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(01-01-2022 02:33 PM)The Answer UAB Wrote:  
(01-01-2022 02:26 PM)hooverblazer Wrote:  We need St Louis to have a good remainder of the season. They're our only Quad 1 win, but they're 4-5 spots in the NET from falling out of Quad 1 territory. We won't have any Quad 1 home games, but could have a couple more chances vs North Texas and La Tech on the road. A Quad 1 win on the road is beating a team 1-75.

Are you talking about this for an at large bid or for potential seeding assuming we win the conference tournament?

Either. I think we could still make it as an at large in the improbable scenario of winning out the regular season and losing the championship game.
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About halfway through the regular season, UAB’s stat leaders per game:
Points: Walker (15.8)
Rebounds: Jemison (7.6)
Assists: Walker (4.4)
Steals: Jackson (2.6)
Blocks: Jemison (1.5)
FG%: Jemison (62.5%)
3P%: Walker (41.8%)
FT%: Walker (86.8%)
TO’s: Walker (3.4)
Mins: Walker (27)
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As goes Walker, so go the Blazers so far... and he hasn't been great against USC, USF, or WVU...
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Bigger guards who can match his athleticism are his kryptonite. There aren't a lot of those in CUSA.

We are a good team. If one of our athletic wings (Buffen, Jackson or Lovan)was a 35% three point shooter we would be a very good team, just because the spacing would make our offense much more efficient. If all three of them were we would be a top 10-15 team.
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(01-02-2022 01:02 PM)BlazerMatt Wrote:  Bigger guards who can match his athleticism are his kryptonite. There aren't a lot of those in CUSA.

We are a good team. If one of our athletic wings (Buffen, Jackson or Lovan)was a 35% three point shooter we would be a very good team, just because the spacing would make our offense much more efficient. If all three of them were we would be a top 10-15 team.

Yep - I agree with you. He struggles big time against bigger, athletic guards. It's a stark difference - look at his shooting %s in those aforementioned games. Yes, we are still needing shooters big time. Buffen can hit the occasional free-throw line jumper, but LeBlanc and Jemison are useless more than 2 feet from the bucket.

UNT will be a good test for us next week.
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(01-02-2022 01:02 PM)BlazerMatt Wrote:  Bigger guards who can match his athleticism are his kryptonite. There aren't a lot of those in CUSA.

We are a good team. If one of our athletic wings (Buffen, Jackson or Lovan)was a 35% three point shooter we would be a very good team, just because the spacing would make our offense much more efficient. If all three of them were we would be a top 10-15 team.

I’m thinking that Tony could fill that role next year. He seems to have a very nice shot & plays very good defense.
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(01-02-2022 01:02 PM)BlazerMatt Wrote:  Bigger guards who can match his athleticism are his kryptonite. There aren't a lot of those in CUSA.

We are a good team. If one of our athletic wings (Buffen, Jackson or Lovan)was a 35% three point shooter we would be a very good team, just because the spacing would make our offense much more efficient. If all three of them were we would be a top 10-15 team.

Quan shot 33.8% as a freshman, 33.1% as a sophomore, 29.4% as both junior and senior, and 13.3% this year (4 for 30). Appears there is a stroke there to rediscover:

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/pla...son-1.html

Buffen shot 39% as a junior (7 of 18).

Lovan shot 100% from three-point land last year, 0% this year, 50% combined though.
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(01-02-2022 04:06 PM)58-56 Wrote:  
(01-02-2022 01:02 PM)BlazerMatt Wrote:  Bigger guards who can match his athleticism are his kryptonite. There aren't a lot of those in CUSA.

We are a good team. If one of our athletic wings (Buffen, Jackson or Lovan)was a 35% three point shooter we would be a very good team, just because the spacing would make our offense much more efficient. If all three of them were we would be a top 10-15 team.

Quan shot 33.8% as a freshman, 33.1% as a sophomore, 29.4% as both junior and senior, and 13.3% this year (4 for 30). Appears there is a stroke there to rediscover:

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/pla...son-1.html

Buffen shot 39% as a junior (7 of 18).

Lovan shot 100% from three-point land last year, 0% this year, 50% combined though.

