“Aztecs Basketball-Where Are They Now”
San Diego State came home battered and bruised after the Maui Classic.
They caved in in the second half vs Duke, fell behind by 19-to Xavier, and got blown out by 30-by Iowa State. They have 8-more non conference games to figure it out.
They got a patsy in Jackson State, destroyed them in every facet of the game. Up next, they play at Illinois State, and come home to meet USD. I’m not sure they really learned anything in destroying the SWAC school, but they hit shots, and got the bench involved.
They have 5-freshmen who have yet to step up. They are not rebounding consistently. But they have weeks before the tough conference schedule starts.
Coach Brian Dutcher had lots to say about his roster and what’s coming up
..We’ve had 3-good days of practice since Maui Invitational.
..We always struggle first game back after the Maui Classic.
..We learned about emotional highs and lows
..Fight against Duke-showed spirit
..Coming from 19-back to win 2nd game in tourney vs Xavier
..Learned to fight game to game with our defense
..Iowas State game overwhelmed us
..We have to focus on rebounding-top priority-not as good as we thought
..We need to pick up our pressure on the ball on defense
..Talk in lockeroom is what we have to get better at…get better at in two days
..Need to play bench more-averaging just 12 PPG right now.
..Minutes of the freshmen have to go up
..May need to start a center ..either Nathan or Nolan might start
..Have not felt comfortable playing freshman yet-may have to.
..Have to make our practice more game-like going forward..
..Not just drill-do fundamentals…create more scrimmage
..Gave up too many layups in losses…wasn’t just tired legs
..Always learn about your team…good 35-minutes vs Duke..win Xavier
..Comfortable with 6-veterans
..We had great comeback vs Xavier
..Have to get my freshmen up and running
..Losing by 30-is unacceptable in our program
..We had teachable moments from the losses…watch the video-show them
..It all becomes clear on tape when you watch what happened in Maui
..Freshmen-half step late-find minutes to get comfortable-be in position
..Veterans cannot make mistakes
..Team attitude is ‘charged up’…get more out of each other.
..Rebounding-have to recruit rebounders..can work on technique
..We need body on body…where are hands..what is technique..
..Need guy with nose for the ball…it is a concern.
..Need our guys to play ‘bigger’…need to send guys to the glass to get ball.