Friday, January 2, 2009

BE Game 1: 'Nova.

What We Learned: As we saw in the Madison game, when you've got two relatively evenly-matched teams, it's a nice thing to have the best player on the floor. 'Rel seems to get up for the big games, doesn't he?
  • Wes is a completely different player this year. I won't pretend to know enough about the differences between Crean's and Buzz's offensive systems to say precisely what's occasioned the change, but Wes is a beast now. That pull-up jumper with about seven minutes left yesterday was a dagger, and a play he absolutely does not make last year.
  • Dom remains mercurial on the offensive end, but turned in a solid defensive effort. He hit a couple of huge threes, but took way too many -- the only person who should be attempting ten triples is Lazar. And he was uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball -- five turnovers, including the inexcusably lazy pass to Jerel at the end of the first half that led to a 'Nova layup. He did a nice job on Reynolds, though it helped to have Tim Fucking Higgins calling the game -- Dom sold a couple of the "elbows" by Reynolds pretty good.
  • Burke is a donkey. Anybody still up for the idea of matching him up, one-on-one, with Harangody?
  • We miss Ooze a lot. How many times yesterday did Dom drive to the hole and attempt that no look, bounce pass that Barro would put away last year? I saw Burke mishandle one, Hazel two, and Jimmy Legs Butler another. (BTW: two of Jimmy's offensive rebounds came on that single play: muffed the pass, shot, blocked, rebound, shot, blocked, rebound, turnover. Long story short: still a ways to go for Jimmy Legs.)
What We Don't Know Yet ... : Dom goes 35 minutes. McNeal goes 37. Wes goes 36. And Lazar plays 35, too. That's a lot of tread on the tire.

I think we'll learn a lot on Sunday. If the boys look fresh and ready to go, maybe we can play with an eight-man rotation all season. If they look like they're running in fresh cement, though ...
  • Which member of Buzz's family did Cubillan kill? I understand he's struggling right now, but, Jesus, 10 seconds of run?
  • Has the 1-3-1 been put on mothballs for the year? 'Nova seems like the right kind of team to zone up. I was surprised we didn't see it.
And, Finally, To Update the Tote:
  • 'It's Indiana, It's Indiana' Record: 5-7
  • 20-Points Plus Losses: 3
  • Shudder-Inducing Home Losses: Lipscomb, Northeastern
  • Crayola Crayon Color That Best Matches Tan Tommy's Skin Color: Sunset Orange


Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

I think the Nova defense was pretty darn good for the first 25 or so minutes yesterday. There were times when the offense didn't look like they knew what to do. They were pretty quick and got into some of the passing lanes that are normally open. I would say the toughest defense we've faced all year. They started to fall apart in the second half, but they gave us all we could handle in the first half. 13 turnovers in the first but only 6 in the second half. There were some lazy passes from James, but he turned it around and really led the team. I also thought Lazar played well. He must have checked out D3S's spreadsheet work on his performance.

No sleeping on Cincy. I know there is the trap game argument, but in the BEast there are no trap games. You need to bring every game and you know that.

EMoney said...

I don't think that the 1-3-1 zone will be used unless we can't handle the opponents size. We match up really well with Nova....a very similar team in size and style of play. Cunningham is only 6'8 or 6'9 so even Burke and Hazel can somewhat hang with him. I'm sure that you'll see it against some of the bigger teams.