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Down 1 With 30 Seconds to Go, Who Takes The Shot?

One of the things this team has not done yet this year is pull the come-from-behind last second win. So far, at North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, we had a chance to win late but each time we were denied. Not to overlook Ole Miss, MSU, USC and Arkansas, but we are approaching the meat of the SEC East schedule with 2 games each to play against Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt and I can feel another tight grinder coming. So I ask myself, down 1 with 30-seconds to go, who would I give the last shot to?

 

Would I give it to Jones? Early on I thought he was going to be a scoring machine. Inside-outside ... who could stop him? Turns out ... he can. His outside shot has become anything but consistent. His best moves come from quick catches on the wing and in the pinch post, moving left to go to the basket. However, due to his known predilection to heavily favor his dominant left hand and confident willingness to ignore double and even triple teams, lately he seems prone to being blocked.

 

Knight is the best overall player on the team, imo. But his best shot, the 3 from above the key, is still a tough shot. And if we need a 3, Brandon isn't our best outside shooter.

 

I confess; Lamb is my favorite player on the team with his deep range and marvelous 10 - 15 foot teardrops. But even though he's the team's best shooter he doesn't take contact well when in the act of shooting - a high likelihood that is commonly not called with the game under a minute.  

 

Surprisingly, I'd probably give the last shot to Miller. Why? First, I have confidence that he will pass the ball if he has no shot or lane to the basket - something I'm not confident one of the freshmen will do with the game on the line. At 6'7" he's tall enough and has the hops to elevate over any defender and athletic enough to create for himself. He's shooting 49% overall and 45% from 3 - only Lamb shoots it better.  And in the event a foul is called he shoots 81% from the stripe. Finally, I think he has emerged as the confident upperclassman on offense we didn't see at all earlier in the season. I guess at this point, Darius is my man.

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