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The Upside

- We came out swarming all over BC, getting in each player’s face to contest shots, disrupting and stealing passes. The Eagles didn’t hit double figures until a trey with 3:15 left in the first half!

- Unfortunately, we weren’t scoring very well, either, (see “The Downside”), and when BC started hitting, the lead, 18 points at one time began shrinking with alarming speed. A botched last possession and three at the buzzer got the Eagles within 10at the half and they looked like the happier team coming off the court. When they caught us and passed us at 49-50 with 7:27 left, defeat seemed inevitable. (My mind flashed back to the last game at Manley 43 years ago, which had a very similar scenario: the Hoya’s couldn’t throw it in the ocean in the first half but our offense wasn’t functioning well and we were ahead only 30-16 at the half. When the Hoya’s shots began falling, that melted away and they beat us 50-52.) A missed Kyle Cuff lay-up gave BC the ball. But Benny Williams made one of our incredible 17 steals Chris Bell threw up an off-balance, heavily defended three and it was…52-50 but in our favor. We never trailed again, playing with the sort of energy we’d had in the first half to make the plays to win the game. That’s not easy, but this team did it.

- Bell had the best game of his career here – so far. He hit an opening three, then grew cold, as did the rest of the team. But he started filing lanes in the fast break and get a couple of athletic dunks that really got the sparse crowd into it. It also energize the rest of Chris’ game, especially on defense. He wound up with a game-high, (for both teams) 20 points and had 1-2 each of rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He had a classic block from behind that shocked the BC players and the crowd but you could see from his high school film that he likes to do that. He can be much more than just a jump shooter.

- Maliq Brown is playing like an All-American. After a 28NP games at Duke, he was even better tonight: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks and 4 steals. Matt Park looked it up on some program and found the last player from a major conference to have at least those numbers in all the positive categories was a Kentucky player, (forgot the name) in 2013 – a decade ago. He had 31 NP and is now averaging 24.7NP/40. And he totally destroyed Quinten Post, BC’s big center and best player who came in averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds a game. Tonight he was 0 for 4 and never scored, with 6 rebounds and five fouls. He never knew what hit him. Brown vs. Bacot on Saturday could be very interesting.

- Quadir Copeland took over for Judah Mintz those first 0 minutes and seemed to be enjoying himself with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

11-4 (2-2) with 16+ to go…

LET’S GO ORANGE!


Net Points

This year I’m going to make things a bit easier on myself and just list the net points in each game after the Upside. Once a month I’ll do a deeper dive into the numbers rather than doing a “Net Points, etc.” post after every game. ‘Net’ points is the positives (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks) minus the negatives, (missed field goals and free throws, turnovers and fouls committed).

Maliq Brown game: 31NP in 34 minutes; season: 224NP in 363 minutes = 24.7NP/40m
Chris Bell game: 16NP in 28 minutes; season: 82NP in 369 minutes = 8.9NP/40m
Quadir Copeland game: 13NP in 27 minutes; season: 161NP in 308 minutes = 20.9NP/40m
Judah Mintz game: 8NP in 31 minutes; season: 213NP in 475 minutes = 17.9NP/40m
Justin Taylor game: 6NP in 29 minutes; season: 109NP in 407 minutes = 10.7NP/40m
JJ Starling game: 5NP in 24 minutes; season: 128NP in 508 minutes = 10.1NP/40m
Benny Williams game: 2NP in 13 minutes; season: 53NP in 165 minutes = 12.8NP/40m
Kyle Cuffe game: 0NP in 10 minutes; season: 22NP in 168 minutes = 5.2NP/40m
Mounir Hima game: 0NP in 4 minutes; season: 8NP in 19 minutes = 16.8NP/40m

Peter Carey game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 2NP in 12 minutes = 6.7NP/40m
Naheem McLeod game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 108NP in 202 minutes = 21.4NP/40m
William Patterson game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 0NP in 0 minutes = 0.0NP/40m
Chance Westry game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 0NP in 0 minutes = 0.0NP/40m




The Downside

- After Bell and Taylor opened our scoring with three pointers, it was the anvil chorus for the rest of the half. Chris kept hitting the back rim and Justin adopted the awkward-looking “thrust on hand in the air” method struggling shooter sometimes adopt, which rarely seems to work. His balls were fat, heavy and kept hitting one side rim or the other.

