Saturday, March 07, 2009

Great Effort and Heart

Great effort and heart by our boys tonight as the Cougs fell to the Pac-10 Champion Washington Huskies.

Both teams played well and both teams were very well coached.

The reason why we lost the game tonight was Klay Thompson's foul trouble, and within, Tony's decision to have him guard Thomas to start the second half with two fouls. Then, he got his fourth with about 10:00 left on what I thought was a fould on Nick. While we played very well in his stead, we simply cannot overcome what he provides on offense against such a good team on their court.

Meanwhile, I would hope that you all would NOT rip Nick's performance in the game. I thought Nick did a great job defensively, handled the pressure well, and was assertive when he needed to be offensively. Simply put, he gave us the best that we can expect out of that position.

Now, lets hope we can get 7th, beat Oregon, and match up for another go with UCLA.

Thank GOD we won last week!


21 comments:

Anonymous said...

My only question was why did we not have Capers playing more in this game, particularly later? I'm not trying to rip Koprivica for his performance, but he is NOT a point guard and shouldn't be the one bringing the ball across midcourt. I cringe every time I see him handling the ball.

Now that our season is done, how do the rest of the games today need to play out for us to have the best shot at an NCAA? And I don't know about you, but our performance over the last 5 games to me guarantees us not only an NIT bid, but a high enough seed to get some home games

BMels said...

This is hard to say as such a die hard Coug fan but unfortunately, the sled dogs are pretty good. They made the plays that needed to be made down the stretch and that's why they are number one this year. However, they probably should've been contending for Pac-10 championships two years ago but they have such poor coaching and player development that they are relegated to this one year only. Welcome to sled dog nation.

And I thought we played with all our heart and soul the entire game but it just wasn't enough. Having Koprivica (sp?) in for so much of the game with Klay off the floor was a dagger in our offensive chances. We simply didn't have enough offensive weapons on the floor when we needed them.

Time to look forward to the Pac-10 tournament and hopefully do some damage there. As per usual, Go Cougs!

Soze said...

I'm going to rip Koprivica, because he once again was leading the pack with this loss today. The idiotic turnovers (ie... when he panics and just throws to ANYONE wearing crimson, including people in the stands) and the poor shot selection (he should never be taking a shot, period) probably cost us 5-10 points this game. Granted... with Klay on the bench in foul trouble, we didn't have any other options, but jesus... bury him deep on the press break, and instruct him to never throw the ball towards the hoop, no matter how open he is. He does NOT belong on a Pac-10 roster -- no if's, and's, or but's about it.

If we can bury him on the bench in the Pac-10 tourney, I still think we have a shot at winning some games and hosting an NIT game.

sweetlou said...

are you kidding me BH? He cant finish going left, he got overpowered by pondexter all night, he turned the ball over, he couldn't hit anything and hasnt all year. The dude is simply not a pac 10 caliber basketball player.. He is simply awful. Bury him on the bench and dont invite him back next year.

Tonights Huskies Player of the game= Nicola Koprivica

Anonymous said...

I thought Bennett finally had it figured out. Get Capers and Casto a lot of minutes and give Koprivica limited minutes. Apparently Bennett doesn't apply to the "stick with what's working" strategy.

Longball said...

Wow, looks like we aren't very good at following instructions! At one point during yesterday's game Amieable turned to me and said that after my fifth time yelling "JEESUS NIK!!" i would foul out. But regardless, I am going to come to Nik's defense here. I thought he played a really tough ball game and allthough he is careless with the ball and had trouble finishing and making shots, i think he gave us great minutes when our younger players got in foul trouble. That was NOT the plan going into the game, but Capers and Thompson got in foul trouble and like it, or not, Nik is the next option. Also, even though it was frustrating that he couldn't finish his shots, the fact that he was getting to the rim was encouraging. He showed flashes of the pre-knee injury Nik that had us all excited a couple years ago.

Longball said...

Looks like as a 7 seed we play Oregon and then get a rematch with the Dawgs. While our game last night showed we can hang with them, i'm not sure its a matchup i look forward to.

Nuss said...

Soze: Do you realize that Nik had only one turnover in the game?

Sweetlou: Do you realize that Pondexter had only four points in the final 17 minutes of the game? Granted both buckets came with the game on the line, but one of them was a ridiculously tough leaner over Nik, and the other was a transition layup.

I know people feel a need to hate on Nik, but how about taking a balanced look at how he played backed up by some actual facts?

Soze said...

Nuss, I'm not going to get into a pissing contest. In the end, we're all Cougs and we just have a difference of opinion on a certain player.

But MANY things that Nik did on the offensive end are not "turnovers" in the stat book, but are just as bad. For example, he threw the ball to absolutely no one, Rochestie ran out of bounds to grab it, and then he got hit with the turnover. That, while not in the statbook as a Koprivica mistake, just not a "turnover." I'm not even going to get into his shot selection, and when I use the term shot selection, that does not include the lay-ups he missed.

I agree, he is our only option when other younger players get in foul trouble, but I've seen what he can do. Lets either give the minutes to a younger player, who might make the same mistakes but at least he's learning for the long term. Or, put Harmeling in. Why he was in street clothes is beyond me. Yes, he's bad. But he's not "Koprivica bad."

Mlips said...

Harmeling is hurt FYI...where have you been?

Anonymous said...

Koprivica sucks. period.

Lucas said...

Notice how the Huskies didn't really even guard Nik? He didn't have defenders within five feet of him...

