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What a difference Shungu makes. Has taken 3 charges in the first half.

UVM much better than Towson. Lamb still struggling shooting, if not for that this would be a rout. Great half from Stef.
 

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I like the defensive effort but the Cats' offense still largely consists of launching 3s and clearing out for Anthony to go one-on-one. Good heavens, is a coordinated team offense ever going to gel?
 

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If normal Lamb played tonight and not weird Shooting Slump Lamb we’d have won by 30+.

I know defense isn’t what puts the butts in the seats, but the defense was stifling. When is the last time we held a D1 team under 40pts?

Stef was superb tonight and Shungu’s presence was huge.
 

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Superb defensive effort. Offense was hard to watch most of the time, but it seems like both teams had plenty of shots that just rolled off the rim. Hopefully they'll be able to figure things out with a few weeks before their next game.
 

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I'm going to tempt karma and make a weird claim. If Lamb came down with a bug and had to miss the Cats' next couple of games, it could be the best thing that might happen to this team. Having to play without constantly leaning on him and needing to develop alternative plans to penetrate on offense and set up other players could help them to develop a coherent offensive strategy. Then when Anthony returned, they might do a better job of making opponents pay for focusing their defensive efforts on him and in turn, free him up for better shots. Right now, Stef is the only alternative on the offensive end when Lamb is shut down or goes ice old.
 

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Really good overall game. Agree with everything said about Shungu. He was rubbing his thigh at one point and luckily left the game but came back in fine. With Shungu and Smith there is some real chemistry and the ball moves much better. Lamb needs to stop forcing jumpers. He needs to get back to what made him a star. Pettella was fun to watch again, seems to find the ball and does all the small stuff. I wouldn’t be heartbroken if Pettella plays more with the starters moving forward. Robin and Deloney seem to fit better in the rotation with Shungu back. They can play to their strengths. I really like where this team is headed if Davis can be healthy. Great defense tonight. Towson didn’t help themselves much tonight and we took atvantage.
 

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I’d like to see some guys get a bit more aggressive offensively. I can’t remember if it was Rob or Ethan but they made a correct observation that many times the ball ends up in Lamb’s hands deep in the shot clock and he’s forced to take/rush a shot that he otherwise probably wouldn’t take/tough shot. Happened at least 6-7 times tonight. The offense has to do a better job creating before the shot clock expires. Hopefully the coaching staff is trying to get the team better at this.
 

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Really good overall game. Agree with everything said about Shungu. He was rubbing his thigh at one point and luckily left the game but came back in fine. With Shungu and Smith there is some real chemistry and the ball moves much better. Lamb needs to stop forcing jumpers. He needs to get back to what made him a star. Pettella was fun to watch again, seems to find the ball and does all the small stuff. I wouldn’t be heartbroken if Pettella plays more with the starters moving forward. Robin and Deloney seem to fit better in the rotation with Shungu back. They can play to their strengths. I really like where this team is headed if Davis can be healthy. Great defense tonight. Towson didn’t help themselves much tonight and we took atvantage.
This team at full strength and Lamb playing like normal Lamb this team can be a force.
 

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The defense was the best it's been all year. Yes it helps that Towson is offensively challenged, but from jump to the final whistle the team stayed locked in. The offense on the other hand was still too much isolation. Where the hell were all those baseline cuts to the basket the first damn 30 minutes. The ball moved OKish, but players are still standing around watching too much.
 

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Towson was abysmal offensively, but they did score 60 against Florida in a 6 point loss, so they are not inept. This was a lot about great UVM defense forcing bad shots, offensive fouls and turnovers.

People have already said it, but it’s night and day with Shungu back. He’s just a bear to deal with defensively. And that’s the Smith we need. Somebody who can carry the scoring load when Lamb is missing shots. And Lamb is missing a fair amount right now.

I thought Giddens was effective as well, although he did have one of those weird plays where he doesn’t put his hands up against somebody shooting in the lane. You’re 6’11”, put your hands up. But he rebounded well, got a couple buckets, made a beautiful pass to Ben for a layup, and protected the lane without fouling. Nice game with no Davis to provide backup.

Finally, Deloney didn’t score much but for the smallest guy on the court, he got in the mix on a bunch of rebounds and got a couple he had no right to get. A lot of effort plays from him in this game.

Good challenge coming up in 11 days against a tournament contender.
 

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Towson was abysmal offensively, but they did score 60 against Florida in a 6 point loss, so they are not inept. This was a lot about great UVM defense forcing bad shots, offensive fouls and turnovers.

People have already said it, but it’s night and day with Shungu back. He’s just a bear to deal with defensively. And that’s the Smith we need. Somebody who can carry the scoring load when Lamb is missing shots. And Lamb is missing a fair amount right now.

I thought Giddens was effective as well, although he did have one of those weird plays where he doesn’t put his hands up against somebody shooting in the lane. You’re 6’11”, put your hands up. But he rebounded well, got a couple buckets, made a beautiful pass to Ben for a layup, and protected the lane without fouling. Nice game with no Davis to provide backup.

Finally, Deloney didn’t score much but for the smallest guy on the court, he got in the mix on a bunch of rebounds and got a couple he had no right to get. A lot of effort plays from him in this game.

Good challenge coming up in 11 days against a tournament contender.
If you were going to design the ideal basketball body from the ground up, it'd look a lot like Daniel Giddens. It amazes me that he doesn't have more tools on the offensive end, but he increasingly seems to be doing useful things - such as the pass to Shungu and kicking the ball out to the perimeter after a rebound - that won't show up in the box score. Still, I'll be disappointed if he doesn't manage to score in double figures at least once this season.
 

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UVM (minus Stef) didn't shoot well.

Towson...well, the way they shot, you'd think that the rims were the wrong height. Or off-center. Or crooked. Or were moving. Holy crap, they took some perfectly fine shots really, really badly. Like, "guy at the rec center who chucks up everything and yells 'Kobe!'" badly.

An 11-minute, 20-1 run in the 2nd Half. That's absurd defense, even if Towson players don't have any depth perception.

One quick thing on Giddens: I think his passing/decision-making is slowly improving. Made better choices with the ball: took guys when he thought he could, made quality passes when he couldn't (someone mentioned the one to Shungu, but there were others that didn't directly result in baskets but kept the offense moving). Being smart is half the battle.

Get plenty of rest, and we'll see you in 11 days.
 
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