- Apr 1, 2013
1--- Read Donald's post. The post was about freshmen. Not about other players stepping up. But the more your frosh anywhere from 1 to whatever get nervous, it means your team is not as good as it otherwise would be, right?I also don't like the fact that everyone thought SC was only the freshmen or two seniors when in reality we had the best bench in WCBB. Regardless if those freshmen didn’t play to potential someone stepped in like nothing ever happened. How can you make a point that because an individual has a bad game the whole team would fail because of it? It doesn’t make any sense...
2--- The post was about if freshmen can get nervous.
3--- Just knowing that even one can get nervous could be a problem. Because we know not all freshmen are equal. For example if your best frosh was nervous or just played lousy (unless you suggest YOUR freshmen are incapable of playing bad. It seems the other poster seems to believe ANY are incapable of being nervous nor does he seem to understand the difference between a November game and a one-and-done season over.) and just ONE OTHER frosh was just the other way a combination of nervous or lousy game then you have two freshmen that aren't playing well. That reduces your chances, right? You still might win ocf but it does "reduce." Unless you are suggesting it's impossible that two South Carolina freshmen can play bad in a one-and-done NCAA Tourney?
4-- I just want to address the bold above because it relates to number 3. In basketball-- more than any other major team sport one player can affect the game / the flow of the game in an exponential/dynamic fashion. Sure you have a deep bench but there is a reason why they are on the bench, right? They aren't as good as the starters. You realize if you cannot force a very fast pace-of-play and the other team has a super player you are struggling to stop, your bench possibly won't wear down a 20-22 year old kid, right?
5-- Young players get nervous a lot. In men's title game in 2014 John Calipari specifically said his FRESHMEN were nervous. How many other years has he had huge frosh classes and not won even though they were favored? Same with Duke men. Look at last year led by three frosh. I'm sure they had THOSE BIG NOVEMBER / DECEMBER GAMES in which they won and the frosh were good. Yet they got picked off in an early round even though they were heavily favored. So all these teams are affected by youth but the great Frosh from South Carolina women's team HAS NO CHANCE OF BEING AFFECTED BY IT? If you believe that -- I call that "delusional."
6--- ***So in the HISTORY OF THE GAME there are many examples of youth getting nervous/just playing lousy yet we're supposed to throw that all out and state THERE IS LITTLE-TO-NO-CHANCE OF THAT HAPPENING and this guy uses as a MAIN POINT a November basketball game???? It's mind-boggling anyone can think this has any logic whatsoever.