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A few notes from Patrick Chambers's weekly radio show Thursday night from Damon's in State College.
-- Asked if he found any down time for his players this week, given the short bench and it being late in the semester, Chambers quipped: "What's down time?" The Lions did get a couple days off earlier in the week and Chambers said he saw his guys in the gym shooting on their own. Added that team had a good practice tonight and D.J. Newbill is getting more comfortable at the point.
-- Chambers spoke of the importance of having a good student crowd and told them to take a "little" break from studying to attend Saturday's game vs. Delaware State.
-- Chambers said he rotates players often in practice to make sure starters stay fresh. Practices have been harder but shorter -- same idea.
-- Steve Jones asked Chambers what his preferred pace is. Chambers: "I want to play in the 70s." Wants to attack in transition before defenses can get set. They need to improve their defensive numbers, though.
-- Said Sasa Borovnjak had earned the start against Army based on practice even before the LaSalle game. Wants him and the other bigs to avoid ticky-tack fouls and move their feet better. Said Jon Graham is "gonna keep coming." He still wants a double-double from the pair as a unit (they're averaging a combined 4.9 points and 7.0 rebounds at the moment).
-- Chambers said Tim Frazier misses practices more than he misses the games. Coach said he's very involved in practices and says he's "seeing the game in a different way," which will benefit him next season.
-- Chambers says Jermaine Marshall has improved his shot selection as season has gone on and likes that he's taking more twos.
-- Chambers said Ross Travis is team's most improved player.
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the 70s? This team is not going to be able put up that many points against any reputable teams. Our best bet is to win games in the 50s, imo.
He didn't say it was realistic for this season. Preferred pace, the way I read it, means when he's got the players wants, that's how he is going to play.
I was reading it that way until he said "they need to improve their defensive numbers, though." How would he know his mythical players would need to improve their defensive numbers?
The context was this season. Chambers wants to push the ball and get opportunities in the open court (because he knows his team has trouble scoring in the halfcourt) but they have to get more stops and force more turnovers to do that, which is where the defensive numbers came in.
I like Pat Chambers and think he is the perfect person for the job, but he doesn't have to act like a salesman all the time.
"best backcourt in the nation, Jon Graham has really improved, Akosa will be our answer for teams that dare us to shoot the 3, wants this team to score in the 70s., etc."
I am probably not his targeted audience since I don't need to be encouraged to follow the program, but I am starting to take everything he says with huge grains of salt.
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