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Date Posted: 19:38:27 02/25/03 Tue
Author: Range
Subject: Back to Sports and Hicks

Back to the Hicks topic. . .

I understand the financial reasons for keeping Hicks. My hope is that he has been given an ultimatum. One more year to show some improvement in the program, or he can clean out his desk. His winning percentage over three years is below .200. Unacceptable.

I have one question for anyone who sees the team play. Why has Hicks attempted to implement a Princeton style of offense? In order to run that system effectively (in other words score points and win games) you need to shoot the ball well and you cannot make turnovers. If there are two things I know about Loyola, its that this team can't shoot, and turns it over all the time. We have about half as many assists as we have turnovers, and our field goal percentage is poor. In such a system you need to be able to score on regularly on your offensive possessions because you are killing a lot of time off the clock. You need to couple that with tight defense, because the system prevents you from scoring a lot of points in a hurry. As a result, one run can completely take you out of a game. This seems to have happened regularly to the Hounds. So why stick with this offense?

For this team, which is small and athletic, we should be running a faster more open game. We do not have a player in our starting line up over 6'8". With the season going so poorly, why not try out something new? Start running an agressive full court press early in the game, and try creating some transition baskets. Push the ball up the floor regularly instead of setting up in a half court offense. At this point, we have nothing to lose.

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