This is a response to PSUChamp saying that we are NIT bound barring a collapse. Winning 2 in 9 is pretty collapsey and we are not on course for it today.
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Sixers have 9 wins and play the Timberwolves tomorrow night. Could they exceed my expectations?
Yes they could, they also could not.
As I said, this team wasn't going to end up with < 10 wins.
I was pointing toward my guess of getting win #10 on 2/7. They have a chance to get it a week earlier.
I applaud your attempt to make the game more aesthetically pleasing, all I'm saying to you is it's not an easy thing to fix.
To be fair to MCW, he might be a lot better with some better players around him. Give him a chance once this roster is rounded out better.
Good point. What causes the shot clock to reset? Hitting the rim with a shot, foul, kick ball? Doesn't the NBA reset the clock to 15 seconds when there is a violation on the defense? College could do something similar.
I'm still not sure if it's fair to the team that gets fouled to have to rush their shot though. Why shouldn't the offense get a new shot clock if they are fouled?
In CFB or the NFL, if the defense commits a foul, like pass interference or defensive holding, the offense gets an automatic first down. A "fresh set of downs" in football is somewhat similar to a "fresh shot clock". What you are suggesting would be like forcing the offense to start at "2nd down" instead of "1st down" after the defense commits a foul like PI.
There are lots of creative ways to improve end game situations, I have some ideas, but the idea of lowering the shot clock is not one of them. If you reduce the shot clock, then make CBB even more like the NBA, which is not a good thing.
College teams, especially lower level college teams, need 35 seconds to run motion offenses. They need that time to set up their offense. Take Princeton for example. A backdoor cut might not materialize in the first 20-25 seconds. A 35 second shot clock has been a standard for so long, it seems silly to even consider lowering that. That is not the problem with college basketball.
If a team built up a lead throughout an entire game, why should they be forced to take quick shots to give the other team more chances to come back?
we had like 3 different 'stall' sets on my jr high and high school basketball teams. winning at any cost, even at 13 years old.
I do not like the idea of a shorter shot clock, just means teams have less time to actually run a play. Who wants NBA style iso game.
2. for whatever reason, you do not see teams fast break anywhere near as much as they used to and that was a fun game to watch. i have no idea why and would love to hear some reasons. but very little full or three quarter court real in your face press defense and limited times i see any team really push the ball. and almost never the old secondary fast break that Dean Smith ran where you at least pushed ball up court after a made shot to see if you could get a defensive breakdown.
3. AAU ball. has been said many times but players coming up do not know the fundamentals like they use too. remember the Bruce Parkhill curl and elbow shot that he ran to perfection with Deron Hayes and Rashon Carlton. You almost never, every see any plays run that free guys up for a mid range jumper as nobody can shoot them. Way too many teams just relying on throwing up the 3 ball and hoping they make it (PSU included) and not enough real motion offense being run looking to free guys up.
You obviously don't watch much NBA basketball if you think most teams run ISO ball. The only teams in the NBA who base their offense around that are awful (Knicks, Lakers). Seriously, go watch the Spurs, Hawks, Warriors, or Mavericks. They play absolutely beautiful offensive ball.
Teams don't play quickly for a few reasons, but the main one is that coaches have become control freaks. They don't trust players to play the game, so they want possessions to be slowed down with the most input possible from them. The 35 second clock makes this more apparent. You don't want teams to run ISO, but all the 35 second clock does is encourage that. Cutting it to 24 seconds would get rid of 10 seconds of waiting for a set to begin and force teams to start their offense more quickly.
And finally, people can shoot mid range jumpshots. They're simply easy to defend and horribly inefficient. I was reading an article the other day stating that wide open mid range jump shots have a lower expected value to a team than contested 3's. The mid range jump shot "died" because the game evolved. If this (or any) team centered their offense around that thinking they would be awful offensively. In fact the Lakers tried something similar this year, and are off to the worst start in team history.
Only thing I can see as proof of a turnaround or a plan, is that they have a lot of long, athletic players. Few defensive mismatches. I currently see 9 players who could be on the rebuilt roster altough I suspect 2-4 will get traded if they continue to take the best player and not force a fit positionally in the draft.
Not to toot my own horn in that regard, but after the Michigan State game I said this: