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    Cool Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Fred has been building a reputation in many areas, but maybe none greater than his ability to identify mismatches and exploit them. Two years ago we had Royce running the floor, last year we had Niang's ability to pull a big man out of the paint with his inside-out game (Withey).

    What will it be this year?

    We'll be a small-ball team again this year, but I'm hoping that our size in the guard court will be a mismatch. Does the Kane/Bubu defensive combo result in more steals and a faster transition game? I think this team will play even faster than last year resulting in even more transition threeeeeeeeeees!

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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    I think Kane, Ejim, and Niang can all create mismatches. All depends on the team we are matched up against.

    Kane is a BIG bodied guard that can play the 1,2, or 3. If we can't find a mismatch there, Niang at the 4 or 5.


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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Niang against almost anyone is a mismatch. One of the reasons he's such a special player is because it's hard to guard anyone with his agility and awareness, and especially so when he's got some size to him.

    It's not so much a mismatch, per se, but having multiple guards who can play the point well will be a huge advantage for this team, I think. If we ran a lineup of Niang, Ejim, Kane, Thomas, and Palo, there's a lot of versatility there.



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by peteypie View Post
    I think Kane, Ejim, and Niang can all create mismatches. All depends on the team we are matched up against.

    Kane is a BIG bodied guard that can play the 1,2, or 3. If we can't find a mismatch there, Niang at the 4 or 5.
    This is pretty much spot on. Niang can't be guarded by small guys in the lane, and bigs get pulled out to far.

    Kane is a well built, 6'4" guy who can handle the ball and play 1-3 and guard 1-3.



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Kane posting up, especially if he's being guarded by smaller players. I forget who but one of the players said in an interview that Kane would post up when he could.



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    I don't think even Fred knows just yet. He'll have it figured out by conference season though. Find a mismatch and beat them to death with it.



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Niang taking a defender to the lane is so fun to watch. He can pull up, float, or body a layup



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    I don't know that we're "big" in the backcourt. I would say average. Lots of teams have 6'-4" guards, some even bigger.



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    He does the mismatch game as well as anybody, but to be fair, "Royce running the floor" was about the only way to go.



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rural View Post
    He does the mismatch game as well as anybody, but to be fair, "Royce running the floor" was about the only way to go.
    Doesn't change the fact that he made it work. And work well, at that



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rural View Post
    He does the mismatch game as well as anybody, but to be fair, "Royce running the floor" was about the only way to go.
    I agree, that Royce taking the ball up the court was the best move for the team and better than Scotty or Allen handling the rock with pressure. That said, a majority of coaches (especially in their 2nd year) wouldn't take that risk and force Royce to stay in the post. I am assuming that is what the OP is going for.
    Anyone think McDermott would change up and let Royce initiate his offense at the top of the key? After the way he handcuffed Garrett those three years I don't see it.



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by madcityCY View Post
    I don't know that we're "big" in the backcourt. I would say average. Lots of teams have 6'-4" guards, some even bigger.
    With Kane I think it's more that he's a pretty big body for being 6'4". SDW is 6'4" and he's not big at all



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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    What I was thinking with the 'big' comment was a possible backcourt of Kane & Naz at times - that's a pretty big 1-2 punch.

    What Fred seems to do is find innovative ways to use his players' unique talents - a la Royce - not necessarily mismatches. Most other coaches might not even think to use Royce that way or have the trust to let him play that way. We don't seem to have a 'system' that we work players into, rather Fred seems to make a new system each year around the players he has at hand.


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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bewilderme View Post
    We don't seem to have a 'system' that we work players into, rather Fred seems to make a new system each year around the players he has at hand.
    That is the anti-thesis of McDermott and the basis for CF speculation about 2013-14. With McDermott you would be able to predict who would play each of last years positions next year pretty well. With Fred there is likely to be a new configuration of responsibilities and we don't know the new starters well enought to predict what the mix is.


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    Re: Dreamy mismatches: what cards will Fred put up his sleeve this year?

    Probably just a buttload of pick and rolls/pick and pops with Kane and Niang.



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