Da_Process_Survivor wrote: rhodysurf wrote:
Da_Process_Survivor wrote:Here's some figures on the FT disparity to show the point.
Games away from the Northeast:
Nevada: 44 fta, RI: 18 fta (-26)
Alabama: 39 fta, RI: 11 fta (-28)
On average we took 27 less FT per game in those 2 for a total difference of -54
Games in the Northeast:
PC: 21 fta, RI: 23 fta (+2)
SH: 16 fta, RI: 17 fta (+1)
UVA: 22 fta, RI 14 fta (-8)
On average we took 1.7 less FT per game in those 3 games for a total difference of -5
Are you going to tell me we played ANY different on defense or offense in any of those 5 games? The numbers are jarring, against the same level of opponent the location of the game causes a wild swing in FT attempts. Its tough not to call it a significant factor in the outcome considering Nevada and Bama were both 1 possession games.
Its a joke that those 2 games are the most FT we've given up by 17 and 22 respectively.
Not saying its the only reason we lost those 2 games, but it damn sure if a major reason
If you watched those two games you notice that URI is significantly smaller than their opponent and struggled with the length. None of the other teams posed the type of challenge Alabama and Nevada did (size/matchup wise)
well Sunshine, i did watch the games.
You're gonna tell me Bama and Nevada are bigger than Seton Hall? Delgado is the best player we've played against. PC is also a bigger team than either of the other 2.
We also hold a speed advantage against those bigger teams, which leads to more fouls in our favor as they cant keep up and reach in.
Bama was longer than Seton Hall. I've physically been within a combined 15 feet of seeing those teams play. It's not all about height. It's about wing span. We were cut off and denied every lane to the basket our guys tried to drive. Bama did a great job keeping us at the perimeter and not allowing cross-court passes. Jeff, Jarvis, and Fatts had to reset almost every shot clot to get a clear read on movement and passing lanes. The foul calling didn't help as we had most of our roster at 3+ for the majority of the second half and that affected how aggressive we could try to contest and drive in the paint.
When you have an athletically gifted, left-handed, 6-5 guard who get get to the hole and score on your roster, and said player isn't in your lineup against long teams - that will cause you issues.
Without EC, you are depending on Jarvis 6'0 (lol), Fatts 5'10 (LOLOL), Jeff and Jared at 6'3 to handle the ball for you. That shouldn't be a difficult math equation. Couple that with the foul calling and you don't have anyone who is going to have an easy time driving and dishing from the 3 point line on in - like EC can do. I know there are people who like to debate how good EC is (not sure why) but the one UNDENIABLE thing EC is better at than just about anyone in the country - is driving into the lane and scoring. What he could've brought to the court last night wins us the game running away.
Bama threw out guards at 6'5, 6'5, 6'7 and 6'3 Collin Sexton - who when he was hurt was replaced by 6'7 Herbert Jones. That's an awful matchup for us without our tallest and best driving guard.
I refuse to take away negatives from this game. We just survived a stretch without our prohibitive A10 POY candidate - went 4-2 with wins over a top 20 team, our archrival, and losses on neutral and road courts to a top 15 team and a top 25 team.
I don't even want to get into how the Nevada and Bama games were officiated, but I refuse to buy into the notion that anyone can rationalize any basketball game having free throw disparities of 11-39 and 18-44 as being called fair. The fact that both of those were close, winnable games that we just missed shots in, makes me not worried about neutral court games in March. Dan's teams always get better. Not worried at all.
We shot like ASSHOLE, and still had a chance to win. I'd rather we play like shit against a great team in the OOC and lose a game that won't hurt us, rather than drop a stinker to a Fordham, Duquesne, or crap opponent.
Can't wait to get EC back and let everyone get reminded of what we've been missing the last month. Ya jackalopes.