Re: The Xavier way....should UC take note?
Kennedy coached at UAB and South Alabama - his coaching experience the last 4 seasons has been solely influenced by Huggins'. His playing days don't mean anything to me as a coach - Huggins' just didn't play pro ball for a brief period of time like Kennedy did.
I think most coaches are largely influenced by the coaches from their playing days. You don't have to be a coach to learn from another coach, players are always learning too. I think that's why a lot of players have instant success in coaching when their playing days are over.
UC gives up more points because they are under-sized and play in the Big East - this is obvious. That is also the same reason they don't rebound as much - they are under-sized and under-manned, playing 3 small guards quite a bit at times.
Yes, it's "obvious" that UC is undersized, but weren't they undersized last year as well? Didn't seem to affect that team when they were among the nation leaders in field goal percentage allowed. And the Big East argument holds no water. We've played 4 Big East games, how about the other 14 games? We've been without Kirkland for 2.5 games. This is the only time we've been forced to play 3 small guards at once. Very rarely would you see 3 small guards on the floor at the same time before Kirk went down.
Huggins was also fond of bringing in a banger from the football team when necessary.
Kennedy didn't have much of an option here. I don't think this was necessarily Huggins influenced.
And are you trying to tell me Huggins' never had a set offense? Cmon.
No. I'm trying to tell you exactly what I said. Kennedy's team is running a lot more set offenses than Huggins teams did. Kennedy is simply more of an offensive minded coach.
Kennedy has his players playing relaxed and confident - due to his less volatile style - they are more precise, relaxed, smooth and disciplined on the court - I think a lot of that is that they don't have a guy storming up and down the court more interested in screaming at the refs than paying attention to the nuances of what's going on with his team. (among other things)
I agree with the relaxed & smooth observations. I would argue the disciplined one since defense and rebounding are all about discipline.
I'm not trying to quibble here but I think it's fairly obvious that Kennedy and Huggins have different styles. Yes, there are some similarities, but Huggins was always known for having teams that played tough defense and rebounded well. With Kennedy you have to sacrifice some defense for some offense.
This years team has already scored 100+ twice in half the season. Last year's team didn't manage to do that once all last season. To me that's evidence of more offense.