[quote=“TomF, post:15, topic:483”]Because of the weather, I didn’t get back to Jersey from the game until late yesterday, and I just had a chance to read the board.
I think you guys are over-reacting big-time to the criticisms of Talor’s free throw shooting. Talor played a GREAT game Saturday. But he was 3 for 10 from the line, and that is bad. Reading the IGT, it looked to me like a few people have decided that our bigs are our problem and they’re blaming everything on them (including the poor shooting of our guards ??? ).
This is a message board, where we like to discuss the good & bad about our team. But just because Talor is the star and carries our team - it has become blasphemy to point out the few things he does poorly? I think he’d be the 1st one to admit that his free throw shooting was poor, and I’m guessing that he (wrongly) blames himself for the loss.
Personally, I welcome seeing different viewpoints about the team even when I don’t agree with all of them. Quite often, the rest of you guys point out stuff that I’ve missed and that’s what makes it fun to read. I hope we never get to the point where we aren’t allowed to honestly critique the team (though from the sounds of things maybe we’ve already gotten there).[/quote]
You mention you didn’t see the game.
When I watch a game, I try to figure out what needs to be done to improve the situation. What we can control. So, if the opponent is fast breaking, do something about it, like pressuring the rebounder so he can’t turn for the outlet pass. If they’re crashing the offensive boards, do something to stop it, like fast breaking, so they play more defensively. Vs. VT, many times, 3 or 4 at least, the shot clock went off for PSU, erroneously every time I think, but still, it was often deep into the shot clock before a shot would go off. This mostly occurred after whipping the ball around the perimeter, left, right, left, right, ad nauseum. Guys, often Talor, would get it back with 2 to 4 seconds left, leading to a crumby shot. So yes, the team shot badly, but in viewing, I didn’t see that as the issue. I saw going “east-west” rather than “north-south” as the issue. If the only solution to that just becomes Talor driving, I have a problem with that, and IMO, you’re going to lose a lot of ballgames leaving it to one guy, the shortest guy on the team, to score in the paint. That could’ve been changed DURING THE GAME, by establishing some kind of post presence, as Andrew a couple times early. The bad FT shooting is something you work on in practice. Nothing can be done about it during the game. Sure they pissed me off, but I’m looking for adjustments to change the flow of the game, and when they’re not made, I see that as a primary cause for the loss, or any loss. Unfortunately, this is happening against the tougher teams.
Talor can create his own shot in multiple ways. The other guys can’t all do that. I see inside play as being the best solution to improving shooting for many guys on the team. We’re seeing “chuck and duck”, way too often. Kalin Lucas has 45 FTA’s out of a team 222(20%); Battle has 65/190(34%). If Battle’s 65 FTA’s represented 20% of PSU’s, the team would have shot 325 FTA’s. If he only had 45 FTA’s like Lucas, but that was 34% of the team’s, PSU would have shot 132, 90 less than MSU, both teams playing 10 games. After Lucas, MSU’s FTA shooters, 2,3,4 and 6 are all bigs, all with more than 23 FTA’s. Only DJ of our bigs has more than 20(31), and Frazier’s next with 28. Revealing, don’t you think? This is an every game issue. How do you fix it? Establish a post presence. Leads to easier shots, more FTA’s by more players, and opens the arc for shooters like Chris Babb.