Friday, February 1, 2013
3-point shot: Snaer 'relaxed' in the clutch
By Andy Katz
1. Florida State's Michael Snaer has hit four game-winning 3-pointers at the buzzer for the Seminoles in two seasons, including two this season (against Clemson and Maryland). What makes Snaer such a clutch shooter? "I've never seen a player who works as hard in practice as he does in the game,'' said Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton. "He's always in that mental frame of mind and that's why he has so much confidence in himself. He's relaxed in those situations. The ball is supposed to go in.'' The Seminoles have been incredibly erratic this season and Hamilton is attributing a lot of that to youth with seven new players. He said Snaer has had to do too much distributing with Ian Miller out (only plays, doesn't practice). But Hamilton said Snaer is back to his more traditional role. Hamilton isn't ruling out a run by Florida State to the NCAAs, especially with four home games remaining against teams that could make the committee notice, beginning with Duke on Saturday (Miami, NC State and Virginia are also coming to Tallahassee). I said on our ESPN2 halftime Thursday night that Snaer is my top last-possession shooter. My other top four were Butler's Rotnei Clarke, Duke's Seth Curry, Indiana's Jordan Hulls and Michigan's Trey Burke. The twitterverse threw back at me Kansas' Ben McLemore and Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova.
2. Oregon got popped at Stanford on Wednesday night in a game minus Dominic Artis (foot). It was the first conference loss of the season for the Ducks. The staff is confident Artis will be back next week at the earliest. But there were clearly issues without Artis, and as one assistant coach said Thursday, Artis had taken pressure off every other guard when he was on the floor. The Ducks will need Johnathan Loyd and Willie Moore. But the Ducks need to be led by their seniors in E.J. Singler, Tony Woods, Carlos Emory and Arsalan Kazemi if they are to hold off Arizona for the Pac-12 title.
3. Missouri coach Frank Haith said the Tigers must play with a sense of urgency after losing at LSU on Wednesday night. Haith said the Tigers have played only two games with the full compliment of players. But he was "very pleased" with the play of his top inside player -- Laurence Bowers -- who returned to the lineup after missing the previous five games (3-2) with an MCL sprain, scoring 10 points and grabbing six boards in 32 minutes.