Kyle Smithpeters' Blog
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A sad day for the Saluki team and fans. We just took an L to a very inferior SMS team. We came into the game with strictly business on our mind. We really wanted to this win for us and coach Lowery.
This was a team that gave us a very good beating earlier in the year. The game started out well for us, probably the best half of the year. The attitude in the locker room at half was to keep putting it on SMS. We wanted to make sure that we finished them off quick and not let them back into the game.
The second half seemed as if it was going in slow motion from the very start. Our lead slowly dwindled as the clock slowly expired. I believe we came back out into the game with good intentions, but sometimes things just don't go your way. We couldn't really seem to get a flow to the second half. A lot of the shots that we hit in the first half and all year just didn't seem to fall.
We played a good 30 to 35 minutes of this game. It was about a five-minute break down that cost us this game. It was a shock and a bad feeling of trying to realize if this just really happened.
It hasn't sunk in yet, but that sick feeling in my stomach is still there. Coach Lowery came in after the game telling us not to let this one game bring down such a good season. He said we shouldn't be happy and look to improve and grow from this. Coach Lowery said we are 26-7, a whole lot better than 7-26. Coach Lowery did do a great job of lifting the team and telling us to use this as a learning experience to get better.
The sad thing is that coach Lowery will take the blame for the meltdown. This is so far from true. This coaching staff all year has prepared us before a game with great detail. We knew as a team what it would take to beat this team, and we the players just didn't execute that game plan well enough.
We still feel that we deserve to make the Tournament. It probably hurt our position, dropping us to maybe an 8 or 9 seed rather than a much higher one. We know we are a better team than that type of seed, but we will take it and do well. Now we play the waiting game until Sunday to see just what our future as a team holds for us.
The team really seems to have the right focus on the game for tomorrow. Everybody really wants to play well and have a good game.
Today we left for the MVC Tournament in St. Louis. The attitude of the team seems to be going in the right direction.
The talk on the bus ride up mainly was how well we need to play to get into the NCAA Tournament. Nobody really seems to feel that without an MVC Tournament win we will get into the NCAA Tournament. Stet and J.T. refer to Utah State to those who would dare to argue against their view. Last year, Utah State found themselves in a similar position as us this year, having a high RPI, and they also cracked the Top 25, but failed to make the dance when they didn’t win their Conf. Tournament. It was good to see Stet and J.T. make that case to the younger guys so they wouldn’t come in not expecting perfection in order to make a good tournament run.
The day has really wore myself and the rest of the team down. We left early this morning and arrived about 11:00 a.m. Darren and T. Y. had to come up early with coach for the MVC awards banquet. Darren said they were there for two and a half hours listening to speeches and more speeches by coaches and other award winners.
We went from the hotel to the Savvis Center for a 30-minute shoot around. It was pretty intense in the short time with us trying to get up as many shots as we could.
We then travelled by bus to a local college to finish practice. The intensity was good among the team, showing that we are ready to play tomorrow, regardless of the opposition we may face. The rest of the day consisted of going to eat supper and a team scouting report at 9:30 p.m.
We returned from supper at 7:30 p.m. and all went to sleep until the scouting report. The scouting report consists of the other team’s stats, player profiles and some sets they may run against us tomorrow. We discussed this, and then watched clips of film that are plays the coaches think will be important for us to see. This meeting usually lasts about an hour and 15 to an hour and 30 minutes.