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This Guy Is A Good Get...
…and fills a need!
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Because That's How We Land Top Players These Days.......
ASSISTANTS (even those who have not yet been announced…..is THAT legal?). It’s not rational so………..whatever. Patrick needs high level talent to be able to get some wins. I think Ward is coming. For no reason other than that we hired (maybe) Brooks.
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I did some reading on the "motion offense" and it explains why we do not see a lot of crisp ball movement (and player movement without the ball) designed to create an open shot. Players stay spaced out and the ball handler reacts to the defense. Depending on how the player with the ball reacts (shoot, drive, pass), the other players have a series of consequential moves they can make (screens, PNR, cuts, etc.) to create opportunities – either mismatches or open shots by moving to open areas on the court. The offense seems to rely on not only good decision making by the ball handler, but the rest of the team coming together to make good unified and coordinated decisions to move the play forward. And each player, once they receive the ball, needs to decide whether to shoot, drive or pass. Nothing is entirely pre-determined.
This seems a tough ask for a team with a relatively low basketball IQ – and maybe tough to coach unless you have players who are innately good decision makers. I don’t see how the Mohammed and Holloway ISO plays figure into this offense. But then, again, we are not necessarily seeing a "motion offense" but an team that is failing to execute a "motion offense". Motion offenses, historically, seem to be associated with really good x’s and o’s coaches like Bobby Knight, Hank Iba and Pete Newell. Maybe it’s just not a good fit for the current Georgetown team and coach.
Just making the point that, in addition to having a whole lot of schools other than the University of the Pacific to choose from to play basketball, UOP is uniquely situated in a relatively unattractive place. As you put it "Just don’t go". The one interesting destination in Stockton is the Haggin Art Museum, which boasts a surprisingly good collection of 19th Century European and American Art. Worth a trip but park carefully.
This Is Interesting As.....
….at least in Major League Baseball, the home field advantage is far lower than in other sports – with the home team winning only about 54% of games played. The only outlier is the Colorado Rockies………probably a function of building a team to hit lots of fly balls in thin air! I don’t doubt that the home field advantage may well be higher in college baseball (and college sports in general). Certainly college teams that host Super Regionals in the post season baseball tournament tend to have a much better chance of advancing – but they are the top seeds. Anyway, this home and away split for ND looks pretty stark.
Wow.....SBNation Is Just Trying To Get Better.....
Heck, out here on the West Coast our SBNation blogs died about a year ago as state laws were passed in CA requiring people contributing to SBNation blogs (and a whole lot of other things) to be treated as employees rather than contractors. At least Casual Hoya can continue to exist as a leading lunch blog as it is currently configured. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to lose a site and the community that was part of it.
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Ultimately.........QBs Win Out On The Field............But Not During The Artifice Known As The Spring Game
Such a littany of QBs being "good" or "bad" in practice, when ultimately their on field performance completely changes the narrative. There are a lot of intangibles at the position.
I think we will see Buchner, Pyne and Angeli during the season…………though Angeli only in blowouts or really tough injury circumstances. I am sold on Buchner’s talent and I think he will be "crowned" QB1 in the Fall. But his injury history (given the way he plays) and lack of experience is bound to open up some opportunities for Pyne.
And really hard to have to open up against TOSU in your first QB start for any quarterback.Plus who knows whether the O-Line will still be a work in progress or ready to go.
Maybe Not Showing Up Until Fall
…but it looks like he may get some reps.
To be fair, kicking is a mechanical process involving three players – the snapper, the holder and the kicker. If one of those is out of synch, problems can arise. Not sure why the kicking was so bad………..but it is fixable.
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What A Strange Choice.....
…..really low tier WCC team….based in Stockton, CA. The team was 3 – 11 in conference last year, 8 – 22 overall.
Beard was a strong 3 star (ranked between 125 and 150) with at least 10 scholarship offers out of high school – most from big name programs in the Big East, Big 10, SEC and ACC.
I think Beard has a lot of upside. This one just seems strange. Certainly not the first recruit during the Ewing era that has ended up transfering way down to a low mid major. Not sure what that says. Some were reaches (Berger/Carter/etc.) but both Beard and Sibley had the stars/rep out of high school to be performers. Some reaches have turned out well (Harris/Holloway).
