The studio announcer on the BTN said after the game that Talor Battle doesn’t trust his teammates, and he should. If someone was inside with their back to the basket, they’d get the ball. But with Brooks or Jones at the arc, is passing the ball to them going to accomplish anything, other than giving him the ball back with 3 seconds on the clock? So, he drives or shoots a 3, probably the best options.
IMO, to win, someone needs to be play to receive the ball near the paint, back to basket. PSU does not do this, almost ever. Below is Pete Newell’s offense, basically a triangle offense, its signature move being the weakside cut off the post screen. But it requires someone playing with their back to the basket, and interestingly, on the signature move, the cut, that post person doesn’t even touch the ball. Would that be too hard to do for PSU bigs?
I’m not saying this has to be the offense, but the principal of spacing is key, and IMO, this along with what I see as terrible, half hearted screening, is the major problem. Just the description of this offense makes me think it would work, but it does require precise execution, including good screens. It’s so simple to run. One page explains it all.
If we don’t get our bigs involved, as bigs, the season is over, and may be already, but IMO, you have to dance with who you brung, ao you gotta try something. You just have to use them where they can help, and at the arc isn’t it. Fuller was zero help at the arc today for Iowa.