[quote=“BleedPSU, post:1, topic:708”]Just got back from the BJC. Here’s some notes for you guys:
-Talor Battle is the best player to ever come to Penn State. The kid leaves it all on the floor, and it’s a damn shame this is happening to him…he doesn’t deserve it.
-Everyone in the arena could tell that Andrew Jones is not a B10 caliber big man. As to whether he can be down the road, who knows. Right now however, he is not the answer at the 5. No scoring, silly fouls, getting pushed around under the basket.
-Chants of “Ott” coming from the student section while he was sitting on the bench. The numbers do not lie, Andrew Ott deserves the playing time.
-Speaking of the students…they came out in numbers again. No doubt the students are frustrated, but they’re showing up.
-Frazier is still making mistakes, but he looks like he is progressing. Consequently, Edwards is regressing. As is Brooks, Jones, Jackson. That foul on Jackson with 2:30 to go is inexcusable.
-Another close game, another loss. I thought we were supposed to be learning how to win these games?
-Say what you will, but it really looks like ED is losing this team. We did not lead the game once tonight. Not one single second.[/quote]
Ott played well. The team in general is playing very poorly. Not just Jones. Jones did not start nor get major minutes last night. It’s not all “his fault.” Jones is trying hard. Jones shot selection is fine! I think Ed has “lost” this team because he “puts up with” the terrible shot selection!
Here is a quote from Ed after the game:
I mean we just made some tough decisions, guys just get excited. We are 40-40 and launch a long three, that’s just not what we are looking for. In the heat of the moment guys pull it. You can tell them in the heat of the moment you can’t shoot it. You can’t get to them to tell them it’s not a good shot.
Ed knows the shot selection is terrible but he “puts up” with it! Stephan Bardo made a comment after one PSU player shot a long 3. He said something like “If he made that it would be subtraction by addition.” I don’t think Bardo realized that the shot he was talking about was one of this player’s “better” shot decisions over the course of the season.
A coach CAN teach slot selection!! A coach can enforce proper shot selection!! Bobby Knight would be playing walk-ons with this team. I’m serious. A few of our kids need to learn that if they shoot a crazy 30 footer they are going to sit and sit and sit and sit and sit and sit! Until they get the message! If you make a crazy turnover…you got it… MORE SITTING. At the end of the bench!
By the way our perimeter defense is poor also. In general, our perimeter players are playing “no better” than our big guys. Worst in many cases.