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The fact he wants to play man but plays zone says a lot about his maturation as a coach. I watched Duke press and play zone the other day against FSU, knowing that Coach K is a m-m guy.

I think he felt comfortable staying with m-m because of the big lead we had most of the game. I also feel confident he would have gone back to the zone if he needed to. Zone also protects Cacok from getting in foul trouble, and playing so much in the 1st half allowed him to go into the 2nd half with only one foul.

We seem to have settled in with Cacok, Bryan, Fornes, Taylor and Talley to start, which is exactly who should start. Gary seems to have the most consistent game overall off the bench, with Estime contributing in spurts. Beyond those two, our bench is almost non-existent. Zone helps protect those starters from fouls as well.

It will be interesting to see how we fare against Towson with two bigs in the post compared to last year. Bryan seems to have improved a great deal on offense and rebounding under this staff. He can't jump, but he is finishing at the basket stronger and getting better position to grab boards. Those two have become tough to handle in the paint. However, averaging only 6 points per game puts a lot of pressure on the guards and Cacok to score. If he could get close to 10 ppg., it would help a lot. We are currently getting 23 points and 19 rebs per game from those two. Not bad. If Kalina could just hold down the fort for 10 minutes per game, it would help tremendously.

Overall, we're trending in the right direction with a thin margin of error.
01-03-2018 02:22 PM
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It can be really hard to defend for 40 minutes in a close game but with a big lead it is all most impossible. They played tough for 40 vs Delaware and for the first half vs Drexel,I see that as a huge improvement over any team Keatts coached while he was here.
I like the call at the end of the Delaware game but the shot was off-it happens. I see the kids playing with some heart and having fun which makes it fun for the spectators as well.
01-03-2018 02:31 PM
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(01-03-2018 02:31 PM)jumpinmullet Wrote:  It can be really hard to defend for 40 minutes in a close game but with a big lead it is all most impossible. They played tough for 40 vs Delaware and for the first half vs Drexel,I see that as a huge improvement over any team Keatts coached while he was here.
I like the call at the end of the Delaware game but the shot was off-it happens. I see the kids playing with some heart and having fun which makes it fun for the spectators as well.

I agree with Mullet. This team has the ability to play better than they have. And it looks like they're headed in the right direction. But overall, it's going to be a long season. This is where we need to be patient and give McGrath a chance to bring in the type of players he wants for his system to succeed and get us back on track.
01-03-2018 02:44 PM
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