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Penn State Basketball / Re: Minny IGT
« on: Yesterday at 08:03 AM »
Minne's pressing defense and fast play makes for an entertaining game.
Nice win for PSU. Whole team effort. For the most part inside play was good. Strong rebounding and shot blocking.
Wins are good.....................on to the next game.

There are lots of creative ways to improve end game situations, I have some ideas

Let's hear some!!    ;)

Article on the "fouling for profit" in the late game. From 2010)

I do not remember it being used much at all before the NC St 1983 title run. I think they pulled out several late comeback wins.  I remember an early NCAA win I saw on late night TV over a very good Pepperdine team using the "fouling" method!! 

NOW a days the "fouling" sometimes start at the 4 minute mark. Except for PSU games I change!!!!!!!!

Now that I have had time to think about the topic I wish to revise by prior opinion.
Since college hoops started to call the block/charge better the game itself is much better.
Moving 3 point line back may help open up the court........Maybe.
BUT 2 big problems remain. The first is the extreme # of Time Outs.
The second is  the "end game!!"  Once the on purpose fouling  starts games last forever and are painful to watch.
When I was young many people would say they only watched the last 2 minutes of a game.  NOW the opposite is true.   

Penn State Basketball / Re: vs Rutgers IGT
« on: January 24, 2015, 02:42 PM »
Wow, that was fun!!!!!  Wish all games were like this one.    :)   

Penn State Basketball / Re: RU
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:05 AM »
Alright, prefacing this with "I know this will not happen" and "I don't know what I am talking about."

So with those thoughts in mind, I feel like Shep's ball handling has gotten fairly sloppy these last few games (which is understandable for a true freshman combo guard at this point in the season). Combine that with Foster's play against MSU, I would love to see things get shaken up a little bit with a starting line-up of.

PG - Foster
SG - Shep or Geno
PF - Taylor
C - one of the three headed monster (I would actually consider going with Moore, but I'm not sure if it even makes a difference at this point)

Anyways just throwing this out there for shiggles.  Go PSU!!

I would go:
Shep or Gino

Penn State Basketball / Re: when to foul with a 3 point advantage
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:46 PM »
The worst case situation would be to foul a 3 pt shooter. Fouling on purpose in the frontcourt increases this possibility!
As a would be coach I like having a 3pt lead. I want to make their team "make a heroic play."  I don't want my team attempting to make a play( fouling on purpose) which increases the chances of disaster (fouling a 3pt shooter.)   

I think a deeper 3pt line would be a good action aiding change!

Penn State Basketball / Re: MSU- IGT
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:40 AM »
I think Ross Travis is one of our 4 best basketball players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe even top 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't think his PT should be reduced at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To me, in general, the NCAA game has become very hard to watch.
1st The large number of Time Outs is totally ridiculous!   
2nd The game needs to be faster paced.

BUT I don't see much change in the wind. The post season tournament is so trendy fashionable the power brokers will not implement much change. (Except keep expanding the 64 team field  ;) )   

Penn State Basketball / Re: OT: Wisconsin Basketballs
« on: January 22, 2015, 04:50 PM »
In 1974 the WFL used a gold football.

Penn State Basketball / Re: OT: Wisconsin Basketballs
« on: January 22, 2015, 03:54 PM »
Loved the old ABA and it's Red, White and Blue Ball!!!!!!!!!!!    :)

Penn State Basketball / Re: MSU- IGT
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:02 AM »
MY 2 cents:
Typical "at MSU" game. Loud crowd. MSU plays tight man-to-man. MSU pounds you on the boards!!
Refs make a large difference.
Also:  The play of Foster was a breath of fresh air. He played great. NO fouls...NO TOs. I wonder what his "plus-minus" was?? We were lost until he entered the game.
 Good "T" by PC. Needed to make a statement at that time and it only cost us 1 point.
PSU played hard BUT were over matched at a couple of positions!
Good job by BTN announcers! 

Penn State Basketball / Re: MSU- IGT
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:01 PM »
Foster played GREAT. I don't think we had a quality shot attempt until he entered the game!!
I hope he gets mucho 2nd half PT!! 

