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Date Posted: Sun, February 27 2005, 10:04:06
Author: Grump Dogg
Subject: Re: Not the coaching?
In reply to: Duck 's message, "Not the coaching?" on Sun, February 27 2005, 9:10:53

I agree with a lot of 91 points, but I still think the Texas game was legit because the only reason they are losing now is they are without two important players. Their big center is out for the season with an injury and the other didn't make the grades the fall semester and had to sit. I think the major problem with our team is that they are young and have hit a wall as far as development is concerned. The first half of the season the young guys were making progress and playing more or less beyond their age, but the second half of the season they are really starting to show their inexperience. I think this is why Thomas's numbers have dropped. With so many other players struggling, the opponents have been doubling up and playing defenses drawn up to slow him down and with no other players are really stepping up to take up the slack, it is working. I think next year should be better because we will be getting the duo from Gulf Shores Academy. They will be freshman by classification, but with the age of a sophomore and the benefit of playing against top competition around the country all this year since they play as a travelling team. Combine that with a healthy Thomas and I think we should be in te top half of the conference next year.

>All good points, 91. It is also likely that Thomas
>has been more bothered by that injury than we have
>heard about. For sure, we have again avoided "peaking
>too soon."
>>I will indeed stay out of the coaching argument,
>>that's for Duck and others to debate ;)
>>it's a young team and I think we knew going in it
>>could be an interesting season. And as I said in a
>>previous post, we're still around .500 so this season
>>could have been MUCH worse. What would the attitude on
>>this board be if had only won 5 games like New Mexico
>>And looking back on the schedule, I think we may have
>>been guilty of getting our hopes up early. A win over
>>New Mexico State (only 1 win in conference, 5 wins all
>>season) and a respectable if not kinda close game vs.
>>Texas (not even nationally ranked any more and maybe
>>on the bubble for an at-large to the NCAA tourney) may
>>have been misleading.
>>But yes, the second halves of games have been really
>>ugly at times (TWU, SD, McNeese, Lamar, UTSA).
>>Obviously teams have figured out a way to stop Thomas
>>after a nice half-season or so (last night: 5-16 FG,
>>7-12 FT)...did he benefit from some teams not being
>>unfamiliar with his game the first half of the season
>>and perhaps is now the focus of the other team's
>>defense (sort of like the first trip or two through
>>the lineup for a pitcher? But by the 6th inning, the
>>other teams figures out his pitches and strategy????)
>>Floyd 5-13 shooting (3-9 3pt)...just me or does he
>>continue to take many, many shots and not make a lot
>>of them???? Fewer shots, more defense might be the
>>best use of his minutes in my opinion.
>>Griffin 1-1 for 2 points
>>Henderson 2 points
>>Neukomm 0 points
>>we had 18 turnovers
>>Howell and Guidry fouled out--29 fouls for UTA, 20
>>fouls for UTSA

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