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24 hours til opening tip! 02-13-banana

go flashes!!!04-rock04-rock

keys to the game?
one is obvious: lock-down Loren Cristian Jackson - who draws the assignment? jacobs i would assume
02-04-2021 06:23 PM
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We should throw multiple defenders at him. Zippys are a one man show. wear him and make him play D also
02-05-2021 10:10 AM
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I would throw two at him. Never go under the screen. AND run him off 5 picks a trip down the floor
02-05-2021 12:55 PM
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1-hout til tip 02-13-banana

i'm anxious to test out my theory of jordan & o'neil picking-up the slack for nuga.
02-05-2021 05:54 PM
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I just hope somehow we can find out tonight how far apart the two schools are.
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Looks like no Hamilton tonight either. Don't have a good feeling about this one.
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8 points through 12 minutes. This offense is a complete mess.
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(02-05-2021 07:26 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  8 points through 12 minutes. This offense is a complete mess.

No Nuga ... No Hamilton ??? .. No rhythm to the offense. This was a really good team a week ago ...
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Nothing like embarrassing ourselves on national TV in a 7 o'clock slot on a Friday night. This is unwatchable.
02-05-2021 07:42 PM
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One team was ready to play and one was not. Kent looks so intimidated by Akron. As they said on the TV, Sendy got worked......
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Dear Rob Senderoff. It's halftime and Bainbridge has more minutes then O'Neal. I would like this to be explained.
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(02-05-2021 07:42 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  Nothing like embarrassing ourselves on national TV in a 7 o'clock slot on a Friday night. This is unwatchable.

What this shows - especially at this level - is how each piece is inter-connected with the others for success, at both ends of the court. Nuga and Hamilton clearly made life a lot easier for Pippen. Without them, even he is struggling.

Just a really tough break ...
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(02-05-2021 07:42 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  Nothing like embarrassing ourselves on national TV in a 7 o'clock slot on a Friday night. This is unwatchable.

What this shows - especially at this level - is how each piece is inter-connected with the others for success, at both ends of the court. Nuga and Hamilton clearly made life a lot easier for Pippen. Without them, even he is struggling.

Just a really tough break ...
02-05-2021 07:56 PM
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What happened to Hamilton?
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Akron beat our JV team.
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just finished watching to the post game press conference. hamilton was out due to back issue. hoping to have him back for the game on tues. coach was understandably disappointed / angry / embarrassed by the way the team played in the 1st half.

for me, the silver lining was the ferocious come back in the 2nd half. no nuga & no hamilton.. to be down by only 5 late.

akron played excellent D tonight (esp. in 1st half.)

we have 3 weeks to reinvent / regroup before the MAC Tournament.
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(02-05-2021 11:09 PM)GoKsuFlashes! Wrote:  just finished watching to the post game press conference. hamilton was out due to back issue. hoping to have him back for the game on tues. coach was understandably disappointed / angry / embarrassed by the way the team played in the 1st half.

for me, the silver lining was the ferocious come back in the 2nd half. no nuga & no hamilton.. to be down by only 5 late.

akron played excellent D tonight (esp. in 1st half.)

we have 3 weeks to reinvent / regroup before the MAC Tournament.

Still think there are some pieces to work with ... just got to get them in the right places. Very disappointed that EBainbridge has not improved. Really had high hopes for him this season. JJordan looks like the typical juco, can't find his rhythm right now but (hopefully) gets it going down the stretch.

Really like O'Neal but there must be something to his game that does not sit well w/Sendy. He's a 10-15-minute guy, sure, but on his good nights those 8 pts/5 rebs off the bench sure look big.

I feel a bit sorry for Hernandez. He makes some plays ... but also makes a lot of ballhandling (mostly careless) miscues that seem costly. He'll be better (and bigger) down the road but Kent needs him to be a junior right now, not a freshman.

Here's hoping Sendy pulls another rabbit out of the hat down the stretch.

(Is it just me, or does Beck and Jacobs look about 5lbs or so too heavy).
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I'm really tired of all the losses to Akron since that period when Kent State was the "flagship" MAC program. I'm not going to look it up, but I'm sure it's below .500 against them over the last 10 seasons.
02-06-2021 08:30 AM
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(02-06-2021 08:30 AM)Muskrat Wrote:  I'm really tired of all the losses to Akron since that period when Kent State was the "flagship" MAC program. I'm not going to look it up, but I'm sure it's below .500 against them over the last 10 seasons.

