Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fresh Meat- UGA Bulldogs @ 8PM EST (7PM CST) on ESPN2

Just when you want to write off the season we play quite possibly the best game we have all season at the barn and now have a chance to play our way into the NCAAT. Yes, we have said this a few times this year only to lose one we shouldn't, BUT THIS TIME WE MEAN IT!

Win 4 of the next 5 and I dare say we are probably playing in Dayton minus a SECT disaster. I'm not sure what that says for the rest of college basketball that we are in the discussion, but whatever.

Write up
Season stats

UGA was about as close of a lock the SEC had up until about 2 weeks ago... then they lost 4 of their last 6 including 2 curious home losses to the Barn and SC Lite. Mark Fox is on the hot seat in Athens. He has produced similar "success" as Anthony Grant has at Alabama, but I guess they have higher expectations. Go figure.

We are getting them at the right time as J.J. Frazier is questionable for the game tonight. If he is indeed out tonight that shortens their depth to 7 players. I would like us to game plan the same like we did against the Barn if this is true.

Marcus Thornton, Charles Mann, and Kenny Gaines lead a balanced scoring attack with Thornton and Mann ones to watch on the boards.. Nemanja Djurisic is the wildcard as he can score in the post and from outside. Physically we stack up well with UGA... and might even have a size advantage.

Keys to the game:
- Limit second chance points (Norris, Kessens, and Taylor blocking out)
- Uptempo game on our part
- Coleman, Cooper, and Norris hitting 3s

Looking at this link, I didn't know HOW BAD we were on the board. This is scary bad.

Anyways, I believe we win this game if UGA plays to their 3 point shooting #s (34.5%). I don't think they'll get a lot of post up baskets tonight.

31 comments:

Tripp Goude said...

So..... We have a 1 point lead with 25 secs left in OT and we throw up an air ball?? I knew when that happened, we had lost the game.

Alex said...

Yeah you can't go 1-4 in close games. We deserve to lose. Great free throw shooting down the stretch. Words can't describe my anger. Being an Alabama basketball fan is so painful.

finebammer said...

randolph sucks all nite. retin and riley row the boat. end of regulation Grant sets up a play for.............randolph. this.

finebammer said...

in fairness, i think the ball was partially blocked.

Tripp Goude said...

The point is we shoot a contested 3 instead of driving to the goal. Not the right time in the game to take that shot

finebammer said...

well, retin carried us to that point. but point taken.

CTider said...

Rough one tonight. We had this game won and blew it. Free throw shooting was horrendous. Levi Randolph did not have a good enough performance tonight. Cooper had a chance at the end and decided to pump-fake it with a second left. Our senior guard thought that he had enough time to pump-fake a shot with one second left. Terrible. I'm just ready for this season to be over. You can see the potential with this team, but they just can't put it together. Terrible game. Terrible season. What's the Battle Plan?

RichTide said...

This team is what is is. Great effort. Poor fundamentals. Incapable of winning a game they shouldn't yet very capable of losing a game they should win. Set plays continue to be baffling. Having Levi drive to kick out for a 3 to win it? And no idea what Retin was trying to do going 1 on 3. And one of our experienced seniors pump fakes with 1 second left instead of leaning in and taking the shot? Coaching 101.

What this week has shown is we can beat teams that won't even be in the NIT but we don't belong in the NCAAT if we can't beat a visiting team that will likely be a double digit seed. Hate if for the players, Hate it for Grant. Hate if for the true hoops fans. This is Bama basketball 2015 and likely to be worse in 2016 with Levi and Coop gone, Coleman & Mitchell possibly transfering, and Battle unlikely to make an ychanges.

disqus_lLg81JC3CF said...

I just don't get it. How did the basketball program actually arrive at having an "8.2 million dollar surplus during 2013-2014" as reported? Has anyone seen the basketball program financials? Why would a bean counter advise making a change in coaching if a substantial payout would cut into such a surplus? Just wondering...

Drifter said...

Retin had game, but overall the guys weren't sharp; weren't hitting foul shots. But, every time we
did something good, Grant would call a timeout. Instead of breaking the
other team's momentum, he broke ours.

needtoknow said...

Why would Coleman be so upset? He will be strong player for us soon.

CTider said...

Alabama's got plenty of money. It's worth a few million dollars to save the program.

needtoknow said...

I just did a quick comparison between Lacey and Randolph. Lacey this year at NC State is avg 16 points a game and 46 per cent shooting. Good enough for Wooden right? Levi meanwhile this year avg 15 points a game and 49 per cent shooting so his numbers right there with Lacey yet Lacey gets all the praise. It's all smoke and mirrors and perception.

needtoknow said...

Sorry wrong award. Not Wooden but Jerry West but point the same.

CTider said...

Point being that Lacey is a much better than he was at Alabama and the reason that he is is because he is no longer being held back by Anthony Grant and his anemic offense.

Msmilie said...

16-31 from the FT line. That's the only important stat from last night. Sure, there were other factors in the loss - the horrendous first 16 minutes on offense, Levi's off night in an otherwise stellar senior season, continued struggles in late game situations - but none of those other factors matter today if our guys don't miss 15 free throws in a 1 point loss. If they knock down free throws, the game never makes it to overtime. So many opportunities to win that game were clanked away at the free throw line. And it wasn't just Jimmie and his 52% average. Seems like every guy who stepped to the line missed at least one crucial free throw (and in a close game, they're all crucial). Step up, make your free throws, celebrate a win. End of story.

