Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Dec 6, 2011.
You mean besides free throw shooting?
this one might be a landslide
FT shooting is what's going to put me in an early grave, but I have faith that while it won't reach last season's levels, it will at least return to respectable levels.
I'm more concerned with our post play. We need some sort of low post scoring to free people up. It's not just the post players who are struggling either, we were screwing up entry passes against CSU right and left, and that's just not acceptable. Hopefully Cain will come in and provide a boost for us there because it appears that Simba might be a lost cause this season.
Fans definitely over-emphasize free throw shooting because it's the one thing we can look at with a high-level basketball game and say, "I could do better than that!".
On average, though, the NCAA D1 shoots 68% from the line. The average never goes above 70%. NBA is usually around 75%.
I think our interior scoring is a much bigger issue. We're not finishing at the rim.
On the plus side, our FT defense is awesome as we're only allowing our opponents to shoot 63%. :lol:
But seriously, we were FIFTH in teh nation last year in FT shooting. We were spoiled. Burks was 82%. Higgins was 86%. Levi was 90%. Hell, even Marcus Relphorde was 78%. Last year's team was amazing. This year's team will slowly come back to league average.
Three main factors for me...
1. Free throw shooting
2. Perimeter defense
3. Consistent offensive threat
You don't win close games without FTs...
You lose games you shouldn't by allowing teams to shoot well from the outside
You're top scorers must be consistent, Carlon hasn't been, and neither has Dre... that needs to change.
Bottom line. We fix two of those three for MOST of our games, we'll be in good shape, if we don't, we won't. Pretty simple.
We've lost three games, two of which can be directly attributed to poor free throw shooting. That's my biggest concern at the moment.
Lack of a "go to" scorer. Nate ****ing Tomlinson had the ball to end the CSU game. /thread.
Ps: If the poll included an option for "lack of senior leadership" I would have gone with that one.
I am more concerned about our interior defense. SHT and Dufault are not improving in this area. My hope is that Cain provides some difference and we can go back to worrying about FT's.
I feel with more consistent lineups I am seeing better outside defense, but there are still those moments in which players are left completely open on one side of the court and that all I can do is shake my head.
I'm looking for a go-to guy to emerge by the start of conference play. If no one does, then I will have some concerns
Having a go-to guy is great, so long as he's an NBA lottery pick. Otherwise, it's just a target for the other team to focus on in crunch time. I'd rather get balanced scoring up and down the lineup where the defense has to account for the possibility that any one of five guys on the floor could be taking the last shot.
Our team just can't seem to score. Whether it be from the FT line, from inside, or from the 3. If our opponent gets to 70, they win. We need scoring!
I'm also concerned about the pace at which we've been playing. We're right at the national average. We should be above that.
Perimeter defense scares me all it takes is a good shooter and were F'ed
No inside game.....again
No votes for the assists problem.
Probably should have phrased is at our A/T ratio.
I voted for High FG% because that means we are either a) allowing too many easy baskets or b) our defensive intensity isn't where it needs to be and teams get into a comfort zone offensively
Free throws followed closely by the (lack of) big man play inside. I think Tad's having them hit the line for something like 4000 free throws gives some validity to the problems at the line. As Sacky said, 2 of our
Odes can be directly linked to the charity stripe. ****, we almost blew a double digit lead to GA due to very poor FT shooting.
SHT and Default are also a concern. Hopefully Cain comes in and provides some big man improvement andy tresses during the remainder of the non conference schedule.
very good observation, we need to pick up the pace which will work to our advantage
I think thats where adams, dinwiddie and chen come in on that, all being guards w. length
I dont think a go-to guy means just one person, but its more the fact of one person (can be different every game) to take the team and lead them when the game gets tough. I would say "Senior Leadership" as someone else mentioned would have been a better term
Where's the "Winning" option? That's my concern.
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