[quote=“tundra, post:6, topic:870”]I believe Taran has already signed a LOI. He is those bound to PSU unless the school would “release” him.
I don’t believe Ed should be back. BUT, not sure if he will be or not.
Having said that yesterday’s game was by far the most enjoyable of the year. The team was just “different.” They played very loose and with a lot of energy. It looked like they were “having fun.” Sure we had some turnovers BUT overall this was a great team effort.
That is two games in a row that the team was very "loose."
Maybe it’s because our opponents were very weak inside and our bigs had there way…maybe not. It was very nice to see Jones and Brooks be big parts of the victory. They seem like they played most of the season under dark clouds. [/quote]
Small adjustments make a big difference. Two seasons ago, starting Pringle with Battle made the team much quicker. Seems to me the difference in the last two games has been getting the ball inside to Jones, somewhat to Brooks, but both these guys, and some Ott, scoring in the paint. Except for the Sacred Heart game, where DJ played inside, that hadn’t happened all season. DJ had 27 that game. Getting it inside has opened the arc, better spacing, etc. I also think Frazier has made a huge difference. Not sure why he was out so much yesterday. IMO, he should play 30 minutes per game. Like Pringle, he makes the guards too quick for most teams, and they can’t double Battle.
Re Ed being back, I think he will, though not sure he should be. Why wasn’t the team getting it inside since game one of Big 10 play? IMO, this is fundamental to winning. It’s not like it was unknown. Ed mentioned it, Len Elmore always said it.
Buie will help big time. Not a messiah, but just a guy who likes to finish at the hole, is great at midrange jumpers, likes to post up his man, and not afraid to get belted doing so. In an interview awhile back, he said he’s more of a banger than Talor, that he likes to play above the rim. He’ll also have the second best handle on the team, likes to use it going north/south, and will be the 3rd quickest guy. Will not be standing at the arc waiting to launch up 3’s. Likes to dribble/drive, something we really haven’t seen too much of. And he’s probably a better rebounder than Talor. Expect some putbacks, and some fast breaks off his defensive rebounds.