POD: Wait a minute II

Another regular poster, NumberWang has a few points of agreement, and disagreement in the style of offense debate. <p>However he also disagrees with those who would put Mohamed Hachad at point next year. This one is worth reading, and then discussing on the Purple Hoops Board...

First things first - My point of agreement with LoveMo and Davy:
I would like to see BC modify the offense. I think a lot of the Princeton-style offenses that we are seeing advance nowadays in the tournament are more hybrid offenses. [Like] West Virginia this year. But the offense can get bogged down, mainly because the rest of the country is catching up to what we are trying to do. NC State vs. Wisconsin this year, note that UW had many exposures to Northwestern (who burned them good a few times) and knows the offense. The offensive philosophy is still good, but now that we have some playmakers we don't have to resort to hocus-pocus to score points.

However, my point of disagreement, and it remains a major point of contention as usual, is that a free-wheeling style is preferable to what we do now and is going to help us win. There are teams that can play free-wheeling basketball and be very successful. Most of them have talent which just plain is better than their opponents, North Carolina comes to mind. Some of them also get majorly burned by their free-wheeling style, like Wake and their lack of commitment to defense. I think it's been established that out-talenting opponents isn't the way to build this program, and would only happen after we establish some winning ways a la Duke.

The other major point of disagreement is that turnovers don't matter. [My italics]

Hogwash! They are huge, one of the major statistics in the whole game, and helped us win a lot of games in 03-04 despite us getting killed on the boards. (Which is another major statistic, and a place where we unfortunately continue to be outmanned).

I do and will continue to disagree with the idea of creating a free-wheeling style at the cost of turnovers, discipline and good decision-making. For those of you who followed UW-Milwaukee, I would say that they created an up-tempo style without a major sacrifice in any of these areas. I would also call them significantly more talented than us.

Finally, from what I've seen I don't think Carmody is really *against* running, as long as players don't get in trouble while doing so. But it's not going to be a central part of their system. [He's on record as being in favor of the quick transition basket]

Ok, a few other issues. As for the idea of Mo [Mohamed Hachad] playing point guard, I'm not saying he can't do it. I'm not completely familiar with other people's arguments. Here are reasons I don't want to see him there:

1. Point guards need to bottle up their agressiveness, and I like Mo to stay agressive (with less turnovers, of course ;)
2. We need Mo's presence on the glass.
3. One place I'd like to see Mo next year is on the block, especially since I don't have faith in either Vedran (can't finish well enough) or Thompson (not sure how he's going to come back). I think people have forgotten how valuable posting up is to this offense since we haven't had a viable threat since Tavaras Hardy, but as I remember Hardy got great opportunities as an undersized center, and really became a good post player as a senior, which was a major reason we did so well that year.
4. Different systems allow point guards to do different things. At NU a point guard needs to run the show, and dribble penetration is less important. Therefore Mo is not a good fit HERE as point guard. However, he is definitely a good fit HERE at shooting guard IF he plays well, which has been off and on as we have seen the last three years.
Finally, I think the "In Mo We Trust" movement to the exclusion of all other possibile ways to have success for Northwestern is getting old. I'm not saying Mo can't lead the way for us - in fact, if you have been reading my posts I have been giving him quite a lot more credit since he turned it on late this year. I always have thought he is one of the most exciting players we have, and when he, Jitim and TJ cranked it up on defense it was a sight to see. It's just that ... there are other players and other ways to win, and I wish some of the Mo supporters would publicly acknowledge that, instead of loving Mo and hatin' everyone else in sight. (not a crack at you specifically, L.Mo :D )
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