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Some random thoughts from last night's game

Posted on: November 13, 2019 at 08:32:10 CT
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That was a brutal first half in almost all capacities, so to come back and seize the game on the road against a semi-quality opponent in the second half I suppose bodes well. I know the quality of play and talent level in college basketball is way down, but if Xavier was a top 25 caliber team then I guess MU isn't far from the same.

When Tilmon is out of the game we basically have no offensive design. We go most of the possessions with nobody below the free throw line, which unfortunately makes guys like Watson/Mark/Mitchell who can't penetrate almost useless on that end of the court. We are going to have to rely really heavily on Dru and Pinson to create in those situations.

Defensively I thought we looked pretty solid most of the night. I don't get after seizing the lead late inserting Mitchell at the 4 down the stretch and going with 2 bigs, because that forced us into a sort of Vanleer-type situation where 4 guys are trying to guard 5 and predictably a team that couldn't generate anything all half started easily breaking us down each possession and getting easy baskets. If you want to point to a coaching mis-step, inserting Mitchell in the game at that point and sticking with him was the root cause of our collapse down the stretch.

Dru Smith has a Chievous-like ability to get to the line. That is going to serve us well when the offense stagnates.

I don't like 6 three point attempts from the combo of Kobe, Mitchell and Tray. That is not what we need from the 4 spot.

I thought Nikko did exactly what we need from him in those type of situations, although I don't know why we felt Tilmon needed to sit for such prolonged stretches. We have to be able to get more from Tilmon, 5 field goal attempts is just not nearly enough. He has to be getting at least 10 attempts every game, probably more.

Overall rather encouraging game even though we came out on the losing end and it was so ugly with poor execution for most of it. College basketball is all about poor execution at this point, so this is a good era to struggle in that aspect and still be ok.

Edited by FIJItiger at 08:36:36 on 11/13/19
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Some random thoughts from last night's game - FIJItiger MU - 11/13 08:32:10
     WHEN Tilly sits..... - Ando MU - 11/13 08:50:50
          I think that's why we saw martin throw everything including - Domino MU - 11/13 09:01:10
     disagree with your take about the 4s taking 3’s - wu-tangtiger MU - 11/13 08:44:22
          no way dude - LamarFrazier MU - 11/13 11:20:51
          Yup(nm) - BOILERTIGER MU - 11/13 10:00:49
          I disagree as well about Watson/Mark/Mitchel - Legendary50 UT - 11/13 08:56:52
          Well that is why the offense will end up looking - FIJItiger MU - 11/13 08:47:49
          Maybe in the NBA. Not at Missouri. (nm) - Uncle John MU - 11/13 08:46:14
          I don't know why anyone cares who takes 3's...it needs to - playhard NWMSU - 11/13 08:46:06
               Mitch has shot 41% from deep in his career - wu-tangtiger MU - 11/13 09:20:04
                    Not sure 29 attempts is a big enough sample size(nm) - playhard NWMSU - 11/13 15:31:33
                         it is a small sample size, his percentage will probably go - wu-tangtiger MU - 11/13 18:29:29
               Kobe Bryant has as many air balls from 3 as he does makes - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:47:45
                    The man is a hall of famer and scored 81 points in a game - Lt. J. Dangle MU - 11/13 09:48:05
                         Hahahaha! Oppos. (nm) - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 09:51:08
                              That probably won't be the last time that happens. (nm) - Lt. J. Dangle MU - 11/13 10:04:33
          Maybe in time, don't think 2 freshman 4s are ready yet.(nm) - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:44:52
     Dru Smith has an old mans game and i mean that in - playhard NWMSU - 11/13 08:39:55
          It was a tale of two halves for him. - scif MU - 11/13 10:14:40
          I'm more concerned about facing SEC athletes. In slow motion - Sigma MU - 11/13 08:47:40
               Xavier is SEC level athletic. Looked athletic and unskilled - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:48:20
                    Did you see speed in Xavier backcourt? They were physical - Sigma MU - 11/13 08:49:20
                         Sure didn't have any trouble staying in front of us (nm) - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:50:07
                              Pinson & Mckinney were the only guards that could blow - Sigma MU - 11/13 09:01:55
     Agreed on all points. That's rare.(nm) - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:35:48
     I believe we will be a top 25 team this year. People - SuperTone MU - 11/13 08:35:38
          Pickett has regressed (nm) - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:36:04
               He is a good player - FIJItiger MU - 11/13 08:45:38
                    He and Watson are very limited...they're almost 3 and D guys - playhard NWMSU - 11/13 08:47:18
                    I have said as much below. Mark Smith can GET there too. - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:47:01
                         Mark got there a few times last night but has to finish - Legendary50 UT - 11/13 09:01:02
                         He's a stretch 4 in a big guards body(nm) - playhard NWMSU - 11/13 08:49:28
                              Pretty much(nm) - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:51:42
               He looks fine to me. Good D. Plays more physical - SuperTone MU - 11/13 08:40:44
                    He walked 3 times and got 0 points - Cole Thornton MU - 11/13 09:48:48
                    He also can't finish at the rim. (nm) - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:41:09
                         Here are some highlights vs Illini last year - SuperTone MU - 11/13 08:43:35
                              That game is the only game where he has been more than - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:44:31
                                   You forgot about maybe 7 other games - SuperTone MU - 11/13 10:48:26
                         I can't agree with that at all.(nm) - SuperTone MU - 11/13 08:41:57
                              Well, then when is he going to start finishing at the rim? - TheWildcat MU - 11/13 08:43:16
               This offense negates his strengths. Slashing & mid-range - Sigma MU - 11/13 08:37:25




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