First things first: hell of an effort yesterday, and an excellent job by Buzz on two fronts: (1) having the team ready to go after an eight-day layoff; and (2) the game plan on offense. We had no trouble whatsoever with Providence's press and played with tremendous composure all game long. All the three-point attempts but one (DJO's prayer at the end of the first half) came within the flow of the offense, and we made the extra pass to get the wide-open look.
Onto more important things: there was a fresh face in the lay-up line yesterday, as Junior Cadougan and his heretofore bum wheel suited up and took part in the pregame warm-ups. Buzz made more headlines in the post-game presser, when he revealed that Cadougan "could have played today" and that he might consider putting Junior in a game at some point this season.
Please, Buzz: don't. Here's my plea:
(1) The Big East regular season is not the time to work in a freshman who has no game experience. See Mbakwe, Trevor. Hell, EWill is just starting to find his sea legs, and he had the benefit of the cream puff portion of the schedule.
(2) We've got enough guards as it is, especially when Li'l Mo and David have shown that they're capable of putting up the occasional 20-point game.
(3) We have enough new faces who are still learning how to play with each other. DJO and Buycks are settling into their roles, EWill is getting a bit of run, Jimmy Legs is adapting to being Option No. 2 on offense, and David and Li'l Mo are rounding into form. Why introduce another element to the mix?
(4) I seriously wonder if Cadougan is healthy, less than six months after blowing out his Achilles tendon. I'm not a doctor, and I didn't stay at a shitty hotel last night, but doesn't that sound like a pretty quick recovery from a very serious injury?
In sum: leave 'em be, Buzz. Let's see what this crew, as currently constituted, can do and get our Junior on next year.