Monday, November 24, 2008
While the first half of the UWM game was a little unexpected, I was pretty happy with end result and the overall effort throughout the game. UWM was shooting 65% almost 15 minutes into the game and they went into the half down 5, so I was pretty confident that when UWM would come back down to earth that we would walk away with it......and we did. Positives: 1) I like the new offense and I think it fits our team better than Crean's pro-style system of setting plays. Result....we are averaging over 100 points a game through 3 games! 2) Wes Matthews continues to display his confidence and assertiveness this year. What we thought he may do last year is coming to fruition this year. Again, I think that this is a credit to the new offensive system. 3) To further #2, Lazar Hayward (who might be the most underrated player in the Big East) has quietly put together a 3rd great outing and his 2nd double-double of the year. We are going to need his rebounds this year! 4) After shooting a bit too many 3's in the first half, which kept the game close, they came out in the 2nd half and did what they are good at....taking the ball to the hoop. I think after 4 years, they are starting to realize what they need to do to be successful. 4) Dominic James also had a quiet great game. 16 pts, 8 assists, and 3 steals. And he shot a pretty good percentage. I think that Dom is reverting to the other guys more than ever, and is settling into more of a distributing role. Perfect! The one large negative that I took out of this game is Dwight Burke. Thus far I am completely wrong on my prediction for him. Again, it's a little early, but against inferior competition he has been a complete waste out there. I'm afraid that he is not starter material at this point, and while he will continue to get the starts, I foresee Hazel taking away large amounts of minutes away from him and probably playing more mpg than Burke. Why is it so hard for us to find a competent big man? I would kill for Scott Merritt right now!