AutoCoon3.0(tm) vs. RealCooney(tm) - which would *you* choose?
Wouldn't it be GREAT if the Cooney Bros were replaced by an automaton, that simply shot 3/8 from 3 for every single game? Throw in a dunk, another shot (layup or mid-range, whatever) and a FT, and the AutoCoon3.0(tm) averages 14.0 ppg, and hits .375 from 3 - that's an AdjFG% of .563 from 3! We'll assume he's 50% from 2, and 100% on FT's, just for simplicity's sake.
We'd take this all day, every day, and twice on Sundays, right? Because the only thing we're lacking is consistency from Cooney - if we had that, we'd be nearly unbeatable.
Or would we?
It's a given we win the 2nd Duke game, and the 2nd BC game, if AutoCoon3.0(tm) plays. Sweet!
GaTech too! Sign me up!! Where do we get one of these things??
But - it's also a given that we get *blown out by ND* after the first Duke game. That's a 13 point loss, at home. Maybe worse, because RealCooney(tm) only missed 3 3's, vs 5 the AutoCoon3.0(tm) would have missed - which likely would have given ND another possession, and maybe us one too - which would have led to a brick from somebody not named Cooney.
We still get blown out by UVA, it's just a little bit closer in garbage time.
We also probably lose the first Duke game. How, you ask?
Both Cooney versions scored 14 points. However, RealCooney(tm) was 2/2 from 3, and 3/6 from 2, 2/2 FT's. Incredibly efficient peformance from him (and really, from everybody that game).
AutoCoon3.0(tm) misses 5 3's every game. And 2 2's. Even if SU gets 2 of those boards, it likely only leads to a 2pt attempt. Duke's extra possessions most likely lead to another 3, since they were hucking 'em all game.
The first BC game gets a LOT more interesting with AutoCoon3.0(tm) - 14 points vs. 21, and we don't get the actual 2/5 from 3, or more importantly, the 6/8 from 2. A 10 point win is down to 3, and likely much closer than that, given that the shots AutoCoon3.0(tm) didn't take at very high efficiency, now go to teammates who were stuggling.
And CAL @might have really been able to get right back into this!@
We won by 11, with RealCooney(tm) scoring 9 more than his counterpart. But - there would have been more missed shots in reality, and other teammates would have been required to pick up the scoring slack. Would that have happened? Thankfully we'll never know....
We'd all certainly LOVE to have had the AutoCoon3.0(tm) online for the last 6 games, but it surprisingly wouldn't have made a huge difference in the overall record, just which teams we lost to, and when.
Like it or not, we're stuck with RealCooney(tm), for better or worse.