Post by stillaphoenixphan on Dec 3, 2018 10:45:39 GMT -6
I've attended a lot of UWGB over the years. Under Darner rebounding, FT shooting and Defense have been a problem. This was by far the best effort I've seen in years. They had some defensive and shot selection lapses but far less than I've seen in past games. They went the whole game giving 110% effort.
So all I can say is it was a great game and keep it up. I spent a lot of time talking to the guy behind me who was a Belmont/GB fan and he was impressed with GB. He had followed GB a little because his brother was a part time coach under Wardle but hadn't seen GB since Wardle and his brother went to Bradley. He now tries to see or get to Bradley games but a Kid from Slinger that he coached was playing for Belmont.
Post by Amari D is the Next Tony B on Dec 8, 2018 16:34:32 GMT -6
This was a great game to be at. Crowd should have been a lot bigger for a Saturday against an undefeated team, especially with the Packers being as bad as they are this year and with a 90s player getting their jersey retired. I was stunned they only got 500 more people than the Northern Illinois game. I feel like there needs to be a huge push on Friday-Sunday games to get people in the seats. Offer $5 seats or every weekend game needs to be $2 Bud Night. Pull out all the stops to get butts in the seats.
That said, the crowd was pretty loud the last five minutes of the game. It would be nice for them to get into the game the whole game though like the fans at Marquette and Wisconsin do. Part of it is a lack of a student section, but it would be nice to see "die hard" Phoenix fans like there are "die hard" Packer fans. My fear for a long time has been the median age of the average UWGB fan continues to go up, which is why we are seeing less people because they are getting older and too sore/lazy to go to games or have retired to Florida.
I hope this was a statement game for UWGB, but we've fooled before. Last year they had a game like this against Oakland to start conference play 2-0, but that was fool's good. Two years ago they had this type of game against Valpo and it was all for naught. Let's hope they can keep this up because their conference is terrible this year. They should finish no worse than third, and hopefully can get hot at the right time come March. The good news is they only have one senior, and they aren't nearly as reliant on Cohen as I thought they would have to be this year which is good and bad. Cohen clearly can't take over a game like he should be able to, but they also don't need him to go for 20-30 points to win. Next year if they can keep everyone else they should be dangerous.
It would be really nice to knock off Creighton or Michigan St. Creighton is more likely. They've only won those type of games one time in the past eight years: against Miami under Wardle. They played tough at Miss St last year and Iowa and Oregon this year, but just haven't broken through.
I prefer this style of play to Wardle's; it reminds me of Marquette. But at the same time they need to make their shots or they won't win games, unlike with Wardle's teams. This team's defense completely disappears in spurts which has to change. The RP40 needs to have more traps. Don't stop pressuring after they get the inbound pass in. Half court defense is terrible anyway so might as well go for a pressure steal or try to force a turnover on every possession. This is especially true against smaller/mid major teams. May not work against MSU or Creighton but should against Youngstown St and Bowling Green.