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    McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    After spending some time thinking, crying, thinking, drowing kittens, thinking and then kicking my dog, I have come to the following conclussion:

    The crux of the problems this team faces with inferior opponents is McD's system. If you think back over McD's tenure, we NEVER seem to blow anybody out. I know some would argue it is because our talent level is not what we think it is, but we are consistantly pulling 3-4 star talent while these other schools get BCS schools seconds. When was the last time we have lost out on one of our sought after recruits to Drake? Bingo.

    So if talent is not the reason we cannot blow out these inferior opponenets, and the system is, what about the system creates this problem? It is the fact that our 8-14 point lead hangs around all game, and we cannot ever seem to pull away. I attribute this fact to the slow pace at which we play the game, which some would argue is a good thing when ahead, but I would argue is a bad thing until you are ahead 15+ points. By not going for the "kill shot" on some of these teams and bolstering our lead they hang around, gain confidence, and you can see in the eyes of our players that they are waiting for the fall. This offense also at times seems to put many players in poor positions, such as Brian Peterson or Sean Haluska with the ball in their hands at the top of the key with 5 seconds left, or CB posted up 15 feet from the basket in the waning moments of the shot clock.

    I am not here to completely discredit the system McD runs because I also feel it has perks. It does keep inferior opponents in games that we should roll in, but I also think that come Big 12 season it will keep us in games we have no business being in. By slowing down the pace of the game and keeping possessions to a minimum we are giving ourselves a fighting chance to get hot and maybe pull a few upsets.

    In all, I just would like to see McD's gameplan adjust to the teams we play and the situations our team finds itself in. Run and gun some if need be in order to put away a game. If we are quicker and deeper than a team (as I felt we were with Drake) get out and go a bit. Lucca came out on fire, and Drake decided to guard him, making it difficult for him to get looks within our offense. His best shot was getting a few looks in the transition game.

    They will be fine, and I truly believe that in 2 years we will be contending for a Big 12 championship under McD. I have just come to a full realization that the way he coaches his system leaves us vulnerable to losing games we should win, but also puts us in a position to win some games we should lose.


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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Game speed? The 1st quarter or so of the game was very much up tempo. Then we started getting sloppy and McD slowed it down some. I dont think McD is really holding back tempo, the players consistency is. But I do see some of your points. McD's plan will really unfold here the next couple seasons, so I really dont know what it will be like. Ill reserve judgement until then.



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Great post. We had been looking to run and gun a little early in the season but completely abandoned that idea last night, why?



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Game speed? The 1st quarter or so of the game was very much up tempo. Then we started getting sloppy and McD slowed it down some. I dont think McD is really holding back tempo, the players consistency is. But I do see some of your points. McD's plan will really unfold here the next couple seasons, so I really dont know what it will be like. Ill reserve judgement until then.
    In the first few minutes of the first HALF we may have been playing fast and if I recall thats when Lucca was getting his open looks, some of them in transition...



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    In the first few minutes of the first HALF we may have been playing fast and if I recall thats when Lucca was getting his open looks, some of them in transition...
    It worked because it shocked the hell out of Drake. Once they settled down and realized they still have more speed than we do, look what happened. They were picking off passes and stealing the ball.



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    Great post. We had been looking to run and gun a little early in the season but completely abandoned that idea last night, why?
    Because we got sloppy, Drake adjusted and we started turning it over.



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    The crux of the problems this team faces with inferior opponents is McD's system.
    You do realize that we led the whole game, there was only one lead change, indeed, we were up 60-50 before everything went cold, right?

    Losing 66-63 certainly shows vast improvement over getting blown out 79-44, and turnarounds don't happen overnight.

    Of course, if someone out there has a magic wand to wave, why haven't you?



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    It worked because it shocked the hell out of Drake. Once they settled down and realized they still have more speed than we do, look what happened. They were picking off passes and stealing the ball.
    Once we settled down and slowed the tempo was when we turned the ball over and had bad possessions. The way to beat a solid zone is to push the ball and not let them get set, we started out with that game plan and abandoned it.



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Yeah. After last night, I'm probably never going to another basketball game again.....


    I don't drink the Kool-Aid, and I am done making excuses. Only keeping it real...

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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Because we got sloppy, Drake adjusted and we started turning it over.
    What adjustments did Drake make? They ran the same defense on every possession.



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    Once we settled down and slowed the tempo was when we turned the ball over and had bad possessions. The way to beat a solid zone is to push the ball and not let them get set, we started out with that game plan and abandoned it.
    Really? I remember DG trying to speed the ball and fumbling it off his legs and the defenders several times. Control was a big issue.



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    What adjustments did Drake make? They ran the same defense on every possession.
    Funny - it seemed like they started doing a much better job of guarding the perimeter shots to me (notably Lucca) - but I was at the game and blinded by the pretty lights...so...I can't say for certain...



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Really? I remember DG trying to speed the ball and fumbling it off his legs and the defenders several times. Control was a big issue.
    Haha even in our half court offense DG fumbled the ball off his legs. I think we can both agree DG had an off night and had he been himself we probably would have been able to stay with our game plan a little more.



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    Haha even in our half court offense DG fumbled the ball off his legs. I think we can both agree DG had an off night and had he been himself we probably would have been able to stay with our game plan a little more.
    Yup. Something has been off with him the past couple weeks. He gets better later in the game - but has not been himself.



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    Re: McD's System (The good, the bad, and the Drake Game)

    I've held my tounge on the level of our play thus far but I have one thing that drives me crazy. When we put up a shot EVERYBODY bails out to go play defense. Why can't one or two guys stay in and reboud. The only offensive rebounds we get are a few long rebounds that our guards happen to snag. We get no put backs. Until a team starts to burn you in transistion shouldn't we at least TRY to rebound?



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