I just don’t, yet, see a “guy” out of the second unit.
My personal feeling is that we clearly saw the weakness of the mass second unit between the 15 and 10 minute mark in the second half. It appeared that we could have been on the verge of a blow out. Then woosh, the lead evaporated. Then, it was a nail-biter the rest of the way.
True Joe has a nice game for a true frosh, but he’s not yet “the guy”.
There’s a part of me that hopes that Chaney can become the guy. Gosh, he already looks like a junior, but he’s still playing like each game is his first.
I think we’re in trouble if we don’t figure this out fairly soon.
It’ll be fun watching this team grow this year. Still, my fingers remain crossed that DG stays for a junior season.
Gabe is fine when he’s under control. Hit some 3s last year. Just doesn’t need to jack any time he gets it.
The 3 he hit today was perfect- was an inside out wide open 3 he can hit.
He needs to play his role and keep getting better. He has some potential and obviously must do well in practice or MA wldnt play him.
He and Cheney and Gafford allow us to switch everything and actually do it well.
Most people done look at the defensive end but this group has a chance to be very good, defensively. Gabe had 1 steal today, and another one that was wiped off on an absolute phantom, 5 seconds later, foul.
We will have growing pains this year but this team has really good long term potential if the haters will stay away
The first half the second unit played great. Very good defense. What I liked was they took their shots w. Confidence. Showed no hesitation. The second half with a little more pressure they played sorta tensely it seemed to me. Growing pains. They are coming on. I thought Chaney played well, sills and Embry were hawks defensively. Their offense will come. Gabe finally hit a shot or two but I hope he still understands his role. Bailey is the one player who had a bad game. But he scored 20 last game. Tells me he’s capable but not a go to guy for a score. Teams that don’t double gafford are gonna pay. I was very surprised they didn’t double him aggressively right off the bat. Remember we have. 6’7” guard about to start practicing. If he comes on we might be pretty salty come conference time.
That 1st sentence (good defense) like they played in 1st half is what I think MA is banking on early in the season, just keeping the opponent at bay. But that unit got rattled 2nd time around turning the ball over, lapses on defense, the bucket closed up. Plus Indiana has some good shooters. I think more offense will materialize from these guys as they mesh.
I don’t think there will be just one guy who comes in with the second unit to provide the offense. Phillips once he gets ready to play will provide some punch inside and outside. Sills can provide on both ends.
Chaney is the wild card down low in time the game will slow down for him and he will shine. I’m hoping Henderson works his tail off too get ready to play and get stronger.
We will need him as the season goes along. Gabe can be a monster on defense and the unknown on offense.
The bench is a work in progress just like the starting 5. This young team will develop in front of our eyes.
They have areas to improve from the FT line, rebounding and cutting down turnovers. Value the ball on the fast break and score. Finding out what a good shot is and player movement on offense.
I noticed some flashes today from Harris and Jones getting assists that were a pleasant surprise. By conference time they won’t be an easy team to beat.