Buzz Williams has been in a lot of one possession games, but never four in a row.
Williams still hasn’t watched the film of the Syracuse game. It’s too painful to watch, and he doesn’t anticipate that he will watch it. Tech had six turnovers in their last 10 possessions, and they also had two missed layups. They can’t win like that, and they didn’t deserve to win because they played like that down the stretch. They have to earn the right to win, and they aren’t mature enough to do that right now. Buzz has to do a better job, because when you turn the ball over that much down the stretch there have to be strategic errors.
When Syracuse was pressing, he wanted his team to attack. He’s not sure about Adam Smith’s corner three early in the shotclock, but scoring has to be the mentality. They can’t back their way into a win over a team like Syracuse. It doesn’t work.
Buzz is coaching his sons’ rec league teams as well. They have also lost a number of one-point games this year.
Zach Leday is a bit undersized, and he won’t help from a height standpoint. He’s about 6-6, a decent shooter, but crafty around the basket. He’s a little stronger than you think he is, and he’s a good rebounder. Tech is bringing in Kerry Blackshear, so they will taller, but Buzz doesn’t get into height very much. Just having tall guys doesn’t mean you are going to rebound better. They have to be good players. He’s more into good players, not necessarily tall players.
Jalen Hudson played well against Syracuse. He is Tech’s most talented player, but he doesn’t run full speed all the time. He’s got some bad gasoline in the tank. If they can get the water out of the gas tank, they’ll have a good player.
Satchel Pierce is averaging a little over a foul every minute and a half. Shane Henry fouled out in seven minutes last night, which might be an ACC record. They have to defend without fouling. Anytime the other team shoots 29 free throws, it will be hard to win.
If leading by three points late, Buzz isn’t necessarily for or against fouling in that situation. It all depends on who you are playing, their strengths, etc. Tech lost the Wake Forest game due to a failed free throw block out, and the Hokies aren’t a great defensive rebounding team. With his current team, he wouldn’t foul in that situation.
22 ACC games have been decided on the final possession this year. The Hokies have been involved in six of those games. That’s miserable.
Jimmy Butler worked every day at his game like he had no Plan B in life. Those are the guys that Buzz works best with. He was a great player at Marquette, and he will be in the NBA All-Star Game this year. Buzz is going to see him play in that game.
In the ACC, every team doesn’t play every team twice. ESPN controls a lot of the scheduling, though nobody would ever admit that. Who your mirror opponents are is going to be very important. Tech’s schedule will look a lot different each year until they change who they are as a program. They have to win enough games where the aren’t getting bottom of the barrel situations when it comes to scheduling, such as three straight road games two different times, or four straight games against top 20 teams. The only way you can change that is by winning. It’s hard to break through, but they will break through.
Buzz Williams believes the ACC Network will happen. They are printing money on the SEC Network. The ACC will be next. It’s coming. Those 65 Power 5 schools are going to be playing a different game.
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