Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I like our seniors

Smith, Dillard, Leeper. They are no-nonsense, get-it-done type players. Not much flash. No foolishness. Just the sort of guys you like to have as leaders on a team.

Remember the old Cajun rosters?

They were filled with middle-sized players who were very versatile. Six of the 13 scholarship players on our roster are from 6-4 to 6-6. I wonder if that is by design.

Joe must teach James to defend without fouling

Because of our lack of size, James White is probably the player we ban least afford to have in foul trouble. Because he is our leading returning shot blocker (and very athletic), he is going to feel some responsibility to defend the rim. That is good to a point, but we cannot afford for him to get past that point. So, Coach Kleine is going to have to work hard at teaching James how to defend aggressively without fouling, and that is a fine line.

Who will cause doubleteams?

The biggest advantage the offense has is that of reaction time. They know what they are going to do next and the defense does not, and once the offense moves the rules of basketball are all with them. Because of this, defenses take a real chance when they doubleteam, because the second player at some point will have to return to his primary assignment, and that will put him a step and a split second late.

Which of our players will force teams to have to doubleteam him? James White is the first one that comes to my mind. If he is very active underneath, teams will have to react, and then Advantage Trojans.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What will the BYU game tell us?

Possibly not much. We should be pretty good this year, but BYU should be pretty good in a much better conference. Plus they have one of the best guards in the nation. So, we could be a good Belt team and still get beaten handily, especially on the road.

However, if this team turns out to be something really special, we might some indication of that if we hang with or even defeat BYU. RealtimeRPI has BYU winning by about 11 points. Add about four points for the homecourt advantage, and 15 points should be the bogey,

Monday, September 29, 2014

Here is hoping history repeats itself

Shields' teams historically have been overlooked, perhaps because of their non-flashy style, and perhaps because we typically do not get high-profile players. The consensus prognostication this year seems to be that we will finish 3rd or 4th. Let us hope that history repeats itself and we were underestimated once again.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Success" is relative

For all the press they get and how they are consistently numbered among the nation's elite programs, Gonzaga has never been beyond the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. Frankly, that surprised me.