(02-18-2012 02:04 PM)EA3 Wrote:
Quote:I'm really not getting involved in this, however CD, I do find your reasoning flawed. To sum up your argument, PSL players crack under pressure because of the environment they grew up in.
Not always, but more than kids of equal talent from more stable environments.
This notion is flawed simply because it fails to take into account the fact that those seniors have been put in that situation for two reasons: 1. They are the best option we have. Better than non PSL options on the bench.
I'm not doubting the talent. I'm doubting how they perform under tight circumstances, especially when you factor in their talent and level of experience. In too many cases they have come up short all too often with key turnovers, bad fouls, missed bunnies, etc.
Quote:They shouldn't be handicapped because they are good enough to be in a position to win or lose the game.
Lots of WMU players have been in those situations. I just don't remember a bunch of seniors who laid this many eggs in critical situations.
Quote:2. They did well in similar situations last year. Under your idea, they should have failed. When put in pressure situations, our seniors have flourished and failed over the last two years. How is that any different than any other group of seniors on mid major squads?
I can't speak for last year as I can't recall that many games, who took key shots, who took key free throws, who made key turnovers. But I have a pretty good recollection of this year, and time and time again this group failed miserably in critical situations, be it free throws, turnovers, fouls, or missing key (makable) shots.
Quote:Or most bcs teams? Novak and Douglas have won and lost games for Michigan in the last two years, and neither is from the PSL.
If we're truly comparing apples and apples, Novak and Douglas have 20 wins, they helped take their team to the NCAA, they lost to Duke by 7 (we lost by 40), and they'd probably run the MAC undefeated. So if put in identical situations I'm not sure Novak and Douglas would look unfavorably when compared to our three seniors.
I coached several 7th grade teams in the Catholic schools. They'd get behind, but they'd continue to plug away and and try to get back in the game. In close games they'd often rise to the occasion. Inner city teams I've coached in similar situations, the kids are crying, pointing fingers, accusing the other team of cheating.........just not handling the pressure of the moment. And it was no surprise that the kids who could handle the pressure were the same kids you saw on varsity 5 years later. They weren't always the most talented, but they kept their wits about them in tough situations.