Thats what makes it so frustrating. Lovan actually has a very nice stroke on his midrange jumpers, he just has a block about even attempting a 3. Whatever any of the three have shot in the past, It's this year that matters. This year, whenever any of them are beyond the three point line without the ball, his defender sags pretty much into the paint. When Quan HAS the ball beyond the three point line, his defender still sags nearly into the paint.

When all three are on the court at the same time, especially if Jemison is out there with them, it makes our half court offense look like a clogged toilet, spinning around but not really doing anything.
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If I were the opposing team, if he Quan was behind the 3-point line, I would guard him like the Lakers guarded Westbrook in the bubble during the playoffs - no one within 10 ft of him.
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(01-02-2022 04:49 PM)BlazerMatt Wrote:  
(01-02-2022 04:06 PM)58-56 Wrote:  
(01-02-2022 01:02 PM)BlazerMatt Wrote:  Bigger guards who can match his athleticism are his kryptonite. There aren't a lot of those in CUSA.

We are a good team. If one of our athletic wings (Buffen, Jackson or Lovan)was a 35% three point shooter we would be a very good team, just because the spacing would make our offense much more efficient. If all three of them were we would be a top 10-15 team.

Quan shot 33.8% as a freshman, 33.1% as a sophomore, 29.4% as both junior and senior, and 13.3% this year (4 for 30). Appears there is a stroke there to rediscover:

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/pla...son-1.html

Buffen shot 39% as a junior (7 of 18).

Lovan shot 100% from three-point land last year, 0% this year, 50% combined though.

Thats what makes it so frustrating. Lovan actually has a very nice stroke on his midrange jumpers, he just has a block about even attempting a 3. Whatever any of the three have shot in the past, It's this year that matters. This year, whenever any of them are beyond the three point line without the ball, his defender sags pretty much into the paint. When Quan HAS the ball beyond the three point line, his defender still sags nearly into the paint.

When all three are on the court at the same time, especially if Jemison is out there with them, it makes our half court offense look like a clogged toilet, spinning around but not really doing anything.

Which makes it seem so weird to me that Brown and Johnson don't get more minutes
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Johnson and Brown are good shooters if they are stepping into the catch to pop off a kick-out. Not so much on creating their own. I wish we’d get the more minutes in some of the blowouts, because we are going to need them confident in fewer minutes in some close games down the stretch.
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I understand we were running clock late yesterday. instead of going iso for Ertel, they could’ve been giving Johnson and Brown some shots.
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Our four best opponents thus far were South Carolina, San Francisco, Saint Louis and West Virginia.

The first two, we started incredibly poorly and fought uphill all game to fall short at the end. I won’t dissect those for now.

The other two, imo, were templates for tough games in March that show both what we do well and where we fall short. Our defense is excellent and can keep us in almost any game against anybody, but our offensive limitations will be difficult to overcome against tournament-level teams, if the opponent can also play D. We pulled that off against SLU but lost in crunch time against WVU when they clamped down.

Tournament basketball is won in those short spurts. We have to figure out how to get our best offensive players taking the shots in the right places in the floor against quality defense. And we can’t give away 3-4 buckets per game with missed assignments on D. Those kinds of breakdowns are the difference in W and L in a tight game where every possession is a fight for us. We need to improve getting the ball to Ertel when he’s ready for it, same for Johnson and Brown, and keep Jelly working within the offense. He’s our best scorer but in the losses we saw him try to take over and do too much at times. He’ll struggle in that situation against bigger guards. He’ll light them up if we are helping him and facilitating. Ertel has fixed the footwork and has a nice flow going through hard work off the ball. These last few games, when he misses, it is usually the passer’s fault got being late or off line. I see same in Johnson’s and Brown’s limited minutes.

Yesteday, I noticed AK chewing ass mostly for defensive breakdowns. He knows our offense will be at premium against comparable talent. Bad rotation here, poor fronting the post there and you’re beaten by WKU in the conference semis or bounced by LSU in the first round when you were staring at a favorable bracket with a W. You can live with people scoring against good D but you can’t afford to give them 3-4 buckets off mistakes and sit your big man 20 minutes because he got cheap fouls covering for a lost defender.
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(01-02-2022 07:44 PM)DuelingDragon Wrote:  Our four best opponents thus far were South Carolina, San Francisco, Saint Louis and West Virginia.

