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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #45 on: January 24, 2018, 11:24:54 pm »
Well...amid a long series of poor performances since the Norfolk debacle, this was probably the worst. I think a lot of you were there already, but this one shifted my brain to next year. This team, for whatever or numerous reasons, seems cooked.

So in that spirit of looking ahead, my Silver Linings:

Good to see Olaniyi get back to having a pretty solid game. I say start him and play him 20 plus minutes from here on.

And...Mackenzie had a very solid game. He's not a scorer and he'll need to become at least an honest threat, but he played some solid defense and distributed the ball smartly in ways that no other SBU player can. He's got work to do, but I think he played more within himself and showed what he can bring to the team.

To add, Ochefu needs to play. I know I don't know anything about all that goes on during the week, but I'm ready to say these three freshman need minutes and experience to build for next year. Yes, even throw them to the UA and UVM wolves this year and let them get stomped. Give Yeboah his 20-30 points a game so he's a first-teamer. UVM ain't losing again until the NCAAs anyway, so what's it matter...

Go primarily with the underclassmen the rest of the way. MacKenzie looked pretty good tonight, and we've seen flashes from Olaniyi and Garcia. Let them take their lumps and build off of that for next year

There's little chance that this happens. No coach does this. Bottom line, there's a lot of season left and the upperclassmen still give us the best chance to win. I keep waiting for the guys to wake the hell up, but it seems like this is who we are.

That said, Sekunda broke his finger in practice evidently, so the kids have to fill that void.

The turnovers and the free throws are maddening. We either don't get to the line, or don't shoot it well when get there. 20 for 44 in the last two a two-point game that we gave away, and a three-point overtime loss. Makes your head bleed.

Also, we can get on our offense all we want, but four of seven conference opponents have shot 50 percent or better from the floor. That matches last year's total, and we aren't even halfway through the schedule. We cannot defend.

How did we stick with UConn, Ball State and Providence? Heck, we should have won those games. Now, geez, nobody's a certainty on our schedule.
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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #46 on: January 25, 2018, 08:50:03 am »
just my opinion- but you get to the line by penetrating and drawing a foul.  not by taking NBA threes.

i do admit though- in november we showed signs of brilliance, despite some of the scores.
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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #47 on: January 25, 2018, 08:55:11 am »


Go primarily with the underclassmen the rest of the way. MacKenzie looked pretty good tonight, and we've seen flashes from Olaniyi and Garcia. Let them take their lumps and build off of that for next year

There's little chance that this happens. No coach does this.


Waddaya talking about, Checkmate? Calipari does it, and works pretty well for him most years.  ;D

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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #48 on: January 25, 2018, 09:38:49 am »
one option for us could be- play 5 guards.  we dont have anyone in the paint anyway.  this may increase our shooting % too.

or we even could play two guards, as normal, and then put cornish, saintel, and yeboah in the paint.  why not, they're our leading rebounders.  and will again increase our shooting %.

maybe this is the best scenario.  put petras inside just so we have some muscle.  keep yeboah at his usual 30min.  let almonacy penetrate, as he's the only guard with a decent FT %.  sekunda's out for a bit so run a mix of G/F with the usual suspects, olaniyi and saintel show that they can shoot.  put cornish in as he's shown he's willing to distribute and/or drive.  we cant have a big with 1) so few rebounds for the minutes, 2) 78 attempts from three in 21 games, 3) more TOs than everyone except our point, and 4) misses half his FTs.
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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #49 on: January 25, 2018, 11:28:26 am »
COB seems to have  nailed it .  Play 4 or 5 guards  and drive to the basket .  Use  Yeboah for a mid range threat from around the key .  Albany will drive to the basket and take that 10 to 12 ft shot . They control the glass and make their free throws . Nothing flashy just basics.  That should be a blue print for us, Ochefu and Cory Long need playing time . Last year many of what we see today was hidden because of Woodhouse doing everything .  When he wasn't on the court the wheels came off rather quickly which is where we are today.

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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #50 on: January 25, 2018, 12:49:42 pm »
thanks! 

actually one more thought.  we dont score much in transition.  we dont push the ball either.  im not saying we should. 

however, i do think that you play transition when you have the depth and the bodies.  which we do have the bodies.  so just an idea, maybe we should try to run teams that play a core 7-8 athletes.  we can easily play 11-12 guys and sub in/out.  you dont push the ball when you dont go to the bench, so seize the opportunity that we can play up-tempo.  it might work.
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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #51 on: January 25, 2018, 01:09:13 pm »
thanks! 

actually one more thought.  we dont score much in transition.  we dont push the ball either.  im not saying we should. 

however, i do think that you play transition when you have the depth and the bodies.  which we do have the bodies.  so just an idea, maybe we should try to run teams that play a core 7-8 athletes.  we can easily play 11-12 guys and sub in/out.  you dont push the ball when you dont go to the bench, so seize the opportunity that we can play up-tempo.  it might work.

