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    NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    I feel much better about all of our lousy close losses this season - they don't even compare to these stomach-punch losses in the tourney. some of these players have made laron dendy look like an honor student:) 5 second calls, over and backs, dumb fouls, almost goal tending a last-second shot. wth?

    everybody has close games, no more whining.

    hopefully we can get it done next year and get back to the dance. but i'd almost rather get killed by 20 in the tourney than leave it up to the refs or a "dumb" play by your own team.



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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    I don't feel better about ours, but I agree that these are brutal.

    Some of these guys just switch to stupid at the end of the game.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    The majority of young people crack under pressure. That's why the few that don't are so special.



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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    The majority of young people crack under pressure. That's why the few that don't are so special.
    Touche.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    Fred said he was going to watch for teams that won close games. God knows he has seen enough of them so far. It appears that about half are just the luck of your shot going in and the other half are having your team coached on what to do or especially what not to do.



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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    Fred said he was going to watch for teams that won close games. God knows he has seen enough of them so far. It appears that about half are just the luck of your shot going in and the other half are having your team coached on what to do or especially what not to do.
    I was going to bring that up. Really reinforces that those close losses were not a Fred-The-Novice issue.



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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    Quote Originally Posted by swarthmoreCY View Post
    I was going to bring that up. Really reinforces that those close losses were not a Fred-The-Novice issue.
    Agreed that it was never Fred-The-Novice, but I would contend that there were a number of instances where the team was coached from Fred-The-Gut-Feeling over Fred-The-This-Consistently-Works-Best-In-This-Situation-Against-This-Type-of-Team-and-After-We've-Learned-This-Strategy-Doesn't-Work-Well-For-Us-After-We've-Already-Lost-A-Game-This-Way. I'm hoping his careful look at some of the close games allows him to see patterns that I believe exist from a superior coaching standpoint, and he tended to ignore at times because of his gut feeling with his personnel.


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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    Most of these close losses come down to guard play and coaching which sums up many of ours as well. As good as DG was all year he struggled with reeling the team in and leading down the stretch of close games. I'm not placing all the blame on him, I think it was a combo of his lack of experience in those types of games, combined with our style of play, combined with a first year head coach not being in tune with his kids. I think at times DG had more pressure on him than he was used to and he unfairly caught the blame. IMO most of the teams on the losing end of these close games are in the similar situations. As this program moves along a PG that can attune to the situation in these close games is going to be more and more crucial. Rick Barnes proves year in and year out that having more talent and rolling the ball out wont win tournament games. Guard play and coaching are the great equalizers, thats why you see the mid majors able to make runs.



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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    Yeah, it happens to even the best players. Those who don't "crack under pressure" in a particular game have certainly done so in a past game. I suppose there are players who are more likely or less likely to though.

    For me, the Oklahoma State game was the toughest, especially given the fact that it led to a serious change in our momentum. The KSU game at Hilton was a gut wrenching finish, but that was just a freak play, a steal that somehow bounced back up to Pullen.



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    Re: NCAA tourney "close" losses....

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Yeah, it happens to even the best players. Those who don't "crack under pressure" in a particular game have certainly done so in a past game. I suppose there are players who are more likely or less likely to though.

    For me, the Oklahoma State game was the toughest, especially given the fact that it led to a serious change in our momentum. The KSU game at Hilton was a gut wrenching finish, but that was just a freak play, a steal that somehow bounced back up to Pullen.
    Agreed. Okie State was the worst. Nebraska and KSU were next.


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