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Subject: Re: Bad Decisions on The Final Sequence


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 09:20:35 02/11/17 Sat
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Bad Decisions on The Final Sequence" on 11:11:53 02/07/17 Tue

Oh, a couple of final thoughts on this improbable sequence: Baker made a terrific length-of-the-court inbounds pass to Lewis, who also make a great play to corral the pass and in one motion get it to Johnson. Amaker drew up an excellent play, his team executed it almost flawlessly and they got a very good shot off.

After Johnson's shot bounced off the rim (straight up, sometimes those go in), most of the Tigers jumped around joyously. If you get a chance to watch any of the many embedded videos on various Ivy websites, keep an eye on Amir Bell, who had been covering Johnson. After the final buzzer, Bell walks off the court casually as if Princeton had just won by 20. There's something to be said for that kind of even-keeled emotional stability. He is one cool customer.

Tonight's game at John J should be a doozy in front of a full house.

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John Harvard
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Date Posted: 12:01:58 02/11/17 Sat

Amaker won't use Zena to rebound in that situation because Harvard doesn't want Zena taking the foul shots that would come with 6 seconds left if he grabbed the rebound (or maybe even if he didn't). I believe this was a strategic and thoughtful decision.

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An Observer
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Date Posted: 14:28:08 02/11/17 Sat

That is a very plausible explanation for not using Zena on the Stephens foul shot.

It's a reasonable consideration and you must be correct because it's the only rationale which makes sense. Nevertheless, I still disagree with Amaker's decision because there were only six seconds left. If a rebound is available after a miss, there will only be three or four seconds left after the inevitable scrum.

With that little time left, I would place such a high priority on getting the rebound that I would be willing to tolerate giving the Tigers a final chance with two or three seconds left after Zena misses his free throw. Ironically, it's almost preferable to make Princeton go the length of the court after a defensive rebound on their own end than to let the Tigers inbound the ball with a set play. Harvard might actually prefer to have Zena miss, giving Princeton the rebound down one than have, say, Johnson make two but give Princeton a set play with three seconds left.

Either way, I think you are correct John Harvard. That must have been Amaker's thought process. Although by the same reasoning, Lewis is a huge liability out there as well. He had just clanked two free throw attempts a couple of possessions ago.

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John Harvard
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Date Posted: 15:04:43 02/12/17 Sun

Your analysis is sound. Interesting that Amaker left Zena in against Yale last night in a 4 point game. Apparently Coach Jones was screaming for his guys to foul Z.

Really too bad Harvard gave that win away. Would have made it quite a race for #1 seed. Not really a big deal though. Gotta win 2 games at the Palestra no matter what and top seed could still draw Penn "at home."

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Date Posted: 20:08:21 02/13/17 Mon

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Date Posted: 20:31:37 02/13/17 Mon

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Date Posted: 01:41:32 02/14/17 Tue

The intelligence community has cleared us of any seditious communications with the Russians or the NCAA.

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Date Posted: 08:18:39 02/14/17 Tue

In some cases there was already a surfeit of valuable blackmail material.

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Diogenes (Calvin)
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Date Posted: 13:18:01 02/14/17 Tue

An interesting concept. Particularly regarding Ivy football.

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