I agree, it always bothered me watching this team that anytime we played a faster tempo we seemed to control the game. I felt like that is where RJ, Gaff and Jackson got to play to their strengths and build their confidence. Not to mention athletic big men like Whaley and Sanogo (And Akok when healthy) that can get up and down the floor. The weaving and screening at the top of the key was just so predictable at times last year. Now was it flawless, mistake free basketball? No. But it allowed our guys to really turn it into a track meet, use their athleticism in open space and tire the other team out by the middle of the second half.Why is it that DH had the team playing such a slow tempo with such good athletes and mediocre shooting? I just think the way the team is going to likely be comprised next year you have to play faster than we did last year. Thoughts?
We started to run more at the end of the year and our pace increased substantially, will be interesting to see if that was an abberation or a result of having Jackson healthy. Hopefully the latter
Hurley's defensive style and recruiting don't match his offense. I posted it once, but he's only been top 100 in tempo once as a coach. He averages over 200th.
Which is FINE. We can be that kind of team that plays slow. But that also means we need to change our defense and recruiting. Go to packline and recruit more skill and shooting with less athletes with less skill on the team. Pressure defense means fast transition basketball, or else what was the point of the high intensity, high risk defense?
Or... we stick with the uptempo and accept that high tempo teams will make mistakes and turn it over more. But the payoff with easy buckets is worth it.
I do think we should continue to recruit elite offensive rebounders no matter what. Add a few shooters around that and you have a decent+ offense.
Why is it that DH had the team playing such a slow tempo with such good athletes and mediocre shooting? I just think the way the team is going to likely be comprised next year you have to play faster than we did last year. Thoughts?
Going into the Xavier game (so not exactly when Bouk came back but when I noticed the change), we were 334th in pace at 64.2 possessions a game. We ended the season at 309th and 65.5 possessions a game. Might seem marginal but that means the stretch where Hurley talked about changing the pace we were averaging 67.2 possessions a game which would have been 225th in the country. So not necessarily a fast pace, but noticeably differentAnd it was puzzling that later in the season, after Bouk came back, Hurley specifically mentioned a few times that the team needed to play faster. But then I didn't notice any difference. Did anyone else?
This probably makes the most sense. Would love to see Whaley or Sanogo work on accurate outlet passes down the floor, plenty of guys on the team next year that should be adept at attacking the rim.I think Hurley was afraid to play fast because we were so sloppy with the basketball. As the season progressed, we got better and brought the TOs down. Our first game with less than 10 TOs was at the end of February.
We did not have the personal to play much faster. A lot of our players couldn’t finish at the rim which didn’t help.Why is it that DH had the team playing such a slow tempo with such good athletes and mediocre shooting? I just think the way the team is going to likely be comprised next year you have to play faster than we did last year. Thoughts?
Who cleans up after the bigs miss, and miss and miss again?You have to have the guards for it but he should watch Gonzaga to up tempo the offense, the way they passed the ball quickly until there was a driving opportunity. We have the bigs to clean up after the ones that miss.
Simply put to play fast you need fast guards who can push the ball.
UConn doesn't have that.