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AUNashville
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Now that emotions have died down
Last night was a bad performance by our team, and I know we're all disappointed. But hardly anything is lost. It's one SEC road game we lost after nearly a two week hiatus (which during the season is actually pretty long). If this trend continues however, then cause for concern may be justified.

There are several things to work on, but I don't think we make a lot of the mistakes we made last night on a consistent basis (ball handling errors, missed assignments, errant passes, etc.). The game against UGA Saturday becomes that more important in order to get the teams mentality back on track. I believe that the loss last night was mental. It wasn't due to our lack of basketball IQ, or talent—it was because our guys showed up and acted like they didn't care about the game. That needs to change.

In hindsight, this game might be the one this team needed to wake up and understand anyone can be beat, especially on the road. They also need to realize they are now the hunted. If Ole Miss played Mizzou last night, there's no way that crowd would've showed up. They need to embrace this role.


Smoke7024
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re: Now that emotions have died down
The main thing that concerns me and it’s showing to be a trend is that we’re not getting to the FT line. We’re missing that guy that will just lower his head and drive (Heron). Doughty was supposed to play this role, but he’s turning into a spot up shooter. We have enough of those. Also, Okeke has to be more aggressive. He’s super talented, but he’s not showing it because he’s not aggressive. These things can all be corrected, so I’m not overly conerned yet. Guys just need to embrace their roles in this team.
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AUNashville
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Member since Jul 2014
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re: Now that emotions have died down
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The main thing that concerns me and it’s showing to be a trend is that we’re not getting to the FT line. We’re missing that guy that will just lower his head and drive (Heron). Doughty was supposed to play this role, but he’s turning into a spot up shooter. We have enough of those. Also, Okeke has to be more aggressive. He’s super talented, but he’s not showing it because he’s not aggressive. These things can all be corrected, so I’m not overly conerned yet. Guys just need to embrace their roles in this team.


Here's a pretty comprehensive list on the things I think we need to fix:

1. Get our inside guys to be more in control and aggressive. Wiley makes these awkward jumps sometimes when the ball is passed to him inside. He misses dunks that could easily be and-1 opportunities. He has the size and strength to be so dominant, but at times looks like he's built from styrofoam.

2. Guy Okeke involved more. He made one basket last night that was an and-1, and it was a picture perfect moment of the type of player he could be if he were more assertive. We can't just pass him the ball and say 'be more aggressive', but I think there are moments where he is indecisive or decides to pass the ball where he could just drive and score easily.

3. Don't make careless errors. These were aplenty last night...dribbling ball out of bounds, errant passes, missed assignments on D. Luckily, I think last night these may be attributed to the time off. I don't think we'll be that bad anymore this season.

4. Give Jared Harper the best chance to play well. Like last season, Harper's play is directly proportional to how the team performs. He wasn't faced with a lot of pressure last night, he just made mistakes within his own play. I think sometimes he tried to do too much.

5. Find creative ways to get the ball inside. It has shown time and again that passing the ball to Wiley, Spencer, or Anfernee and letting them back down against their defender only to shoot a hook is not a high percentage basket. We need to find more movement inside. For instance, we could pass the ball to Wiley, he could recognize a double team, and make a quick dish to a slashing guard for an easy basket. I'm not saying that would work, but it's the type of quick play that I think we would benefit greatly from.


MrAUTigers
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re: Now that emotions have died down
we are going to have games like that. We are a hot/cold team. When the three is falling, I believe we can beat anybody. When they aren't, we can lose to a lot of people.

We are Auburn....there will be good games and then there will be games that absolutely piss you off.


MsGarrison
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Steele Town LOL
Member since Nov 2009
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re: Now that emotions have died down
It's basketball, we are still currently a tournament team. We didnt win them all last year, wasnt expecting that this year.


AU_251
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Member since Feb 2013
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re: Now that emotions have died down
Last night was always going to be a tough game.

Ole Miss was 11-2 going in, was shooting a higher FG% than us, and averaging more PPG than us, and it was at their place. We also hadn't played in almost two weeks. I'm not ready to overreact to this one. I thought before that game we would lose it.


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AUtigR24
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re: Now that emotions have died down
I wasn't able to watch the game nor have I seen the stat line but knowing whom our coach is I can assume we did not shoot the ball well, had a lot of turnovers, were outrebounded, and played terrible defense?


Games like this are going to happen under Bruce. Games like this do not happen with coaches like Tony Bennett. It is what it is. We have to take the good with the bad and keep rolling




allin2010
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re: Now that emotions have died down
Win your games at home and split on the road.


AUNashville
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New Haven
Member since Jul 2014
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re: Now that emotions have died down
Another strategy might be to start Anfernee again. I think this allows us to get off to a faster start which is better to catch teams off guard.


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beatbammer
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re: Now that emotions have died down
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If this trend continues however, then cause for concern may be justified.


You mean the trend that started with the UAB game four games ago on Dec. 15th? That trend?

Because even though we beat UAB and Murray State, we've been looking bad on the court for (counting Ole Miss) four games now.

(Not counting UNF because you shouldn't.)
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AUNashville
Yale Fan
New Haven
Member since Jul 2014
3105 posts

re: Now that emotions have died down
We even struggled a bit starting with UNC Asheville and Dayton. It looked like we had it figured out as we beat a good Murray State team and throttled North Florida. An argument could be made that this trend started either last night or 1 month ago.


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ATLtiger12
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re: Now that emotions have died down
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Because even though we beat UAB and Murray State, we've been looking bad on the court for (counting Ole Miss) four games now.


I am torn on this game, because we haven't looked nearly as dominant in a lot of our big games this year. I agree that 2 weeks off is a long time in basketball, and it was inevitable we were going to have some rust on the road against a good team. I also think a lot of our issues are fixable and we can be a much better team come March, but we are definitely behind where we were this time last year.

We are missing Heron, who was our go to player when shots weren't falling. he could get us out of slumps just by driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line. Also, I like our big men, but they got destroyed on the boards last night. We haven't been as consistent rebounding the ball this year, and Wiley still turns the ball over too much.

Still too much season left to get worked up over one loss, but I do agree there are more issues than just "one bad game." Hope we get going back in the right direction against UGA this weekend. Especially since i plan on going.


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AA7
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re: Now that emotions have died down
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It has shown time and again that passing the ball to Wiley, Spencer, or Anfernee and letting them back down against their defender only to shoot a hook is not a high percentage basket.

I agree other than Wiley. I feel way better about him one on one with his back to the basket, than fronting someone and taking it straight to the basket.


AUNashville
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New Haven
Member since Jul 2014
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re: Now that emotions have died down
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I agree other than Wiley. I feel way better about him one on one with his back to the basket, than fronting someone and taking it straight to the basket.


It's important though that he backs down closer to the basket. He's become better at it throughout the season, but I remember when he first started, he was having to launch some long hook shots. Last night, I noticed Ole Miss was quick to double team him...a defender would quickly dart over to cover him once he got the ball. It seems like our staff would've known this and prepared him for it. Those double teams should open up scoring opportunities if we know the right pass to make.


AA7
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Birmingham, AL
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re: Now that emotions have died down
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Last night, I noticed Ole Miss was quick to double team him

They were doubling everyone down low and we didn't really have an answer. We were able to kick it out and find some guys open in the second half, but really struggled. Plus they had a grown man at the 5.


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Smoke7024
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re: Now that emotions have died down
We looked like we broke out of it in the Murray State game, even though we kinda collapsed at the end, and carried that over to North Florida. I see your point though. Save two games, this looks like what started in the UAB game.


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