Sunday, January 14, 2007

Two in a row for Dogs-Road losses though

5th double-double from Q not enough

The San Jose State loss was a devastating one for the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon, a quite perplexing loss at that. This two game losing streak does much to solidify my mindset about this team I carried into conference play. They cannot play on the road. Simple as that. This team could lose to any conference opponent on the road, maybe any team in America. That being said, they could very easily win every home conference game which tells you this team has real issues.

The two defining stats of Saturdays game come down to the Bulldogs and their 16 turnovers compared to a turnover plagued Spartans squad that only coughed up 6. Point guard Kevin Bell had 7 turnovers himself and McGuire followed up that Bell's stellar showing with 5 of his own. D-Mac as he is known to Bulldog fans has taken a free fall from his consistent play and is having a difficult time playing on the road, he did manage 5 blocks though. The second key stat was San Jose States 28 points in the paint, 18 of which came in the second half, to the Dogs 10 points in the paint.

The Dogs did correct their early game woes in this game, jumping out to an 8-0 lead and definately getting the job done in the opening minutes. They quickly allowed the Spartans back in it, and did not have a solid start to the second half. The first five minutes of either half are critical to this team, and they only got one out of two right on Saturday. It should be pointed out that although SJSU looks like the worst team in the WAC by their record, they will surprise some people since they have starting guard Spencer Carlton back. That is little consolation for FSU though.

I have nothing else to post here, Iam rather disappointed in this team as many are. Can Coach Steve Cleveland find a way to get his team to compete on the road? Can he get this team to cover the defensive boards? Can they cut down on unforced errors? Will Dominic McGuire find his way?

It should be no big deal to get this thing turned around on Thursday when they play in Reno against a Nevada team which brings their Top 25 ranking and 16-1 record into the matchup against a free-falling Bulldog squad whose confidence has to be waning.

Dogs fall to Spartans

Box score

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