So what does everyone here REALLY think is going to happen on Saturday? While we have only lost 1 game thus far, and essentially blown out all other opponents, I can't help but feel unimpressed by this team. I have no explanation for this however. In years past, I remember a handful of times when these guys were having trouble with cupcakes at the BC and sometimes even lost. So why is it that, aside from the Dayton game, we are winning by an avg. margin of 20ish points this year, yet I am disappointed in the performance? Do we have too high of expectations for these guys? Are they actually playing pretty well, yet we nitpick details because of our investment and loyalty to them? I don't know. So to answer my own question above, I feel that because of my current view of the team, I don't foresee the outlook to be very good on saturday. My prediction is that Wisconsin eventually wins the game 77-71. I know, I'm sorry! Maybe I'm a pessimist, but after watching both teams play thus far, I feel that they are clicking much better than we are at this point. As I stated in my previous post, I feel that our starters are better than theirs but when it comes to depth we can't touch them. And to further that point, once we get past our starters, the drop off is as steep as anyone can imagine for a competitive D1 team. And to make things worse, somehow Dwight Burke has gotten worse over 4 years some how. It sux! So, I think that is our Achilles Heel and will be our downfall on Saturday. In order to reverse our fate, I think that Dwight Burke and David Cubillan are key. If the 2 of them can step up with Dwight rebounding great and playing solid D and David hitting some open jumpers (quit fucking doing the Dominic James drift on your follow through!), we stand a great shot to win the ball game.........something not totally out of the realm of possibility.
I will say that after watching the Central Michigan game on Tuesday night that 1) while Burke's stats weren't eye opening, he started showing signs of improvement, had some nice offensive moves and aggressiveness, but had some unfortunate calls against him because of it. But I liked his effort and 2) Jimmy Butler also looks like he is becoming more comfortable and therefore more aggressive on both ends of the floor. He was posting up and taking the ball to the hoop a lot. And made a nice read which lead to a steal on the defensive end.
I hope the rest of you are more confident than I. What are your thoughts?