Post by sidclassof69 on Jan 10, 2021 10:02:30 GMT -5
What bothered. Me most about the game, was that the team looked unprepared! Remember , they had already played each other. I think Ash+ staff have to reassess what they are doing to get past team to play more consistently. Each game seems to be a new adventure- No identity.
umass is average. they lost on their homecourt to bryant and george mason.
Does homecourt really matter right now? I would think players should be more pumped for away games because they've been stuck in their home courts for months and not really able to go anywhere. An away game is more exciting to a kid right now and it's not like hometown fans are giving home teams any type of crowd advantage.
Post by a10champion15 on Jan 10, 2021 20:35:43 GMT -5
Agree with a lot of your thoughts. Bottom line, the team seem unprepared.
I watched the UMass Mason game and UMass had control of the game even though it was sloppy for most of the game. They made mistake after mistake at the end of the 2nd half and overtime when they were putting the game away. I was blown away how badly coached they looked. Matt McCall been under fire because of it as well as number of games in the past. I was really high on them going into this season but they have been all over the place.
Yesterday, UMass played extraordinarily well. The best I've seen them play all season. We had no answer for Tre Mitchell and Gray. Their post presence was a major issue for us and UMass was playing solid D which has been a rarity for them.
La Salle has improved in a number of areas including turnovers, shot blocking, defense and their offense in certain areas specifically 3 point shooting and offensive efficiency. Yesterday, we shot terrible and had plenty of good looks. We have to shoot more consistently, Moore cannot be taken out of the game, we need to get to the free throw line more and rebound better.
I'm not that down on the loss because of how well UMass played even though we need to play much better. I think that's how this season going to go though. At certain points, we are going to look very promising and others not so much. Characteristics of a inexperienced and young team. On to Mason who I think is very beatable while UMass who isn't great was a terrible matchup for us. I'm curious to see how UMass season goes cause I could see them being in the top 6 or higher in the A10.
This was the first I was able to watch the team this year, and I could only watch the first half. Who knew that having a toddler would keep you busy and exhausted?
I actually liked a lot of what I saw. I really liked the ball movement on offense. I am a nerd for different types of schemes in basketball and you can really see that we're doing Jay Wright's offense for a lot of the game, which obviously makes sense. The ball really flowed well a lot of times. There's a lot of passing in that offense, which is going to lead to turnovers with a young team that doesn't have a ton of experience. But it's a really great offense when it's clicking. They had players who missed shots. That will happen unless you're the last Villanova title team in the NCAA Tournament, which played as well as any college team ever has). I think they started forcing shots too quickly on UMass misses, especially Gill, but when you're down a good amount that's going to happen. But I liked how it looked.
That big guy on UMass is really good. Even though he didn't tear us up in the first half, the whole defense was built around trying to stop him by face-guarding him. I think it was our Sweet 16 year, but we played Bucknell with Mike Muscala who was obviously really good. We did something similar with him in terms of him getting face-guarded, but we also pressed the guards really well to keep them from making entry passes or getting good looks. But you really need to have great and experienced defenders to make that happen. UMass is just a brutal matchup for us, it appears.