Poor shooting again dooms UNLV in 55-49 loss to No. 6 San Diego State

Willis, Stanback headline offensive woes as Rebels can’t complete late comeback, drop to 1-2 in MWC play


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San Diego State forward and Las Vegas native Billy White pounds his chest after Wednesday’s game against UNLV at Viejas Arena in San Diego. SDSU won the game 55-49.

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SAN DIEGO — Simply put, UNLV's spirits weren't nearly as down this Wednesday as they were last Wednesday.

In a game they weren't expected to win, the Rebels left Viejas Arena following a 55-49 loss to No. 6 San Diego State not bemoaning defensive effort or urgency as they did a week ago in an ugly home loss to BYU.

Instead, the open wound was something that's gradually become more and more of a nagging issue.


UNLV (13-4 overall, 1-2 Mountain West) had every opportunity to hand the Aztecs (18-0, 3-0) their first loss of the season in front of a wild crowd of 12,414, but missed opportunity after missed opportunity in the game's final five minutes kept the Rebels from getting closer than to within two possessions.

In turn, Lon Kruger's team now finds itself two games behind both SDSU and No. 11 BYU in the league standings out of the gates.

"When we made that long run in the second half, we felt like we had to go take it from them," UNLV senior guard Tre'Von Willis said. "A couple of plays here and there pushed it away, kept it at a two-possession game.

"It's a fight every time we play them. We feel we have to execute more on the offensive end. Defensive end, we felt like we dictated and kind of made them take shots we wanted them to take."

Despite the game's low-scoring nature, UNLV for much of the night looked the part of a team that belonged on the same floor with one of the nation's hottest squads.

Though the Rebels never found a strong offensive groove, it was a close battle up until a pair of 3-pointers from Las Vegas native Billy White gave SDSU a double-digit edge at 40-30 with just under 14 minutes left to play.

All season, the Aztecs have made a habit out of starting games slow then unleashing punishing runs in the second halves to make opponents wilt down the stretch run.

Their lead was as big as 12 points with 12 minutes to play following a James Rahon trey, but the Rebels pulled off a somewhat surprising 9-2 run of their own to close to within five points three minutes later.

During the spurt, Willis and junior forward Chace Stanback hit back-to-back shots and appeared to be climbing out of their offensive slumps.

Unfortunately for UNLV, it was merely a momentary spike.

The biggest misfire during the Rebels' push to get even with the Aztecs came with 2:05 remaining, when at the end of a nice rhythm play set up by an Anthony Marshall block of Chase Tapley in the open floor, Willis blanked on a 3-point try from atop the key. It would have pulled UNLV to within two.

A few more made shots would have gotten the Rebels more credit for a defensive effort that was as good as SDSU has seen from a foe this season.

The Aztecs were a pedestrian 19-of-53 (35.8 percent) from the floor and 4-of-17 from long range. It looked OK in comparison to UNLV's 22-of-61 shooting and 1-of-18 performance from beyond the arc. It was only the third time this season that the Rebels have shot below 40 percent in a game.

Stanback and Willis combined to go 8-of-27 overall and 1-of-11 in the 3-point department.

"You've got to make shots. Making shots changes the complexion of everything," Kruger said. "We had some decent looks there that didn't go. We have to work more to give ourselves a chance to make shots.

"There was a moment there where I thought our guys responded exactly how you'd want. We had it back to four (points), back to five, had several looks at that point and couldn't take that next step."

While both teams were equally ugly on offense, rebounding, yet again in the series, told the story.

Star sophomore forward Kawhi Leonard, on top of his game-high 15 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, baiting the Rebels with his words all along the way. He was complemented by senior forward Malcolm Thomas who had a double-double of his own with 14 points and 16 boards.

After SDSU out-rebounded UNLV 120-91 in last year's three meetings combined, the duo of Leonard and Thomas outdid the Rebels on their own on Wednesday night, 33-31.

"We had a lot of missed shots that allowed them to do what they do very well," Kruger added."

Though it didn't result in a win, UNLV survived an inferno of an atmosphere.

Willis was ridden from the second he stepped onto the floor for warm-ups by the SDSU students with chants and signs referencing his off-season legal woes, and the game was marred with a few minor scuffles and three technical fouls on each side.

With arguably the toughest road test of the Mountain West season now out of the way, the Rebels have little wiggle room in the near future where their potential NCAA tournament at-large resumé is concerned.

