Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

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Postby Linguist » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:24 am

Calixte does force shots, and always has in his time at Maine.

You can see it on the way. He gets a look in his eyes and you know it's time for Aaron to get a shot up, and he doesn't care about the offense, his teammates, the score, the situation, he is getting his.

It's happened for 4 years now.
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby mainejeff » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:12 am

Linguist wrote:Calixte does force shots, and always has in his time at Maine.

You can see it on the way. He gets a look in his eyes and you know it's time for Aaron to get a shot up, and he doesn't care about the offense, his teammates, the score, the situation, he is getting his.

It's happened for 4 years now.


Which would normally be a problem....but in this case, go for it kid!
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby Linguist » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:41 am

Which should have been addressed when he was a freshman. There is a time to take wild sprints to the rim and heave a ball up, or 26 foot contested three's, we can get those any time, no need to rush into to one Aaron if we can find a better shot.

But the coaches never corrected it, they won't fix it now.

(BCBC55 would have used the coaches best friend and benched him)
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby mainejeff » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:06 am

Linguist wrote:Which should have been addressed when he was a freshman. There is a time to take wild sprints to the rim and heave a ball up, or 26 foot contested three's, we can get those any time, no need to rush into to one Aaron if we can find a better shot.

But the coaches never corrected it, they won't fix it now.

(BCBC55 would have used the coaches best friend and benched him)


Which once again shows what an awesome coach Walsh is! :roll:

Terrific blogger though!
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby Blind Zebra » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:25 am

Going to respectfully disagree with you Linguist. In his freshman year, Calixte was much more a facilitator rather than a scorer. You are confusing him with Kevin "Launch Pad" Little, who never met a shot he didn't like.
This team needs Calixte to score. He is one of maybe 3 guys on the team that can create their own shot. Offense is very hard to come by and when the shot clock is winding down, you're going to see Aaron with the ball in his hands. He does at times, force the issue and thus the turnover problems. Someone else on this team needs to step up and help score the basketball. White and Lowndes should be playing 30-34 minutes per game as they are the most equipped to do so. In my opinion, Walsh needs to let those 2 play through some mistakes and get the lion share of playing time on the wing.
Er and Fleming have been dreadful offensively, which kills the offensive balance. Stoj has outplayed both in fewer minutes. As I mentioned before, once you get past the first 4 or 5 guys, Maine's roster is comprised of D2 and mostly D3 level players.
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby Blind Zebra » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:29 pm

Check out Aaron Calixte's shooting percentages when you have a chance. Compare with some of his teammates. Aaron has worked extremely hard and come back from injury to be a team leader.
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby Maine19Fan » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:15 pm

Agreed. Calixte's 45.8% FG percentage is way above average, as is his 39.7% accuracy from 3-point range.
Who else would you want taking shots that he might pass up?

Also, Maine just played arguably its best game of the year, a one-point loss AT Stony Brook ... using 10 players extensively.

Could its strong play be a result of keeping players fresh?

Not to Mr. Know-it-All, who wants an 8-man rotation. Someone should tell him that this isn't high school, where players can walk the ball up court, take breaks on defense because the opposition isn't real strong, and where games only last 32 minutes!
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:37 pm

College games which have media timeouts don't need a break. After all they have 8 media timeouts at the 16-12-8-4 minute marks of each half. Throw in the team time outs how many times do they actually play 4 straight minutes without a break. Especially the Maine men as Walsh usually has to call timeouts to try to stop the opponents momentum.

Smart teams practice when scrimmaging go 4 minutes of play and then a break, play 4 minutes more take a break and do this for 40 minutes like in a game. It is not easy playing and sitting, playing and sitting. and playing an siting and playing and sitting 4 times without even a timeout called by the teams.

Each College teams have 5 time outs for the game (including the use it or lose it 30 second time out in the first half) so that is 18 possible timeouts breaks in 40 minutes of a college game. THat is enough breaks so that players do not need to be taken out for rest breaks during games.

Does Maine practices this way although they don't need to with the intramural substituting pattern that Walsh uses. If players cannot play 35 minutes a game then they are not in very good basketball shape. Calixe played 40 minutes vs. Stonybrook and Ryan Bernstein played 40 minutes several times last year out of necessity.

Good teams best players usually 2 or 3 play 35 minutes at least a game and the other starters play 30 minutes. Just look up their minutes played per game average.
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby Maine19Fan » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:47 pm

Who are you kidding? Your limited college knowledge is showing.

At the college level, everything is done at full speed. Try playing that way for four or five minutes and not being winded.
The very best teams everywhere only play their best players 32/33 minutes per game, and most of the players 25/26 minutes per game.

Fresh players always are half-a-step quicker than tired ones.

Again, you question how Walsh might coach ... without having a clue. Why don't you call him and ask about his practice plans? Better yet, attend a practice and see for yourself.

Vermont, the best team in AE, only has one player who averages more than 30 mpg. Albany goes nine deep every game.

Even though Calixte played the full 40 minutes vs. SB, he still only averages 31 minutes per game.

High School kids play 32-minute games. They don't have to play as hard, particularly on the defensive end.
That extra eight minutes on the college level, in an intense competitive situation, is huge.

What you know might have been true for h.s. sports a couple of generations ago. It's not remotely close to being true on the D1 college level.
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Re: Maine men's BB teams comback falls short to SB 71-70

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:35 pm

Maine19Fan wrote:Who are you kidding? Your limited college knowledge is showing.

At the college level, everything is done at full speed. Try playing that way for four or five minutes and not being winded.
The very best teams everywhere only play their best players 32/33 minutes per game, and most of the players 25/26 minutes per game.

Fresh players always are half-a-step quicker than tired ones.

Again, you question how Walsh might coach ... without having a clue. Why don't you call him and ask about his practice plans? Better yet, attend a practice and see for yourself.

Vermont, the best team in AE, only has one player who averages more than 30 mpg. Albany goes nine deep every game.

Even though Calixte played the full 40 minutes vs. SB, he still only averages 31 minutes per game.

High School kids play 32-minute games. They don't have to play as hard, particularly on the defensive end.
That extra eight minutes on the college level, in an intense competitive situation, is huge.

What you know might have been true for h.s. sports a couple of generations ago. It's not remotely close to being true on the D1 college level.


19: First off it is only 4 minutes at full speed at a time. Second I don't have to call Walsh to see what they do in practice it shows on the floor...the inmates run the asylum.

Playing at full speed is part of the problem because at full speed you are usually out of control and are destined to make quick decisions that usually are not good like poor shot selection, increased turnovers and more fouling.

Good teams play at 75% of their full speed, then they can make good decisions, like good shot selection. lower turnovers, reduce fouling and think before they act and play the game from the shoulders up not the shoulders down like many of the high speed out of control athletic teams do.

"A good fast team cannot make a good slow team go fast, but a good slow team can make a good fast team go slow".

Now that conference play has started or is starting all around the country watch the teams settle in and use just 8 players and their minutes will increase also.

You can enjoy the out of control 100 miles an hour athletic game which is like an indoor track meet on a squared wooden track played from the shoulders down.

Top TV D-1 teams are just farm league teams for the NBA with all the one and done players going to the NBA. It is the solid teams that have good fundamental 4 year basketball players playing the game from the shoulders up that I enjoy watching and rooting for.

Just my opinion but I am entitled to it even if you think I am wrong. However, you are just one person and just because you don't agree with me or others here on MBR does not make you right either. It is just your opinion and your opinion only.
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