Agree on all fronts. Mike Miles and Emmanuel Miller are clearly our best players, IMO. We need them to be special this year. I am very worried about our bigs being able to defend this year’s version of Azubuike or McCormick. The last few years the games against skilled post players are over before they start.Some thoughts…
Great to have Baugh back, scored 8, had some nice feeds to Coles late, and is effective driving to the basket. Also hit two clutch free throws late.
The Frogs need double double level production from Emanuel Miller and we got it from him tonight 15 points and 10 boards. We did a better job feeding him slashing to the basket this game.
Miles scored 16, more effective going to the basket than shooting outside tonight.
This was O’Bannon’s best game of the year. Not only did he give us instant offense off the bench with 12 points off the bench, but he is working harder on defense. Peavy didn’t have his best game, good to have Chuck come in and produce.
Cork still looks like our most effective and versatile big man, but really none of the three centers did much tonight. Lampkin and Cork scored 4 each. And had trouble with Zidek, who is a very good player.
I did like the move late in the second half to play Miller and Coles together. Coles got us some big buckets that really helped put the game out of reach when Pepperdine still had some hope.
Still getting things figured out, but I think we are learning that we are much more effective offensively when our guards penetrate than working the perimeter. We shot 50% from the floor, but only 16% from three.
Still too many turnovers with 18, but winning the rebounding battle 38-22 helps offset some of that, especially when 15 of those are offensive.
Good defense and rebounding are probably going to HAVE to be the reason we win most nights from what I can tell.Shot 16% from 3 and got the win. That is a loss 9 out of 10 times. Part of it was a crappy opponent and part was the Frogs doing the little things like good defense and rebounding to get the win. Celebrating the win, but we will lose that game every time in conference if we shoot that bad from deep. Miles shooting 29% from 3 so far this season. He and the rest of the Frogs need to dial it in from deep.
They do have good size and seem to have decent hands and Cork has off the charts hops. But pretty limited offensively. If last night is any indication, looks like Doumbia will ride the bench and the other two splitting 20-25 minutes or so. Obviously the game flow and matchups will matter. Coles, Miller and Peavy/O’Bannon with no big man seems like a viable lineup in end of game situations where flexible roles/switches is so important on both sides of the floor.Even if the bigs aren't really effective, having 3 to throw at the top Big 12 centers will go a long way because they can play aggressive. Need to keep them healthy.
Baugh, Peavy, Wells and Evans are a combined 6-30 from 3 (20%). Miles only hitting .250 on 20 shots. That’s not going to get it done. Only O’Bannon, Farabello and Coles hitting 3s with any efficiency.Until we can make 3s with some level of consistency then we'll stay in the bottom half of the conference. I doubt we'll be +20 rebounding against Big 12 teams very often.