OVC Ball Statbox
|4-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|1-3 (0-0 MAAC)|
|29/61 (47.5%)||Field Goals||25/58 (43.1%)|
|4/23 (17.4%)||3-Point FG||6/30 (20.0%)|
|10/11 (90.9%)||Free Throws||13/16 (81.3%)|
|39 (11/28)||Rebounds (O/D)||30 (8/22)|
|11||2nd Chance Pts||7|
|12||Points off TO||12|
|40||Pts in the Paint||28|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
UT Martin offense
This post will reference general plot points from the new HBO show Westworld. I promise not to spoil anything. Like that big reveal where that person isn’t a person after all.
See? No spoilers here.
Imagine what it would be like if you could remember certain aspect of past lives. Putting aside your thoughts on reincarnation for a moment — imagine how it would feel to see a glimpse of a past that may or may not feel real.
The “hosts” in Westworld struggle with such a concept. They see glimpses of kids they believe to have had, events that transpired before their memory was wiped (nearly) clean. They’re all actors, more or less, in a story, that resets and restarts time in time again.
Tonight, UT Martin told two stories in their win over Canisius: a glimpse at a past team, the Skyhawks teams of former eras that couldn’t get out of their own way, or hit open looks from seemingly anywhere on the floor.
But just in the nick of time, the new Skyhawks emerged; the confident, energetic, talented Skyhawks of the past two seasons. Just like out of a “story,” the switch was flipped just in time for UT Martin to win their fourth game of their first five, and match their best start since 2006.
But just in the nick of time, the new Skyhawks emerged; the confident, energetic, talented Skyhawks of the past two seasons.
In doing so, UT Martin overcame a first half that saw the Skyhawks hit just 1-11 from three-point range, and commit 11 turnovers, turning into 25% of Canisius 36 first-half point total.
“Probably had our worst half of the year,” UT Martin head coach Anthony Stewart said following the win. “1-of-11 from three. Missing a lot of defensive assignments. Ball wasn’t popping and moving. Offensively, we were playing selfishly, and I told them that at the half.”
The turnaround, at least for the Skyhawks offense, was almost immediate in the second half. Jacolby Mobley hit a layup, and Kedar Edwards hit a jumper in the first minute to tie up the game. After a short back-and-forth, the Skyhawks went on a 10-1 run to take control.
“Second half, we regrouped,” Stewart said. “Had a gameplan, wanted to be more unselfish, get the ball moving, not be stagnant, not one pass show. We wanted to get a gap. Gaps are what we call getting three stops in a row. Our goal is to get 8 gaps in a game.”
The one thing UT Martin didn’t do that well: put the Golden Griffins away. The 9 point lead the Skyhawks held at the 10-minute mark was the same 9-point lead that UT Martin held just under the four-minute mark.
Then, for just one short moment, the Skyhakws had another flashback. A 10-second violation. Back-to-back missed jumpers. And as UTM was trying to bleed the clock in the final minute: Edwards got aggressive on the inside, getting called for an offensive foul.
Canisius couldn’t complete the comeback. But the Griffs gave the Skyhawks quite a scare as the clock ticked downward, one that probably could have been avoided.
But that wouldn’t have made for a great storyline. And if Westwood has taught us anything, some people will do anything to tell a great story.
(That’s not a spoiler. I swear.)
…the Griffs gave the Skyhawks quite a scare…one that probably could have been avoided.
Dear Jacolby Mobley: At some point, you have to recognize it’s not your night.
3-12. That’s Mobley’s three-point shooting for the evening. 3-12. At some point, someone should probably tell him that shots inside that big arc are worth points. Two of them, in fact. (Mobley was 2-3 from 2-point range)
Martin still puts up a solid offensive night despite awful three-point shooting.
1.03 OPP isn’t anything to scoff at, and neither was the Skyhawks 25-38 (65%) shooting performance on two-point shots. As much as their first half was marred by turnovers, many of those was from trying to do too much passing, or too much “showcase” passing. In the end, UTM ends the night with 19 assists on 29 made shots, a solid effort. Edwards turned a game-high 7 of those assists, along with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
I have zero referee complaints
I’ve watched four college basketball games in person so far this year. Two of them were so marred by traveling calls and fouls to render them unwatchable. Tonight’s game was quite pleasant. One traveling call — just 29 combined fouls. College basketball can be quite fun when you let teams play.