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December 15, 2010 examines State’s drought issues.

Read the piece first, than consider this counter-argument:

I think it largely overlooks the #1 reason WHY State has suffered through extended droughts this year: No Tracy Smith.

There are two HUGE things Tracy brings to the table that helps negate the likelihood of extended droughts: senior leadership and high-percentage scoring.

The leadership component is key for any team, but on a team that relies so heavily on its young core of Brown, Leslie, Harrow, Wood and Painter—none of whom are upperclassmen—having ANY leadership on the floor is even more critical when things go awry.

But perhaps more importantly, Tracy gives State reliable scoring. Droughts are infectious, self-serving poisons that grow the longer they persist. The easiest way to end a drought is simply to put the ball in the basket. Just one easy layup underneath can be enough to loosen up a team who tightens up with each missed jumper. And Tracy Smith, who makes his living hitting high-percentage shots close to the basket, is the most reliable player on the roster to turn to when you need that key basket to end the schneid.

He should be back by the Arizona game, and in the biggest game of the season to this point, I don’t think we’ll see State suffer any droughts as long as he’s in the lineup.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2010 1:05 pm

    You nailed it. We have to have Tracy Smith in there.

  2. Core permalink
    December 15, 2010 11:02 pm

    Not having your best player available, who by the way led the ACC in field goal percentage last year, is going to increase the likelihood of scoring droughts with a young team. A team that other than Wood has had a really difficult time shooting the ball from deep thus far in the season.

    Another point I would like to make is that it seems that this not just a State problem over the last couple of seasons. Our neighbors to the west had several extended droughts against LBSU and luckily lived to tell about it. It seems the dynamic scorers of yesteryear are few and far between and seem to be harder to find in the current college game. I think it’s a combination of players not being as fundamentally sound, an interest in creating the spectacular three ball or dunk versus the high percentage short jumper, and the talent pool being spread farther across the country as recruiting has intensified on all levels.

  3. Badinboarder permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:09 pm

    The only time we ever had droughts last year was when Smith was on the bench resting….

  4. December 17, 2010 10:08 am

    3 points in the first 10 minutes last night (Youngstown St). Not good. might have been another Wisconsin disaster had we been playing a good team.

    Lowe really needs to figure this out. Smith returning against Ariz is hopefully the answer.

  5. Core permalink
    December 18, 2010 12:32 pm

    This has all the makings of another train wreck. Hopefully the Uof A game starts a positive trend for the season.

  6. December 26, 2010 1:55 am

    Uh, yeah… that’s all well and good, but how about explaining our droughts THE LAST 3 FUCKING SEASONS?

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