I looked it up. Actually, worst than I thought. With 2-wins this season Akron is 15-8 over the last 10 years including MAC Tournament. ... Last time Kent won both games was 2010 ... However, Kent was not favored in either game this season, and frankly can't recall very many when they were favored.

Only other clunker (before last night) I remember was loss at Akron in Groce's first year which was a game I'm sure Kent WAS favored in.
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With Nuga out two of our big strengths are no longer strengths. Three point shooting and rebounding. We're a team without an identity right now. So do we change things up to try to get good at those things again? Or look for a new identity?

Right now, Pippen and Gio are the only guys I feel good about shooting a three. Someone else is going to have to get going or the season's probably going to fizzle. Here's what our shooters look like.

Pippen: 114 attempts, 32.5%
Nuga: 96 attempts, 38.5%
Gio: 63 attempts, 49.2%
Jordan: 41 attempts, 26.8%
Hernandez: 20 attempts, 5.0%
Jacobs: 18 attempts, 33.3%
Hamilton: 11 attempts, 9.1%
Beck: 8 attempts, 62.5%

Pippen, Gio, Nuga, and Beck have attempted 281 threes and we're averaging 1.17 points per attempt. All other players have attempted 105 threes and we're averaging 0.57 points per attempt. That's a massive drop off. We're less than half as effective when anyone else shoots.

So the question is how do we fix our loss in three point efficiency when none of the lower volume guys look poised to step up? I don't think the answer can be one guy. Here's some thoughts.

1. Based on Jacobs juco career I think his volume of shots is right around where it should stay. 12-38 threes over two JC seasons.

2. Gio's volume needs to increase. His percentage will likely drop, but when you're searching for shooters and the guy that's third on your team in attempts is near 50%, he probably needs more looks.

3. Jacobs and Gio have the same number of assists and Jacobs has one fewer turnover. Gio appears to be a better spot up shooter than off the dribble. This leads me to think we could shift to Jacobs running the point more heavily without losing much, allowing Gio to spot up more.

4. Gio's mindset probably needs to be reconditioned a little to understand that the "right basketball play" isn't always the best decision. Frequently the ball starts moving around the perimeter and he catches it at the elbow extended with a defender a step behind and quickly swings it to the wide open guy in the corner. This is 100% the right basketball play. However, when that open guy in the corner is 1-20 from three, Gio taking the lightly contested three is the better decision. This shift in mentality would probably be tough for a PG to make, but it would be a big improvement I think.

4. Encourage Beck to shoot more. Do I want him taking 5 threes a game? Probably not. But for his career he's attempted 64 threes and is shooting 35.9%. Also, he's been pretty effective at driving this year and is often guarded by a bigger guy. So he's being given a cushion when he catches it outside the arc.

5. Can anyone else step up? To me the obvious answer here is Jordan. He has to be the guy to step up. 4th on the team in attempts but only shooting 26.8% is pretty bad. In his two JC seasons he was 95-240 (39.6%) from three. So it seems like he has it in him to step up. It's now or never.

6. We need good shot selection and part of that is knowing if you should be taking the shot. Hernandez is now 1-20. In their careers, Hamilton is 3-20 and Bainbridge is 1-23. Right now if any of these three are open, it's because the opponent wants them to shoot it. Pippen's shot selection sometimes needs some help too, but often he's trying to bail us out from stagnant possessions, so it is what it is.

7. Too bad TK Smith and his 142-383 (37% with crazy volume) in two JC seasons isn't still around. Playing a tight rotation often means guys aren't ready, or they've already left if you end up needing them because of injuries.

To summarize. More looks for Gio. Jacobs runs the offense more to allow Gio more spot ups. More looks for Beck. Jordan needs to step up. Everyone else, know you're role.

The other giant loss we have with Nuga out is rebounding. He's a great rebounding guard and made us special on the glass. Of our remaining guards, only Jacobs is a plus rebounder. Not sure there's a great answer here, but of players that have played at least 25 minutes, VCD is #1 on the team in rebounds per 40 minutes and O'Neal is #2. Bainbridge is ahead of only Hernandez and Gio. So any additional minutes at the 3, 4, 5 need to be going to VCD or O'Neal not Bainbridge.

Since all but one of our remaining guards aren't plus rebounders we either accept we're an average rebounding team or we play more 3 big lineups. We've been doing a lot of it with Beck at the 3 this year. Might be time to feed VCD some minutes at the 3 when Beck's off the court. He won some contested rebounds last night.
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