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Created: 3/1/2015 3:55:37 PMReplies: 7
3/1/2015 3:55:37 PM - DEA

Needs to attack more. Was leading league in free throws attempted early in the year. Insane that he didn't even score yesterday. He or Larsen should get a touch on every possession. Flex isfine but without shooters it seems to be a lost cause thisyear. Just my 2 cents. 

3/1/2015 9:04:35 PM - The Crimedog

I agree, I think that could be one of our strengths, it emerges for little windows and you see how much better we are with an attacking 2.  A big part of the problem is having two guys posting up on almost every possession, too much of the paint is clogged.  You'll see an occassional forced attack from Savage or Garino, if it doesn't work they stop looking to.  Watch Gonzaga play, they have two guys who are strict post up players, but they never do so at the same time, one guy moves to a high post or a ball screen.  Larsen is basically just a post guy, having John on the court so much and posting at the same time is a reason why the offense has stagnated. 

 
3/1/2015 10:06:02 PM - Free Quebec

Doesn't seem like we have been playing a lot of flex this year at all.  Seems like it's mostly been 4-around-1 offense, not the traditional kind of motion and flare screens associated with felx, but I could be wrong.

I imagine people associated with the program - who know what we run and don't, who break down film, who know what goes on beyond the scenes - can't help but read this board and cringe every time at the know-nothing commentary on here (including my own).

3/1/2015 10:27:43 PM - bobo

I think the offense has stagnated because defenses have slacked off of the perimiter shooters and packed down low.  GW believes it's best bet is to have the ball go to Larsen to either shoot or pass to an open man but the ball either gets stuck in his hands or GW has trouble with the entry pass with the sagging D concentrationg on Larsen.  It looks like ML has tried to get some high screen action with either Larsen or Kopriva at the top while the other is down low. After attempting TWO 3pts b/w Kopriva and Larsen last year they have combined for 45 3pts shots this season (and hit a decent % each). 

People complain about the amount of time Koprva spends on the court but what's their answer on who would replace his minutes defensively for GW?  You really trusting a skinny freshman like Yuta to go 30+ at the 4 spot defensively as he gets beat up enough as is? There's got to be a reason ML thinks Cimino's not ready yet. McCoy is terribly slow defensively. Kopriva plays because GW needs the minutes from a passable big man - and he's doing much better than anyone could have anticipated.

McDonald taking and hitting 3s has helped open up the offense in the last couple of games.  Next year they will need the same and some more consistent outside production from Yuta, Jorgenson/Griffin and maybe a new face like Roland/Cimino/Swann/Hart plus the expected production Cavanaugh. 

Let's also hope Garino shoots a couple hundred 3s/day in the off season. His lack of an outside game is the 1 thing holding him back. If he could make 3s consistently his whole game would change as defenders would have to close out on him and his drives would be so much more efficient. 

3/1/2015 11:07:06 PM - Long Suffering Fan

So...what would you say if I was to tell you that GW has the 4th highest 3 point shooting percentage in the A-10?

3/1/2015 11:10:35 PM - Long Suffering Fan

Or that Garino hits 37 percent of his 3s while JoeMac is near 44% (in conference)

3/1/2015 11:12:52 PM - Long Suffering Fan

or that we are 12th in assists and dead last (14th) in turnovers in the league?   See where I am coming from?   

3/1/2015 11:31:58 PM - bobo

GW came into league play ranking in the bottom 10% in the nation in both 3PTA/FGA and % of Offense from 3pts.  Both about 320+ in the nation. They also ranked in the bottom half in 3pt FG%.  They attempted few 3s and didn't make many of the ones they attempted.  Defenses in the A10 slacked off and clogged the lane/crowded Larsen and that has forced GW to shoot more 3s.  They've had a couple games hitting 3s, especially against Davidson and SBU.  McDonald has shot much better in conference.  Garino has hit 2 of his last 3 but is still shooting only 28% for the year behind the arch. 

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