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02-14-18 10:17 AM - Post#247824    
    In response to HoleinOne

Agree the Bison are not adapting well to certain defensive schemes. That particularly goes for the double-teaming of Nana - but the biggest culprit there is the outside shooting. Since the first Boston U game, Nana has been double-teamed virtually every time he touches the ball. Last year he probably averaged 7-8 jump hooks vs single coverage in PL games. This year, excluding the American game, he is lucky if he gets 1-2 a game vs single coverage where he is able to extend his shooting arm back freely. That is the main reason his shooting pct this year in PL games is 57.7% compared to 63.0% last year. And in OOC games - against much better teams and much better centers - he hit 61.1% of his shots, because teams rarely doubled him in those games.

Thankfully he has become a much better passer and frequently gets the ball out to the right guy. And his turnover rate has declined. So that part of the adaptation is pretty good. However in league games, the Bison are not making a high enough pct of the open threes that result from the double teams to discourage teams from doing it every time. In PL games, the team is hitting a poor 31.8% on threes, with only Brown and Toomer hitting above 39%. If they hit 40% - which they should hit on the open stationary shots they are getting - the double teams might not be as aggressive.

Note that the biggest problem right now in attacking the double team is not the spacing. Even when no secondary defender is within 15 feet of Nana when an entry pass to him is made, every team still sends a second defender immediately. Look, for example, at the last play vs Colgate when O'Brien, who was guarding Brown above the arc, maybe 22 feet from the basket, immediately ran at Nana in the low post as the pass to him was made. Nana made a good quick pass to Brown, who passed to Moore as Moore's man rotated to Brown. And then Moore passed to Kimbal as Kimbal's man rotated to Moore. Fortunately Kimbal knocked down the shot. That was perfect ball movement (except for the final pass being tipped) and a perfect result.

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