Yes……………..good luck Tyler Beard! You deserved better at Georgetown.
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Can You Explain To Me Ewing's System.....
….rigid or otherwise on offense or defense. I really see almost nothing in terms of any schemes. We get a high ball screen on offense sometimes which or may not be followed up on. Occasionally try a pick and roll. We get some ISO on offense. Very little ball movement or man movement without the ball. On defense, we just seem to play off three point shooters, overhelp and have trouble deciding rather to switch or stay on a man.
I’m not being sarcastic. What, in fact, is Ewing trying to actually do on offense and defense – leaving aside whether the players can execute it?
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I Kind Of Shudder When I Here That...
Do these kids know nothing about the school beyond that it was a famous basketball school and is now coached by an NBA Hall of Famer???? That may be reality but it is a problem to me. I’d like to think the kids are switched on enough to get the name right for a school that they intend to enroll in for up to four years.
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Thanks For Your Perspective
It is thoughtful and a fair take on the situation. I think that Bile was an obvious choice, and that it took too long. But whatever.
Your comment about floors and ceilings is very apt. I think a lot of our issues this past year have been putting the decisions in the hands of players who are not ready to make them effectively. I think "dumbing down" would have helped this team, but whether it was a right or wrong strategy – who knows.
Let’s agree that we can get behind Coach Ewing with (hopefully) a bunch of new talent and see what materializes. And we can re-evaluate at that point.
Hats off to you WBP……
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Obviously I Do Not Have First Hand Knowledge
My opinions are based on observations like:
1. Ewing seems to stick with the same stuff despite the fact that it is not working (defense, for example). For years. He seems stubborn and unwilling to change – just believing that it is all about a lack of execution by the players. The problems are pretty obvious. So either people around him are clueless as to solutions or he is not listening to them.
2. He regularly calls out players for their failures in games – contributing to defeat. I don’t even recall one time when he said "this one’s on me"……..or that he shares/accepts responsbility for the team’s performance. Just that JT is going to roll over in his grave because of the players’ performances.
3. He often doesn’t even seem to acknowledge that there is problem. Just need to work harder. And declares that he is not going anywhere. Doesn’t seem very self-aware. And intransigent.
I don’t doubt that Patrick says some nice things about his assistants from time to time. I also don’t think they were hired to challenge him at all. But now we have a new crew so maybe it will be different. And they have some leverage as THEIR recruits are offering Ewing a lifeline. But the reality is that assistants can only do so much – unless they are specifically empowered to help coach the team. I think they will be mostly empowered to recruit.
Of course, I could be totally wrong. I accept that. I can only go by what I see happening (or not happening) on the floor. And, in fairness, Ewing has been increasingly backed into a corner. That is a hard position from which to admit failings and seek advice.
Anyway, my point was really that Ewing is doing what he can (that is what he is able to do given who he is). Bring in talent and hope that it will win Georgetown (and Coach Ewing) some games. I have no reason to expect more effective offensive or defensive schemes – though talented experienced players should elevate the team’s performance through their own decisions and actions.
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…..is actually news. Ex Xavier with a potential DMV Xavier de-commit in hand.
So yeah……….the admin/program will get the announcement out some day. What is the possible logic in managing things like this?
It seems clear that Patrick is going all in on finding talent to address the team’s issues rather than hiring someone to help develop offensive and defensive schemes. That does not surprise me. I do not think he is a good listener nor very self aware. Talent (and experience) can mask a lot of coaching sins. And it is all that he can do.
If Clinton Crouch is (among other things) an x’s and o’s guy, he certainly could have contributed that in his former position – if Ewing would have listened to him.
Just getting guys who can play every position will help upgrade this team (i.e. roster construction). We need a power forward desparately. Everything after that is icing on the cake. Whether Coach Ewing can deliver a result in the top half of the Big East remains to be seen…..and is very much related to prospective talent inflow. Hard (even statistically) to have another year as bad as last year.
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Presumably The Villanova Position Would Have Garnered Very Strong Interest From Many Top Candidates
This is a very telling hire. CULTURE. A WAY OF WINNING. CONTINUITY ON THE TEAM.
And executed perfectly. Wright steps down. Kyle Neptune steps in. Well run admin.
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