Re-watched the Maryland 2nd half(yuck), but we did beat the zone a couple of times and we missed shots. Kipper missed a layup, Ayo missed a couple of jumpers. The most effective way was Giorgi setting a screen for Ayo or Feliz to get in the lane for a mid-range jumper. Giving it to Giorgi or Kipper at the free throw line for a jumper is no good.
Keep in mind the college game is clearly a 3 point guard's game. In our 7 losses this year, we have averaged an even 5.0 threes per game.keep in mind, the three point line is the farthest away it has been over the last 10 years. We have KOFI&GB. I'm good with this stat.
The problem with our team, is we can be focused and play well, but I feel like we aren’t good enough shooting, that we have to get some breaks and some shots go in that normally don’t in order to win. The good news is that over the last ten games or whatever, we always bring the defense, rebounding, and effort. So if the shots go in, we have a really good chance to win. If not, we lose a close one we had a chance in.We got this. I am confident we are going to be focused and not lose this one. Coach Underwood will have the boys ready. Beat Sparty!
Underwood: Looking back at Maryland, they were really good. They're playing really well.
Looking back at our offense, didn't like our pace. Cuts & ball movement became slow.
Underwood: Michigan State.. Obviously, everything starts with Cassius. He's 1A. 1B is Tillman. He facilitates offense. We got hurt by those guys in the 1st matchup. Let them get going in transition.
Underwood on message to Giorgi about backcourt turnovers:
"Don't be casual."
That is what I have been concerned about.Keep in mind the college game is clearly a 3 point guard's game. In our 7 losses this year, we have averaged an even 5.0 threes per game.
How many of our wins have we outshot opponents from 3?3's totally energizes the crowd and deflates your opponent, particularly on ones that are near the shot clock buzzer. In all 7 games we have lost this year our opponents have had more 3's then we did in every game.
I thought we figured out the secret sauce to this a while back, but to your point, we can't seem to be able to pass well out of the press either. MSU may not play zone but they will press us, again. I hope we've figured out how to play better under pressure...We are bad against zones because the team is really bad at passing.
Agreed, I'm getting tired of watching pointless passes at the top of the key where there seems to be little actual ball movement. When we remember to cut hard and move the ball more across the court we seem to play better. We need to remember what got us here before those last two losses.No doubt. Just watch any of our games. It is extremely obvious that our passing is the worst part of our game. There is a reason we dont get many open looks and 90% of our shots have a guy in our face. Its not the offense itself, its the lazy, poor, predictable passes that cost us. It was much worse last year. Hopefully they get it fixed in short order.