Blacksburg. The team arrived back in Durham at 2 or 3AM and as the story goes K held a practice I believe from 3:30 Am to 7 AM. I think this squad could use some of the K movies will be made about. In K we trust.
I still say we are one of the top 3-4 teams in the country along with OSU, Kansas and Pitt. Nothing has changed. If we lose a few more games badly I might change my mind.