Originally Posted by dognation2
I have a the same feeling @dognation
, and I won't get into individual play or particular coaching strategies that do have an impact. But in generalities it has been mentioned by others and I agree that this team is better when they are able to play the underdog role. After winning the KOB that seemed to vanish and I did not see the hungry dog or chip on the shoulder that propelled them in the past. Hungry dogs run faster and they did not seem to possess the hunger as if they had already accomplished one of the few things remaining for them.
Remember that last year they had never ever been to a state tourney so they kept that hunger throughout. Plus it must be mentioned that Chance Moore is not walking out from that locker room anymore. That young man was special and he took so much attention from opposing defenses that it opened things up for others.
The last thing that plays into the team is they have 10 seniors and years past when they all did not play much they each had another season to look forward to. Now they do not and there is this realization that this is it. The culture is different when they all would like to be out on the court contributing and possibly get recruited to continue their dream. You add 3 freshmen who can also contribute then all of a sudden the competition for minutes from 13 kids just can work against a team as kids settle in on the roles the team needs from them. They have a couple of players that need to get hot and produce the scoring potential they need and that means looking for their shots while not being selfish. If they can figure it out in short order they have the ability obviously, but time is running short.