Msmilie said...

No, Lacey is better because he finally accepted being an off-guard instead of believing he should be a point guard in order to improve his draft stock.

CTider said...

You don't think Gottfried giving him more freedom has anything to do with it? Lacey is at his best when you just let him play. You can't over coach a player like him.

needtoknow said...

He's about 4 points better than he was his last year at Alabama. His last year with us he was at 11.3. Your right Gottfried gives him more freedom but to me he would have had the same improvement at Alabama IF his head/attitude was right. Look at how much improvement Levi made between last year and this year. Levi a much more coachable kid than Lacey.

CTider said...

You have to be able to coach the player's on your team. Lacey is the most talented player of the CAG and Grant let him get away. I remember our first round NIT game a couple of years ago. Lacey scored five straight points, which included a three early in the shot clock. Grant didn't like Lacey shooting so early in the shot clock, pulled him out of the game, sat him on the bench, and they were both clearly visibly upset with each other. That was the moment I knew something was not right between Grant and Lacey.

bobbyjack said...

A few thoughts on the game:
1) I've said it before on this blog, but this time I really mean it... the 1st half of basketball might have been the worst I've seen in 30 years from BOTH squads.
2) We outsucked UGA. No one deserved to win that game.
3) Coop and Randolph bear the brunt of this loss as both of them were tentative and shot the ball a combined 19 times. Retin shot 17.
4) Retin hit some big baskets (2 of the 3s were huge), but remember he was 6-17 from the field. Let's not go overboard in praise here.
5) As posted below, Grant took some curious timeouts.
6) You won't hear me talking about an outside shot of the NCAAT anymore. This loss was the final nail in that coffin.
7) We missed a TON of front end 1 and ones.
8) I watched Taylor fight for position inside and rarely did we every get it to him. I can't blame him if he gets frustrated out there.
9) I like what I see from Norris. Why he wasn't in the game at the end is puzzling to me... with Kessens in his place.
10) If UGA played just a decent game they blow us out by 20.

bobbyjack said...

Ok, Grant moved him to PG... that wasn't Lacey's choice. Which partially spurred the transfer.

Msmilie said...

Do you know for a fact that Grant didn't like Lacey shooting so early in the shot clock? Did someone tell you this, or is it, once again, your magnificent powers of deduction?

See, this is where I get disconnected from you folks. If you have a problem with Grant's coaching from the standpoint of your personal opinions about basketball, fine. It's the baseless conjecture I find absurd. Because you THINK, based on your own opinion of how Grant runs a team, that Grant benched Trevor because he shot early in the shot clock doesn't make it true.

As I've said before this season. There are plenty of things happening on the court that support your arguments to have Grant removed. You don't need to make this stuff up.

CTider said...

Not making anything up. Regardless of why Grant benched Lacey in that game, that's when it became clear that there was a major disconnect between those two. That was my point.

Msmilie said...

Actually, the way I heard it was Lacey's people were insistent he be moved to PG to improve his stock for the next level. Ultimately, who cares? Players transfer by the hundreds now. It's more surprising if a program doesn't have a player transfer. Grant has still had enough on the roster to be in a better place than he currently sits, and, unfortunately, the sand is running out.

RichTide said...

Because Coleman is an "offense first" PG. Grant is a defense first coach. Hard on player and coach when they have opposing philosophies, especially PG. Promises made did not materialize this season. Same with Mitchell. If it wasn't for Norris' love for Bama, wouldn't be surprised if he looked elsewhere. And to ward off the ensuing disparaging remark, this is not baseless conjecture.

RichTide said...

There's more than just stats. Look at Lacey, look at Randolph. Lacey is the undeniable difference maker on that team. Taking nothing away from Levi's successful run as team captain, he is absent in almost every first half. When Lacey is on the court there is a significant difference in how NC State plays. Not always the case with Levi. Also, Releford carried the team last year and should have been POY in the SEC, but when you play on a crappy team, you won't get the street cred.

RichTide said...

I have talked to both JaMychal and Lacey. I don't know about the reason for the specific incident mentioned by CTider, but he isn't that far off from some of the problems with Grant's coaching philosophies. Maybe that info has made me more critical of Grant, but once you know some of what's going on it's not a secret why the program is struggling. Winning shuts up the critics and the disgruntled, unfortunately Grant is building both camps.

needtoknow said...

Sorry I ain't buying that those players didn't know that they were coming to a defensive minded team. It's t h e only way Grant has played. Based on what I see these guys getting appropriate playing time. I love Norris. He has chance to be great Alabama player.. Same with Coleman but he's a bit out of control right now.

needtoknow said...

Levi does not enjoy being The Man. Lacey does. That is the main difference. Stats almost identical.

needtoknow said...

Rich Tide or anyone, If you recall the Xavier game we had an up-tempo offense the entire game and looked good at doing it. However we looked awful on defensive side and gave up 97 points. Grant immediately went back to defense first. Here's my question and it may show my basketball ignorance: Can you not do both ( ie move ball as we did at Xavier and still play good D) or is that too physically much to ask players?