COB. please go on Twitter and tag coach Boals with these suggestions. He obviously needs some help on the side lines.

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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #52 on: January 25, 2018, 01:14:42 pm »
i dont do social media... maybe one of you millennials do???  ;)

also i aint no coach, so i am not qualified.  i trust the professionals will get it right!  ;D
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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #53 on: January 25, 2018, 01:50:51 pm »
i dont do social media... maybe one of you millennials do???  ;)

also i aint no coach, so i am not qualified.  i trust the professionals will get it right!  ;D
I am far from a millennial and I do some social media, Twitter,  strictly for sports,  but coaches rarely, if ever respond back to a fan question or even compliment...

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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #54 on: January 25, 2018, 01:59:43 pm »
After the game Boals stated "UMass Lowell is a good team..." After they won, Sagarin rates them at #309. They are not a good team. It's problematic when a coach says something like that to shirk responsibility.

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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #55 on: January 25, 2018, 02:09:44 pm »
A few possessions from last night.

1. Sturdevant in the low post drew a second defender and was able to hit Yeboah cutting to the basket for a layup (maybe dunk).
2. MacKenzie drove to the paint, drew a defender and found an open Olaniyi for a layup.

More of that please.

Also (this was probably already mentioned) but Boals needed to take a time out on the last possession of the second half. Cornish looked up at him twice and the entire offense looked confused.

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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #56 on: January 25, 2018, 02:26:19 pm »
if those were both very late- yes i saw both, and yes agree that we need to create offense.  otherwise a collection of below-average shooters taking low % shots will result in every opponent going into a 23 and letting us kill ourselves.  and when we play a team as small as UML and lose the boards, it's unmitigated.
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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #57 on: January 25, 2018, 03:56:59 pm »
I don't know about this, guys. We can't just blow it up and run a gimmicky lineup out there because of a couple close road losses. There's no need to reinvent the game at this point. Take care of the ball and make free throws and we're looking at this thing through an entirely different lens.
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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #58 on: January 25, 2018, 04:33:26 pm »
I'm not sure about re-booting the team, but I like Cornish better at the 2, and would like to see MacKenzie get the start at PG. With an eye for next year, I'd like to see Olaniyi and Garcia get 15 min a game the rest of the year. Ochefu too, but he's third in line at the center position, and Petras deserves to be the first of the two off the bench.

Despite (I think) losing 4 of the last 5, I still think SB can compete with any team in the AE and has a "so you're saying there's a chance" chance against Vermont.

Unrelated, according to verbal commits, SB will have 5 PG's next year.

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Re: Game 21: at UMass Lowell 1/24
« Reply #59 on: January 25, 2018, 04:33:39 pm »
Here's my magic formula for saving the season.  I'm not asking for Coach to share any of his lucrative salary with me for these winning suggestions:  :)

1) At end of every practice, when players are tired, each player shoots 100 FT's.  Anyone who doesn't hit 70/100, shoots another 100.  Anyone who doesn't shoot 70/10 on this 2nd chance, doesn't play next game (you think I'm kidding here, guess again).  The point here is to get the kids to shoot them when they're tired (simulating game conditions), and to force concentration with the ultimate motive;

2) We reduce our merry-go-round lineups to 8 players, unless we get into foul trouble (which is another problem with this team - need to move our feet better).  Here is your 8-man rotation - i don't care who starts over who:

PLAYERS:  Cornish, Iroegbu, Sekunda, Petras, Sturdivant, Yeboah, Saintel, and Olaniyi.  With Sekunda out, I'll promote Almonacy to the top 8.

BENCH: Almonacy, McKenzie, Garcia, Long, Ochefu, O'Donohoe (sp?)

3) We go to a Zone defense primarily, and encourage teams to beat us from outside behind the arc, since we're struggling with our man-to-man, and defensive rebounding;

4) We get more creative on offense, driving to the hole more, pulling up and dishing inside the paint, and running some pick and rolls;

5) We restrict 3-point attempts to the following players only: Yeboah, Cornish, Iroegbu, and Sekunda, unless it's an end-of-half desperation attempt.  No one else allowed to shoot 3's, or you find yourself on the bench;

6) We make every effort to use our Time-Outs in critical situations, with designed plays coming out of these TO's;

7) We get Jameel Warney to sign legal documentation that  binds any future male offspring of his to a Seawolves uniform in the future;

OK, so there's my blueprint.  Let's get back on track Seawolves!

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