Now that the OOC schedule is complete and we’re 8-5, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back and see what we’ve learned and how the team has progressed:
Games decided by 5 pts or less: 2 - 2 (W - USF and BC; L - MISS and LAF)
Games decided by 6-10 pts: 2 - 1 (W - LIU and Cornell; L - Duq)
Games decided by > 10 pts: 4 - 2 (W - Hart, Rad, YSU, MSM; L - KY, SJ)
Home: 6 - 2
Away: 1 - 2
Neutral: 1 - 1
Defensive intensity has been good
Loose ball hustle has been outstanding
Given up too many wide open threes
At the beginning of the season, if Tim didn’t score 20, we struggle. Now we have three or four in double figures.
Teams have figured out that if they stop Tim, they have a good shot at beating us.
8-5 with a young team and a new coach and new philosophy isn’t bad.
Looking forward to getting Jon Graham back. We’ll need him for the conf season. Pat says he should be ready to go for Michigan.
Foul shooting has improved and is now up to about 70%.
We’re starting to develop a three pt threat - Billy Oliver, Cam, Trey, Jermaine seem to be our best bets.
Here are my individual player grades:
Tim - A
Billy - B
Sasa - C
Jermaine - B
Matt - C
Trey - C+
Ross - B
Cam - B
Jon - incomplete
I was really impressed with the hand slapping all the way down the bench; hustle for loose balls; running to pick up fallen teammates; enthusiasm on the bench, etc, etc. I was wondering if it would abate as the season went on. I’ve seen some dropoff, but not a lot.
I was also wondering how the players would respond to Pat’s aggressive coaching and ass-chewing. They’re still reacting pretty well, although I’ve seen some guys start to tune him out a little when they come out of the game. That’s natural.
Team seemed tired in the pre-exam December games. I think that’s normal. I expect to see more enthusiasm and bounce once the BIG starts.
Close games: not bad. We all know that the difference between the disaster season of two years ago and last season’s NCAA tournament team was close games. We lost most of them when Talor was a junior and we won most of them with last year’s experienced seniors.
We’ll win some games in the BIG - not sure how many. The BIG is so good and so competitive that we’re bound to catch a couple teams coming off tough games against Ill, OSU, and MSU and they’ll come out flat against us.
I hope more students support this team, but I doubt it. The kids who come are great; those who are too busy playing XBOX or watching Happy Days reruns, well, it’s your team at your school.
I’m sure I missed some stuff. Comments?