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As someone who has watched/covered every game...
That is incorrect. They’re in year three of a new coach who is still bringing in his guys (especially defensively). They are trending the right way in the ACC and lost to a very good team on the road in the NCAA tournament last year. This season they faced that same team (Loyola) and got handily beaten because Loyola is a veteran squad with arguably the best player in the country. This High Point squad has already beaten No. 2 Duke.
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but even this is slightly misleading. He doesn’t get 30 minutes per game in conference play…he gets 23.5. Only twice has he played 30 or more minutes, and those two games were against Virginia Tech the first time (where he held Robinson in check and 9 points on 3-for-6 shooting) and against Miami (vs. Lykes and without Ty Jerome).
Depending on matchup (we may see more of him vs. Louisville when McMahon is in or vs. GT with Alvarado), I agree that around 18-22 minutes is what we’re going to see (and I’m ok with that).
I’m working on a more expounded lineup piece now…hopefully up soon…that has more information. I find it all very interesting and it certainly isn’t as dire as it’s made out to be.
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It's a depth thing.
I would love to see Clark’s minutes around 15-18 per game, and I won’t deny his struggles and limitations. However, this isn’t a one-for-one thing where Clark gets minutes therefore Huff doesn’t. Clark is a necessity, whether we like it or not. There is not as much depth at the point guard position, and Bennett also likes to run him with Ty/Kyle with a screener (usually Jack – 8.9% of the time – sometimes Diakite – 8.4% of the time) so the shooters can get looks. If Huff gets more playing time, that’s coming out of Hunter (34 mpg), Key (24 mpg), or Diakite’s (22 mpg) minutes. Salt is playing 18 mpg in conference play, and that’s about where he should be…maybe a couple minutes to give depending on matchups. There’s inarguably more depth down low, hence why Huff’s minutes seem more stark in comparison with Clark’s. Clark has a "longer leash" because he has to. He has to play…especially to give Ty and Kyle blow.
To maybe assuage some concerns, the Ty/Kyle/Dre/Key/Diakite lineup is the most frequently used in the last five games, and it’s used 16.8% of the time. The next closest is 8.9% and involves that action that allows Kyle/Ty to run off of screens from Salt with Kihei helping facilitate.
Some of this is also exacerbated by Kihei shooting 0-for-6 in the last two games. Makes it look worse. He came into the ND game going 10-22 (45%) from three. He should be taking 2 to 3 shots per game…all from three, please.
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This is certainly a take.
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In what way is this team a "one trick pony"? What is the one trick?
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I saw that...
And it’s clear based on play-calling in the second half that Tony Bennett and the staff got away from the Blocker Mover and towards the continuity ball-screen offense. That’s a good sign…seeing what works and adjusting.
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Guy is playing his ass off and deserves the attention this year. Last year he became the face chosen to represent UVA when it should have been Devon, but to act like he’s overrated this season is nonsensical. Ty is a finalist for the Bob Cousy award…hardly no respect.