Have to ask what you mean about not anyone back there to share the load. That our 4s aren't switching over to Egwu's guy in time?Got to agree with this somewhat. Groce's version of the Pack line and high hedge depends on the second big rotating ("Xing out) and covering the man of the big doing the hedge while they switch and the hedger sprints back to take the man the defending big who stayed low just left. In the previous years folks courtside may have heard players or assistants yelling "X......X" to communicate the switch. IMHO there is not a second big to X out and cover. This has been a scheme developed at X, tO$U and then OHIO with success. Not sure where he got it.
I can go back and in my mind's eye see Doelmann, cage, sato, then Oden, and subsequent players at OHIO and Illinois using the method. I just do not think there is anyone back there for Egwu to share the load. I also remember the bigs hedging hard and taking away the screeners advantage slowing the guard and letting the defender recover while staying with the big they are guarding to prevent the roll but do NOT ever remember any of those previous bigs overextending and being so out of the position as Nanna.
The question still comes down to where many of us think Egwu is "overextending" the hedge too often, are JG and staff OK with that or not? If not, is it just a matter of the player's judgment never improving over a zillion repetitions? Why can't the coaches figure out how to stop it, if not by pulling him out of the game then at least by screaming at him from the bench? I don't see either happening, so it brings me back to wondering if the staff is just OK with it to begin with.
BTW, I didn't view Egwu's "problem" in letting the UM big get 3-4 easy baskets as related to the high hedge at all, since in all the plays he was helping not hedging, coming off his man up from the block area to help on Levert's drives into the lane. Problem as I saw it was he left too soon and took a bad angle, allowing Levert to dump off the pass to Egwu's left. At least that's how I'm remembering it.
Let's grab a W today .... somehow.