Starting with Saturday's road game at Air Force, the rest of this first half of the MWC slate then includes games at home against Colorado State and New Mexico next week, at Wyoming and home for Utah to kick off February.

Defense reminiscent of what the Rebels played on Wednesday will keep them in all of those games and maybe be enough to win them, but the ceiling overall is only so high if the recent overall shooting doesn't improve.

"We felt like we went out there and competed hard with them, didn't back down," Marshall said. "The positive thing is we can only go up from here. We shot the ball badly."


• Several San Diego State players after the game continued to play the disrespect card regarding the rest of the nation's opinion of the Aztecs.

"Some people think we are still a joke, but that is just going to motivate us more," White said. "We know we belong. We're going to be here all year and we are going to keep moving up."

Added Leonard: "We're 18-0. Teams know that, so they want to beat us more than we probably want to win, but since we know that, we come out playing even harder so they won't get the win. It's a big win. We're in conference, playing against UNLV and a home loss can easily get you out of the race."

• A couple of Rebels remain in deep slumps.

Senior guard Derrick Jasper had just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 23 minutes against SDSU. That performance also included three fouls, two rebounds and no assists. He's appeared physically zapped of late, and 9-of-33 from the floor with six assists in the team's last five games from his "point forward" spot.

Also continuing his up-and-down season is sophomore Kansas transfer Quintrell Thomas.

He only played four minute on Wednesday, registering two rebounds and not much else. The 6-foot-8, 245-pounder has been Kruger's third big man off of the bench in the last two games and is has only played 22 total minutes in three MWC games.

• Meanwhile, continuing to surge and be the Rebels' most relentless performer on offense is Marshall.

The Mojave High product scored a team-high 11 points with five rebounds in 26 minutes and has scored in double digits in five of UNLV's last six outings.

• UNLV bused back to Las Vegas late Wednesday night and will hold an afternoon practice on Thursday. Following a morning session on Friday, they'll take off for Colorado Springs, Colo., for Saturday's 3 p.m. tip with the Falcons.

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  1. This had to be the most frustrating game to watch EVER! I can't even imagine how frustrated the players must feel. SDSU is not a better team than we are, they just were tonight. UNLV had numerous opportunities to get back in it and we couldn't hit back to back shots for the life of us. One three the entire game. 49 pts. for a team averaging 73 pts. per game and we had a higher FG percentage. We were also 9-0 when holding teams under 60 pts. As much as I hate to say it BYU is definitely the team to beat this year. SDSU will be rudely awakened when they meet the Cougars with the way Fredette has been playing.

  2. Once again, lack of rebounding and our inability to attack the basket hurt us. As much as we want to harp on our bigs for not boxing out, I think the problem still stems to our coaching. If you watch our guys on a defensive rebounding opportunity, all they do is turn and face the basket. They don't turn to find somebody to check out and when they do, they don't put their body into them or make contact. That's why I think more of our rebounding woes should be put on whoever coaches our bigs. Another mistake we've been seeing alot of this year is costly turnovers. For a veteran team, we still make alot of mistakes when it comes to ball security. These are some problems that will continue to plague us when we face this kind of competition the rest of the season.

  3. True SDSU is not a great team by any means. What they have that UNLV does not is toughness. Yes we missed shots and yes we hung in but when you play SDSU or any top 25 team you have to win the individual battles. The entire game we allowed SDSU to rip rebounds away after we had a hand on them or seemingly had possesion. We went to the basket soft and blew layups while trying to avoid contact, then we stopped going to the basket at all and just threw up jumpers. We also lost most battles on the loose balls. I am really disappointed in Jasper and Stanback. They were totally overwhelmed physically by White and Leonard. Pushed around like rag dolls. Not to mention our bigs like Lopez and Massamba like to float in the lane and throw up weak shots as well. This team needs to gut up.

  4. As I watched this game I kept hearing myself saying "why are we taking that shot?" So many shots came from just INSIDE the three-point line, the least effective place to shoot from on the floor. And when the Rebs weren't taking those shots it seemed like Brice and Carlos were forcing the action inside and seemed out of control.

    We knew the rebound battle was going to be tough, SDSU is great at tha and I felt our bigs did ok. I am just frustrated with the poor shot selection.

    Ryan, you speak to these guys on a regular basis, can you give us any insight as to why the poor shooting for the last several games?

