Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dead Last in the SEC

1 and 4 in the SEC.  7 and 11 on the year.  Not what I was expecting in year 4 of the Fox regime.

I could understand if we were at least competitive.  But we're getting blown out.  Our 4 SEC losses have been by an average margin of 20 points!  And we haven't played Kentucky yet.

I don't like excuses.  Every team has freshmen.  In general, a 12-man roster will likely have 3 each of seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen.  The issue is whether the coach has recruited and/or developed 12 guys who can play in the SEC. 

I also don't like blame-shifting.  You're the head coach.  Accept some responsibility.  Think about it.  If Fox takes credit for "turning it around" when playing with Felton's recruits, then when the team tanks after playing with his recruits, doesn't he have the blame for running the program into the ground?

We really, really need to win today. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stopped Watching (Again)

We have 4 points in the second half, they have 21 and they're looking to totally blow us out.

We can't launch it from three all the time and expect to win.  The first half was fool's gold and I knew it.  The defensive clamp-down was coming.  Once the second half began and they did a better job at double-teaming KCP, we couldn't score. 

The most maddening thing is that here we are struggling offensively, and Kenny Gaines hits a pull-up three.  Instead of feeding the guy and seeing if he has the hot hand, Fox immediately pulls him. 

Meanwhile, Vincent Williams and Sherrard Brantley get a lot more minutes and they can't drive the ball to the basket and aren't hitting from outside either. 

Doesn't Fox get it?  We can't score if we can't handle the ball and get shot attempts. 

Against the press we need ball-handlers.  They go with a three-guard line-up continually.  Therefore match up with them. 

As bad as we're playing, the stats show that we are shooting the same percentage that they are.  We have the same number of free throws, at least right now.  We're even staying pretty close in rebounding. 

The difference is that we have 3x as many turnovers.  Play Brandon Morris and Kenny Gaines along with KCP and Charles Mann and we'd break their press.  Keep Donte Williams against Patric Young and match Morris against Murphy.   

Tired of losing by twenty points.