Saturday, December 06, 2008

Halftime in Indianapolis

Down two at the half, not exactly where you want to be against an unranked team. But that's where we stand after such a poor half on offense.

However, there are some positive things to look forward to in the second half. Harangody has been great with a double double in the first half (15 and 11). We have outrebounded a team that counts on controlling the glass. And a few players are due to get hot, especially Kyle McAlarney (0-3 from beyond the arc).

Problems in the first half surround the way Ohio State has controlled the pace of this game. We are playing Big Ten basketball: poor shooting, good defense, and limited possessions. The Buckeyes held us in check with a good press that really took the team out of its rhythm. None of the scorers are shooting well (35% as a team). However, foul trouble for Ohio State (4 guys with two or more fouls) could mean better looks for the Irish in the second half.

It's only a two point deficit and K-Mac has to start making shots, but another half of playing to OSU's strength could spell a loss.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very disappointing. But all too familiar.