[quote=“NittanyIllini, post:8, topic:641”]Blame my wife on the loss…she was on the phone with Hong Kong for the first 56:00 of the game. Walked in with PSU leading 53-49. Then watched as her Illini scored the last five points of the game.
Anyway, I really feel the team took a major step forward tonight. Still need to learn how to win games, but was very impressed how, as a team, they were aggressive in the half court set, rather than dribbling out the first 30 seconds of the shot clock, then hoisting a terrible shot.
It was a game for kids like Babb and Woodyard and Frazier and Edwards and Ott to really step up with the added minutes some of them were getting, and they did just that for the most part. Just wish Battle (as so many have said tonight) would trust them in crucial situations. Maybe the last play was drawn up that way, maybe not, but after Babb in-bounded the ball he was left open along the baseline. Talor had just enough time to get it back to him for an open look at the game winner.
Oh well. Here’s hoping the five guys I mentioned at the beginning of the last paragraph (and maybe Sasa) continue to play a large role in building this team into a winner. I really feel Babb/Edwards will be an incredible 2/3 combo on both sides of the floor. They continue to impress me.[/quote]
I agree that I was happy with the minutes distribution. The team looked better with less minutes for Brooks/Jones. However, as kid points out, the offense is still terrible. The only offense is Battle driving or Babb shooting from 22 feet. Edwards seemed to create a few more shots today. And kudos to Ott for playing well.