- Apr 1, 2013
Yes. I think what you posted is basically what I said. Unless you think for example Piath is going to get 10 minutes a game vs the elite teams? Piath won't get 10 minutes in those big games unless Edwards can't be a backup - the same with Griffin -and/or Liv is in foul trouble or hurt.Last year Meg played 34 mpg and CW and CD almost 36 minutes per game. We had no bench. The starters may not play 25 mpg this year but it will not average 35 either. I expect around 30-32 with maybe one or two at 33-34. One thing that can happen this year is substitution regularity such as resting a starter at a given time in each half or even each quarter except in big games or close games. I just see that happening in order to see your freshmen and give them game experience and also because of position back up. While we certainly won't FCP the entire game unless we have to, I think you will see a lot more of it this year as well as the half court trap which can simply be doubling an offensive player in a weakened position on the floor. How do you press and trap over an extended period of time with 6 or 7 players like last year? Very difficult. But with 10 players, and each position having a back up, you have more options. The increased activity on the defensive end last year went hand and hand with the increased movement on the offensive end which included more passing for the Geno offense and hence the revitalization of the team at the end of the season. Geno likes to score in bunches early and take the game over and of the freshmen, if they don't start, Paige, Nika, Mir and AE are all "press-worthy" players that can come in with Piath being athletic also.
Yes I agree you play the freshmen. But you don't sacrifice losing games in order to give them minutes. Just because UCONN traps vs the elite teams it doesn't mean vs that elite team it's going to work. Trapping is a double-edged sword. There is a player open on the offensive end if you trap. Some of the great men's college teams that were great trapping teams -- some overwhelming favorites have gotten beat because a far lesser team beat the press. There's risk in trapping and there will be some games UCONN won't do it a lot vs some of the elite teams. And if you aren't trapping all the the time then it means you can play 6 or 7 players.
If any of our bottom-of-the-bench players are struggling (not all ofc)- which I can't believe won't happen at least during some moments in time- then those bottom of the bench players will not play at that moment vs the elite teams. The more that more young player's struggle - the less the ability to press hard most of the game.