  5. Why does Kruger continue to play Jasper? This team needs to get back to basic fundamentals of the game. If we keep missing inside shots and foul shots we will never get to where we should be. We beat ourselves last night!

  6. Why does Jasper continue to SHOOT?! The kid can't even make layups! Why does he take jump shots?! Again, Stanback and Willis torched us...and that game was shown live all around the west coast people finally saw how bad UNLV is. UNLV is done. We know SDSU and BYU will sweep us now, so now what? Idk...UNLV looks like a sure bubble team now. Garbage...can't stand watching them. Its like watching 08-09 season all over again...

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  8. Jasper maybe the worst shooter I've ever seen. How many airballs the last 2 games. How many missed lay-ups. When he is in the game it's like 5 against 4 on offense.

    Ryan please tell me his wrist or his elbow is injured?

  9. Despite what the stats say, they actually held their own on the boards. Problem is that I see high school girls that shoot better than these guys. It wasn't like they weren't getting open looks. I give Bellfield some slack because his right hand is hurt, but the rest of the guys....Agree about Jasper- can't wait until he graduates. The guy is soft and can't shoot.

    By the way- I apologize to Ricky Robinson for comparing him to Q Thomas. Ricky- you were WAY better than that Kansas reject.

  10. You can't win every game. Remember that the 1989-1990 National Championship team had 5 losses. The Rebels played hard last night the whole game. Even when they got down 10 and could have easily let down they came back with a 9-2 run. I applaud the effort and hope the shots will start falling as the conference season continues. The rebels showed that they can beat SDSU and that is encouraging.

  11. I agree with you rose1414. We had the perfect recipe to beat them last night, we just forgot to make baskets. We actually rebounded very well (defensively). The disparity in rebounding numbers was a result of us missing so many shots. Considering how good they are inside we actually protected our basket pretty well.

    Watching these two teams play each other is brutal. I think SDSU really takes offense to the national attention we tend to get so they step up their game when they play us.

    I'm just so disappointed in Stanback and Willis. Stanback shot us right out of that game in the 2nd half. He missed jumpers on about 6 straight possessions. One of these upperclassmen has to step up and take control when things aren't going well. I'm still waiting for that to happen. They are all leading the charge in blowouts like the TCU game but disappear in tough games like last night. Its infuriating.

  12. Ryan, why were Stanback, Massamba, and Jasper given technical fouls? I couldn't see anything they did that deserved technicals.

  13. I don't thinkt that the Rebels necessarily had a bad shooting night. They are just not a very talented team on the offensive end. They have no one that can consistently make three point baskets and they have no one that can consistently score in the paint. No team has ever achieved much success without one or the other.

    They play very hard, and they play strong defense, but what you saw last night is what they are--at team with mediocre offensive talent. They are doing very well to be 13-4 right now.

  14. You are out of line if you rag on Q for being a bad player when he never gets to play enough for us to see. And Ryan you can't write that he is in a slump when he has gotten four minutes if play. It takes that long just to find your rhythm especially when you don't get more than five minutes to play every game lately. Good players build off of each game they play to get better but how do you do that if your never allowed to play. He is not a Kansas reject either. They wanted him so they gave him a schalership he chose to leave. Kansas would have worked with him till they found a spot for him.

  15. The team had great energy and never gave up. UNLV had an awful shooting night, and it's starts with Willis and Chace forcing bad shots instead of passing to find an open shooter. Also, Willis absolutely kills the team when he tries to take the ball through the lane and make a ridiculous behind-the-back dribble and turns it over.

    Still, when those two miss wide open shots (especially Chace's best catch-and-shoot shot), the team has no chance. There were definitely some brights spots though. I liked the give-and-go with Oscar and Massamba, and it was good to see Oscar driving to the basket.

    Jasper plays good defense, but his shooting was awful. Playing both him and Hawkins at the same time just puts the Rebs in an offensive hole. As for the rebounding and lack of boxing out, the Rebs have always had this problem. Maybe they should pay Izzo (Michigan State) to teach a clinic about rebounding like his WAR program he teaches his guys.

    Finally, I liked Chace's hard foul last night (didn't think it deserved a tech). Someone needed to smash Jimmer last game when he kept coming through the lane untouched. That's basketball folks.

  16. OK, to answer the few directed at me ...

    -As far as the poor shooting, I honestly believe it's something mental, because in practice every day, the shooting looks fine. It's becoming pretty perplexing during games, to be honest.

