Shooting poorly or turning the ball over a lot is difficult for a team to overcome. Shooting poorly and turning the ball over a lot renders the analysis of other facets of a game largely superfluous. But I’ll try.
What made last night’s game more frustrating than predicitive (one hopes) was that many of the missed shots were good shots (though at some point we may have to downgrade our expectations of a make when Russell Robinson attempts a layup). At the same time, I wonder if the (now) sophomores and juniors are ever going to demonstrate that they understand proper spacing in transition much less demonstrate enough good decision-making to take full advantage of their defensive and (to this point of the young season) rebounding advantages.
The overall defensive performance was poor. I’d even go so far as to say the defensive effort was lacking in the first half as evidenced by the non-existant defensive rotations when the post players double-teamed Caleb Green. Still, one must acknowledge that two Oral Roberts players who were 4-21 for their careers from three-point range, made nine of eleven attempts last night making it difficult (without knowing the defensive game plan) to determine how much damage was self-inflicted through lack of attention to detail and how much damage was inflicted by Marchello Vealy catching Kansas by surprise (though made three-pointers numbers four through seven by Mr. Vealy wouldn’t really qualify as “surprises”).
Also, if anyone can explain why it was necessary for Rodrick Stewart and Matt Kleinmann to play a combined 12 minutes last night, please do.
Onto the numbers…
Updated individual stats after the jump.
INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING