UW-San Diego State postgame thoughts

“We made decisions with the basketball, and even without the basketball, we haven’t done all year. We have even done that in practice.”

That’s how Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt described his team’s offense in a 52-42 loss to the 13th-ranked Aztecs Tuesday night in Laramie.

Shyatt said it wasn’t so much what SDSU did on defense, other than play with great positioning, than his team “self-destructing” with its decision-making.

UW shot only 30.6 percent. That and its point total were season-lows.

I thought SDSU’s length and athleticism also was a bit much for UW to handle. Sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin is 6-5 and he was very impressive with 12 points and 11 rebounds. He guarded UW junior forward Leonard Washington much of the game, and did a good job.

SDSU junior guard Chase Tapley is a smooth scorer. Had only 12, but the guy is just smooth.

Thought true freshman Larry Nance Jr. had a solid game for the Cowboys. Finished with six points and eight rebounds (five offensive) in a career-high 25 minutes. His dunk right before halftime was ESPN’s top play of the night, and was impressive. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ1uLYrUIrc

To me, this was a game where longer more athletic teams like San Diego State can really exploit UW’s offensive challenges. UW may have caused much of its own offensive woes, but SDSU and New Mexico — two of the top three teams in the league (No. 12 UNLV is the other) — had similar efforts against the Cowboys. Both teams beat UW in Laramie by 10 points and in both games UW struggled quite a bit offensively.

Not saying UW won’t win again, but it will be interesting to see how Shyatt and Co. get ready for the next game at Boise State Saturday.

“Hopefully we can take care of us so when we leave the court we’ve left everything on the court if somebody has beaten us. I feel we helped them beat us tonight.”

9 thoughts on “UW-San Diego State postgame thoughts

  1. Watched the game and thought it was very SLOPPY. Ball handling and shot selection was bad. I know they can play better. Cruz and Martinez need to step up and start making their shots. Larry Nance Jr. played a nice game . Loved the dunk.

    • With Luster as the only main option right now at the point that can hurt UW. Missing Gilmore right now.

      RG

    • Unfortunately not. Been told its in the ncaa’a hands now. They don’t normally act too fast.

      RG

  2. RG…………what is the extent of the academic problems if the NCAA are involved? What would constitute their involvement?

    • Not sure exactly but probably something to do with required classes and credit hours that may or may not have transferred from junior college. With all the odd rules out there something may have changed since he arrived in the fall. Don’t know that for sure but could be something along those lines. UW can’t say much due to student privacy issues.

      RG

  3. Look is it me or has Chase Tapley and Tim Shelton been playing at SDSU for like ten years. Little down on pokes proformance last night but got to give SDSU a little credit for our lack of offense last night. Seems to me Pako hasn’t played very well last couple games. Teams have been working Luke pretty good,watching him pretty close. Pako been short on those pull up jumpers maybe lost a little confedence. Just keep playing hard guys the shoots will start following.Like the defense intencety. One last note watched the girls play after the boys game. talk about a team well coached.Little young and short on experence but talk about a team on offense work the ball around an get a lot of wide open shoots.Joe is well respected in the coaching world. How good would Joe do with SDSU talent.

    • One are where Pako struggles is when he has to play the point, but his shot also hasn’t been good lately. Tapley is just a junior. Smooth scorer.

      Legerski is doing a good job with that young group. They’re getting better. Could be a dangerous team at the MW Tournament if the team keeps improving.

      RG

  4. Obviously the offense for this team is what is going to be the trouble spot for this team. The defense looks to always keep them in contention but their shooting has to improve. It also seemed like the guards were getting a bit jumpy with the game plan. San Diego wanted to run, but Shyatt wants to work the clock down….there were several times were our guards decided to shoot very early in the possession. That will not work for this team. They need to work the ball in and out with Washington and get good looks. It is hard for young players to accept that style sometimes because the other team is hitting shots so fast on the other end….However, despite all that I think they played well given that this was the #12 team in the country.

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