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We have been trending down since the injury to Jimerson. On Sagarin, we were in the 60s and now about 90.  The loss of Jimerson is inviting teams to pack in the defense much like happened last year, and it results in more ugly basketball, much like last year's team. We need a couple if our guys to shoot well from outside to open things up.  When Perkins and Jacobs hit 3s at a good  clip, we are a good team, when they don't, we are not. Of course Weaver and the other players hitting from the outside also count. 

 

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5 hours ago, Stonewall D said:

This will be a good game.

Congratulations on the understatement.  I'm really looking forward to reading the recap from The Wiz after this game!

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Big win for The Bills....might be moving up on our grade....,stay tuned 

Well, for the 3rd game in a row FTs win it for The Bills. As I pointed out in the GW thread, the hack-a-Bill strategy doesn't work....The flaw is the assumption  that we can't shoot foul shots...at all....if you give us twice as many shots ...you, the opponent have lost your advantage...FTA....Rich  9....Bills....23....FTM....Rich...8....Bills 16....The diff  is not only neutralized but costs the Spyders....8 pts....FT% ...Rich...89%...Bills ...70% (nice)....Rich wins the FT% battle ...but so what....we win the FTM war.

From the original post.....

WWN2D2W........A lot.....This will be a tough game ,,, a high powered offense and a pretty good D.....3 three pt shooters and one of the best FT teams ITN (3rd)....Their only weakness is rebounding....we will have to dominate reb by at least 7...contain scoring ...slow the game down...hold them to no more than  65 pts...the lower the score the better our chances....score first and then go into a stall...just kidding on the stall...Don't foul them...it is like an auto basket if they go to the line....protect the ball....we need to match them in TOs....no more than 11....which will be tough  as Gilyard leads the nation in steals....finally a good slash...48/33/60

Their three 40% 3pt shooters came in at a combined 22%....excellent

Ft shooting...89%...neutralized...see 2nd paragraph above

Rebs by 7....We dominated by 9....huge

Contain scoring ...slow the game down...no more than 65 pts for Rich....the lower the score the better chance to win....58 pts says it all

Don't foul them....And the Bills didn't....9 FTA

Protect the ball...11 TOs........we not only turn in a great 12 TOs ....but force them into a season high 15....TO diff worth  6 pts.

slash 48/33/60....The only black mark for the evening was 3Pt shooting....and even that worked out OK....First...19% for Rich 3pt shooting...An important number which help neutralize our poor shooting...not bad for a Bills 3P defense rated as D......I knew we could do better......Second...like in the GW game we limited 3 pt shooting...only 11 shots....so damage was minimal ....and finally....Good FT shooting and excellent 2 pt shooting more than made up for the weak 3 pointers. 

All in all ...a very good evening...played a smart game and did everything we were supposed to do....So what happens when you do everything you are supposed to do?

Here is what happens....Pts in the paint.....48-26.........2nd chance pts....14-2....Fast break pts...17-1....Some pretty impressive numbers.....oh yeah, 1 more number ....you win by 15 pts on an away court  and turn the spread around by 21 pts.

Bottom line....We play to the competition....This time, up to the competition....we need to keep it going  as the next game will be an even bigger step up as we play 15th rated Dayton.

 

 

 

 

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