[quote="kidcoyote, post:1, topic:461"]IMO, this is really the question for the whole season. I expect to see some changes in the starting lineup, and I think it will be due to rebounding. It's kind of counterintuitive for players, but when opponents are tougher rebounding, PSU needs to be tougher, but not sure that's been the case. When guys have trouble scoring inside, they tend to drift away from the basket, thinking it will be easier for them to score, which it might very well be, but it crowds up the arc, and makes it way too easy for the defense, not afraid of getting beat inside. And if you're not playing tough inside on the offensive end, maybe you don't play as tough on the defensive end. Cornley drifted outside on offense vs. teams like OSU, when Mullens came in. It's almost understandable for him at his height, but for taller guys, they need to fight this tendency and battle it out inside, both ends of the court. More offensive rebounds will come if we're trying to score in the paint. We'll get buried in the Big 10 if they don't. Games will look just like the Temple game, except some of the Big 10 teams have better offenses.
A few of us have been warning on this. Rebounds matter big time. Ed seems to agree. Be interesting to see what he does. Despite only playing 17 minutes per game, Edwards is averaging 5.4 rebounds, tied for 19th in the Big 10 with 7’0" Mike Tisdale. If he keeps that up, he’ll start in the front line by conference time. Call him a wing if you want, but his value is inside play, and to me, that ain’t no wing. Cornley hit 13 treys last year. Bill is 2-10 from the arc. Inside the arc, he’s 10-23. 15-20 treys from Bill would be fine.
What did you think of our lineup at the end of the UMBC game when we had Woodyard at the point and Edwards at shooting guard? Must have killed you to see that. Such a waste of Edwards’ talents.
Wasn’t paying that close attention. But I already posted that Woodyard has a great handle from what I saw, and suggested he could be a 2, but you’re right, maybe a 1. BTW, I thought Edwards was not that sharp in that game. He had 3 TO’s(led in that), shot 1-8, 0-2 from the arc, but he was still second in rebounds with 7. Posters often say we lost because, “we shot poorly”, and that may be true. But that’s the result, not necessarily the cause of the loss. And what’s the solution to that? Shoot better? What I and some others are suggesting, is that we need to set up and try to score in the paint. We need to spread the offense and have fewer guys at the arc. We need to have the big guys get more rebounds, both ends. Playing inside on offense will help here, as they’ll be in better position. On D, box out better. We need to play differently. Those are more solutions to problems than results. IMO, the two biggest issues are overall rebounding and scoring in the paint. Address those, if you can, and things will fall into place. Don’t and the team will do poorly in Big 10 play. Playing inside will also get us to the foul line more, into the penalty situation sooner, opponents in foul trouble, all sorts of good stuff. Less wing play, more bruiser play.
Sorry Cappy, missed it. I did read it, but in the scrolling news banner at the top. But I could ask the same to you. Why open a thread on the the story if it’s already in the news banner, especially since you don’t comment on it? Aren’t you guilty of the same thing of which you’re accusing me? The story was already posted. I opened a thread, cause I wanted to say something on it. Yes, I should have seen your thread. Next time I open, I’ll go through the 1st page and check for threads, esp yours.
One other thing Cappy. Because you don’t comment on many of your open threads, but just link, nobody else comments on them, so your posts with links drift down the page quickly, supplanted by more recent. The way I normally post is to read the most recent or active threads. I don’t normally read the top 10 threads in terms of which are most recent, but usually the top 3 or 4. So, what I’m saying is for you to say something, darn it. Yes, it may affect your karma if you take a position pro or con, but that’s what makes the board fun. Many posters get tons of replies because they’re so opinionated. Often wrong, karma damaging, but so what? We want to know what you think, Cappy, not what you read. We each have our mouse in hand, waiting to express disapprobation for a wayward post.