Last year at this time, RW was emerging as the go-to guy and the "team chemistry" was coming together around him. This year, there seems to be no leader emerging and no team chemistry. Again, that's not a good place to be with over 1/2 of the games already played.
i havent mentioned anything about basketball all year, but i will say this.. All last week, I remember Chris on the radio saying something about most fans are naive and expect a team to play well every night... This was after some apparently werent happy with the TCU game, even though we won. Well, now i believe Chris probably owes the naive fans an apology or some props for being right about said concerns.
To paraphrase the Buddha:
All suffering is caused by expectations.
I've seen this angst coming since as far back as last summer, when people like me go to the Capital League and watch these guys play street ball, causing us all to go all goose-bumpy about what is exhibition ball at it's worst, frankly. It also doesn't help to boost the egos of players who are decent, but not exceptional, Div. 1-level.
This was never a "Top 25" team, at least in my mind, confirmed after I watched that Iowa game, signed and sealed in performances like against Yale. This is a team that "plays well in stretches," yes. But so do probably most of the teams in major conferences.
I think even Fred has overestimated the talent level of this team, and its ability to win games with a spread-type, up-and-down, shoot-the-threes strategy. One of the hardest lessons to learn in coaching, especially if you were a great player like Fred was, is that your players can't often do, or think, like you used to.
To me, though, what they really lack is a Serious inside player. This, at the very least, amounts to a "Plan B" you can go to, when the 3's turn into bricks, and the turnovers pile up. "Old School" basketball ("pound it inside") is not the remedy for everything in today's game, but it's also remarkably neglected.
That said, I don't think it does the slightest bit of good to blame Gibson or Booker for what they are not. If those are the only two mules you can afford to pull your plow, you may as well praise them as whip them.
I just love all the articles written before the game how we weren't overlooking Tech. Obviously we did. Now we have to almost win out cause with another loss, we're going to the Not In Tourney. I'm just wondering if we can play any worse than last nights performance?
It's definitely a terrible loss but our RPI dropped to only 45, which is much better than I thought it would be. This loss wasn't a season ender but definitely made it an uphill climb. Win 4 out of the next 5 and we're right back in it.
This site makes me feel like I'm in the middle of a massive circle jerk of whining. :unsure:
Beating K-State at home would solve a lot of problems if we don't lay another turd somewhere. And if Kansas doesn't lose until Hilton and we get them there, everything will be hearts and puppies around here again.
Free throws? Ugh. That first shot of two free throws has recently been short. We can do better. 60% free throws last night. 35% shooting. Outrebounded by 9. How were we even in the game?