    -Jasper is not hurt as far as I can tell, but he's not playing with the fire he had earlier in the season for whatever reason. He's been emotionally different the last 3 weeks on the floor, and he needs to take it to the hole more a la Anthony Marshall.

    -Regarding the technicals. I thought UNLV earned at least 1 during the first scuffle, though it was hard to tell who deserved it. Didn't think Chace should have gotten a personal AND a tech. That changed UNLV's rotation some and the way Chace could defend. As for the one on Jasper, I thought Kawhi certainly earned one, but I don't know what Jasper said to get his. It looked like a total toss-up.

    -I think Q is only getting four minutes BECAUSE of the slump. He hasn't played well in a month, and I don't know if the staff feels comfortable giving him heavy run right now. Though I'm of the mindset that the only way to get out of a slump is to play your way out of it, and him only getting four minutes a game might be really messing with his head some.

  17. I agree, kruger substitutions of his big guys is atrocious. Massamba gets a foul in the first minute of the game and he takes him out. If he gets 2 fouls, then by all means take him out. How can anybody get into a rythm being jacked up and down off the bench all game long. Let Q play a solid 13 minutes a half and I guarantee he would improve. I dont get it,he doesn't do that with any other position.

  18. The coaches are watching the practices. I think they get a good vibe on who is improving and who deserves the minutes. Lopez has great upside, soft hands, nice shooting touch, good passer. I think they see him as being a real big part of the future. Thomas had plenty of chances earlier in the season. He is a total HACKER. I have never seen a worse defensive player. They can't afford to play him- it's not like he is an offensive dynamo. And yes, he is a Kansas reject. He left because he would have been the 12th man there for 4 years.

  19. I've said this for the last four games at least. We play with ZERO toughness. We back down to every one. We didn't drive the lane at all last night. Even the TV announcers were shocked at our lack of free throws. We have to drive the lane and get some shots to fall, or go to the line. I don't agree with the way Kruger pulls a big literally the second they foul. They can't get into the flow at all that way and they play scared. I think that's what has happened to Thomas. And here's another thought to ponder. Why not try Brice and Lopez in the game at the same time. Pull Jasper. That way, Lopez can hit that 6 - 8 foot jumper which he is good at and we'll have Brice down low.

  20. JKE. I agree. At least Lopez can hit an 8 footer. Jasper can't even hit the rim 4 ft away.
    I'm sure Kruger doesn't do this is because he loves small ball. It works against the patsies but not against good quality teams that can break the press.

  21. The reason we don't drive on SDSU is because they are #1 in the nation right now for blocked shots. Teams that shoot well from outside will beat them. We didn't have enough size, but most importantly, we need to shoot well. Hell, not even well, but just 40% or so would have been great.

  22. Wade is right- we had plenty of open looks. Make a couple of them and we would have won. And why drive the lane to get to the line? Have you seen our free throw shooting?

  23. This is the worst shooting team I have ever watched. Good grief are they aggravating! Rebs should've won by 10-15 points. If ever a team was capable of breaking the 3-pt streak, this team can do it - good try last night, so close! I don't know what happened to the team I watched in November, but it's hard to have high hopes for my "Run'n Bricklayers".

  24. Ugly performance by both teams last night. Frustrating loss, as bad as they played the Rebs actually kept it close. They may have a great frontline, possibly the nation's best, but I can't see SDSU advancing too far in the big dance with their perimeter play. Give a good/very good coach the opportunity in a one game setting and they will find a way to neutralize their frontcourt/exploit their subpar perimeter play.

    As for UNLV the same ol' same ol'. 1) Dominated on the glass. I still can't get over that one play in the first half when Malcom Thomas was the only SDSU player under the boards, UNLV had three, and not only did Thomas manage to get the rebound but score as well. 2) Half court offense woes rears its ugly head again. Jumpers not falling, little dribble penetration and of course nothing from the interior players. Hate to pile on, but as some others have said a couple of those shots from Jasper. Ouch.

    As for shooting, if you are going to be a team that primarily relies on jump shots better recruit some kids who shoot it really well. Can't plug square pegs into round holes which is what we have seen under Kruger offensively.

  25. This is not an exact science here. It's school yard entertainment.

  26. I know the idea of shooters needing to shoot there way out of a slump, but Stanback was killing us with all the bricks he was throwing up.

