Sunday, January 20, 2008

Don't Be Fooled...

Don't be fooled by the apparent docile nature of these fine feathered friends..


And don't be fooled by the Quackers' lame duck performance against the Puppies of Washington on Thursday night (you think that the Quack was just maybe overlooking the Dawgs a tad?)

Tonight, the Quack are going to be ready to play.

With regard to the keys of the game, well, there's a pretty good post by the evil Vince Grippi over at the Spokesman. And while I think Vince has some solid points on the game to come, I offer a bit of a "counter" key:

PROTECT THE STINKING MIDDLE OF FLOOR.

Looking back on last year, a big key for us losing was not only great shooting by the Quackers but the ability of Porter and Brooks to get to the middle of the floor and kick out to Shooters who would then fake, cut, and BOMB with amazing success.

So, while Grippi is right that we need to defend the high screen tonight, what we really need to do is to keep Porter and company from breaking down the defense and therefore cause us to provide early help to the middle of the floor (which leaves the wings WIDE open for 3's and additional drives to the rack).

With that in mind, the key, in my book, is the defensive play of Rochestie on Porter. in my view, Porter can get 18-21 tonight WITHOUT A DUCK WIN if Rochestie is able to keep him on the perimeter and away from the basket...In other words, give him three's but make him and the Ducks live and die by them: Make them shoot 15-21 foot jumpers ALL NIGHT LONG.

And I think we will.

And I think they'll make some at their own peril.

This game really has the making of a nightmare if the Quack are firing on all cylinders, but I think that this is a game where the better is team is going to win. And this year, we are unquestionably a better basketball team.

Cougs break the 13 game losing streak to Oregon 65-58.

We'll be #6 heading into A HUGE weekend @ the Arizona schools

Enjoy it..

6 comments:

Σ (FormerlyKnownAsBrinkHater) said...

Nice First Half, Fellas...

The "Key to the Game" is and was just that. EVERY stinking three they got was based on a breakdown and kick-out.

IF we give them the straightaway three then we'll win. IF we continue to give them the kick-out, we'll lose.

It should be interesting.

I think we'll make the adjustment at the half and be pretty close to the predicted final score.

Σ (FormerlyKnownAsBrinkHater) said...

I predicted 65-58 and the final was 69-60.

GREAT WIN.

Up until the 5:00 mark I thought it was one of the WORST coaching performances in Tony's young career.

But alas, FINALLY, the kids stayed home, stopped overhelping on the penetration and learned that Oregon is just GOOD when they shoot threes with a hand in their face.

When they're open, they are a Sweet 16 team.

So, one demon overcome..

Now, its on the road to the Arizona schools. Sweep next week, and methinks that a Pac-10 co-championship (at least record wise) is SQUARELY in the cards.

GREAT job tonight and Congratulations SENIORS!!!

Sedihawk said...

Bravo soothsayer. You read the tea leaves right on this one. And man, you nailed it on how to stop Oregon. Don't let lightning McQueen Porter blow by you and kick it, cut that penetration off, and make them a lot more ordinary. You can really see how they miss Brooks this year too. They don't have that second wheel to make that offense hum. Oregon's going to be dangerous as the season goes on though, as they'll find their way. They have some seriously talented athletes on that team.

GREAT PIECE from Art Thiel on the stadium stuff. It's a must-read.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/thiel/348137_thiel21.html

Best closing paragraph ever:

"Besides, our state and local politicians do not need further opportunities to embarrass themselves. It is difficult enough to explain a one-mile monorail, a one-mile bus tunnel and a one-mile trolley, all disconnected, as our 40-year answer to mass transit."

BRAVO Art!

wsuhoops said...

I disagree, Sedihawk. Oregon's season is more than half over at this point and the Ducks still haven't figured out how to cope without Brooks. I know the drive and kick is still and important part of the game, but the difference between last year and this is that they don't have a finisher who can make you pay for staying home with the shooters.

And I'm not sure I'd be so hard on Bennet, Brinkhater. It is absolutely ingrained in these guys' minds to protect the paint at all costs. It works every game of the year except for the two against Oregon. So even if he tells them, "Stay home!" their first reaction is going to be to leave their guy and to do what they always do. I'm not saying Bennett did or didn't tell them, I'm just saying it probably wouldn't matter even if he did. Luckily we stayed home enough to make the difference in the game.

Σ (FormerlyKnownAsBrinkHater) said...

Part of the beauty of the conference's strength this year is that the team will learn to make adjustments on the fly--which is a necessary evil because athletic teams are hard to prepare for when you don't have much pure athleticism on your roster.

Bennett noted at the half that they were spreading us too thin, and I think it took the guys a while to adjust to the speed AND get it in their heads to stay home.

Finally, they did and they won.

And I agree with Sedihawk, Oregon is going to get better. Remember that part of their early season Malaise was not only losing Brooks, but Porter had been TERRIBLE from the field--a la Harmeling..Now, that he's cookin' up, they are going to be really tough.

The other factor with the Quack is hunger. After the Elite 8 last year, they don't have as much on the table to drive them. But, down the stretch, they'll pick it up.

And they will be a tough out come tourney time.

Fun times! I'm expecting a sweep this week by the way

Billyblaze said...

All the deep analysis aside, my perspective is when D.Lowe is ON, the Cougs win....he is the x-factor......I just wish our offense could be more consistent in the 1st half......we start slow every game and get down early.....I hate seeing the Cougs having to overcome a 10pt deficit every other game.....why do we dig our own hole - are we so bored with the competition that we have to spot our opponents 10+pts in the first 10mins of the game??? And damn, missing layups - it seems we shoot 40% on lay-ups in 1st half......any ideas why we miss such easy shots in first 20mins? It blows me away when you see the reins loosened at times and we explode/rain treys on the opponents (i.e. The last 5mins of the UCLA game) - why doesn't Tony give them the green light on the 3's when they are feeling it (harmeling, lowe, weaver, rochestie, etc)?? Ok, I am nitpicking and happy we are doing so well but it reminds me of my Patriots and their slow starts - but maybe it is all good in the end?? Go Cougs - lets win it for our seniors!!! And memphis who?? - pleazzzeee, those guys play no one......

Billyblaze
Reno, NV