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Also the idea that players live in fear of what coaches will tell scouts… you don’t think many professors have the same power? Students can be blackballed by professors in a way that would affect entry into a program, grad school, position within a college or even employment afterwards. They have way more power than just grading a scantron.
I’m not sure that I understand the coach having more power argument. Coaches have a direct incentive to see you succeed that professors do not. If a coach benches all his most talented players because of politics and the product on the field suffers, he’s going to suffer the consequences. If a women’s studies professor gives all male students an automatic letter cut, it doesn’t affect her career in the least.
Could we at least edit the thread title to “McCabe’s Not Gone” for anyone that may see the title but not click on it?
Yeah, I’ve been a Knapper supporter and always thought it would click at some point and he would find a role here. After watching the inability to dribble with 2 straight TOs, then the slow shuffle back up court as his guy hits a 3 from the corner… I might have fallen off the wagon.
Timeout was immediately called after this. Routt was subbed in for Gabe.
Prior to this possession, we ran straight man the entire game. After the timeout there was two more possessions where half the guys were playing man and half the guys were playing a matchup/point drop zone (I think) with Routt chasing after an open man in the exact same spot and the following possession a guy hitting a deep three in McBrides face.
ISU actually hit back to back to back 3’s on those three possessions and then we went to full court man to man from then on… no more attempts at the amoeba switches after that.
The above play is the only possible play you could be remembering where McNeil was running at an open shooter, who made a 3.
Watch Sherman not move the entire possession… watch Sherman and Gabe guard the same guy after Sherman inexplicably doesn’t follow his guy. Watch McNeil run from the other baseline to try and close out on Sherman’s guy.
I tried to be nice but I’m not watching it again…
“McNeil’s guy was shooting and making a lot of open 3’s last night”
I gave you the exact facts of each shot taken by the player he was guarding. If you decide you want to die on this hill, that’s fine but you are flat out wrong.
I say this in the nicest way possible… you are confused.
I just rewatched the game again (sadly) and
McNeil played just over 9 minutes in the first half and the guy he was guarding went 0/2 on 3P shots and actually didn’t score.
He played just under 9 minutes in the second half and the guy he was guarding went 1/3 on 3PT FGs, and on the one make he was contesting the shot.
There was only one other 3 PT shot he was in the vicinity of and Gabe didn’t even try to rotate, forcing a rotation from McNeil to leave his man on the baseline on the other side to attempt to close out on someone else’s man on the other wing.
So in reality McNeil played pretty good defense and the guy he was guarding went 1/5 on 3PT. I think you are misremembering.
Personally I’ve soured on Haley at the 3, especially when he’s paired with 2 primarily low post bigs at the 4 & 5. His offensive game is all within a 5 foot radius around the basket… and so is Oscar and Culver. Defensively I don’t think he has the foot speed to defend 3’s on the perimeter either.
I think the most effective rotation offensively would be:
McBride / McCabe
Sherman / Harler
McNeil / Matthews
Haley / Gabe
Oscar / Culver
Any chance Oscar is sick? Even on the and 1 play he looked kind of out of it.
Not the energy and reactions he usually has…
They were up 19-17 at the 10 minute mark of the first half until Sherman, McBride and McNeil came on.
It wasn’t a dream first half until about ten minutes in… it actually looked a lot like this… with the same players sucking.
Yep. Playing a 12-16 team missing their best player is quite a bit different than playing a bubble team.
One play in particular that shows the difference in spacing with the lineups… the drive from the top of the key by Culver. There’s not room to do that with that Haley, Harler, Gabe lineup.
Imagine that… you sit Harler and Haley, bring in McNeil and Sherman and there is magically space on the floor and flow to the offense.
Still no McNeil or Sherman
Horrible lineup there.
And we wonder why we have poor spacing and no flow.
I’ll add to this the lack of outside shooting from the wings. The few times that the bigs have kicked it out to a wing on a double team it’s to Haley or Matthews. Haley can’t shoot and Matthews has done a 180 from the beginning of the season.
We basically have McNeil, Sherman and McBride as the only players who could hit even an open 3. When you run a lineup of Culver, Gabe, Haley, Matthews and McCabe our there, why would a team ever have a defender outside of the paint?
The only way I see an offensive turnaround is to abandon the 2 big lineup or if you stay with it, surround them with outside shooters to space the court. McNeil and Sherman should get way more minutes than they are getting.
I think saying the reason we are horrible offensively is that we don’t have talented enough players is a horrible excuse meant to absolve the coaching staff.
Outside of Kansas and Baylor, we are as talented or more so than every other team in the B12.