The first two, we started incredibly poorly and fought uphill all game to fall short at the end. I won’t dissect those for now.

The other two, imo, were templates for tough games in March that show both what we do well and where we fall short. Our defense is excellent and can keep us in almost any game against anybody, but our offensive limitations will be difficult to overcome against tournament-level teams, if the opponent can also play D. We pulled that off against SLU but lost in crunch time against WVU when they clamped down.

Tournament basketball is won in those short spurts. We have to figure out how to get our best offensive players taking the shots in the right places in the floor against quality defense. And we can’t give away 3-4 buckets per game with missed assignments on D. Those kinds of breakdowns are the difference in W and L in a tight game where every possession is a fight for us. We need to improve getting the ball to Ertel when he’s ready for it, same for Johnson and Brown, and keep Jelly working within the offense. He’s our best scorer but in the losses we saw him try to take over and do too much at times. He’ll struggle in that situation against bigger guards. He’ll light them up if we are helping him and facilitating. Ertel has fixed the footwork and has a nice flow going through hard work off the ball. These last few games, when he misses, it is usually the passer’s fault got being late or off line. I see same in Johnson’s and Brown’s limited minutes.

Yesteday, I noticed AK chewing ass mostly for defensive breakdowns. He knows our offense will be at premium against comparable talent. Bad rotation here, poor fronting the post there and you’re beaten by WKU in the conference semis or bounced by LSU in the first round when you were staring at a favorable bracket with a W. You can live with people scoring against good D but you can’t afford to give them 3-4 buckets off mistakes and sit your big man 20 minutes because he got cheap fouls covering for a lost defender.

Good insights. I too expect most or all of our games against good teams to be defensive, grind-it-out, slogfests. Unless Brown and Johnson can crack the rotation and find their strokes consistently, I don't see our shooting woes getting any better. That being said, I have been very pleased with how Ertel has shot the ball the last few games.
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Brown is a really interesting player to me. He’s the guy who shows up for pickup ball and runs people out of the gym with 5-6 3s in a row. But if you watch him closer, you will see how dependent that is on teammates.

On a lesser team, Brown would get a lot more minutes. On a defensive-minded team, he AND his teammates have gotta figure out how to make him impactful in short and inconsistent bursts.

He’s not going to play consistent minutes on this team, barring injuries, because he isn’t really a creator for others, isn’t much of a threat to put the ball on the floor, isn’t the level of defender of others at his position and will mostly be invisible in the boards. But you need that shot and at least a couple of times, he’s capable of winning you a big game by ripping off several 3s in a row.

But this is really dependent on teammates creating for him. It’s not just getting him the ball. It’s getting him the ball in rhythm, in the right spot on the floor and in the right spot in relation to his hands, feet and flow. It isn’t just jacking 3s — it’s firing in rhythm where and how he likes to receive the ball. If you were to go back and look at every shot he has taken this year, this would really show up. He’s money off the stop-and-pop bunny hop.

We really need to be working on this with Brown and Johnson, who is similar. Jamal can bang them down it he’s catching waist high, shooting hand side on the step-in. His percentage goes down if he has to adjust or put it on the bounce due to a late and inaccurate pass. Their shots are what they are — teammates’ court awareness is huge for them.
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(01-01-2022 02:26 PM)hooverblazer Wrote:  We need St Louis to have a good remainder of the season. They're our only Quad 1 win, but they're 4-5 spots in the NET from falling out of Quad 1 territory. We won't have any Quad 1 home games, but could have a couple more chances vs North Texas and La Tech on the road. A Quad 1 win on the road is beating a team 1-75.

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(01-02-2022 06:06 PM)DuelingDragon Wrote:  Johnson and Brown are good shooters if they are stepping into the catch to pop off a kick-out. Not so much on creating their own. I wish we’d get the more minutes in some of the blowouts, because we are going to need them confident in fewer minutes in some close games down the stretch.

This was extremely clear to me in the UTSA game. JJ came in and you could see in his face & body language that he didn't have any confidence. I say that, but also just pulled up the box score and saw he went 2/3 from 3pt.

Brown started out fading away on his first shot, and I think that might have hurt his confidence for the full game.
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