Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hoyas on the road ready to glide to the Alabama Crimson Tide


Make em say ugh na na na na Hoyas!

The Hoyas (5-1) are coming off a 81-58 win over IUPUI. Next game is on the road to play the Southeastern Conference's (SEC) #12 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0). The Tide are coming off a impressive win over a tough and scrappy VCU squad. Senior F JaMychal Green (15.5 pts.) leads his team in scoring with teammate junior F Tony Mitchell (14.4 pts. 7.6 rebs. 2 assists) right behind. Last game against VCU Green had 14 rebounds and shot well from the field (26-50 @ 52%).

The Tide outscored the Rams 40-24 in the paint. This is supposed to be an Alabama team that shoots better from the perimeter than recent seasons, but on this night, the Tide sank only 1-11 shots from the perimeter. No problem. It pounded the ball inside to its big men and penetrated inside with its guards. The Tide bench combined for (16 pts.).

For the Hoyas senior G Jason Clark (17.0 pts) leads his team in scoring. Junior F Hollis Thompson (14.7 pts.) is not too far behind. Freshman sensation F Otto Porter is the leader at (6.5 rebs.) per game. The assist leaders for Hoyas are senior C Henry Sims (4.0) and sophomore F Nate Lubick (2.8). Lubick also had 14 rebounds last game. In the Hoyas last game against IUPUI the Jaguars quickly came out of the gates for the first half. Georgetown figured out IUPUI's strategy out and ran away with a 81-58 victory at the Verizon Center, in Washington, DC.

Hoyanation, the Hoyas will continue to play team basketball with a "sense of urgency" in Alabama. So far, they have quickly learned and fixed some things along the way.  As long as sophomore PG Markel Starks "consistently" uses quickness smarts the Hoyas should be fine. No one hand passes, no advertising passes. I'd also like to see him the fundamental "triple threat position" along with his teammates so they can be even more effective in attacking the basket. The lower you stay is the harder it is for the defense to steal the ball from you and the faster you can move. Pass, dribble or shoot in triple threat. Back to the basics "Triple Threat".

Alabama coach Anthony Grant on VCU: "I thought they came out in the first half and frustrated us. We knew coming in they would have a very similar style of play to ours, and we couldn't find a rhythm. But in the second half, our energy was good, our crowd got into it and we wee able to affect them with our press. So it's a good win, and a lot of learning lessons."

VCU PLAYER QUOTES in game against Alabama:

#20 Bradford Burgess, Guard
On the second half
“We weren’t solid on defense, we let them get some open shots, some offensive rebounds, and that kills a team when you’re trying to come back, when you’re down on the road. It just gave them all the momentum they needed to run away with the victory at the end.”

On what the team takes out of this game
“We just weren’t disciplined enough. We could have had a better outcome if we had stayed disciplined. The second half killed us. They shot like sixty something percent and outrebounded us. We just didn’t do the little things that we needed to do, especially on the road, to get victories, and they took advantage of it.”

On what Alabama does defensively
They are probably the most athletic team we will face all year. All those guys, one through five, are athletes, they can jump out of the gym, they can defend, they can rebound, and that is one of their advantages for their season, is just how athletic they are, how many athletic guys they have on the court at one time. We had a strategy, and we just did not stick to it, and they took advantage of it.”

On how difficult it is to guard Alabama’s size and strength
We didn’t stick to the strategy. Our strategy was to not let them get it in, and once they got it in, try to crush the post to make them pass it out, and work from there. But, they got easy buckets in the lane, their guards got into the lane, and helped create shots from the outside, and we just didn’t stick to our plan, and it showed in the second half, shooting sixty – something percent, and getting all those offensive boards.”

Let's Go Hoyas! Beat 'Bama!
Clap It Up Hoyanation!  Let's Goooooo!



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