Stale periods happen in basketball for teams and for individual

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Posted by traprh on April 12, 2019 at 08:06:32

In Reply to: One theory about his supposedly inadequate tourney results posted by Section2Rocks on April 11, 2019 at 17:18:40

players. When those periods of play happens, things simply seem out of sync either for the team or for a given player. I've been through a few of both and know the feeling. Sometimes a short break is needed, very similar to what a baseball player gets (the bench) when he is in a hitting slump.

I've looked at a few of Cincinnati's early exits from the NCAA tournament and most were due to poor shooting in the "exit game". This year for example, they shot 22% from the three and 43% overall for the game and especially bad shooting in the second half where they really lost the game. That could have been a fatigue issue but it could also be "nerves". The shots were there, they just couldn't knock them down.

And I remember the UNM exit game against Harvard in Alford's last year with UNM. They ended up losing that game to Harvard for one reason. All of their good shooters with the exception of their big man had terrible shooting games. 32% overall shooting for the game and their normally excellent and high scoring wing couldn't buy a basket in his normal manner. The previous game, he couldn't miss. In this one, he was terrible.

So it can happen at bad times and it's difficult for a coach to make any kind of real time adjustment to overcome the poor shooting.

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