Sunday, January 28, 2007

Hoops - Jackets fall to VT ............ at home

Well, what do we say now? Bad enough when you can't win on the road, but if you can't protect your own house either. The Jackets fall in ATL to VaTech 73-65................. well, post-season hopes are fading. You can see it happening right before your eyes. Having said that, we are far from being shut out of the NCAA's, but we better start turning the ship around now.

So we're 2-5 in the ACC. That ain't gonna get it. So what order do you put the following list of potential reasons for our struggles? There are many reasons and it's probably a combination of many. Where do you think the main issues are?

Too many rotations........... too often? Is the constant in-and-out-and-in-and-out-and-in-and-out causing part of the problem?

Are we playing too many players? Too few?

Ball control............. turnovers................ screens.................. passing the ball in-bounds........... where are the fundamentals?

7-35 shooting tonight from TY/JC/ZP......... Are they the main reason for our struggles? Is it a valid excuse that "we're young"? Isn't everybody "young" to some degree.

X's & O's
Do we just not run a sophisticated offense? Are we nothing more than a group of guys will vague instructions expected to "make a play"? Is there a real offense here? At times you wonder.

We found out this week that a different assistant coach breaks down each opponent. Chartlon Young broke down UNC. Not sure who broke down VT. Are we truly missing the departure of Cliff Warren and Dean Keener?

Does this team just lack passion? Do they lack fire in their belly?

Does this team really have good chemistry? Is there a "Clarence Moore" in hiding? Is this really "Javaris's team"? Really?

Are we missing Lewis Clinch more than we ever imagined? He was without a doubt our most efficient offensive player prior to his departure.

What else is missing? We're all frustrated, but this team has already surpassed their win total from all of last season. Were we expecting too much?