Between the way we've looked through 2 games, and the Bills, I have lost my appetite for positivity in sports. Early impressions is we're simply not as good as we hoped we'd be, and I have slashed expectations. Dumps into the post with a double team shot going up/no cuts to the basket, endless off-screen swing catch and shoot 3's, and iso ball are on the menu. I will angrily ask the TV why we are not running an offense, and the TV will not reply.
Is this to an extent a defense mechanism? Of course.
Survived a 2-1 deficite on kill shots so we won but it was pretty improbable. If you combined the 3 runs in that game we were out scored 27-18. Its not even as though our one big run completely wiped away the two runs they had.
If we go cold again tonight it will get ugly. Auburn started last nights game on a 14-4 run and then started the second half on a 15-1 run. Good thing we normally come out the gates with our hair on fire
Last night was reminiscent of the 2017 Maryland win without Adams. Lots of factors that on paper would seem like too much to overcome against a P5 in a tournament setting, but grinding it out.
We need Pride and Venning to play smarter tonight to have any chance. Venning's 4th foul was maddening- get beat on position for a defensive rebound, with an immediate foul on the put-back. Brown is every bit the defender or rebounder in a backup role, but the offense has a higher gear with Chad out there. Obviously the same is true for Pride on the floor.
Last night showed to me Barry needs a bigger role, which will probably come at the expense of Flowers and/or Luc. The way this team is built, when Flowers is back it'll be redundant to have Flowers and Banks on the floor together, off ball. The only way it makes sense is if Banks slides to backup PG with Flowers at the 2. Through 3 games, to me it's clear that ensuring that some combination of 2 of Barry/Pride/Assa are always on the floor. The guards we have don't have the ruggedness needed to play smaller, 3 guard sets effectively. I'd love to see what all 3 of them on the floor together looks like, but that will only happen if Banks or MAW gets into foul trouble.
I'd love to see banks and flowers splitting minutes and Barry getting more run in the sets we saw last night. Luc I agree will be tje one to suffer as woods gets more acclimated. Its nice to actually have some depth this year to absorb injury or foul trouble.
Jive, I thought we had a 14-1 run? It was a game of runs with both teams rattling off 8-1 type runs the while game. Our guys grinded it out, credit to them
Barry HAS to play more and also continue to shoot when he’s open. Hopefully he gains the confidence. Will he ever shoot like Assa? Probably not. Is he the best defender on the floor and gives me the utmost confidence we can actually get a stop when one is needed? Yes. He’s an absolute menace on D and it feels like everyone steps up when he’s out there.
I heard that Luc's injury could be long-term so expect Woods to get a lot of run at PG and also expect Banks to run the point for up to 10 minutes a game. I also think Evans has really stepped up and is probably the first off the bench right now ahead of Flowers.
Not sure what's going on with Flowers but he looks to have lost his swagger. Maybe the lack of playing time is dragging him down. Catch-22.