Stalcup did play well in his minutes today...impressed defensively
These Cajun uniforms, oooh.
The zone gave us fits for a while on offensive, we took some bad shots and made some bad passes. This team makes up for that on defense. ULM was not hitting the offensive boards at all, they all dropped back as soon as the shot went up. Good win. GEAUX CAJUNS
When the Cajuns do not create aggressive defensive turnovers they do not do well offensively because we are not a good half court offensive team. We might be no better than low average. Tonight we did not have that good turnover ratio.
Observations not criticisms. Hardy had to hit those shots because he was schooled twice by number 23. His burst was not equal to Hardy's but he kept up for a while.
Brown was also having trouble with 23 as he dribble penetrated forcing Brown to fall back. At that point in the second half he simply did a fade away ten footer twice in a row.
In both cases Marlin had to bring in a better defensive player, or should I say a more seasoned one.
Miller? You can almost tell when he is going to shoot whether the shot is good or not. Man is good so you got to take the good with the bad.
Stalcup and Plaisance? Thinking we got a little more from Stalcup than we would have with Plaisance, but man we need to put some kind of weight room work for that guy. He is heavier than he looks.
Never had a serious doubt about the game, but anytime a team takes a lead or is within one possession of taking a lead you get a little uncomfortable. Next year Marlin needs to find a coach who knows how to run a half court offense.
We are a top 20 offense. Yes, we score more when we create turnovers, but I would not call our half court offense below average. The stats do not bear that out.
Hardy is a serious upgrade from our go to 3 guy from last year. Yes, he had some defensive lapse, but at least he tried playing defense. And he can MAKE the three.
And to think, 3 - treys in the first 7:20 minutes for P.J.
Hardy would have been a game changer for us when Long was here. I know it's nothing in the big scheme of things, but those gray unis must go. And it won't hurt my feelings if we decide the novelty of that floor is over... and we go to something else.
Individually, the Cajuns played well last night. ULM played us very well defensively. And they have a couple of gifted shot makers. I can't understand, for as much as they collapsed on us down low, that we didn't kill them with the mid range jumpers. We out rebounded them even outnumbered under the basket, but they were very aggressive at the rim. We don't seem to want to get in and kick it back out. Thank goodness for the long range shots. And I have to give it to Marlin... his teams play excellent defense. They lose assignments ever so often... but they hustle huge.