Coach changed my mind a little on this, but I'm still in the middle. I would still like Marshall as the main defender on Powell home or away, but feel we have four guys who could potentially present a defensive challenge in Scruggs, Moore, and Goodin, though my confidence in Q is waning. The only thing which often affects Marshall's game offensively is his low IQ. The disappointing thing was not being able to contain some of their other players, and to Coach's point, an all our sellout on Powell defensively was part of the reason. Kevin Durant had less attention in college. Steele panicked, plain and simple.X-lucidity wrote: ↑Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:07 pmI think those are excellent points Coach. Seems that Powell will get his. Obviously you need to put a capable athletic defender on him so he does not go off for 42 but we wasted Naji and likely curtailed his offensive contributions. I do not blame Steele for trying this but would hope he comes to this same conclusion. Stick Q on Powell as who cares if Q's offense is diminished. Naji would be better served on the likes of Rhoden. That dude killed us with key baskets on drives or short pull ups, and also grabbed a decent amount of rebs, a couple of which were offensive.
At some point, maybe even soon, I believe we will have dissected this game enough and resolved all issues...!
Steele is an an inexperienced coach, and it has been on full display this year. I am still optimistic about him, but one thing X has always done well this year is applying full court pressure. You can't employ it the whole game, but need to do it multiple times, for multiple possessions, especially when you're getting trounced with your half court defense. I also wonder if he has practiced a zone defense yet? Not being facetious, but he did say after a game a couple of weeks ago that they don't have one. That's kind of like not having a press break offense, which isn't implausible, if one looks on how poorly X executes the press break at times (Johnnie's great example).
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