Penn State Basketball / Re: Newbill
« on: January 21, 2015, 12:53 PM »
I think he has improved his shot and overall game a lot this season. I think he will get drafted!            


Penn State Basketball / Re: Purdue IGT
« on: January 18, 2015, 12:12 PM »
I can't say I'm happy with the program's progress.
BUT, I remember saying when PC was hired that 5 years was a fair minimum based on where the program was at that time.
I'll stick with that!

Sounds to me there is a lot of blame to go around. Let's just "fix it!!" ..........................I hope this doesn't make me part of the "move on" crowd!!   :o 

Penn State Basketball / Re: Ross Travis Rebound Record Book Watch
« on: January 18, 2015, 08:31 AM »
YET.........................Gotta think it was a coaching decision - - - -  he wasn't in the low blocks for the most important rebound (via PU foul shot attempt) of the season????

Penn State Basketball / Re: Purdue IGT
« on: January 17, 2015, 04:31 PM »
This loss was sure a tough one!!!!!!!!!!! A game we should have won. Home court. Good crowd. 
Team played hard. Came down to a couple of plays. (no comment on the plays!!) Of course they did not go our way.

Going to be a longgg year.   :(   

Penn State Basketball / Re: Purdue IGT
« on: January 17, 2015, 01:57 PM »
NICE half. :) 
Good hustle. DJ, Travis and Taylor were excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nice to see Foster contribute! 

OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:36 PM »
Sick to my stomach!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Penn State Basketball / Re: Purdue
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:52 AM »
Can we call them "must-win" games yet? :D

How bout "must protect the home floor!"

I'm to the point where I would be happy seeing quality, basic, fundamental basketball. Win or lose...................

Penn State Basketball / Re: @Indiana IGT
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:27 PM »
Here is an interesting stat...

This team is to be guard oriented.  The guard play is to be our biggest asset.  But, so far in BIG TEN play....

                     G 3FGM 3FGA  Pct
1. Northwestern 3 23 59 .390
2. Michigan State 4 25 65 .385
3. Wisconsin 4 26 73 .356
4. Michigan 5 37 107 .346
5. Minnesota 5 35 104 .337
6. Iowa 4 23 70 .329
7. Nebraska 4 20 64 .313
8. Illinois 4 28 91 .308
9. Maryland 4 27 89 .303
10. Indiana 4 25 87 .287
11. Purdue 4 14 49 .286
12. Ohio State 5 27 95 .284
13. Rutgers 4 15 55 .273
14. Penn State 4 21 83 .253
                  G 3FGM 3FGA Pct
1. Maryland 4 20 87 .230
2. Nebraska 4 20 86 .233
3. Indiana 4 19 78 .244
4. Rutgers 4 22 83 .265
5. Michigan State 4 23 83 .277
6. Ohio State 5 34 109 .312
7. Michigan 5 29 88 .330
8. Minnesota 5 30 87 .345
9. Purdue 4 25 70 .357
10. Iowa 4 29 80 .363
11. Northwestern 3 20 54 .370
12. Wisconsin 4 16 42 .381
13. Illinois 4 32 82 .390
14. Penn State 4 27 62 .435

Dead last in 3PT FG%, Dead last in 3PT FG% Defense...

...and it's NOT EVEN CLOSE !!!

Good stuff.
When I consider stats like these I sometimes think it tells more about the quality of the "shots " than the quality of the shooters."
Either way, these stats are very telling.

Penn State Basketball / Re: @Indiana IGT
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:54 AM »
Fast paced game with great crowd and quality BTN announcers..................what was not to enjoy????
Well....................... :(............................I'm sorry.................. I won't overstate the obvious.
We hustled last night. BUT, we have some issues in our play that are preventing us from winning league games. 


« on: January 11, 2015, 01:22 PM »
He got excellent comments from the broadcaster(s).

I keep the sound down - do you remember what they said about him? I'm an Urschel fanboy.

I didn't hear any PSU mention or academic mention. What I remember them highlighting was that he was a rookie. They keep saying something like Ravens have really found a player in this rookie or something to that effect!!!  They showed him isolated on several replays. Each play he made a quality block and opened a large hole!!!   

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