- Which meant that we had to drive to the basket for all of our points. We have several guys who can do that and it sometimes worked but we have a tendency to drive right into players trying to score on wild shots and/or get fouled. If we get the calls it can work but if we don’t it can look pretty silly as our lead slipped away. We even do it on fast breaks. Guys don’t seem to care where the defenders are. When we started to look to dish the ball to teammates, our offense picked up quite a bit and we were able to pull away again. We did very little of what Duke did so successfully against us: using the fast beak to set up open threes. We’re like a team of fullbacks trying to pound into the end zone.

- Judah made a three point shot. He attempted 10 other shots, inside the arc and mostly in the paint. He made none of them. He got the call from the refs four times and got his points by going 7 for 8 from the line. He also had 3 assists and 3 steals but it was not a good game for him. He almost seems to be throwing up those wild shots just to get to the foul line. It’s a miracle if they go in. And when he doesn’t get the call, the other team winds up with the ball and often a fast break. He botched the last possession of the first half, leading to the buzzer three BC hit. How about trying the “art of the possible” instead of the art of the impossible?

- Early, we dominated the boards but BC caught up to take the lead in rebounds by halftime and eventually eld by 11 before winning by six. Must of their work came on the offensive boards as they had 13 offensive rebounds and 16 second chance points, (it seemed like more.) Devin McGlockton got 6 of those offensive rebounds and strong double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

- Benny Williams , who had been playing well, had 4NP vs. Duke and 2 in this one. JJ Starling had a great opportunity with Judah Mintz getting a 10 minute suspension but he did little to take advantage of it, scoring just two points with 1 assist. He did grab 4 rebounds. Justin Taylor was 3 for 11 and 1 for 5 from the arc. We can be a lot better than we are.

- When Syracuse got the ball late in the game BC backed off defensively, a signal for SU to do the same and we did, letting the shot clock run out. BC inbounded the ball and Maliq Brown stole it and drove in for a dunk at the buzzer to make the final margin 10. Was that a violation of end of the game etiquette?
 
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The Upside

- We came out swarming all over BC, getting in each player’s face to contest shots, disrupting and stealing passes. The Eagles didn’t hit double figures until a trey with 3:15 left in the first half!

- Unfortunately, we weren’t scoring very well, either, (see “The Downside”), and when BC started hitting, the lead, 18 points at one time began shrinking with alarming speed. A botched last possession and three at the buzzer got the Eagles within 10at the half and they looked like the happier team coming off the court. When they caught us and passed us at 49-50 with 7:27 left, defeat seemed inevitable. (My mind flashed back to the last game at Manley 43 years ago, which had a very similar scenario: the Hoya’s couldn’t throw it in the ocean in the first half but our offense wasn’t functioning well and we were ahead only 30-16 at the half. When the Hoya’s shots began falling, that melted away and they beat us 50-52.) A missed Kyle Cuff lay-up gave BC the ball. But Benny Williams made one of our incredible 17 steals Chris Bell threw up an off-balance, heavily defended three and it was…52-50 but in our favor. We never trailed again, playing with the sort of energy we’d had in the first half to make the plays to win the game. That’s not easy, but this team did it.

- Bell had the best game of his career here – so far. He hit an opening three, then grew cold, as did the rest of the team. But he started filing lanes in the fast break and get a couple of athletic dunks that really got the sparse crowd into it. It also energize the rest of Chris’ game, especially on defense. He wound up with a game-high, (for both teams) 20 points and had 1-2 each of rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He had a classic block from behind that shocked the BC players and the crowd but you could see from his high school film that he likes to do that. He can be much more than just a jump shooter.

- Maliq Brown is playing like an All-American. After a 28NP games at Duke, he was even better tonight: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks and 4 steals. Matt Park looked it up on some program and found the last player from a major conference to have at least those numbers in all the positive categories was a Kentucky player, (forgot the name) in 2013 – a decade ago. He had 31 NP and is now averaging 24.7NP/40. And he totally destroyed Quinten Post, BC’s big center and best player who came in averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds a game. Tonight he was 0 for 4 and never scored, with 6 rebounds and five fouls. He never knew what hit him. Brown vs. Bacot on Saturday could be very interesting.

- Quadir Copeland took over for Judah Mintz those first 0 minutes and seemed to be enjoying himself with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

11-4 (2-2) with 16+ to go…

LET’S GO ORANGE!


