People on this board can say “it is a learning experience” but as the losses pile up, the kids are going to be losing more and more confidence and they will start to expect to lose. (That will depend in large measure on the coach and where he'll earn the big bucks. He may have to say enthusiastically the "glass is 10% full" but if he consistently and honestly tell them where they are improving, they might get over any defeatist hump) By February the stands will be virtually empty. (you are probably right as the average fan isn't going to recognize any incremental improvement or, worse yet, not care and only care about wins, or lack thereof)
I will admit to generally being an optimist and predicted 10-11 wins. Now think 4-5 wins more realistic and even that might be optimistic. Announcers on ESPN yesterday correctly pointed out how young/inexperienced our current team is. In a number of games we get out to an early double digit lead but simply can't hold it. Other teams adjusting or just start getting hot. We are consistently inconsistent and making foul shots will help.
My hope was when we got to PL play the team would start to gel. I think we are farther off than I anticipated and while I still think we will improve, I am afraid not enough to win many games this year. Perhaps just lose close games rather than blowouts.
Did anyone notice that HC seems to be using a bit more zone?
I did. But Coach Nelson only went to it in desperation late in the game because so many players were in foul trouble.
Seeing MAAC players blow by our defenders over and over tells me that we need to develop a respectable zone defense that we can throw at an opponent on and off for 40% of the possessions. Just my opinion.
One other thing though.....at least play zone when the opponent is taking the ball out under their own basket. Most out of bounds plays rely on picks and are rendered ineffective against a zone. We gave up 4 easy points yesterday because we played MTM on the OOB play and our
Not many colleges play a respectable zone defense, esp without solid bigs and tall guards, even 40% of the possessions
American didn't play a lot of zone in 2014, but Brennan had one in his tool-bag, respectable enough to completely turn around his team's fortunes against Holy Cross in the tournament semi-final and help the Eagles win the PL title. Every team at this level needs to play some zone when the circumstances call for it, especially a team whose man-to-man is thoroughly incompetent.
Our defense the last few years consisted of Floyd covering up a myriad of defensive deficiencies. Now that he's not protecting the paint it should not be a surprise that our defense is terrible. Don't think it's going to matter much whether we play man or zone as other than Pridgen and perhaps Copeland no one on this roster is even an adequate defender.