    As far as the technicals go, that was the biggest BS i've seen, along with the BYU contact nonsense. The San Diego State players initiated all those little back and forths. They swarmed our players and Massamba puts his hands out so they can't roll up on our guards and he gets a tech? Stanback wasn't even near and he gets a tech based off the video replay? No referee was near Jasper, so even if he did say something under his breath, how would any ref have heard? Those are momentum calls that have typically gone against UNLV in the past, but even though they cancelled each other out, it was still BS. MWC referees get a big fat F.

  27. I agree with JerryWayne. The officiating this year has been horrible. How in the world did we get those technicals? Seriously I don't get that at all. SDSU players get in our faces and us being the lay downs that we are, we just stand there and we get t'd up. Ridiculous. It would be different if we played hard or tough. Which we don't. We've let BYU and SDSU get in our faces and do what they want to do. We have the nicest bunch of boys in the country playing for us. Even Tre', the presumed tough guy, doesn't really play with an attitude. None of them have confidence. And Kruger's substitution patterns baffle me.


    Yes, this was a disappointing loss. Yes, I was very bummed because I really felt like we had SDSU and if we only had shot like 18% from 3-pt range, we would have won.

    But... it is not the end of the world. We are 1-2 in the conference so far and that is not good, but if we remove ourselves from our "fandom" and look objectively we will see that our two losses were to the #10 and #6 teams in the country, respectively. An improved TCU team from last year came into the Mack and we killed them.

    I'm honestly more interested to see how we do in this next stretch of games against the middle/lower tier of MWC teams. If we start dropping games to Air Force and Utah, then I'll be a little more concerned. If we roll through this next stretch of games like we should, we'll be fine.

    Too many people are trying to take things away from SDSU and even BYU, but they are ranked where they are for a reason. SDSU is one of only a handful of undefeated teams in the country and has some nice wins. BYU is playing some of the best ball in the country right now and Jimmer Fredette is playing out of his mind. At this point, we are the third best team in this conference behind two top 10 teams. That may change, but even if it doesn't, its not the end of the world.

  29. I'm going to try to play the role of the optimist. I think we have the potential to be one of those teams that go under the radar because we are struggling in the first half of the season. I think the second half of the season will tell the tale. If just a few more shots fall each game (perimeter and free throws), then we would be a totally different team. I agree that these are fundamentals that the coaching staff can and will address. I see the Rebs as a team that will steadily improve and end the season on a strong note and enter the post season on fire. Hopefully, the law of averages is on our side and those wide open shots and lay ups that aren't going in, start falling for us. There is always a handful of teams that don't have the best record, but steadily evolve into a strong team by the end of the year. Hopefully, we're one of those teams. I know it seems that we are struggling in many areas, but the good news is we have the athletes, the coaching staff, and time left in the season to improve.

  30. The argument that the Rebels would have won if they had only shot a higher percentage is kind of like saying they would have won if only they had scored more points than SDSU.
    It's wasn't like the Aztecs shot all that great either. So, from an Aztec perspective, it could be argued that SDSU would could have won by more than six pts if they had only shot the ball better. I mean, they were 4-17 from beyond the arc on their home court.
    Having seen SDSU play a few times this season they do play very good defense and do have a knack of winning ugly. They can shoot poorly and still win because of their defense.

  31. When it comes down to it the teams were nearly identical the entire game. NO team really looked better than the other. SDSU is known for starting off slow in the first half and our team should have taken advantage of that. Instead our guys chose to play their pace, their style and thats how we got beat. There was that brief glimmer of hope in the second half when we went on that 9-0 run and I thought, "finally we are playing our style of basketball." Then, Tre throws up a three that doesn't fall and we fall back in to a different pace of play. Kruger needs to give these guys a kick in the arse and get them more motivated. If the momentum changes pace, call a time out and light a fire under these guys. I never see Kruger yell (like "get your s**t together" yell)maybe I am missing it? Maybe that's not his style? But, players need to see emotion out of their coach in order to get motivated sometimes. I just don't see that fire like in previous rebels teams of the past. This team is desperate for a leader like Wink. I think Marshall needs to be the man this year.

  32. Give credit to UNLV fans, I don't know how you guys continue to go to the games and sell out the MACK?! Watching UNLV games is almost as bad as going to the dentist. I cringe everytime I watch this horrible display of basketball. Also, San Diego State is clearly NOT the # 6 team in the nation, that ranking is laughable. I can't wait for the NCAA Tourney brackets to come out San Diego State has 1st rd upset written all over them.

  33. Why does Kruger continue to play a high screen offense with guards who can't shoot? This style of offense worked when we had good consistent shooters like K. Kruger or wink. Adjust your offense around the pieces you have. Everyone banging Q isn't cool, either. The guy showed us a little bit of what he had during the 76 classic showing good rebounding and some offensive touch as well. It's tough for anybody to find a flow when you play only four minutes a game. As for our "toughness," a teams play is usually a reflection of the coach. Look at the tough coaches around the league "Izzo, Self, Martin, etc." and then look at how their teams play.

  34. Interesting note that Kruger uses the high screen to set up an outside shot and not a give-and-go. Kruger is definitely not a yeller (which attracted Smith to our program). I think he should yank Willis and Chace when they start making bad decisions, and go with Marshall and J-Hawk. If we need offense, then he can sit J-Hawk and go with Lopez. Seriously, if Willis/Chace aren't scoring, we might as well go with players who play with high energy.

  35. something needs to change..

  36. Strange how Kruger pulls the bigs after one foul but lets Willis, Stanback and Jarvis heave up countless bricks. I'm telling you. Thomas is better than what he's been able to show. Kruger is screwing the guy up bigtime. And pull Jarvis and go with Lopez and Brice on the floor at the same time. At least try it. See what happens.

  37. Ryan one question, do the Rebels have a sports psychiatrist,because they sure could use one.It seems like the bad shooting is in their heads since it only happens in games like you say and not at practice.Plus we have three bigs,Kruger should let them play in order of their showing in practice.One fouls out,let the next one play.There are 15 fouls between them,let them play.I just don't get the 2 minutes here and 4 minutes there theory.It's madness.And where is Trey,he's supposed to be the leader and Chase is jacking up brick after brick along with Jasper,it's madness I tell ya.

  38. that game was INTENSE. it affected the players (particularly ours), refs, and surprisingly two seasoned coaches. what's with Kruger running onto the floor all the time? I'm really surprised by that behavior from our normally steely-eyed missile man.

    we play an NBA style offense but we shoot like a bunch of 6th graders. it's all mental at this point. good defense kept us in that game (SDSU usually shoots that bad). now only if we could finish a set with boxing someone out. too much NBA-style standing around and not enough fire and hunger on the glass. but, a few more shots fall and we have an upset. the refs and the crowd really got to our guys.

    the double technicals are and were ridiculous. there wasn't real pushing or trash talking (particularly w/ Jasper) but they T up both teams? what is that?!? I think both coaches and the refs were too hyped up for that game. I've never seen Kruger like that before. refs should be above it, especially the lead ref.

    Malcolm Thomas is better than Kawhi Leonard and his big hands. guy's got sick moves down low (did you see that spin move on Lopez?) and is relentless on the glass. although Leonard can seemingly do no wrong... just never... seems... to foul anyone. even when he's bowling them over or jumping over their back. Billy White is the new Tavernari, Vegas head case w/ a HUGE ego. their backcourt was not very good last night. we blow them out on a neutral court by 20+. SDSU's in trouble if it doesn't start shooting better.

    we'll be fine folks, just remember, we weren't supposed to win last night, and the home team (+ those in zebra stripes) made sure we didn't. if we win the games we should and play well in the ones we're not supposed to we'll be fine going into March.

    Go Rebels!

  39. Jasper is soft, get him out of the line up and give his minutes to Marshal. I would rather see the Freshman than a soft Jasper.

  40. Hey Ryan, I am hearing rumblings that AM is heading back into the starting lineup...

    Is there any truth to this?

  41. My two cents is that they are shooting poorly because they aren't committed when they take the shot. It looks like they are more focused on making an extra pass or running an offensive set instead of taking the opportunities as they come and flowing with the game. The catch is that Kruger's plan may be to have the guys take only high percentage shots, especially against teams like SDSU, to make up for rebounding differentials and such, but maybe this lack of freedom has them worrying every time they take a shot if it was the right one and the vicious cycle goes on.

  42. toonkee it does look that they are passing up the open three in flow then stopping and stepping in a foot or two for a long jumper.i saw that quite a few's in their heads when they miss the first or second one.their confidence is great on defence but miss early and they start worrying.good call.