After Wyoming’s 78-73 home loss to Colorado State Tuesday, first-year coach Allen Edwards said at some point his players must get what he and his staff are telling them and go out and do it.
For those of you who missed it, here is Edwards’ complete postgame comments:
To me, there seems to be a communication problem between the coaching staff and the players, which led me to write column which ran Thursday in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and online at wyosports.net. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/2kPmH9h
As Wyoming (16-11 overall, 6-8 Mountain West) gets ready for its next game Saturday at Boise State (16-8, 9-4, 4 p.m. MT, TV on ROOT), I asked a couple of players if there are issues in terms of what Edwards and his assistants are telling them as they prepare for games.
“The messages are clear. It’s on us players to do a better job of executing what they’re telling us to do,” junior guard Alexander Aka Gorski said. “We have to do a better job of taking what the coaches give us and put it out on the floor.
Added junior forward Hayden Dalton: “Our coaches are doing a great job preparing us for games. We know everything, and us as players have to take it to the next level and buy into what they’re telling us. We’ve been falling short with some of the game plans. That’s frustrating. But we have to trust the coaches and play to the game plan.”
One area that’s hurt UW this season is defense. The Cowboys allow 75.2 points per game, which is second-to-last in the Mountain West. In conference games they are last at 79.8. Why the defensive struggles?
Part of it is inconsistency, and Tuesday’s loss to Colorado State was a good example. The Cowboys allowed the Rams to shoot 50 percent form the field and from 3-point range in the first half. In the second half the Rams shot 33.3 percent and were 4 of 15 from behind the arc.
Part of it, too, Aka Gorski said, is UW’s offense.
“Coach Edwards is giving us that freedom on offense to play more freely and more up-tempo. With that we sometimes get away what is supposed to be our identity which is defense,” he said. “We’re not taking as much pride as we should on the defensive end. The reuslt is not winning games, especially on nights when we’re not shooting well, we have to defend.”
Both Aka Gorski and Dalton said defense will be the biggest key in Saturday’s game at Boise State. The Broncos beat the Cowboys 80-65 in Laramie on Jan. 28. They made 12 3-pointers, were 22 of 28 from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Cowboys 42-31.
For more on the game, see Saturday’s and Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.