By: JP (438 posts) - 2/13/2016 10:29:37 PM

Come on, folks.  Just read Mike Hall's note.  It's the same thing I've been saying to myself for a few years.  These guys are terrific guys, but there isn't enough fire in the belly.  KL is a beast with a high hoops IQ, but he's a passing center best fit for Euro ball.  He's not a smash-mouth C.  I'm a big fan of Joe Mac and Pato, and they've won some tough games for us, but there just isn't enough FIRE on this team of seniors.  Maybe a big part of it is the bench isn't deep enough - these guys can't carry it all themselves and they're tired after four years.  But ML coaches a good game.  I don't like things he publicly says about the guys in the press (and I never have), and I assume he is a pain in the ass as a coach in the locker room, but as a game coach I have no issues with him.  I even like the recruiting he has coming in next year. I just think somewhere along the way we lost our "nasty" and we need to get it back.

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 2/14/2016 1:03:07 AM

Don't need to be nasty. Just stop being so freakin' passive.

By: Long Suffering Fan (4,106 posts) - 2/14/2016 1:12:23 AM

I think there is plenty of blame to go around between the coaching staff and the players.  Ultimately of course it is the players who are playing the game, but I also think that the coach is not getting the most out of what he has...at least at the present time.  As I mentioned in a prior post, they are coming out wound far too tight, and some of the "mental" issues that they are experiencing very well may be tracable to their handling by the staff.

By: dmvpiranha (2/14/2016 9:09:02 AM)

I think ML is a great coach, but yesterdays loss was on him for terrible play calling in the last minute. He made offensive-defensive substitutions but put Mitola in on a day in which he wasn't feeling it which was a mistake not to mention jacking up threes instead of driving to the hoop. I take a look at the Kenpom blog every now and then as Swan always makes the coach's pet award every week and even Ken says Mike's substitutions are predictable:

Coaches Pet Award: The CPA goes to the player that averages the fewest minutes per game while appearing in all of his team’s games. I’m tracking the leader for this exciting new award all season.

Anthony Swan played in his 50th college basketball game on Wednesday night against Saint Joseph’s. He has never played more than 10 minutes in any of them. More importantly, he has not played fewer than 15 seconds in any game this season. I have to level with you, dear reader. At this point, I feel like a prisoner in my own blog.

On the one hand, I don’t want to be a quitter. But on the other, it’s time to cut my losses. I thought this might be an interesting thing to track, but in reality, Mike Lonergan is super predictable with his substitutions. Swan is just a part of that machinery, entering the game sometime between the 13 and 15 minute mark of the first half and subbing out three to four minutes later. If Lonergan gets really crazy, Swan will play the last minute of the first half. So let’s just assume Anthony Swan is going to win the CPA and I’ll update if needed.

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