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    My LONG Post about the Drake game

    To me, this had all the makings to be a great night. I have season tickets but was able to get really good seats thru a family member. Lucca started off on fire and we were up at halftime. I don't know how many people saw the 5 for 5 at halftime, but it was truly special. Ryan Bole has played on my brothers Special Olympics basketball team for years. He was the manager for my high school basketball team and is a very special kid that I feel truly blessed to have known for many years. I think anybody that knows him would say the same thing. For him to get selected at halftime to shoot on the court of his favorite team in front of all the fans is something I will never forget.

    Onto the game.

    It was a typical Iowa State game. We just gave them the game. You can blame the players for not having a killer instinct, you can blame McDermott for not making adjustments or using time outs, or you can blame the refs. All I know is we are terrible down the stretch of games. We realistically are a Lucca Staiger half court three away from blowing 4 straight games (even though we won in OT against UNI)

    As for the Players:

    Petey. I thought Petey was great last night. I know he was 3-11 on 3's but he was not afraid to take the big shot. When we were letting the game slip away last night, he appeared to be the only one that would catch it and shoot it with confidence. He is a GREAT vocal leader and shows the kind of emotion I love to have in a player

    Lucca. What can you say? He was unreal last night, and it is so sad that we wasted his great game. I don't get McDermott at all. Lucca was 5 for 5 on threes, he has 1 turnover, and he takes Lucca out of the game. BUT YET when we are blowing a double digit lead in the end of a game, he choses to not call a timeout to calm the players down. Which one is it Greg? You let the players play through tough stretches down the game but you pull them out early on when they make a mistake? And how does Lucca not shoot a 3 in the last 12 minutes of that game? The guy was 8 for 11 and we didn't even look for him again. Run him off a screen, design a play to go to him, something.

    Thompson. Great job defending. Had some horrible calls against him but I thought he did a really good job. Plus he is the only one on our team that crashes the offensive glass. Big thumbs up to AT

    Diante. Worst game of the season. He had 10 assists but a lot of those were on 3's hit by Lucca. His 6 TO's were all costly and killed us. Buckley must be a miss by our coaching staff, b/c I don't see how he did not get minutes last night. Diante needed a break.

    Eik. I love the way this kid plays. He needs to work on feeding the post though. Many times he had great angles for entry passes to Craig and just didn't get him the ball. He is going to have some great games and some poor games b/c he is young, but he will be a solid player for us down the road.

    Brackins. I thought he played alright. He did a much better job of letting the game come to him last night. He missed some bunnies he normally doesn't miss and took his occasional dumb shot, but can't get to down on him. He has been the main part of our offense for the last couple games and last night he was not. He will have to learn that he can still be effective w/o getting 20 shots a game

    Haluska. Know your role! You are a great defender. You are not our 3 point specialist

    JVB. I love this kid. He plays hard, goes after rebounds and can finish down low. He is a solid player coming off the bench and you can say the same for Ham.

    McDermott. Got outcoached. Plain and simple. With them making a run, he didn't use a time out. (he never does!). When he does call a timeout, we don't have play set up which boggles my mind.

    If I was the opposing coach during a timeout I would say this. "Iowa State is going to stand around, and than Diante Garrett is going to try and drive the lane." That is what we do after every timeout!!

    I just don't get why we can't get the ball to Lucca after a timeout. Screens are LEGAL in basketball. We can set them, but yet we don't.

    Lastly, crowd last night was kind of weak numbers wise but the people I sat next to were really into the game which I liked to see. Students did a good job (minus the "you suck" after the 5 claps). I just hate to see people leave a game with 10 seconds left and us down by 2. Where do these people have to go that is so important at 10 oclock at night? Is the extra minute that big of a deal?


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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    I forgot to add that I saw so many positives from last nights game. That is why this loss was much harder to swallow than the Hawaii game. We sucked against Hawaii (minus DG), but we had 5 guys play solid ball last night and we let it slip away.

    That cannot and should not happen in a game, especially at Hilton.



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones85' View Post
    I forgot to add that I saw so many positives from last nights game. That is why this loss was much harder to swallow than the Hawaii game. We sucked against Hawaii (minus DG), but we had 5 guys play solid ball last night and we let it slip away.

