frank martin sat down for his postgame press convention after south carolina’s win over ole pass over on jan. 14 and set free a touch sigh earlier than he started out speakme.
“obviously,” he started out slowly, “offensively, we’re a work in progress.”
that was the fourth sport after the go back of senior sindarius thornwell (he overlooked six games because of a suspension), and martin’s gamecocks had won all four contests, however the train wasn’t satisfied. see, he’d simply watched his crew flip the ball over 20 times towards the rebels — 12 different players had as a minimum one — and watched his gamecocks make simplest 20 in their fifty five area-goal tries (36.four percentage), consisting of five of 20 from three-point range. it changed into a win, sure, however it changed into a sloppy win.
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i was at colonial existence arena that evening as a capper for my annual university hoops road journey. my day began at clemson’s recreation, blanketed a pit stop to trap a trout inside the lake murray tailwaters, and moved to columbia for the final leg. i didn’t write approximately it on the time, however martin’s postgame presser stood out to me. despite the fact that there have been lots of reasons for frustration, the frequently bombastic train struck a fantastic tone for the destiny.
and after his gamecocks stunned no. 2 seed duke 88-81 within the ncaa tournament on sunday night time, i pulled up that interview on my telephone and gave it a concentrate. it become like searching lower back at a crystal ball, if a crystal ball could communicate (or, y’recognize, had real powers). anyway, idea i’d share a bit now.
on resiliency …
from martin’s opening feedback: “the one accurate aspect, apart from winning, that i take from nowadays’s sport is that even though we couldn’t get coated up and we couldn’t make a shot, we rebounded the ball and it by no means took away the steam with the effort and the discipline we played defense. in the beyond, that’s been a problem for us. we’d have awful dry spells, we’d pass over dinks, we’d prevent rebounding, and then it takes away our energy defensively. that didn’t occur these days.”
in opposition to duke, south carolina made simplest 7 of 35 field-purpose tries within the first half of. that’s horrendously awful, even by using the gamecocks’ wellknown (they shot forty one.8 percentage at the season).
however they rebounded the ball in that first half of — they’d 12 offensive rebounds — and that they performed protection with effort and discipline. if maximum teams make only seven area desires against that high-powered duke offense, they’d discover themselves buried. however the gamecocks trailed via simply seven.
due to the fact they didn’t permit their mistakes compound — and they stored their effort and field — they stayed in the game.
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on chris silva …
martin become asked approximately the progress of silva, the 6-nine sophomore who had 16 points and eleven rebounds against ole pass over one game after playing best 11 minutes at tennessee due to foul trouble. martin: “i had a communication with him the day prior to this and he said, ‘educate, i came right here because i need to be coached, so please hold pushing me.’ you recognize, that’s the sort of kid he’s. he’s very real.”
as a freshman, silva averaged more fouls according to recreation (three.1) than made area goals (1.7). that ratio improved this year, however it’s nonetheless a long way from wherein it needs to be (three.8 fouls, three.3 area goals in step with game).
chris silva soars for a dunk towards duke. (getty pictures)
martin persevered: “like i tell him, i say, ‘chris, it might be unfair, however you need to play better. you need to make higher decisions at the courtroom.’ and i apprehend on occasion you get to grow up one step at a time, and occasionally existence makes you develop up lots quicker than you want to. properly, for this crew to be top, we need him to grow up a bit faster than the ordinary pace maximum men grow up at. and he’s doing it. he’s embracing it. as he keeps to stay out of foul trouble and maintains to recognize what we’re doing, i assume you’re seeing he may be an unbelievably impactful participant.”
yeah. the inconsistency — caused in the main with the aid of foul trouble — persevered for silva after that ole miss sport. think about this: in south carolina’s sixteen video games among the ole omit win and the duke contest, silva either fouled out or had four fouls thirteen instances. notwithstanding being an vital part of the game plan, because of those fouls he played more than 25 mins simply four times.
in opposition to duke on sunday night? silva stayed out of foul trouble (he finished with three), so he stayed on the court docket. the end result? in 30 minutes, he scored 17 factors and had 10 rebounds. he became a catalyst for south carolina’s 65-point second half, too — silva changed into 5 for 7 from the field and scored thirteen points after the smash, committing simply one foul in 17 mins.
yeah, that’s a quite impactful player.
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on putting the ball inside the basket …
martin became requested in january what he thought of his group going forward: “playing hard saves you from terrible taking pictures nights. in order to win, and win at a excessive degree? you have with the intention to line up and you’ve for you to make shots.”
playing difficult for the ones 20 cold-capturing mins saved the gamecocks. inside the second 1/2, they covered up and made shots. lots and masses of photographs. in reality, south carolina made seventy one.four percent of its photographs in the second 1/2 (20 of 28) and blitzed beyond a instead bowled over duke group, a squad that lots of clever basketball people notion had been a favorite to win the national championship.
and now martin and his gamecocks are in the sweet 16. that’s winning at a quite darn excessive degree, i might say.