We need Gene Hackman from Hoosiers to walk in our practice gym, toss out all the basketballs and drill our players on fundamentals, toughness and conditioning. Period.
Coach Groce, please scrap your current practice plans and "fundamental" these guys until they get it. Teach them how to play the game, and how to play together. Please!
Probably true for most B10 teams.They like to go inside more than we do.
We are a jump shooting team with no inside presence that plays no defense. In order to win games against decent teams we have to shoot our jump shots at an extremely high level, otherwise, we will lose. I think it is just coincidence that we see it happening in the second half. It could happen anytime during the game, and actually has, but the tendency has been for it to be more prevalent in the second half.
To me, if you see first half teams or players, it's mental. Good teams close out games, and bad ones look good early. Adjustments make a difference, and sometimes a big difference, but usually it's competitive will to keep hustling and executing, and out-working your opponent, who will also try to up his execution when the game is on the line. Great teams will make a late push when they're down, or close down an opponent doing the same. Soft teams will be the ones on the wrong end of it. Most teams fall somewhere in between, but as the season goes on, a pattern usually emerges of how hard they fight that tells you a lot about the team.
Unless Groce is doing something drastically different in the first half of every game I'm having trouble with coaching as the main reason for second half collapses. After all the advanced scouting in the B1G is among the best around. So the other teams are very prepared for what we do in the first half as much if not more so than the second half aren't they?
So that coaching and prep is working very well given our first half success against more talented teams I think?
I have never coached so I may very well be showing how much I don't know-I'm wrong a lot-but I'm wondering how many different adjustments are made at halftime of games. And if the team is good in the first half of the next game were those adjustments finally made but after the fact?
Yes, I see these too. I put that more on the execution than the coaching, but that's just my observation and nothing more tangible than that. I see the team being better at those things in the first half than the second, so to me it looks like a team stretched thin which really limits their options, and desperately leaning on a few players leaves them tired later in games.Actual coaching adjustments are normally pretty noticeable. They usually include changing the offense, changing the defense, switching defensive assignments or changing the lineup. More subtle adjustments might include getting the ball inside more or playing with more intensity at either end. We tend to see teams attack the basket and play with more intensity more than anything else. We have a tendency to sometimes try to do attack the basket off the dribble and/or increase intensity but we don't attack the basket off the dribble very well and sometime increasing intensity works and sometimes it does not.
Yes, I see these too. I put that more on the execution than the coaching, but that's just my observation and nothing more tangible than that. I see the team being better at those things in the first half than the second, so to me it looks like a team stretched thin which really limits their options, and desperately leaning on a few players leaves them tired later in games.
Khalid Lewis is at Ubben this morning. His quarantine is up after missing the game against Michigan due to the mumps.