I'm looking at box scores, and it appears that our perceived strength (guard play) is our weakness. In game #1, Galloway was 1 for 6 from the field and Duren 2 for 11. In the CCSU game, Galloway was 6 for 17 and Duren 4 for 12.
Last year, we got tremendous production from three guards--Pettis, Duren and Galloway. Galloway was able to play the X factor role since Pettis and Duren account for almost half of the total points scored. This year, Galloway is the guy. It looks like he's going to need support. Duren has to step up but who's going to be the third guy? Look at Southern Methodist. Larry Brown comes in and they are getting lights out play from 3 guards. He's running pretty much a 4 guard system over there.
Post by luhoopsfan on Nov 19, 2012 12:12:50 GMT -5
2 games is not enough of a sample size to get overly excited or concerned with. the 30 games from last year I consider to be more a predictor. The team is also learning to play essentially with a new system of 2 bigs and 3 guards as opposed to the 4-guard offense and there are bound to be some issues adjusting. Plus it gets harder to come up with match-up problems for the opposing team. Again, it's 2 games, these guys can shoot the ball it will come around. Plus, Garland will add another level. disappointing to lose that game to CCSU but every team in America throws up a clunker. La Salle played as poorly as they can and CCSU played as good as they possibly can and it was still a tie game with 2 minutes to go. Looking for a big bounceback win tomorrow in hartford and a momentum-building win on Sunday against Nova and then we will see where we are in a week.
For now, no point in worrying or over-obsessing about 1 bad game.
IMO, yesterday was truly a team effort. The defense was awful to a man. Twice in the first 5 minutes of the game G called timeouts due to blown defensive assignments. What was disturbing to me was that it appeared that CCSU was basically running the same offense as La Salle. Troubling for me in two aspects. First we defend it everyday in practice and allowed CCSU open shots. Secondly, they ran the offense better than we did.
Is there a rule that says La Salle must stop running their offense with 10 seconds left on the shot clock and isolate Ramon for a 30 footer?