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Well it's pretty simply, to win you have to score more than the opponent. How does this team do that? Great question? It seems that this team can score better than I thought that they could. That's good. The down side is that this team can't stop anybody. That's bad. If that's the case, it would seem logical to put work into stopping teams.

My feeling is that this team is still following the past year's team pattern of not defending in the half court with Keatts, but not selling out the whole floor. Keatts would like TO's, but had the guns to just get more possessions and still win, but it was never total "mayhem". He just wanted the pace faster. This team is still pretty good offensively, but needs to have more focus in the half court on defense to win against quality like tonight. If that means going zone and "selectively" running, well that's something different and may help. If you're playing man, help the guy that's getting beat off the dribble by seeing ball and man, then do that. Help the helper after that.

The talent is there to compete, but it's up to the players and coaches at this point. These guys need to come out mad after this performance and show something defensively. Guys that are hungry to compete on the defensive end should play. That's the bottom line.
11-25-2017 12:33 AM
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We don't have a roster of defenders, we have a roster of scorers. That's how Keatts put the roster together and why he played full court pressure. It's that simple. Playing the press turned mediocre defenders into a turnover machine which allowed us have more possessions, score easy buckets off turnovers and steals, and shorten the shot clock for our opponent. Playing an uptempo offense with small guards and no real big men to defend is a recipe for disaster without a press. Right now we have last years uptempo offense without least years pressing defense and we're getting slaughtered because of it. We couldn't defend a weak DivII team.

McGrath is either going to have to implement the press ala Keatts, or he's going to have to slow tempo and keep the games lower scoring. If not, we are going to have Benny Moss II and his tenure here is going to be short lived. Sorry, but we're not going to "coach" a bunch of undersized guards recruited to score to suddenly be great defenders.

This is exactly why I wanted Siddle to remain as our coach so badly. We'd have never lost all our recruits, we'd have the same style of play as Keatts, and no way we'd be getting blown out like this. I want to get on board, but i'm still furious we completely abandoned a style that led us to three first place finishes and two NCAA bids following a decade of crappy basketball.
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11-25-2017 06:22 AM
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A UNC guy like McGrath isn't going to change what he has been taught the past 10+ years. We are going to play his way, and this season may be part of the transition pains from Keatts Havoc style to McGrath's UNC style.

It's going to come down to whether or not McGrath can recruit the guys needed to play his style. So we will see
11-25-2017 07:50 AM
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I don't buy the "these kids are just scorers, not defenders". Defending is a state of mind. These kids are great athletes, are big enough, fast enough and strong enough to defend, the coaches have to get them to buy into it. I'd like to see a bit of progress in the D, but it appears to be getting worse.
https://www.teamrankings.com/ncaa-basket...efficiency

LAST, 351st in ALL OF D1, that is just outright pathetic!
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11-25-2017 08:14 AM
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You don't have to "buy it". We have small guards as a group. They are not going to prevent bigger guards from going by them or shooting over them without fouling. We were able to hide our lack of guard size using the press while Keatts was here. He knew they were small, but he also knew they could put the ball in the hoop. The press was the equalizer and allowed us to go on runs and create separation. Had Keatts played the style of ball we are playing right now, and rarely pressed, we'd have never won CAA championships.

He may recruit different players who can be successful in "his style" of play, but we don't have those players yet. We'll need 6'4" and 6'5" point guards and shooting guards. Ours are 6'0". He'll need 6'7" - 6'8" players to play the 4 who can hit from 3, ours are 6'7" and can't hit from past 5 feet or 6'6" and smaller. And he'll need 6'10" centers who can defend the rim.

Unless we are willing to write this year off(i'm not), we have to change our style of play.
11-25-2017 09:12 AM
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Agree on all 82. You're both right in terms of the problems on defense, but I agree with 82 that you can't coach size. Keatts assembled a roster built for running non stop and able to press on defense. If we don't use that press, we're going to be out-sized and out-muscled in nearly every game we play. Keep in mind, McGrath hasn't experienced CAA referees either. That's really gonna shock that Kansas/UNC mindset of his.

I don't think any of us want to write the year off, so hopefully there's some adaptation. What I don't understand is coaches (regardless of who they are) always strictly implementing their "style" on teams that aren't built that way. Surely McGrath probably has more basketball knowledge in his left foot than all of us combined, so I'm not sure why that's never an option for coaches. Try a mix of their own system without completely abandoning what the current team is built (size) for? Seems a no brainer to me. I don't get paid to coach the 'ol roundball though.
11-25-2017 10:43 AM
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Defense is a state of mind, CB said similar statements in his post game last night. No, Talley will not match up perfectly against a 6-4 guard, but he can sure keep him in front of him by moving his feet. I am all for a light press for the majority of the game; if we decrease the opponent’s time in the front court then we decrease their time to run their offensive set.
11-25-2017 10:57 AM
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I agree ML. It is a state of mind in UNCW's case. They haven't defended half court in a long time, even with Keatts, but got away with it with the press like '82 was saying. We all just want to see improvement right now. If they can get some stops, they actually rebound pretty well as a team. I also agree with some token pressure. We will see if they have a better outing tonight.
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11-25-2017 11:16 AM
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(11-25-2017 11:16 AM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  I agree ML. It is a state of mind in UNCW's case. They haven't defended half court in a long time, even with Keatts, but got away with it with the press like '82 was saying. We all just want to see improvement right now. If they can get some stops, they actually rebound pretty well as a team.

My issue with Keatts’ was that he didn’t teach how to defend without fouling, if at all. We had common results where our foul count would be upper 20s to 30s, and too many of them would be on guards that occurred 30 feet from the basket. I thought we were seeing improvement this year, especially with Tae, but now he’s gotten in trouble the last two games and if we’re giving up 90+ a night maybe we aren’t fouling enough.
11-25-2017 11:22 AM
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So because McGrath is coaching Keatts' guys, he can't succeed here? This is why fans don't make the decisions. A coaching hire is made with the next 5+ years in mind. Give the guy a chance to recruit "his" players while simultaneously installing his system before calling the hire a failure. Sheesh.
11-27-2017 02:35 PM
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