Brooks and Jones combined points...zero. Sasa has to be option with Ott getting rest. Jones had 1 rebound.
Some real positives today. Edwards and Babb are for real, and very good. Edwards has good in the lane game. He needs to watch TO’s, keep his feet on rebounds, but he’s clearly a starter. Babb gets better and better.
Do you really think Sasa would be an upgrade over Jones? I’ll give you that Sasa may be able to contribute more on offense, but we don’t need offense from our backup center. We need rebounding and some defense. I’ll be the first one to admit that Jones has been very dissapointing in both those aspects, but from what I saw of Sasa vs. non-big ten competition, he was getting pushed around pretty easily. You keep bringing up not playing Sasa over and over again like that is going to change something. There are about 100 more pertinent reasons why we lost this game.
Agreed on Babb and Edwards though. I think we’ve finally established our best 5 on the court (Battle, Babb, Edwards, Jackson, Ott). If Frazier can provide Battle a couple blows and Brooks and Jones can come in and rebound for 10 minutes a game each, we should be able to play with anyone in the conference. That isn’t changing the fact that nobody on the team, coach included, knows how to win at crunch time.
How could Sasa not be an upgrade? What is AJ doing that would be missing?
On offense, I think you’re wrong. We shot 7-15 from the arc vs. 10-34 for Wisky. We also shot okay inside the arc, 22-41 vs. 16-26 for Wisky. But I think that’s misleading because Talor hit some pull up jumpers as did Babb, and Edwards scores facing the basket, but Wisky took it more to the hole, and ended up getting fouled, and those shots don’t count. We were 6-8 from the line, Wisky was 17-19.
I thought we played well. The inside the arc shooting was a big difference to what we were doing, but we need to get to the line, and that requires going to the hole, driving or back to the basket play. Points in the paint still lacking, though today’s effort best of season. I keep hoping for Sasa, as we’re getting nothing on O from Andrew. Can’t do worse than nothing.