A 2-point play was drawn up with the caveat that if CERTAIN guys had an open look from three they could take it. UMass did a good job of shrinking gaps and not allowing any kind of penetration or post entry so Armwood had to make the best of a bad situation with the clock winding down. Armwood had attempted 12 3s coming into the game. Anyone who thinks it was drawn up for him to take the 3 is well just not very smart when it comes to basketball.
I'm glad someone with actual basketball sense and knowledge weighed in here. Far too often we, the fans, watch a close loss and look for a reason or person to blame. "Why would we take a three there? Poor coaching!" "Oh, the play was for a 2 and broke down? Poor execution! Poor coaching!" Sometimes plays break down. Sometimes an out of bounds call doesn't go our way. It isn't always the ref's fault or the coach's fault or poor execution. I'm not making excuses, but for anyone who understands the game and has played the game, sometimes these things just don't go the way they were designed to go.
The reality was that last night I watched a very close and very entertaining game that far exceeded my expectations - both for the game and for the season. Yes, this team was up and down last night. Yes this team was at points during the season maddening to watch. HOWEVER - this is a team that hung with arguably the best returning playing the A-10 will have next season (and likely the best player under 5-10 in the country). And did it while starting four Freshmen.
I'd rather take an open three on a busted play and miss it than try to force a crappy shot in the paint and pray for a foul call. I'm proud of the guts this team showed down the stretch last night and against Dayton. And the fan support in Brooklyn last night kicked the crap out of the UMass section. THAT is a positive takeaway.
We didn't have any technicals called for too-many-players on the court this year (that I know of). We improved our win total by 3 on the season. And we were a possession or two away from beating Bradley, K-State, Rutgers, Temple and Butler. There is a lot to build on for 2013-2014, and rather than talking about how our crappy coach is a crappy recruiter, maybe take a second and think about the steps forward we took this year. I know it isn't as fun as blaming people, but it shows that things are getting better.