Thursday, January 19, 2006

How to get back on track? - KSU

3 straight losses by a combined 7 points. I don't know what else to say other than this is getting pretty tough.

There are two thoughts (one good, one bad) bouncing around in my mind this

1.) They are just in a funk right now where they can't score the basketball and it's contagious thus affecting the entire team (outside of Acie Law).

They are a combined 35 out of 97 from the field in their last two games.

Take Acie's production out of that (16 of 31) and you get 19 of 66 or .288 from the rest of the guys.


You simply can not win games shooting .361 from the floor (as a contrast they shot 52% at OSU and 42% vs. Tech).

Surely it can't get any worse, right?

Surely Josh Carter is going to break out of his current 5 of 19 slump, right?

Big Joe can't go 2-10 every night, can he?

Break out of it, go on a little bit of a roll, build some momentum toward a strong late-season kick.

That's good.

2.) Are we at a point where "what you see is what you get"?

I sure hope not.

It's going to be a long couple of months if this is all the 05-06 Aggies have to offer.

If teams are going to double down on or throw a zone at Joe and let Acie get his with no additional support, they may not win but 5 conference games all year.

I never thought they would go 11-5 in the league, but I certainly felt an 8-8 repeat was very achievable.

If things don't change in the next 3 or 4 games, this may be all we see from here on out.

That's bad.

I am taping the game replay today and will watch it later, but from what I've read this morning it looks like last night was just more of the same.

Only 6 guys scored - that included Walker with 4, Kirk with 3 and Kavaliauskas with 2. You really only had meaningful production from 1 guy. Mr. Law (or is it Mr. Law IV?) who pitched in 28 last night and is averaging 24.5 in league play.

There is no doubt that he has been far better than expected this year. I hope it doesn't go to waste by racking up a bunch of losses. He may challenge for the league scoring title when it is all said and done.

The rotations looked a little more consistent last night with Carter and Kirk playing a combined 50 minutes. One thing that did look out of whack is that Pompey only played 7 minutes (Bennett and AK logged more time with 12 and 18 respectively) and Walker played 33 minutes.

Is Chris Walker really a 33 minute per game guy at the D1 level in a big time conference?

I was hoping for more Bennett and AK in favor of Walker, not in favor of Pompey. I did like seeing the 3 guard rotation of Law/Carter/Kirk starting to take shape.

Let's see if he sticks with it.

Eddie Smith? Hello? Junior College Player of the Year - Edddddddieeee? Are you there? Are you injured? Do you have bird flu? He didn't touch the floor last night. Strange.

Here is the deal - until this team starts to shoot the ball better as a collective group - it's going to be a tough row to hoe - plain and simple.

I said on Tuesday it was a must that they split the road games this week and I stand by that statement. A win at ISU on Saturday (ESPN+/Ch. 51 at 12:30) would be HUGE with Kansas coming into Reed next Wednesday.

Carry on.



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