Muffet McGraw Radio Show
by McLean_ND (2017-01-11 12:33:42)
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A few notes from the first of her radio shows --

Jewell Loyd might be the best player to ever come out of ND, she's the closest to playing like a guy (playing over in China now -- mentioned she wishes the WNBA could pay more so the players wouldn't have to go overseas)

The media timeouts are too long. She likes to get right to the point and after 10 seconds she's said what she wanted to say and so they just sort of wind up looking at each other through the rest of the time out

Was pleased with Ali's play in the Miami game, including her conditioning which she had some concern about

Feels the team has tremendous upside and will get a lot better

The ACC is the best it has been since ND joined

Felt like there were too many forced entry passes and there should have been more shots (presumably from the outside)

At the Miami game, ND had about as many fans as they had and Miami didn't get a lot of energy from the crowd

She's been pleased with the zone defense

Allen has a chance to break the ND assist record which has stood since Muffet's first year at ND, 30 years ago

Asked for people to vote online for Allen for a Senior Class Award that (I think) Lowe's is giving out

Thank you! And a few comments follow...
by Fighting_Artichoke  (2017-01-11 13:45:29)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Great information.

Loyd has amazing athleticism. Really wish we could have seen her senior year.

Ali did fine, considering it was her first pressure minutes in college. Her other appearances were at the end of blowouts. I'm encouraged by her play. Sure she was nervous (she missed 2 FT's!), but she'll be less nervous next time. I hope we see her more in the first half of games as a substitute for Lindsay.

I agree on the tremendous upside of the team. I think Muffet is preparing this team for the long haul, not the short term. The rotation will tighten when she finds the rights combinations. Maybe there is a method to her substitution madness.

All of McGraw's Bench agrees that there have been too many forced entry passes. :)

The zone defense is a great option to have and it works against a lot of teams.

One more comment on substitutions: A few posters expressed frustration with Muffet's rule that if a player has 2 fouls in the first half, they will sit on the bench for the remainder of the half. Here are my thoughts:

1. As stated by ufl, maybe you could trust Lindsay (Miami game) to not pick up another foul, but sometimes the refs have other ideas. For example, there was a charge called on Brianna Turner in the Miami game that was terrible. I'm not claiming that the refs are biased against Notre Dame, but rather that they are fallible human beings.

2. Lindsay knew what the consequences of her picking up a second foul was and she still did it. If she was so good at controlling the number of fouls called on her, how did she pick up the first two? (This point was made by ram.)

3. Finally, If this had been a FF or NC game, Muffet would not have pulled her for the remainder of the half if ND needed her. The Miami game was expendable, as the real goal of the season is the NC. It ended up being a great experience for Ali and ND won the game, so it sure turned out well this time. And maybe Lindsay will be even more careful next time she is 1 foul away from getting yanked.

Muffet's 2 foul rule. The great Al McGuire always said
by 2ndstreeter  (2017-01-11 16:50:41)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

protect a player after 2, not 3.

Loved hearing him announce games after he wasn't going up against the Irish anymore.

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