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My thoughts on the California game.

  • Taylor Rochestie had an good shooting night.  There were just two shots that I was disappointed to see him take.  Both of these shots were pull-up two pointers in transition from just inside the 3 point arc.
  • One of these happened in the middle of the second half at a point where the cougars had a 3 on 2 opportunity.  I think a pass would have been a better option.  Make a drive, make something happen in that situation.  The cougars had just done that a couple possessions earlier and it had resulted in a nice 2pts in the paint for Klay Thompson.
  • The other bad shot happened immediately after Christopher's dunkshot put the game just about out of reach with around a minute and a half left in the game.  Taylor brought the ball up the court and just shot the ball from the top of the key.  The shot was a brick off the front of the rim and resulted in a quick transition lay-in by California at the other end of the court.
  • I can live with that... a little bit.
  • The thing that really went wrong was that Baynes had an "off-night".  At least I hope it was an off'-night because if not, we're in for a long season.
  • Baynes seemed like he was shooting as he did during his Freshman and Sophomore years again.  I don't know what the problem was, but the shots were not falling and you knew right when he shot the ball that he was taking the wrong approach.  Baynes' stat line was 2 for 9 with 8 points.  He got half of those points from free throws (4 for 6) and one of his made baskets was a dunk.  So basically, he was 1 for 8 on his shots from between about 3 and 6 feet from the basket.  This is not the Baynes we are use to seeing this year, and in my oppinion, this cost us the game more than anything.
  • Tony did what Nuss and everybody here has been suggesting!  The first three designed plays of the game were all attempts to get Baynes the ball in the paint!  The problem was, that Baynes scuffed up all three of those shot attempts!
  • I hope Baynes turns it around for Stanford.  Maybe playing against less experienced bigmen will make a difference with the absence of the Lopez Twins.
  • Another Point:  WE HAD ZERO POINTS OFF THE BENCH.  (0-6 shooting overall)  We need help from our bench, Tony.  Get those guys in the game longer.  I agree with Grady.  Our team looked best out there when we had a mixture of the starting lineup and the bench players on the floor.
  • If you look at the Four Factors to Winning chart from Grady's 8-6 post you will see that WSU outplayed Cal in every factor except for eFG %.  If three or four more of Baynes' shots go in the basket early on, maybe we win this game.

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