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  • Question: How do we close out the season strong?

    I think being at home is a big part of getting back on track. The Stanford game is obviously super important because if we can beat the Cardinal, we'll feel good about ourselves going into UCLA.

    We should go back to our lineup of: Eaddy, Peterson, White, Mobley and Mobley for the last two games.



  • #2
    Use our size. Forget about jump shots.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by PxPxTrojan View Post
      Use our size. Forget about jump shots.
      Yeah, we should pay no attention to the opponent's defense and force everything. That's thinking outside the box.

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      • SC MOJO
        SC MOJO commented
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        hahahahahaha.

    • #4
      Originally posted by Mickey Linehan View Post

      Yeah, we should pay no attention to the opponent's defense and force everything. That's thinking outside the box.
      Play to our supposed strengths, or pray that someone can hit a jump shot? Are we the tallest team in the country with a top draft pick at center, or am I just missing something?

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      • #5
        Originally posted by PxPxTrojan View Post
        Use our size. Forget about jump shots.
        That was working for us against Utah then all of a sudden we went away from it & lost an 8 point lead. Ughhhh

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        • #6
          I. Mobley has been AWFUL on the offensive end save for the ASU game. He can't shoot at all, and you don't want him getting fouled. I wish he would focus his game on moving without the ball and setting solid ball screens. He is(not tonight) and good defender and rebounder .

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Marty46r View Post
            I. Mobley has been AWFUL on the offensive end save for the ASU game. He can't shoot at all, and you don't want him getting fouled. I wish he would focus his game on moving without the ball and setting solid ball screens. He is(not tonight) and good defender and rebounder .
            He misses way too many shots close to the rim & when he’s down low he doesn’t seem to know how to maneuver his way to get a shot off.

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            • #8
              BACK TO THE BASICS!

              Our team can make jump shots. We've got a handful of shooters, but we've got to put them in position to succeed. Yes, our length is ridiculous, but our problem has been spacing and lack of ball movement. Generally speaking, when the ball moves, teams eventually end up with an open man - thus the old adage: "The ball moves faster than feet do." We don't do a lot of that.

              Ethan can't pound the ball. it stagnates our O. Like I've been recommending, maybe Tahj and Drew can run point in half court sets, and Ethan (if he's in) can play the #2. His set shots are great this year, and he's not always fantastic with dribble penetration into the trees. For a team with an exceptional low post threat, we don't pass out of double teams well, and quite frankly, our spacing just hasn't been great. That's a coaching thing...and is a bit concerning. I know CAE railed on the lack of made jump shots, but our half court sets left much to be desired. Jump shots were largely contested and/or rushed. With either Drew or IMobley at the high post, Evan in the low post, we should be able to get Evan going down low, and/or have outlets for kick out 3's. It sounds simple....and is quite simple.

              ANOTHER IDEA: We could also create some of that action with dribble penetration off of high wing pick-and-roll with Tahj/PG and IMobley (high post to screen) with Evan on the weak side low block and two wings (Ethan/Drew/Noah/IWhite). Lot's of good things to create out of that set. Again, Drew could also run PG, or high post in this scenario for simple high-low post action. With the season winding down, we need to tighten up the rotation imo. Quickly. I'd work on this set with our best grouping of 7 players and watch the magic happen.

              Made baskets help prevent other teams from breaks and easy baskets - one of the things we did really well in most games we won. We've got to figure out half court spacing, and a clean up a few basic sets to take advantage of our obvious strengths.

              KISS method, baby.
              Last edited by SC MOJO; 03-02-2021, 02:58 PM.

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              • #9
                Originally posted by SC MOJO View Post
                BACK TO THE BASICS!

                Our team can make jump shots. We've got a handful of shooters, but we've got to put them in position to succeed. Yes, our length is ridiculous, but our problem has been spacing and lack of ball movement. Generally speaking, when the ball moves, teams eventually end up with an open man - thus the old adage: "The ball moves faster than feet do." We don't do a lot of that.

                Ethan can't pound the ball. it stagnates our O. Like I've been recommending, maybe Tahj and Drew can run point in half court sets, and Ethan (if he's in) can play the #2. His set shots are great this year, and he's not always fantastic with dribble penetration into the trees. For a team with an exceptional low post threat, we don't pass out of double teams well, and quite frankly, our spacing just hasn't been great. That's a coaching thing...and is a bit concerning. I know CAE railed on the lack of made jump shots, but our half court sets left much to be desired. Jump shots were largely contested and/or rushed. With either Drew or IMobley at the high post, Evan in the low post, we should be able to get Evan going down low, and/or have outlets for kick out 3's. It sounds simple....and is quite simple.

