Question: When, Lawd? When's gonna be our time?
And thank God for that, Marquette faithful. If we found a way to spit the bit last night, I don't think there's any way we could have avoided a 2008 Notre Dame-esque death spiral for the rest of the year.
Some quick hitters:
(1) As I said to Reid last night, David Cubillan hitting six threes (on six attempts, no less) is the equivalent of Jason Kendall hitting two homers and driving in six in a single game: it's never going to happen again, so you better fucking win the game.
(2) The end-of-game coaching was marginally better. We finally got the ball to 'Zar in the last two minutes, although "dump it to 32 on the block and let him get triple-teamed" wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I said we needed to run some plays for him. How 'bout setting a screen for the big man?
Also: it was a good call to put Acker in the game after Georgetown cut it to a one-point deficit with thirty seconds left. (The defense on that GU possession left something to be desired, though; we were so worried about the three that we basically laid out a red carpet to the hoop.) But don't run an inbounds play where 'Zar gets the inbounds pass in the backcourt. 'Zar needs to get the second pass, and preferably at midcourt. If you get him the ball in the backcourt, he's going to be trapped and have to give the ball up.
(3) It was good to see EWill get some run, though I'm still baffled that he gets bypassed in favor of Mbao in the second half. Let's be honest: Yous has no fucking clue what he's doing out there. We were in that silly 1-3-1 zone with Mbao at the point, Georgetown swung the ball to the corner, and Yous abandoned his post to double team the guy with the ball. As Reid said: I'm not sure that's how we drew up the defense.
(4) DJO is really, really bad on defense. And he can't be put into the game when Fulce and Acker are on the floor, because it turns into a backdoor-cut, uncontested-layup exhibition. Also: anytime DJO wants to stop biting on the pump fake, that's fine by me.
Now, to an extent, defense can be taught. We saw that with Dom James last year, when he went from a serviceable defender to a lock-down pest. But there's some parts of playing defense that can't be taught, and the most important of those is that you have to want to play defense. The prime example last night: a Georgetown player beat his man off the dribble at the top of the key and was barreling down the lane. DJO was in perfect position to take a charge. Instead, he opted for a Roger Dorn "ole!" move and let the guy hit the layup with zero resistance (and promptly earned himself a seat on the bench next to coach). That's not good.
(5) In the end: it's a win. And it's important, because John Thompson III is right: in the Big East this season, there is little difference between the top 5 teams and the teams that will finish in the 7-12 range. I watched Cincy and Pitt the another night, and I didn't see a whole lot of difference between both of those teams and Georgetown.
There aren't any gimmes for this MU squad. Take the wins however you can get 'em.