[quote=“mjg, post:28, topic:1401”]We also had a double digit lead on Michigan with about 12 minutes to go and completely fell apart and lost by 9. I think that game cost us a lot of confidence for a while.
Kid, extra possessions could be the result of not passing up an open shot, getting rebounds (both ends), not turning the ball over, causing turnovers, etc. I think that could result in a more uptempo style. We’ll see. We’ve been hearing this for about 8 years now.[/quote]
Okay, agreed, but kind of fuzzy way by Ed stating what they need to do better. More uptempo play would lead to more offensive possessions, but I don’t see that as the offensive problem. When they break, yes, shots are done quicker, but to break more, you need better rebounding and better defense. So do you play quicker team to accomplish that or better rebounding/defensive team? You’ll need more breaks(defensive rebounds), not faster ones, no? Also, Talor was often the quickest guy on the floor last year, and he was leading defensive rebounder. Not a good way to start the break with your quickest guy getting rebounds. IMO, the lack of possessions may be due more to awful use of clock in the halfcourt(I think Lar had stats on this). Very often, PSU is shooting with 2 seconds left. So, better D and rebounding leads to more possessions per game, and better halfcourt play leads to quicker halfcourt game shots. Neither requires more uptempo play. I love uptempo play as much as anybody, and the team has some quick guys, but non-development of halfcourt play was a killer. I do believe some of the new guards will help with that. Talor double teams may be over. Rebounding stats should also be interesting.