[quote="Hofeman612, post:3, topic:731"]He has some decent back to the basket moves and rebounds well. I think as his conditioning continues to improve with his increased playing time I think he can average 8-9 pts a game and maybe 5-6 boards.[/quote]
Not denying Ott is playing well, but why would his conditioning improve? He’s been at the school since Fall '08. That’s 18 months ago. He’s got less time left than he’s already had. WYSIWYG, IMO.
I think you can run all you want in practice and outside of games, there isn’t anything that compares to getting your lungs used to 30 minutes of PT. He was getting less than 15 minutes per game mostly up until about 5 games ago. I’d say the more major minutes he gets, the more his body will adjust. You don’t think playing 25-30 minutes of a game isn’t an adjustment for him?
Why doesn’t Ed just have them play 5 on 5 for 40 minutes in pre-season practice? If you’re asking if one gets into better shape during game play, I’d say definitely, no. I think Martina Navratilova(sp) said it best when asked the difference between her and the other girls on the tennis tour, when she answered, “most players play themselves in shape during the tournament. I get myself into shape before the tournament.”
Guess who was winning all the tournaments?
If PSU is doing as you suggest, it’s no wonder we’re losing down the stretch, as other teams are in shape prior to the game, not getting in shape during one. That’d do it. So, it’s not “another choke down the stretch”. It’s an “another exhaustion down the stretch.” Hmmmm…maybe that’s it. But I think it has to do with a short bench, which has a similar effect.
Talor doesn’t play himself into shape during games, or practice, but during the summer, when committed athletes should. Some other guys, too, like Babb, Frazier. Not many players in the country can do what Battle’s been doing minutewise in big games like yesterday, covered like he was by Hughes, then Taylor, and some of those late lane shots.