- Aug 15, 2011
I guess their style wasnt right for him tonight.
We were struggling to score for the first 28 minutes and Christmas doesn't contribute any offense at this stage. So JB went to CJ. Worked out well.
Syracuse version of the zone buts a lot of pressure on the back wing guys. If the ball goes to the high post the wings have to bust ass to get to the block and take away the high low pass. Christmas got stuck to high and got beat two or three times. Low post guys from the big conferences are two strong to let them catch the ball that low. He got beat against Colgate a few times but used his superior athleticism to block the shot. He is a freshman and it will take him time to learn the zone. Think about Syracuse freshman forwards in the past. The two who earned consistent minutes as freshman were more offensive forces, Melo and John Wallace. Very very few kids are ready to play the back of the zone coming out of high school. High school zones do not prepare kids for playing the zone the way Jim plays it.
You have that exactly backward.
Agreed! and its not like Kris and CJ struggled to rebound they both had about 10. It was the Fab and Baye who needed to rebound better and we could have used some help form the guards.
This shouldn't look like I'm going out of my way to criticize Fair, because I'm not, but the number of rebounds he got last night does not mean that he didn't share in our rebounding troubles (to the extent that giving up 7 offensive rebounds constitutes "rebounding troubles").
Rewatch those 7 possessions if you get the chance. Baye struggled, Fab was caught away from the hoop, but many of those 7 were within arm's length of Fair and he could not, for whatever reason, haul them in.
Read douglas20's thread on the game he does a great job describing what was going on. I agree on the FT line shots its not the centers fault but the way we were playing the zone if VT sends 3 plus the shooter we are vulnerable to that and CJ and Kris did great IMO much much better than Rak would have IMO.
I certainly agree with you on that. At this stage of their careers, Fair's a better rebounder (and defensively can't even be compared to Rakeem).
All-in-all, I was pleased with the rebounding of our forwards - Joseph especially, since I and others have criticized his tenacity on the boards in the past year, while we know Fair goes hard after every ball. I'm just concerned that Fair is prone to getting out-jumped at the four, especially against the bigger teams we'll face later in the season.
VT also played some triangle and two and you can't have Christmas on the floor. He can't make plays yet and the triangle would never have to leave the paint. They guarded Triche and Joseph and the triange could easily take care of the other three.
I agree with you. Scoop did not play badly. 4 assists. 2 pts and NO TO's or PF's in 20 minutes. What else do you want from a pg? JB went with his hot hands in the 2nd half, Triche and Waiters. What is good to see is that SU does not HAVE to rely on Scoop. The 3 (or 4) man rotation at guard looks real.In what way?
Good point, hoops. We are going to see more of that. Not the triangle. But people getting in the face of Triche and Joseph and not worrying about having to double down on the bigs. I said it preseason...this team will struggle to score in half court sets against good teams.
There are two keys: their ability to score in transition off of the D; and the ability to develop an inside scoring threat.