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    Another example of great BF coaching

    I think we have all been impressed at how well coached the freshman posts have been against some of the best competition the NCAA has to offer.

    Last night I saw another small example of how Bill is a great coach. I watched for a good portion of the game as the KU guards sagged off of Stuckey. Denae tried, but her shot just wasn't on. I sat there and wondered if Bill was going to have to take her out as she was creating a huge liability on the offensive end. Obviously that would have hurt us big time on the boards and on defense.

    When it came to crunch time Bill once again showed why he is one of the best coaches in the nation. He turned this liability into an asset. When they sagged off of her she started passing to our 3 point shooters and following the ball to screen on the ball. Without Denae's defender to help guard, the shooter's defender couldn't cover the shooter. There was no help on the other side of the screen. We got a few key baskets this way in a very tight game. I thought it was genius that Bill waited until late enough in the game to make the adjustment so KU didn't really have time to counter-adjust for it.

    Poppens' steal in the last minute also cried out excellent coaching to me. Maybe Pop has just always been that smart of a player, but that sure looked to me like a thing she was asked to watch for during the previous time out.

    Bill's in game adjustments never fail to amaze me.

    He has never won COY, but I think he definitely has deserved it on more than one occasion.

    Thoughts?


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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    I think we have all been impressed at how well coached the freshman posts have been against some of the best competition the NCAA has to offer.

    Last night I saw another small example of how Bill is a great coach. I watched for a good portion of the game as the KU guards sagged off of Stuckey. Denae tried, but her shot just wasn't on. I sat there and wondered if Bill was going to have to take her out as she was creating a huge liability on the offensive end. Obviously that would have hurt us big time on the boards and on defense.

    When it came to crunch time Bill once again showed why he is one of the best coaches in the nation. He turned this liability into an asset. When they sagged off of her she started passing to our 3 point shooters and following the ball to screen on the ball. Without Denae's defender to help guard, the shooter's defender couldn't cover the shooter. There was no help on the other side of the screen. We got a few key baskets this way in a very tight game. I thought it was genius that Bill waited until late enough in the game to make the adjustment so KU didn't really have time to counter-adjust for it.

    Poppens' steal in the last minute also cried out excellent coaching to me. Maybe Pop has just always been that smart of a player, but that sure looked to me like a thing she was asked to watch for during the previous time out.

    Bill's in game adjustments never fail to amaze me.

    He has never won COY, but I think he definitely has deserved it on more than one occasion.

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    This. You said it all.



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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    I agree wholeheartedly. He is an amazing Coach.


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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    He is not just a great coach, but a great recruiter without getting the top level players. He has an eye for talent/potential.



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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    If it wasn't for Nebraska's amazing season he'd probably be Big 12 COY this year.


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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    He has never won COY, but I think he definitely has deserved it on more than one occasion.

    Thoughts?
    Agreed, however I think Coach Yori at Nerbraska has it wrapped up this year even though the top 3 scorers are Seniors.


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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    Wasn't there an article a few years back, (when Anne O'Neal was on the team maybe) about the WBB team's crazy high avg GPA. 3.5 or something like that.



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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    No way he can be a good coach. He lets Aus run the team, and he listens to her. Great coaches don't let players make decisions. Ask Mac.



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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    Quote Originally Posted by clones26 View Post
    Agreed, however I think Coach Yori at Nerbraska has it wrapped up this year even though the top 3 scorers are Seniors.
    I have no doubt. We would think our coach was entitled regardless of what other coaches had done if we had an undefeated team this far into the season.

    I'm okay (and I'll bet Bill is too) with always being the bridesmaid as long as he consistently has the winners...


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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    VeloClone - great analysis - a casual fan like me, focused on the shot, missed what was going on around Stuckey. We have a great coach, but, one thing BF doesn't get enough props for is his staff. Jodi Steyer, 8 years, coaches guards; Latoja (Harris) Schaben, 13 years, coaches posts, as does Jack Easley, 7 years. This is extraordinary stability and likely contributes to rapid learning by the new players and helps with those adjustments. Even Josh Carper, relative newcomer, seems active during the game with communications. Brittany Lange is still on the bench, I'm unsure about her role.


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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    Excellent point.

    I have heard Jack get a lot of credit for getting the Freshman posts where they are today.


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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    Poppens' steal in the last minute also cried out excellent coaching to me. Maybe Pop has just always been that smart of a player, but that sure looked to me like a thing she was asked to watch for during the previous time out.
    I agree with Bill being a great coach and pretty much everything you said. His leadership, recruiting, and Xs and Os are the heart and soul of ISU WBB.

    That said, I don't think BF had anything to do with Pop's steal. I actually think she got caught out of position too far away from the basket (which left us exposed down low and why KU's guard made the pass inside) but Pop made a great hussle play to get back in position just in time for the steel. I watched that play a couple of times and I'm pretty sure Poppens' has an "O crap" moment right before she wheels around to get back down low where she should have been. I could be completely wrong, BF is a great coach so maybe he was trying to bate the inside pass but I suspect that in this case, it was a freshman making a mental mistake and then a great hussle play to make up for it.



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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    By the way, even a casual fan (like me) notices these things when you make sure you are ignoring your spouse and concentrating 100% on the game.


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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    I can't go back an watch it once again since I deleted the game this morning. I thought when I rewatched that portion earlier that she had her head turned that way antipating the pass. However, I can't say for sure so I will concede the point.

    Edit: By the way, I don't think that was her assignment as someone else was already in defensive position between the KU post and the basket. Pop was guarding someone else on the other side of the lane at the free throw line.

    If you are able to view it again, please look at it again for the both of us and let me know what you see. You've got me curious...


    Last edited by VeloClone; 02-26-2010 at 11:31 AM.
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    Re: Another example of great BF coaching

    I actually deleted it last night, NU FB game and bowl game trumps this game . I do know that at the start of the posession the Pop was down low on the left side (opposite side from the steel) of the court and that she followed a KU player up to the top of the key, and then, as soon as soon as the ball rotated around she turned 180 degrees and went straight down for the double team on the ball side. I suspect Bill's plan was to double down low on the ball side to deny the entry pass and that Pop found herself too high, but luckily the swing pass took a while and the entry pass was late and she had time to get back. That's just my .02 cents, could be totally wrong...Now I want to watch it again!



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