    That cannot and should not happen in a game, especially at Hilton.
    I agree - that's what makes this one sting more. But, I've seen this movie many, many times. Control a game, have a nice lead late and then go on an awful scoring drought and lose.



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    And how does Lucca not shoot a 3 in the last 12 minutes of that game? The guy was 8 for 11 and we didn't even look for him again. Run him off a screen, design a play to go to him, something.
    The corner was open all night with Drake double teaming Brackins. The first half Lucca was consistently in the corner and had wide open shots every time. The second half, Lucca was on the wing and another point guard was in the wide open corner missing the threes. What I don't understand is why McDermott didn't have Lucca continue to play the corner after the first half.



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Quote Originally Posted by iowast8fan View Post
    The corner was open all night with Drake double teaming Brackins. The first half Lucca was consistently in the corner and had wide open shots every time. The second half, Lucca was on the wing and another point guard was in the wide open corner missing the threes. What I don't understand is why McDermott didn't have Lucca continue to play the corner after the first half.
    Because that would have made sense!



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Uh, I saw Lucca in the corner plenty of times in the 2nd half. I also saw a Drake player on him all the time.



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones85' View Post
    And how does Lucca not shoot a 3 in the last 12 minutes of that game? The guy was 8 for 11 and we didn't even look for him again. Run him off a screen, design a play to go to him, something.
    That comes down to coaching! No other reason! A good coach can get his shooter open! I am not saying McD is not a good coach. Just saying that good coaches can do that!



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    That comes down to coaching! No other reason! A good coach can get his shooter open! I am not saying McD is not a good coach. Just saying that good coaches can do that!
    True, Sullivan was slow and couldn't create his own shot, but we were constantly running him off screens, double screens, even triples to get him looks...



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    I did mention this late in the game, that Lucca was not running off any screens. I wonder if he's not quick enough for this?



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    I'm not sure about your assessment of so many positives. We made a bunch of 3 pointers, but we had a lot of break downs on defense. We scored enough points to win this game, we were very poor in the other phases of the game. They scored on something like 7 of their last 9 possessions.

    We committed 19 fouls to their 12. They had 11 offensive rebounds and outrebounded us by 8. We shot 6 free throws to their 26.

    Can you imagine how bad this outcome would have been if we didn't shoot 40% on 33 three point attempts.



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    I did mention this late in the game, that Lucca was not running off any screens. I wonder if he's not quick enough for this?
    Or maybe, still working back into shape after his knee surgery (remember, he was limited to twenty minutes a game a couple of games ago), his legs just aren't in shape to go the extra mile yet?

    Just a possibilty.



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    I did mention this late in the game, that Lucca was not running off any screens. I wonder if he's not quick enough for this?
    Hes been playing balls to the wall the last couple of games, but you have to wonder if his knee bothers him at all so quickness might not be hindered. He seems like a tough guy who wants to be out there and may not let on that its still bothering him. Or he might just not be speedy..=)



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    Or maybe, still working back into shape after his knee surgery (remember, he was limited to twenty minutes a game a couple of games ago), his legs just aren't in shape to go the extra mile yet?

    Just a possibilty.
    /spin

    Dude looked damn close to 100% to me - even on defense.

    It's either Lucca is not quick enough to come off the screens or coach simply didn't get those plays in there.



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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    Quote Originally Posted by iowast8fan View Post
    The corner was open all night with Drake double teaming Brackins. The first half Lucca was consistently in the corner and had wide open shots every time. The second half, Lucca was on the wing and another point guard was in the wide open corner missing the threes. What I don't understand is why McDermott didn't have Lucca continue to play the corner after the first half.
    A corner three isn't the only answer to a double-teamed post. However, when continually relied upon, it is the one that will bring the most heartache. There are easier shots to get.


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    Re: My LONG Post about the Drake game

    ISU basketball is terrible. I can't remember anything this bad. In the past NO ONE came into Hilton and beat us. I'm starting to think people are losing interest in ISU sports. I keep hoping things will turn around, but it's not.



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