Stanford has way better players. Give Monty those guys and Cal runs away with the conference. If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at Monty for not recruiting better.
He has a lot of room to grow in his game in terms of playing smart and being a more consistent shooter.Cobbs played a very disappointing game today and he's the one guy who might be able to do that.
It was both, but especially the defense. Their guards got into the paint whenever they wanted to and our bigs got outplayed on both ends. It's frankly astonishing that it was even close enough to be blown at the end.The defense is where we lost it, not the offense.
They are going to see more physical play in the NCAA tourney, assuming they make it.
We need a couple of bangers who can move their feet a bit, and more speed.
Well... we have skinny guys who aren't physical. Agree with many others that the best way to fix this is to recruit some physical and athletic players. Our one physical player generally played without composure, so that's not a solution in itself. Plus our guys can't afford to play physical enough defense (like Stanfurd's 10 man rotation) because we can't afford to get in foul trouble. See above.
I kind of disagree. The defense was much worse in the Colorado game. That may not be saying much, but for the most part our effort looked good and they got few points in the paint. They had at least 1 guy with a career game, and shot 47%. I think the pace was pretty high, i.e. I would guess a lot of possessions. The problem was that Jorge and Cobbs did not get good shots, which in part was due to their defense (especially in the first half), and in part due to poor decisions.
I think we lost this game with our composure in the first 12 minutes of the game, rather than effort or reffing or any of the other things that are being blamed most frequently here.
Wow, it appears that you and I watched different games yesterday. The effort was absolutely outstanding when our guys didn't even move to secure defensive rebounds, hoping that the ball would somehow fall into their hands...guess what, it didn't. Stanford played harder than we did and acted like THEY were the team playing for the conference championship.
Really, nothing has changed from game one, in that we've been saying all year that the key was being able to limit Jorge's and Harper's minutes. The interesting thing is that I thought Harper would be the problem, which did not turn out to be the case, because of how well Kravish has played, and the emergence of Thurman to provide quality minutes. By contrast, we ended up thin on the perimeter, because of Smith's difficulties, Rossi's ongoing injury, and Monty's lack of confidence in Murray.
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Almost none of Jorge's shots came out of the offensive system, they came from ball-hogging and trying stupid shots that just weren't there. Crabbe seems to just be starting to practice his 1-on-1 moves. This he needs to do, but not in the most critical game of the year. Like Jorge, he needed to be patient and come off screens to get his shot. When the offensive system actually WAS run in the first 12 minutes of the game, the guys that were supposed to go down under the net and come out the other side to help the ball handler on the point were always WAY too late, and the ball handler would get double teamed and have to make a tough pass to get out of it. Harper was a turnover machine in the first half. He wasn't ready for a pass, and threw the ball away. He had an outstanding second half. Cobbs was a mess passing the whole game. He was caught in a must-pass or get called for a turnover way too often. And then the defensive glass problems late were awful. Seems like more than five points there, don't you think?