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Old 01-28-2023, 05:00 PM   #11
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I thought we played pretty well in the second half despite losing it by double digits. Walker was simply unguardable. He was hitting a ton of NBA style contested iso midrange jumpers. We had quite a few wide open threes that didn't go, especially from Davenport. And we only turned it over twice in the second half and gave up just 7 offensive rebounds in the entire game. Major improvement over the last few years against Houston.

I think this officially ends our NCAA chances, even if we win out from here.
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Old 01-28-2023, 08:39 PM   #12
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Adjusted for opponent, that was our best offensive performance of the season. Scoring 1.1 points per possession at Houston is no small feat. We took much better care of the ball this time and hit a good percentage from three. DDJ was looking to distribute in this game, and he ended with 9 assists. He can be a pretty good PG when he focuses on passing rather than scoring. MAW got shut down - his only points were the half time heave. Nolley and Lakhin had great games. Ody had 3 turnovers in only 16 minutes as his offensive woes continue. Davenport struggled on defense, but it seemed like he easily could have gone 5-7 from three instead of 2-7. Several of his misses were halfway down. It was basically a six man rotation, as no one else played more than 5 minutes.

Again I thought the defensive scheme was pretty good. We forced them into a lot of midrange shots but unfortunately they hit 14 of 20 from there. Walker was 6 for 7. There's not much you can do when that happens. Scheming to take away the midrange is a dangerous game to play.

Overall I was happy with our showing today. We have improved as the year has gone on, and Lakhin is developing into a complete player. We're in the top 50 on Torvik for the first time. I'm hoping we can finish the year strong and maybe get an NIT bid. We'll probably need to finish top 4 in the conference to make that happen.
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