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December 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm #105644
On the Technical by Tate under 4 min, WVU up by 4, Huggs puts McBride at the FT line to shoot the T’s. McBride …… 66% FT shooter goes to the line to shoot the FT’s. WTF was Huggs thinking? On the floor at the time was Oscar, Derek, Emmitt, Jermaine and Miles. Derek is an 82% FT shooter. Even Oscar shoots it at 69%. Don’t the coaches look at the numbers? Why put your 3rd best FT shooter …… 16% worse than the best shooter on the floor at that time …… at the FT line when the game is on the line? And in due form, Miles misses the front end and drains the 2nd.
THAT is my head scratcher of the game.December 2, 2019 at 12:20 am #105649
Tell me about it, that’s the same think I said to the wife watching…”WTF was Huggs thinking?”December 2, 2019 at 7:44 am #105650
Hi fellows(like minds)I thought the same thing, about Huggs FT choice. Strange eh !!!December 2, 2019 at 8:23 am #105660
Add me to the unwashed masses. That choice had me going WTF.December 2, 2019 at 8:35 am #105662
Technical fouls can be a little different with nobody standing there with you at the line. Maybe Huggins thought McBride would thrive in that spot. How many other players on the floor have experience shooting technical fouls?
Culver is draining his free throws this year, the others on the floor at the time have been inconsistent. Maybe Huggins wanted to see the point guard in that position show us what he’s got in the clutch?December 2, 2019 at 9:22 am #105673
With such a small sample size, percentages for this early in the season can be misleading.
There’s no way I think Oscar is a better FT shooter than McBride, even though Oscar has shot a slightly better percentage this year.
For instance McBride has missed the front end of a 1-1 a couple different times this year. Oscar frequently misses the first FT and makes his second on 2 shot fouls.
If both guys shot a hundred FTs today, who would you bet on? I’m certainly going with McBride.December 2, 2019 at 10:18 am #105674
66% vs 82% isn’t slightly better. And Derek has the most attempts … 39, almost twice as many as Miles 21.December 2, 2019 at 12:50 pm #105682
Clearly my response was comparing Oscar and McBride. In your original post you said:
“Even Oscar shoots it at 69%. Don’t the coaches look at the numbers? Why put your 3rd best FT shooter“
My point about sample size is shown by how few McBride has taken. Culver has shown a marked improvement at the beginning of the season, as opposed to last year where he was a mid 50% shooter.
Even though he’s shown improvement, I doubt we are going to start inbounding to him in FT situations in crunch time.December 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm #105683
$10 says McBride finishes the season with a higher FT % than both Oscar and Culver.December 2, 2019 at 1:22 pm #105698
I thought the same thing when McBride stepped to the line … btw McCabe is money in the bank at end of game …. he comes in cold and knocks them downDecember 2, 2019 at 3:08 pm #105704
And McCabe did it again at the end of this game, just like he did at the end of the Wichita State game.
I understand looking at the percentages. And yes, the coaches obviously do it, and may at the way the game is playing out too. In that regard, Derek played 31 minutes, far more than Miles’ 24 and with much more physical contact. I have to admit I didn’t think this was a strange move. I’m going to pick McBride, McNeil or McCabe every time over DC.December 2, 2019 at 3:37 pm #105705
I trust Huggins. McBride can pop in 3’s as well as anyone. Why wouldn’t he make the free throws in a clutch situation?December 2, 2019 at 5:34 pm #105715
Seems like he’s being prepped for future big games?December 2, 2019 at 9:34 pm #105718
Agreed, Mr. Moss.
Also, I’m not saying the opinions of others are wrong here. You can definitely make the case for putting Culver on the line, especially while he is hot.December 2, 2019 at 9:43 pm #105720
I’d be hard pressed to call on DC for a tech FT. While he is shooting well now history tells us 82% isn’t the entire story.
Beyond that consider the psyche of both. One seems more fragile than the other from my view. The fragile one was having a career game after being benched to start as punishment. Why risk that progress, positive motion?
Build the new kid that certainly looks to be a potential go to player as the season progresses.
If nothing else Huggs plays the psychology of the game as much and potentially as well as any in the game. End of story.December 3, 2019 at 9:01 am #105742
Mex has a point. Huggins’ brash, old school persona leads one to forget the prodigious mental power in that head of his. After all, you don’t end up with those nice Latin phrases after both your undergrad and grad degrees by being challenged mentally.December 3, 2019 at 11:05 am #105743
Maybe Huggins sees McBride as one of his best players when the pressure is on.December 3, 2019 at 12:44 pm #105746
What did he shoot in high school?December 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm #105751
He was 58/76 his senior year, 76.3%.December 3, 2019 at 4:04 pm #105761
All of this discussion is well and good. It’s just struck me that with Derek shooting the lights out he’d be given the extra perk. It’s not that he’s just making it at 82%, his stroke at the line is smooth. Man….. what a change from last year. And yes, if McCabe were in the game i’d put it in his hands too. Prepping McBride for the future? Possibly. But we need to win games today too.
That being said …… when Shane hands me a $3.5M contract my opinion will be much more valid. Until then……
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