Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cocks Screw Bama

We started a very unusual starting lineup thanks to Hillman feeling under the weather and JaMychael Green still being a little banged up. Kudos to Anthony Brock and Demetrius Jemison for stepping up and playing well in the early goings. We were able to slow down Downey for the first 15 minutes or so of the game, and when Green and Hillman came in off the bench, we stretched the lead to 15. During this stretch we were limiting the Gamecocks to just one shot per possession, and we were immediately attacking the basket on offense, even after made baskets by the gamecocks. We still had a 10 point lead going into halftime.

The second half was a complete disaster. The Gamecocks switched to a full court press which slowed down our offense. Normally, you think of using a press to speed things up, but it required our guards to take more time getting the ball up the court. We never attack a press, we merely look to break it. We made some poor passes in transition, our big men did a poor job of handling the ball in the post, and we continue to have difficulty getting the ball in bounds. All of these problems led to nearly 20 turnovers, which was a key in South Carolina getting back into the game.

I'm proud of Hillman for playing so hard when he clearly was not feeling well. During every timeout he was visiting with the trainers, who were basically forcing him to drink liquids. His chest was congested, and he was obviously having a hard time breathing on the sideline, using an inhaler at one point. I would have liked to have seen us switch up on defense and put him on Downey some down the stretch. Hillman's shot selection, however, continues to drive me nuts.

The crowd was absolutely pathetic. I understand it was Valentine's Day. Apparently, we have a lot of kitty whipped guys in our fan base. There were a lot of students still on campus, we saw them out eating and at the park before and after the game, most just did not even know there was a basketball game being played. Again, poor marketing. The crowd that was there, was eerily dead. With a tie game and less than 2 minutes remaining, with South Carolina having the ball, it sounded like an opera house. The place should have been rocking at that point. If I were a prospective coach watching on TV, Tuscaloosa did not look like a very desirable destination.

As for the final play, the official failed to call the offensive basket interference when it happened. Unfortunately, that aspect of the play is not reviewable. They could only review as to whether or not the tip in came before or after the buzzer. So, technically, they got it right on review, but they blew the call live, and the part that they blew could not be overturned. I was hoping they would even things out and get it wrong on review so that the end result would be what should have occured...overtime. Actually, we should have had less than 1 second and the ball so we could attempt our obligatory Jemison to Green with Gee on the wing for the shot at the buzzer play.

Up next, a trip to Gainesville for a 6 pm tipoff against the Gators Wednesday night. Florida is a very talented young team. Frankly, I expected them to be a little better than they have been this year, but I will still be surprised if we can hang with them.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe Torrance should have entered the game again after he was benched the 2nd half. Brock had 7 turnovers which led to baskets from S. Carolina, and Torrance had a remarkable first half. Demetrius could have also been in during the final minutes as well... Just IMO though...

Anonymous said...

Did PP call XCMG for what to do the last minute of the game? I was pulling hard for PP and the team did a great job the 1st half. But if any future employers see how he blew the last minute he may back to coaching high school. If we had taken an early shot instead of wasting 10-15 seconds then even if USC made a basket we would have gotten the ball back. Then when they did get the ball foul immediately at least you get the ball back with time> Coaching & turnovers loses another.

Mitchell said...

Pearson has been a head coach for a whopping five games. Give him a break.

bobbyjack said...

I think it's more of bad habits are hard to break than PP's coaching abilities. Saying that, if Joe bama fan in front of the TV can understand 2 for one then I have to thin an assistant coach understands that as well... yet it didn't happen.

Oh well... looking forward to the SECT.