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in priority order. (in the order that i feel strongly about them switch #1 and #2)
1) This is more on the players than Turgeon: Our entire backcourt is very very flawed. Let's go through the list. Peshon - unathletic, can't shoot, makes occasional great passes but plenty of bad decisions. Allen - very athletic, terrible decision maker, shot has gone MIA. Faust - very athletic, poor decision maker, poor shooter. Wells - very athletic, poor decision maker, poor outside shooter. Aronhalt - unathletic, great shooter, contributes nothing but shooting. Layman - varies so much from game to game. THEY ALL TURN THE BALL OVER CONSTANTLY. Now add in that four of the six are in their first year at MD. How can you win with that? What can a coach do when you're dealing with that? My primary criticism has been substitution patterns. Well what is he supposed to do?
2) College basketball SUCKS: Between the super short 3 point line + the way the games are refed interior players are nearly useless. An inside out strategy doesn't really work. That's awful and not the way basketball is supposed to be. It has hurt us this year. Our big guys get called when they touch somebody AND when the defender flops. If the line was 2' farther back college hoops would instantly improve for the better. Martell Webster is an average NBA player. If he was coming out of college basketball this year, I'd take him over anybody.
3) Someone tell me I'm crazy for thinking we get BETTER when Len leaves. We sort of run a half court offense to get him the ball ... but we can't get him the ball, he can't score, and we turn it over trying to get it in AND when he tries to get it back out. An offense that doesn't stall trying "feed the post" would help us.
I had 5 separate thoughts but i've been drinking. i guess the summary is that we've sucked for a long long time. for people who want Turgeon to be on the hot seat they're ignoring how good he was in the past, the situation he inherited, and the flaws of this team. i went to school during the last two Cole seasons and the first two Comcast seasons. The success of those times is a long long long time ago. it's depressing.
You're a year younger than me. I know exactly what you mean.
I really miss expecting to win these types of games instead of hoping to win them.
Agree with all of these points. Fucking Duke and the crap mid majors have ruined the game. It's become nothing but a glorified 3 point shooting contest.
I'm very hard on Turge but haven't said once he should be on the hot seat. He's done a shit job this year in my opinion, but I also agree most of our struggles are not his fault - but the dumbass players.
paragraph 1 is a better way of making the point i was trying to make
paragraph 2 makes no sense ... but i agree completely. i knew nothing about him pre-MD, but i'll bet this is the worst coaching job he's ever done and i'm still completely willing to ignore it.
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