Blog: Full Court Press w/ Coach K
Monday, December 12, 2011
Happy Holidays everyone.  I can sum up are recent road trip very quickly. Rebound. Rebound. Rebound.  That is the word that myself and coach Huckabay said over and over again both in pre-game speeches and unfortunately in post game speeches against Hardin-Simmons and McMurry this past week.

On Thursday we faced off against a much disciplined Hardin-Simmons basketball team.  We knew that our rebounding and defense in the paint would be key points for us doing well in the game.  The first half we did well protecting the basketball and getting good looks on offense.  Our rotation on the backside was something that we talked about at halftime.  And of course we mentioned that we were giving HSU too many second chance opportunities on offense.  The second half, we still did a good job of handling their pressure.  But the story of the game is that we got out rebounded by 20.... Yes 20!  I don't care how well we play on offense and how quick we move on defense.  If we continue to give teams second and third opportunities on one offensive possession, we simply won't win the game.

On Saturday we turned our focus to McMurry.  McMurry is undefeated in ASC play so we knew it would be a battle.  We started off the game well. Our tempo and pressure were both good.  But as in the HSU game, we stopped crashing the boards.  Anytime a team gets offensive boards with put backs it gives that team the momentum.  After the game it was the same speech.  We have to rebound!  A rebound is just as important as a great shot or assist.

This week the players have a few days off to study for their final exams.  We'll come back on Wednesday for a shooting and rebounding practice and then on Thursday we'll start preparing for our next game at ETBU.

Also, please don't forget about our next home game on December 19th. We play McNeese State at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.  Since it's the holiday season we're doing a canned food drive for this game.  Hope to see you there.

Hope you enjoy the quote.

"It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile." Garry Marshall

Also.... If you see any of our players on campus or around town, please tell them to rebound.  Happy Holidays!