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Re: Florida Trip
Thank you that supports my backing for Dan and his staff. When I met with Andy last year I experienced all of that too. Go over the film from the game the night before and explain in detail what each player did wrong. Must be something about head knowledge and doing it in game situations. Hopefully in time what they learn in practice become automatic in game play
Something is wrong when the players cannot or will not stick to a prepared game plan. I looked up the star recruit ratings in the BW. UCSB 2.795, LB 2.511, Fullerton 2.500, UCI 2.071. All other schools in the BW are rated under 2.500. Ratings are based on a 5-star system. Is it the offensive and defensive schemes used, or the inability of the players to do what's being asked of them? Maybe it is a little of both.
I'd love to understand better how the coaching staff can prepare a team for a game and basically have the correct strategy, yet, get absolutely mauled two games in a row? Something is wrong. Like team psychology. Apparently the coaching staff has brought in various mind masters like Alan Knipe on alternate Mondays for exactly this sort of discussion.
What are the Murray States and Missouri States of the world doing that we aren't? Would love to know what that is. It isn't just the talent. We've seen our team hold its own against much greater talent before while losing...even this season against UCLA. Two games in a row in a neutral court tournament we get royally waxed, and all I want to know if the coaching staff prepped the kids well is 'why'?
My best guess is it still points to the offensive and defensive systems and that they don't align well with modern day recruits that we typically get. I can't think of anything else if the coaches are doing a good job of game preparation.
In all the years that I have been a follower/booster of Long Beach State athletics I have been to a lot of away games. But only with football did I actually go with the team. Been to such places as Clemson, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Wyoming, Michigan, and Oregon.
Never had I gone "with the team" for a basketball game or tournament until now. It was quit an experience.
I went with the team to almost every pregame practice, shoot-around, and "chalk" talk. As well as all the meals.
I saw bits of every team except George Washington.
As much as everyone snipes at the coaching staff I can tell you first hand that there is no lack of preparation.
As evidenced by the first game vs Missouri St. They were told all plays would flow through #44 and #10 would shoot the lights out. And that is exactly what happened. For the Murray St game the same held true with #0 and #1. We even out rebounded those teams but if you don't put the ball in the basket things don't turn out right. For the Wright St game we seemed to be much more relaxed and the results reflected that.
Coach used 3 different starting lineups and is apparently still experimenting as to who should be the ultimate starting five.
I have a enhanced respect for our SID Mr. Roger Kirk. I got to sit next to him at the scorers table and boy is he a busy guy. He is working both the scoring book and a computer at the same time. It takes multiple people to do that at home games. I manage to help him once, confirming who had gotten a rebound.
I had jet lag the whole time I was there. Leaving for airports at 0330 going and coming didn't help.
We bussed from Naples (west coast) to Ft. Lauderdale (east coast) and although it was dark I could tell there was NOTHING on either side of the highway west to east.
All things taken into consideration I enjoyed myself immensely and hope to go again.
Look for some exciting news re scheduling starting next season.
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