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I have been a huge supporter of MSU basketball since 1967 when I first came on campus. Even during the lean years of Bob Boyd and the Jim Hatfield fiasco I have been at the Hump. I have played and coached the game and now I am a high school basketball official in our great state. But what I am seeing NOW on the court is nothing more than a pick-up game, the way we play. I know we are short-handed with all of our injuries but we are not coached well with the players we have. You cannot blame everything on them being freshmen. Look at Kentucky. It simply hurts to watch and know that this is MY SCHOOL that competed for championships in the SEC the past 15 years.
Anyone with a brain sees the same similarities with basketball as with the Croom years. We are so enamored with our hustle because Stans' teams seem to be lazy that we lose fact that this style of defense with a short bench causes fatigue. We have no legs at the beginning of the 2nd half and we can't sustain any energy. We need to play hard but smart.
Case in point, if you have a point guard who can break down a defense and doesn't need help bringing the ball up the court, then give him the ball and get out of the way. But, GUESS WHAT. We don't have anybody. So use 2 men to bring the ball up the court. Have someone lag behind and accept a return pass to slowly get the ball across half court without turning it over.
Our PG cannot create space to break down a defense, but yet we don't give him any help either. No high post screens, just pass and screen away (the classic AAU motion offense, something a coach doesn't have to teach, the same as street ball).
We have no clue on offense. Our 29-17 lead at half was more about A&M being crazy with the ball than us. I knew we would fall apart.
We will not win another game this year because of the stupidity of the coaching staff. I am here to tell you that if we had the USM coach, we would finish above .500 in the SEC. USM is no better than us, but the guy can flat out coach.
Rick Ray is a good AAU-type coach but does not deserve to be a D1 coach. I know everyone is giving him a pass this year because of all the injuries, but if you want to see what we will look like 5 years from now, look no further than Auburn. Same song, second verse with better players.
I rest my case.
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Rick ray practices with the team. Croom rode a golf cart. Nuff said.
71, I understand your frustration with MSU basketball in general, but if you've watched and know the game as much as you say you have, then you shouldn't have any questions about the hustle and intensity of our players, and some true bench coaching shown by Ray. He goes get a pass this year. And next year on top of that. You don't have to like it, but you sure as hell have to accept it and support the team.
OUr PG shouldn't be starting right now and playing only occasionally, but that's what happens when you have no depth at all. You're angry and frustrated by what you see, and that's fine. But don't make omniscient proclamations about Rick Ray 19 games into this sanitation project, because it really starts to invalidate your claim of watching MSU since 1967. You remember parts of the 80s? That wasn't even AAU-caliber ball or coaching.
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I sorry that none of us have an ounce of knowledge like 71, but I have given this team and coach Ray a total pass this year. Ray took a job that, basically no one really wanted. Very tough situation. But, I think the guy has done as good a job as possible under the circumstances. I am reserving some judgement till next year and even that will be tempered with understanding. We really can't expect a whole lot from this team till year three.
I played basketball for a long time. I expect a lot of you on here did to. Sure, I want this team to be better and it is frustrating to see what's going on right now. But, this is not Rick Ray's fault. The person responsible isn't even on the court. Give this bunch a break and a lot of support. And, by the way, MSU does not support MSU basketball like some of you seem to think. Just look at the crowds. Pitiful.
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