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Anybody on this board that still thinks TB stinks at end game strategy can kiss my a$$. That call for Mike Tobey was beautiful. Same thing in the Miami game when Harris was used as a decoy and Nolte hit the three.
Nice work by TB and the team to pull out the UMD win. However, fans had every reason to question the strategy and execution at the end of the FSU and BC games.
Let's not go too crazy. The play for Tobey was awesome, but giving up a 3 from the top of the key when up 3 is not great end game defense. Bottom line is we won, and now is a time to celebrate.
Question the strategy yes, but some idiots were calling him the worst late game coach ever!! Imagine what he can do with good guards on the floor.
This post was edited by rtrips 13 months ago
Exactly!! Good guard play changes everything!
Bennett said in post game that Tobey was the #3 option on that play.
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Exactly HooPerk. That play was not drawn up for Tobey by any stretch. It just worked out that way.
I'd also like to point out we should judge the process not the results. I still didn't like the process at the end of the game. There was way too much confusion before we called a TO.
You draw up plays with 2 or 3 options. When the defense works hard to take out #1 and/or #2, those over plays open #3 as we saw. It isn't like there is 1 play with 1 option and if that breaks down your SOL.
Things worked out for us but certainly I don't think Bennett's late game coaching has been stellar. Coaches don't always become coaches knowing everything. There is a learning process and this is an area where Bennett has an opportunity to improve.
I would also question how the team, handled Maryland's press as well but that's another rant.
However, on the other side of the equation, the defense Bennett has taught the team kept UVA in the game when the offense truly was stinking up the joint, the team remained patient and scrapped its way back in the game. Bennett deserves some credit for that.
8 turnovers for the game. We sure got our asses handed to us by Maryland's press.
That wasn't a good play. That ball barely got threw to Tobey, it definitely wasn't the first option.
He did call a time out at the end when JE was dribbling to ball around while down by 2 at the end running out the clock.. You're down, don't poop around with the ball.
It wasn't just the turnovers but for most of the first half they were able to speed up the game, something very few teams have been able to do. Bennett hasn't been perfect, but I would argue that he has squeezed everything possible out of this team considering the talent and injuries.
Well, we beat the press far more effectively than we did in the 2nd half up in College Spark (we had 16 TOs in the first matchup). That we chose to take quick shots afterwards was a different issue than breaking the press.
Fact is, we missed a ludicrously large number of shots, many of them open, by players that normally make them. Given that several came up unusually short (including more than 5 FTs), it sure appeared that our legs weren't completely there. Then there was the fact that Maryland was making everything. Seriously, Faust? These 2 factors had far more to do with the first half deficit than press breakage or speeding the game up.
This post was edited by jaylamp 13 months ago
Funny...I thought it was poor management again - third time in three games. Why would you wait to call a TO with 7 seconds left when you had the ball past midcourt with 18 seconds left?
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There's more to dealing with a press than avoiding turnovers. That's not very insightful.
Maryland's press was designed to prevent us from getting our half court offense started until a significant amount of time ran off the clock. That meant we had less time to run our offense and get a good shot. I'd say their strategy worked well.
We never took advantage of their extended defense to attack and get open looks at the basket. That would have been what I refer to as a successful way to counter their strategy.
Knee jerk reactions whenever someone is questioning Bennett doesn't demonstrate a lot of insight. As I said before, no coach is born knowing everything. All of them go through a learning process and this is an area for Bennett to improve.
It's hardly a knee-jerk reaction. Let's agree to disagree, but one thing I'm sure we both can agree on is that you have a really high opinion of yourself. If there was an award for most pretentious person on this site...
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