                ANOTHER IDEA: We could also create some of that action with dribble penetration off of high wing pick-and-roll with Tahj/PG and IMobley (high post to screen) with Evan on the weak side low block and two wings (Ethan/Drew/Noah/IWhite). Lot's of good things to create out of that set. Again, Drew could also run PG, or high post in this scenario for simple high-low post action. With the season winding down, we need to tighten up the rotation imo. Quickly. I'd work on this set with our best grouping of 7 players and watch the magic happen.

                Made baskets help prevent other teams from breaks and easy baskets - one of the things we did really well in most games we won. We've got to figure out half court spacing, and a clean up a few basic sets to take advantage of our obvious strengths.

                KISS method, baby.
                Honestly Tahj is the only player I like taking jumpers.

                Drew can make them but I'd rather he drive and kick, take a finger-roll/floater, or just post-up, OR shoot the 3 ball.

                EA can shoot the 3 ball, I REALLY think CAE should give him more of those open opportunities - especially cause I think he can be dangerous driving from the wing once he gets a player off his feet.

                I hope the high-low game comes back with the Mobleys, that looked great against ASU but if teams are packing the paint we've got no choice but to shoot out of it or pull up mid range.

                Noah has also shown that he can hit mid-range shots and he had an athletic layup against Utah last game, I hope he gets in more this week.

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                • SC MOJO
                  SC MOJO commented
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                  Agree with all. except I really do think Drew's mid-range game is excellent. He makes sometimes difficult shots look easy. Hope he keeps grooving!

                • Trojan2021
                  Trojan2021 commented
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                  SC MOJO Haha, he's had a few good ones - but a lot of them make me wince and go "that's a low pct" shot... but they still go down sometimes.

              • #10
                Play like the way we did against Oregon, Stanford away, Arizona away, against UCLA, Utah at home, and BYU

                E. Mobley - Inside out or hi-low offense- we need to E. Mobley to touch the ball every possessions if possible; and kick out to open 3, open players for easy 2. He is also effective with his mid-range out if he gets on his spot.
                I. Mobley - play BIG .. Rebound and hustle plays; play BIG.. Don't take jump shots or 3s; play to your strengths
                Eaddy/Peterson - open 2/3, penetrations. No force shots. Be more decisive but also aggressive
                White - open 3, fastbreak offense, hustle and energy; transit
                Anderson - defense, hustle, attack the rim, and open 3 only
                Goodwin - defense, hustle, energy inside post/work
                Bauman - be ready to catch and shoot in rhythm for open 3s only - no force shots or dribbling

                We need our best scorers-players involve when they are in the game - Evan, Eaddy & Peterson.

                Play defense and defend the 3 especially. And take care of the basketball!

                Most important courtesy of PxPxTrojan
                Yes, I'm into prayers.. Our bench players to help pray we make shots and opponents miss shots. lol
                Last edited by FightOn6665; 03-02-2021, 05:52 PM.

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                • #11
                  Run a real offense, share the ball and stop with the one on one crap. Know who your stars are.

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                  • #12
                    A lot of good points in this thread. Hopefully, AE is reading it. Agree going back to the starting 5 of Tahj, Drew, White, and the Mobley's. We need the ball to move on offense as well as more player movement. If I see EA dribbling for 20 seconds and everyone standing around watching him I will either shut off the TV or break it.

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by swamdog View Post
                      A lot of good points in this thread. Hopefully, AE is reading it. Agree going back to the starting 5 of Tahj, Drew, White, and the Mobley's. We need the ball to move on offense as well as more player movement. If I see EA dribbling for 20 seconds and everyone standing around watching him I will either shut off the TV or break it.
                      I've no doubt Andy comes here often for coaching tips. We can only hope that Haase and Cronin haven't somehow stumbled on to our collective wisdom.


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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by Mickey Linehan View Post

                        I've no doubt Andy comes here often for coaching tips. We can only hope that Haase and Cronin haven't somehow stumbled on to our collective wisdom.

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                        • #15
                          SHARE-THE-BALL! Do not settle for the first shot you see, find the best shot for that play! Go in to the bigs for the easy scores and back out to the shooters when the defense has the bigs bottled up inside. Space the floor better to allow some room for the bigs to operate and for cutters to make runs to the basket.

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