Overall the Cats played very well last night against Florida. Brandon was magnificent, TJ was in the flow and played well other than hoisting up the three (1-4) – his Achilles Heel. Lamb had an off night with as much to do about our lack of setting him up through hard screens and picks rather then his shooting touch being off – think Ray Allen. Eloy played like we wished he could – well enough to be effective.
This IMO is the root cause of UK's offensive woes: The DDMO isn't the right system for our best scorers, Knight and Lamb. Our players tend to get swallowed up when driving into the paint and the kick out gets swatted away or we have it stolen or the attempt at the contested shot is blocked. As a team we become totally stagnant when we play this style of offense. All our players go to establish points and wait for the driver to complete his task and they just sit there – waiting and waiting. This current group of kids are not suited for this style of offense.
Knight is quicker then Lamb and being the PG with the ball in his hands much of the time can create his own shot while Lamb has to rely on having the ball snapped to him while he has an open window to put it up. He didn't have that luxury last evening, he only put it up twice. Florida's defense and everybody else that we play key on him. Why wouldn't you?
Cal has to find a way to play to the true strength of this team and create better looks for more open three's, without TJ in that mix. We only shot 12 three pointers and made 7. We should had shot 20 or more. Lamb was 1-2 and that is his true worth shooting the three – maybe the best in the nation at doing so. He has to be able to shoot more threes, somehow.
When we made that comeback last evening we did it by playing helter-skelter and creating TO's from going to the zone. The comeback had nothing to do with the DDMO. Once we got back even with them we went back to our established offensive sets or tried to and we got zilch from that.
Rebounding and Parsons getting to the glass hurt but all this was secondary to our true failure.
I truly believe we have the best combo of three point shooting guards in the country and we have to utilize that strength – big time. That IMO is why we lost all of these close games.