Sunday, March 23, 2008

So Far, Not So Good

Well that's not what the Canes needed for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16. It's one thing that Texas is draining all their long-range shots. Ultimately, there is nothing you can do about that. But the same foolish mistakes that have plagued the Canes all season have come back to bite them. Reckless drives to the hole the result in a chucked shot that misses everything. Bad passes. Airballs. Lack of patience. All of these things are killing us right now.

That's been the biggest problem with the team. They'll make a good play to steal the ball under the basket, but rather than pass to an open teammate, our guys will toss the ball up in the general direction of the basket, defended by 3 guys, and the shot goes nowhere. Dwayne Collins makes a nice move to get into the paint, but is double teamed. Instead of passing out to a perimeter guy, he twists, turns, squeezes, and launches a prayer that probably has a 5% chance of falling.

I hate to call it bad basketball IQ, but that's what it is. The good thing is that our guys have character and don't fold easily. Frank Haith will make the necessary adjustments at halftime and from there, we just have to hope Jack McClinton shows up to save the day. All is not lost quite just yet, but Miami definitely has to play their best half of basketball all season to stay alive today.

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