- Aug 17, 2011
- Reaction Score
not sure that stats, but it really seemed like an issue
If I'm reading the box score correctly we were 31-43 from the FT line.
Every coach in America will take that. That means the other team is getting many of their players in foul trouble, disrupting playing patterns and means Uconn is getting to the rim.
Well early on our FT% prominently displayed on the stats board had a big fat zero. That % went to around 60% for a while but edged its way back up to over 70 once the guards and wings were going to the line.
AD is a fricken adventure from the line. He's so big and strong he sort of short arms it and still almost breaks the backboard. The little guys can pretty much snap off their FT with full arm extension and develop an fluid repeatable stroke. We all underestimate how hard it is for the big guys with long huge arms to develop a fluid repeatable stroke. If AD were to reproduce the same motion a 6-1 guard does he'd fling that sucker over the backboard. With that said, they can be taught a motion that should work, but he he's going to have to settle on one and work on it. That short arm action he's using now is simply problematic. I'm surprised that his pre-college coaches weren't able to get him further along.
Alex has been bad at the line the three games I've seen so far. He seemed to settle down and make his last FTs last night. He improved a lot late last season. I'm sure he'll get back to that and will be good enough not to hurt us at the line.
Tyler has been pretty good at the line and simply needs consistency.
Now the bad FT shooting wasn't just the big guys. Poor FT shooting can be contagious at times, but I think this team will steadily improve at the line as the season goes on. Bazz, Lamb and Daniels should be strong from the line. I think Tyler, Roscoe and Giffey will be solid as well.
It's AD who concerns me. He could easily be south of 40% and teams with depth in the post are going to hack him, especially late in games. As good as that strategy sounds, teams will have to be careful not to get UConn into the bonus too quickly. If that happens, expect JC to attack the pain with our guards and wings getting our shooters to the line. It's late in close games where JC will have some tough decisions when to put AD in and when to take him out. We're going to see JC do a lot of offense (AD Out)/defense (AD In) substituting late in close games until Andre shows he can make some FTs.