I just finished watching the San Diego / St Mary's game and I don't recall ever seeing an offensive performance as bad as San Diego's down the stretch. It looked to me like they were afraid to shoot the ball (or didn't want to). I understand their game plan (keep the game close and have quality looks at the basket every time) but what I just witnessed border lined on something other than the up and up. Wow, I hate to even take the point of view that something could less than on the level but it sure looked that way to me. I simply don't understand how the coaches (and the players for that matter) didn't make "normal" adjustments in the last 5 minutes (when the lead reached double digits) to at least attempt to win the game. Very sad performance IMO to say the least ! If you saw the game, please post your opinion...
It was horrible. the St Johns seton hall game was the same way, just needed 30 points to go over with 10 minutes left and they couldn't get there and then Wisconsin/ Minnesota put up 50+ points in the final 10 minutes for the game to go over. Unreal, plus the San Diego/ St Mary's game. Just a sick night
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I missed the St Johns / Hall match up ( although I had a wager on SJ -1.5 and lost) but seriously, I can't recall seeing a division one CBB game played like SD vs St Marys. Over and over in the closing minutes SD players would drive toward the hoop and pass up wide open shots to kick it back out and burn MORE time off the clock ? Keep in mind this was when they were behind by 10 plus points ! They (SD) also seemed quite content to allow St Mary's to just dribble the ball (uncontested) as time was expiring. I've NEVER seen such a pitiful effort ! The score was 69- 55 with 3:26 remaining in the game and the final score was 69-57 ? Really? I know stranger things have happened after all, both teams could miss their last 15 shots each right? I didn't keep track but my guess is that less than 10 shots were taken (combined) in the final 3 minutes. What about the strategy of going for a steal and fouling (if unsuccessful) to at least give your team the CHANCE to win?
I don't blame the SD players but that was one of the WORST coaching performances I have ever witnessed... coach Grier should hang his head in shame !
codfish, I watched the game and St. Mary's defended well down the stretch. Bill Grier is a very honorable coach and knows how to win at Moraga from his days at GU. Maybe I missed something.
IDK Phil, the game I saw really put a bad taste in my mouth. Seriously, CBB isn't "brain surgery" right? When it comes to "nervous time" and your team is behind by 10+ points do you (as a coach) instruct your offensive players to pass up open shots in the paint? I noticed SD doing this for much of the game so maybe it wasn't a coaches decision but rather a style of play, albeit horrible IMO (this is only my 4th time watching SD play this season). That being said, why allow the opposition to just dribble (uncontested) and not go for steals and at least give yourself a chance to win? Also, wouldn't you expect a sense of urgency from your team on offense if your were behind by 12 with 3:26 to go? I guess I'm the one that missed something but for me, 2 points (combined) in the final 3:26 of a division one college basketball game in 2014 says it all !