I disagree with a lot of what you’re saying here, and really wonder how much of this team you’ve seen so far this year.
Until tonight Brooks had taken about 1 3-pointer. He took them tonight because he was wide open on all of them, and obviously he has improved on that shot, they were all beautiful shots. Tonight alone is going to help him get inside even more easily because teams have to respect him all over the court now, you have no idea what tonight might do to improve his game from a scouting perspective.
Jones doesn’t get many opportunities on offense, but he’s scrappy on the boards and solid defensively - how many charges will he take this year? He might break the team record. He even had a nice post move late in the game when given the chance. His hands stink, no question - but I think he’s important to this team.
Frazier is doing everything that’s being asked of him and more. You have any idea how much easier life is for TB right now? You notice how pathetic we looked tonight when Frazier wasn’t in? That’s because we go back to the “watch Talor” offense. Tell me how teams have defended Tim so far when he could have easily had 12 assists tonight if some wide open shots weren’t missed. He’s a floor leader out there, and he even made some foul shots for us. In his defense, his 1st three pointer was blocked/tipped, and the second looked good but came up very short. Still, when he gets into the paint that rips a defense open. He’s got a ways to go, but the progression from season 1 to 2 is amazing so far.
No shooter like Babb? Babb wasn’t exactly lights out last year, especially when we needed him to be. And besides, we lost a lot of games last year - why would you want to play that style again this year?
Mostly agree on Buie, his biggest problem seems to be on his shoulders but I am hopeful he’s get it together with more minutes this year.
I’ll agree we could use a back to the basket guy also, but who couldn’t? How many legitimate guys are there in d-1 anymore that do this? Maybe a dozen? We can survive with the guys we have, we have to so deal with it. And you think rebounding is a problem we’re still having? Tonight was one example of bad rebounding, can you name another the last 2.5 seasons? We’re a great rebounding team, you don’t know what you’re saying with that point (and many others).
Appreciate your insights, but you can’t back up most of what you’re saying here and I’m not convinced you’ve seen more than a handful of minutes this year before you decided to make this post.
This to me looks like as good a team as the one that won the NIT just two years ago, with the potential to be better. The only problem is that the Big 10 is incredibly good this season, and our OOC is much tougher than two years ago - so unfortunately we might be destined to make the NIT again even with a much improved season. I like our chances though and expect an entertaining season with a lot of effort being shown - I think these guys are going to let it all hang out, and let’s just see where the chips fall.