Closing Out 2013, Preparing for Conference Play
Needless to say, we were very disappointed with the loss to
UK. Give them credit, they were poised and made big shots. Our mishaps continue
on the defense end.
Four key things are hurting us:
*When our players get one foul, they lose their
*We need to defend the paint; 42 points there is absurd.
*Guards were non-existent in the first half rebounding the
*Defensive communication was a big issue again. We went
after Julius Randle way too late with our traps.
What’s our biggest weakness?
Let me give you an analogy of our front court knowing who
they are. It’s like having Christina Aguilera
to sing at a concert, she comes out, ignores her great voice and dances for two
hours. That's our front court. I remember as if were yesterday asking Rodrick
Rhodes, who played for me at UK, this question. You are a great defender, slasher and passer
-- why are you trying to show everyone the 3pt shot is your thing?
People come to watch Christina sing.
People would come to watch Rodrick pass, slash, and defend.
That makes them both good.
In other words, Montrezl and Chane – Need to dominate the
paint. Rebound like Kenneth Faried , defend like Dennis Rodman, block shots and dunk. Score off rip moves and leave the dancing to
Justin Timberlake. After all, what got
Amare’ Stoudemire recognized wasn't his jump shot and passing abilities.
2013 comes to pass in a few days. It was just an incredible
*Back to back BIG EAST Championships (last game in Madison Square
*16 games won in a row to close out the season
*Incredible execution at tournament time
* A National Championship, with one of the truly exciting
final games played.
* Gorgui and Peyton prospering after a lot of hard work.
There are no layups in conference play. Central Florida is a very experienced and
talented offensive team. They have had nine days to prepare for us. Here are
some key stats with the UCF team (8-3):
-Effective FG% (weigh 3s 50% more heavy than 2s) –
54.1% #40 Nationally (89th
-Offensive rebounding 37.2% 44th nationally ( 88th
-Defensive rebounding 78% 49th nationally ( 87th
-3FG%-38.9% 40th nationally (48.5% over last 5
-3FG% defense 30.3%- 55th nationally (83rd
-Steal%-11.4% 30th nationally (91st percentile)
My wish list for 2014:
* Focus from our players to better understand scouting
* Play defense the way Cardinal teams do it. Stop worrying
about fouls and dig in.
* Understand what ego means: “edging greatness out”
*Stay on a One Day Contract. Yesterday is to be cherished and lessons learned.
Tomorrow should be planned. Today is our
contract to get renewed and excel.
Cardinal fans, they say only 8% of resolutions are
accomplished. Whatever you decide to do, take it one day at a time.
I wish you good health and happiness in 2014!
It’s been a great ride, one that I hope will continue.