Big Wood said...

For example, he threw the ball to absolutely no one, Rochestie ran out of bounds to grab it, and then he got hit with the turnover. That, while not in the statbook as a Koprivica mistake, just not a "turnover.

that's just patently false. if that were to happen, that would be a TO on Nik, not Rochestie....

It's amazing how people want to rip the 6th-7th option on the team as the reason we lost the game...when he actually played a decent game on a night where his shots weren't falling. He led the team in assists, grabbed 5 boards, played MUCH MUCH MUCH better d on Pondexter than Capers did, and only committed 1 TO....all the while bringing the ball up the floor the entire 2nd half.

Do I think he's an all-world player? hell no. Do I think people like Soze who don't know what the hell they're talking about need to calm the F down? a little bit.

It was Nik's fault Capers couldn't keep his hands to himself and got used by Overton the entire first half. It was Nik's fault the entire team shot 37%. It was Nik's fault Rochestie kept taking those floaters in the first half and had FIVE turnovers. It was Nik's fault Klay couldn't keep his hands to himself. It was Nik's fault Casto was too busy trying to block shots to box out his man and lead to an easy Husky putback. It was Nik's fault Casto had a goaltend on a shot that wasn't anywhere near going in.

If you thought Nik's performance was a 5-10 point swing the other way, I'm dying to hear what you thought of Capers.

Soze said...

I guess we just have different basketball philosophies.

cougfan32 said...

soze you should be glad to hear that your basketball philosophy is the correct one. All koprivica had to do was not shoot when they left him open... i was praying he wouldnt go to the basket because he doesnt finish well with either hand... however he did do that eight times and converted only one attempt. I dont know whether we would have won the game without him but the fact is the dude has no business on a pac ten court.

Anonymous said...

I would trade a postseason appearance for a promise from Tony Bennett that Kopravica would be sent to play for Idaho.

Big Wood said...

soze you should be glad to hear that your basketball philosophy is the correct one. All koprivica had to do was not shoot when they left him open... i was praying he wouldnt go to the basket because he doesnt finish well with either hand... however he did do that eight times and converted only one attempt. I dont know whether we would have won the game without him but the fact is the dude has no business on a pac ten court.

if a jumper were the only thing that ever made up a basketball player, then you and soze would be right, and josh akognon would still be our mvp....

but alas, there are many aspects of the game, many of which kop excelled at on saturday as i detailed above, but we choose to ignore them i guess.

this is a very sad thread.

cougfane32 said...

you are right that having a good jumper doesn't make up an entire basketball player. However Koprivica not only lacks an adequate jump shot but also the ability to dribble well with both hands, finish when he goes to the basket, (Husky fans rejoiced Saturday every time he did) or even make his free throws. He is absolutely terrible offensively and his defensive awareness off the ball is the worst of anyone on the team. (Did you not see him get beat back door three times against OSU?) Big Wood his shots never fall. It wasn't like the UW game was some sort of anomyly. If i was the opposing team I would dare him to shoot everyt time just like UW did.

Please stop playing him Coach Bennett

Soze said...

Big Wood, we finally do agree on one thing: this is a very sad thread, and will be my last post (but probably not the last one tearing up Koprivica in the future if he keeps getting minutes).

I will examine your first post, since you seem to believe it had the most substance. I think something more needs to be said when the team leader in assists for a game has 5. That has NOTHING to do with someone playing well and everything to do with everyone else not distributing the basketball. So that point is irrelevant.

I guess 5 rebounds out of the 6th/7th option isn't too bad, but when you shoot 1 for 8, my "basketball philosophy" eliminates every single one of them. Had he gone something like 1 for 2 from the floor, then his rebounds would be valuable.

His defense wasn't terrible, but it wasn't stellar either. C'mon... everyone knows the Cougs are built around team defense and if you don't at least play tolerable defense, you don't see the court. So "tolerable" defense from Koprivica should be completely expected, not your selling point.

You have your point (Koprivica should get playing time) and I have mine (he belongs down the road at LC State). In my opinion, he's single-handedly cost the Cougs 2-3 wins this season and right or wrong, its my option and I have the right to voice it.

Soze said...

On a side note... now that I found out Harmeling was out with an injury, whats the story with the other guys? Are Lodwick and Enquist not playing the D?

Big Wood said...

I think something more needs to be said when the team leader in assists for a game has 5. That has NOTHING to do with someone playing well and everything to do with everyone else not distributing the basketball. so since nobody else was doing their job passing the ball, it's irrelevant? too damn funny..

His defense wasn't terrible, but it wasn't stellar either. C'mon... everyone knows the Cougs are built around team defense and if you don't at least play tolerable defense, you don't see the court. So "tolerable" defense from Koprivica should be completely expected, not your selling point.
pondexter scored 13 points on capers in 15 minutes (and drew 3 fouls) and 4 points on kop in 17 minutes. neither can hit a jumper....so which one do you want out there? The one who's passing the ball effectively, rebounding and playing solid D or the one who's getting burned on both ends of the floor.

we made the best of a bad situation on saturday and lost to a much better team.

you two crack me up...seriously. When Nik does something right, it's because of the system, but if he messes up, you'll be the first person to point it out.

Nik hasn't "singlehandledly" cost us ONE game this year, let alone 3.

i guess you do have the right to voice your opinion, right or wrong...doesn't mean you should.

i'm done with this thread. you guys can keep trashing college kids.