They are my pick (after us) to win the B10. I don’t think anyone will be sleeping on them. They were expected to be really good and living up to it. I’ll be satisfied if we can split with them. If we sweep, just pencil us into the final 4.We better not sleep on Purdue...they are playing legit early and are going 10 deep with 2 Big and talented centers.
Thanks for these thoughts - agree with everything.I've got so many thoughts that I've gotta get some of em out, so here goes:
This team has so much potential which is what has made these last couple games so excruciatingly painful.
A leader has to emerge, and I agree with some other posters on here that it has to be super senior Trent. He may not be the most talented on the team, but he must remain 100% focused out there, which will inspire everyone else's effort with the effort he puts in on the defense regardless of what he's bringing on offense.
That being said, our seniors need to bring more on the offensive side. Trent, Jake, and DaMonte are three grown men out there, and they need to understand that while they might not be "elite" slashers, if they refuse to probe the defense and get into the lane for layups/fouls, we are in for an ugly season. (Hutch and RJ realized this and both got to the line almost immediately after checking in, and then got wide open looks from 3 because of the respect they earned. Hutch chose not to take his open looks for some reason, but they were there.)
When Belo gets more help from his teammates, things will settle down for him. With 0 probers around him, he has no room and has to force everything. He needs to cut the silly technicals out, and I am also in the head space that its inexcusable for him to casually walk the ball down like he did over and over again last night while losing. There's a difference in playing fast and playing out of control. He doesn't have to play slowly to not make mistakes, just understand when to attack and when to facilitate. He'll keep learning and get better and better because he's just a sophmore.
Lastly, I just want to see more energy from this group as a whole. They don't seem to have bought in yet as an entire team, and I think the biggest way this has been shown is watching the bench. Last year without fans these kids were their own energy well. Every single guy was loud and proud and up and active on the bench, providing such a spark. This year they looked checked out on the bench, with only the freshmen getting up to support. That's gotta change, and when it does, I think we'll start to see an improved product on the court follow.
I’m obviously no insider, so I can’t pretend to know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes, but my guess is a combination of:Thanks for these thoughts - agree with everything.
What are they needing to buy into? The new pecking order without Ayo, AM and Georgi? Everything else is essentially the same, except the transfers and frosh