Net Points

This year I’m going to make things a bit easier on myself and just list the net points in each game after the Upside. Once a month I’ll do a deeper dive into the numbers rather than doing a “Net Points, etc.” post after every game. ‘Net’ points is the positives (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks) minus the negatives, (missed field goals and free throws, turnovers and fouls committed).

Maliq Brown game: 31NP in 34 minutes; season: 224NP in 363 minutes = 24.7NP/40m
Chris Bell game: 16NP in 28 minutes; season: 82NP in 369 minutes = 8.9NP/40m
Quadir Copeland game: 13NP in 27 minutes; season: 161NP in 308 minutes = 20.9NP/40m
Judah Mintz game: 8NP in 31 minutes; season: 213NP in 475 minutes = 17.9NP/40m
Justin Taylor game: 6NP in 29 minutes; season: 109NP in 407 minutes = 10.7NP/40m
JJ Starling game: 5NP in 24 minutes; season: 128NP in 508 minutes = 10.1NP/40m
Benny Williams game: 2NP in 13 minutes; season: 53NP in 165 minutes = 12.8NP/40m
Kyle Cuffe game: 0NP in 10 minutes; season: 22NP in 168 minutes = 5.2NP/40m
Mounir Hima game: 0NP in 4 minutes; season: 8NP in 19 minutes = 16.8NP/40m

Peter Carey game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 2NP in 12 minutes = 6.7NP/40m
Naheem McLeod game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 108NP in 202 minutes = 21.4NP/40m
William Patterson game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 0NP in 0 minutes = 0.0NP/40m
Chance Westry game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 0NP in 0 minutes = 0.0NP/40m




The Downside

- After Bell and Taylor opened our scoring with three pointers, it was the anvil chorus for the rest of the half. Chris kept hitting the back rim and Justin adopted the awkward-looking “thrust on hand in the air” method struggling shooter sometimes adopt, which rarely seems to work. His balls were fat, heavy and kept hitting one side rim or the other.

- Which meant that we had to drive to the basket for all of our points. We have several guys who can do that and it sometimes worked but we have a tendency to drive right into players trying to score on wild shots and/or get fouled. If we get the calls it can work but if we don’t it can look pretty silly as our lead slipped away. We even do it on fast breaks. Guys don’t seem to care where the defenders are. When we started to look to dish the ball to teammates, our offense picked up quite a bit and we were able to pull away again. We did very little of what Duke did so successfully against us: using the fast beak to set up open threes. We’re like a team of fullbacks trying to pound into the end zone.

- Judah made a three point shot. He attempted 10 other shots, inside the arc and mostly in the paint. He made none of them. He got the call from the refs four times and got his points by going 7 for 8 from the line. He also had 3 assists and 3 steals but it was not a good game for him. He almost seems to be throwing up those wild shots just to get to the foul line. It’s a miracle if they go in. And when he doesn’t get the call, the other team winds up with the ball and often a fast break. He botched the last possession of the first half, leading to the buzzer three BC hit. How about trying the “art of the possible” instead of the art of the impossible?

- Early, we dominated the boards but BC caught up to take the lead in rebounds by halftime and eventually eld by 11 before winning by six. Must of their work came on the offensive boards as they had 13 offensive rebounds and 16 second chance points, (it seemed like more.) Devin McGlockton got 6 of those offensive rebounds and strong double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

- Benny Williams , who had been playing well, had 4NP vs. Duke and 2 in this one. JJ Starling had a great opportunity with Judah Mintz getting a 10 minute suspension but he did little to take advantage of it, scoring just two points with 1 assist. He did grab 4 rebounds. Justin Taylor was 3 for 11 and 1 for 5 from the arc. We can be a lot better than we are.

- When Syracuse got the ball late in the game BC backed off defensively, a signal for SU to do the same and we did, letting the shot clock run out. BC inbounded the ball and Maliq Brown stole it and drove in for a dunk at the buzzer to make the final margin 10. Was that a violation of end of the game etiquette?
I think you need to find a way to adjust Brown’s net points to account for the goose egg from Post.

Not sure the ACC refs don’t get Brown in foul trouble against PhD candidate Bacot.
 
I think you need to find a way to adjust Brown’s net points to account for the goose egg from Post.

Not sure the ACC refs don’t get Brown in foul trouble against PhD candidate Bacot.


I think Brown should front him and try to prevent passes from getting to him rather than trying to prevent his from getting to the basket with the ball.
 

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