Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Finding a balance

by Barca Blog - One scary thought from last night’s game: Vanderbilt shot 7-of-17 from three-point range against Lipscomb, good for 41 percent... a pretty solid number if you're looking at the stat sheet, or comparing it to last season's 34 percent mark.

However, head coach Kevin Stallings didn't exactly see it that way.

"I know this sounds crazy," Stallings told the press, "but I guess I hope 41 percent was just an average night. We've got two or three guys that are going to make them, and that are going to make them most nights."

Stallings knows that he will get bigger nights from his sharpshooters. But rather than relying on 3's to fight the Bisons' zone defense on Monday, he opted to focus his half court attack on the 'Dores height advantage in the post. That would probably explain why Vanderbilt only attempted five shots from behind the arc and scored 30 more points in the paint in the second half to run away with a 95-73 victory.

Even though it's only one game into the season, it looks like opposing teams might be forced to pick their poison with what could be a very balanced and explosive Commodore offense. Especially if Monday was just an average night from downtown.

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