Sunday, October 31, 2010

Some stuff from Friday's game.

So after watching the first game of the season on Friday I thought I would jot down a few notes on each player.

Jimmer Fredette: Well he's Jimmer and he's a pre-season all American and all I can say is he is every bit that. He will score at will and is will once again take this team on it's back and carry it when they are having trouble scoring. From the looks of it he has also improved his defense. He's been working all summer on getting quicker on D and it looks like it's worked you could tell he was really putting forth the extra effort on D. He only got a few minutes on Friday but I'm not sure I remember him missing a shot. I know him and Jax combined for something like 10-11 shooting. As coach rose said  that won't happen often but if it does then watch out.

Jackson Emery: Still a great spot up shooter and a great on ball defender. He didn't play much so I didn't get a chance to see what he has worked on in the off season but I seriously don't think he'll miss very often when he's open.

Charles Abouo: Very very strong. Just like last year he can really get to the rim and is explosive when he gets there. He also didn't get much time but he got to the rim well and on one particular play got a pass and went straight up for the dunk. This is what I want to see whenever he goes in there, too often he gets to the rim and doesn't finish. I'm excited to see how he has improved to see if he finishes better this year. He will carry the load some times this year. Also another great defender.

Chris Collinsworth: Was a beast on the boards had some good post moves and was aggressive going to the basket. Didn't really get challenged on the interior on defense but he moves well and he is big. He took a couple of shots and they looked good but were no where near the basket. I'm sure this will get better as the season goes on but regaudless he will be invaluable  on the defensive and offensive glass.

Brandon Davies: Also didn't really get challenged. No big men so he didn't really do much. He had a really good block and looked like he will pick up where he left off last year.

Kyle Collinsworth: Very impressive debut. He kind of struggled from the line but as I remember correctly Haws missed his first ten from the line and had a slow shooting start as well. I don't really want to compare him to Haws too much though because they are two very different players. Kyle is extremely athletic and can get to the rim with a variety of moves. I was very surprised with two of his spin moves at how easily he rose up and got to the rim to finish. Very pretty. He was very calm and didn't look like he was in a hurry to shoot. I'd like to see him take a few more shots but he is very smart and knows that his job is to distribute the ball. His chance to score will come but he is a very good passer. The thing that impressed me most about him was his defense. He got up so quickly to block shots that he actually blocked 2 three pointers! I think the shooters were very surprised that he got up so quick. He didn't just tip them he got a full hand on them. Very quick reflexes, I really like this guy.

Brock Zylstra: If you are looking for a surprise guy to get minutes this year then look no further than Brock. He looked very smooth with his J and was very good on defense and was hustling all over the court. He will give this team some instant energy and offense when he is in. We didn't see much of Brock last year but I have a feeling we will see a lot of him this year.

Logan Magnuson: Played very well off the bench. He's very good on the defensive glass and works very hard when he's in there. He's kind of a tweener in that he doesn't really have the size of a 4 or the offense of a 3. Whatever he lacks in size he makes up in hustle.

Those were the guys that sort of stood out to me. This is a very good basketball team that is looking to build off of last years success. I think we will win the MWC handily and Jimmer will give us the sweet 16 run we've been waiting for. This is the year folks!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PI or not PI?

So there has been some discussion over a supposed missed call on 3rd down during last weeks game so I decided to post a still motion picture of the play with the Pass Interference rule per NCAA rule book and whether or not the refs missed the call in this occasion.

So here is the rule:

Defensive pass interference is contact beyond the neutral zone by a
Team B player whose intent to impede an eligible opponent is obvious
and it could prevent the opponent the opportunity of receiving a catchable
forward pass. When in question, a legal forward pass is catchable.
Defensive pass interference occurs only after a legal forward pass is
thrown. It is not Pass interference if:
1 . When, after the snap, opposing players immediately charge and
establish contact with opponents at a point that is within one yard
beyond the neutral zone.
2 . When two or more eligible players are making a simultaneous and
bona fide attempt to reach, catch or bat the pass. Eligible players of
either team have equal rights to the ball (A.R. 7-3-8-XII).
3 . When a Team B player legally contacts an opponent before the pass
is thrown

Now by the rule I believe that the correct call was made because:
1. There is no obvious intent to impede the receiver. Simply putting an arm on a receiver does not mean PI.
2. Both players were making a bona fide attempt to reach the pass. (Although it looks like in the replay that the UW receiver didn't try to go at the ball he just tucked his arms and and fell over when he saw he couldn't get to it).

Some will argue that "Bradley is all over him". But once again that doesn't mean PI necessarily. In this case it looks like (from the picture and the replay) that the receiver stops to try and catch the ball and Bradley runs into him as he is making a play on the ball. Not PI. If Bradley would have used the receiver to propel himself closer to the ball then it would have been PI. Again that is just my opinion based on the rule and what I see in the picture and the video replay.

I think it was a tough call to make in live action and to say the ref absolutely blew the call is to not understand the rule. To be honest I thought it was pass interference until I read the rule and there have been lots of plays this season that I have complained about being PI that actually weren't and indeed there have been a few calls that were called PI that shouldn't have been.

So there you go hate or love it I don't think that call was missed.

Here is the video too so you can get another angle. The back angle looks pretty bad like the call was missed. But I'm going to play devil's advocate here and say that the contact resulted because the TE stopped to catch the ball. Unless you believe that Bradley picked up the TE with his right arm then it looks like the contact on the back side occurs as both players jump towards the ball.