My opinion might differ with a lot of fanatics on Babb. Last year he struggled offensively (much like he is this year), but was a defensive freak out on the court. Was given defensive assignments on the opposing best player and did a fine job!!! This year his defense is not as strong (not bad though), and his offensive game continues to spiral downward... He chucks up three's most of the time that just bounce off the back iron. I have been disappointed in Babb overall this season and feel that Tyrus McGee is a better all around shooting guard and deserves to get the starting nod.
It's not like he isnt getting almost 25 mpg coming off the bench anyway. That is more than Booker, about the same as Ejim, and a little less than Lucious and Babb. He knows his role and accepts it.
Who cares who starts? Why are fans so hung up on this? McGee gets starter minutes. It's not like he is getting 10-15 minutes a game
I think you start your best players. And I don't care if McGee is a "spark" off the bench. Why can't he be a "spark" to start the game?
Well you start people, b/c if you don't than it's 5 on 0 and I don't like our odds.
Want to know why Babb starts? Defense and size. You don't want to get a good scorer off to a good start in a game. Once a great scorer gets going, it's hard to stop them. So you put Babb on him from the start, hopefully he gets him out of his game early and the opposing teams top scorer struggles. We saw it all year last year and it worked great. Why are people so quick to jump off ship after 6 games?
I get that people enjoy the luxury of having a great player come off the bench for us. But maybe McGee would flourish in a starting role. Maybe Babb would flourish coming off the bench. Who knows. But why not switch it up until Babb gets his thing going again?
Babb starts b/c he's our best defender. He will get the most minutes on the team in Big 12 play like last year b/c he slows down opposing teams best player. You can complain all you want about McGee not starting over him but he never will, nor should he (I love McGee)
Now, I am not saying that McGee needs to start forever and always, but now is the time to be tinkering with lineups. If McGee sucks in a starting role and Babb starts to turn the heat up, by all means, switch them back. But why not try? I think McGee has earned it. And he has said before that his goal is to become a starter.
On a side note, does anyone know of a site where they keep the +/- statistic for college basketball? I'd be interested to see that for our players.
I do enjoy having McGee coming off the bench for us, and I love Babb's defense. However, I think McGee made the biggest strides this offseason on the defensive end. I don't think his defense is far from Babb's at this point. Granted, it's a different type of defense between the two. Babb shuts down a player's shot, McGee uses quick hands to create turnovers. I'm OK with either of them starting at this point. As mentioned, they both get the minutes, so it's not that big of a deal.
I bet if you looked at the "spark plug effect" in some statistical manner (+/-?), it would come out looking as bogus as players being on hot/cold streaks. That said, I think there is strategic value in starting Babb over McGee to frustrate other teams' starters (typically better offensive players) with his defense and to wear them down. I think Booker (and to a lesser extent, Ejim) accomplishes the same thing; Gibson and Niang are much better on offense. So where's the Booker thread?
The real problem is basketball is 5v5 not 8v8 :pconfused:
Tyrus is awesome, but so is Babb, don't be so overreactive after he's played 4 games. If Fred wants Tyrus to start, he will. He's seen him in both roles and everyday in practice. He's clearly a very productive player that will play starter minutes regardless of the lineup. If you really think this is making the difference between winning and losing games, I'm pretty sure Fred is already a mile ahead of you.