It feels so much better when he’s In the right spot to get after these tip ins.Omersa would make a great Marine. He's a grunt. He does the dirty work. He's an important person to have on this team.
I believe you are right, Topos. Getting to .500 might help a bit. Now they need to show that they can beat a power conference team. Having watched DePaul couple of weeks ago, I don't have high hopes for that game but I don't know anything about Clemson or OK State.morale is low in the gopher's hoops world.
Omersa is gaining confidence and that's huge. It looks like he is starting to do things instinctively rather than hesitating. The offense showed better ball movement.Omersa is so much better than last year. He was lost defensively and offensively. He seems to have learned a ton and his athleticism is undeniable. I know its lesser competition but he was in the right spot consistently and that will translate to conference play.
I had the same thought while watching the game as Omersa did something well. Assuming the UND game was not a one night stand for him, he has the potential to bring more than Demir. Size, boards and overall athletic ability. The next two games will show us more.Omersa is gaining confidence and that's huge. It looks like he is starting to do things instinctively rather than hesitating. The offense showed better ball movement.
I liked what I saw of Carr last night. 10 points, 6 assists and no turnovers along with 5 boards. That's what we need. I'd rather he plays like that than put up 18 points on a ton of shots.
I disagree with EG on his ball handling skills, they are very good. However, I agree with EG that he has a hard time getting all the way to the rim and that appears to be because he doesn't have the hops to get up over guys at the rim.
Williams is going to be really good. I think that overall, our depth is going to be a LOT better than last year as time goes on.
I could see Omersa being a starter by Big Ten season and Demir, Williams, Ihnen and Hurt off the bench
Agree with these comments. If the team had an uninjured quality 4 and/or a properly sized slashing wing they'd be contenders. As it stands the lack of quality height/rebounding outside Oturu will limit them. Omersa's continued growth and confidence are very important even given his limited roles on offense.I loved how Omersa and Willis played last night. Omersa stayed within himself and stuck to what he's good at. You could see his confidence grow throughout the game, especially after getting the alley-oop dunk from Hurt. Willis is such a smooth player and seems to always be under control. He did have a couple turnovers, but that's going to happen when you're around the ball as much as he is.
Carr needs to be a little more assertive with the ball going to the rim, but I like his ability to get inside and create open looks for everyone else. His 2 straight 3s in the second half were a big lift. Hopefully that gives him confidence moving forward.
Oturu was solid in the second half, you could tell he was visibly frustrated by missing a few close looks and with the officiating. He was getting hacked at the rim, no call, and got the 2 quick ones in the first half. He'll be fine, but Omersa continuing to develop will also be huge for Oturu.
The 2 flop calls were equally ridiculous. The point of the new rule is to discourage guys from over-selling charges. Kalscheur gets elbowed in the chin and gets the warning, and the UND guard was off-balance after a contested lay-up, not trying to draw a foul call. Quite frankly, neither of those situations are the what the flop warning/technical is intended for. Call it when a guy tries to draw a charge, barely gets touched and acts like he's being run over by a semi.
He's definitely my nominee to knock our friend from Wisconsin into the 2nd row when necessary.I was hoping to see more of Freeman other than the last 2 minutes. Seems like it would have been a good game for him to be in a little bit more to see what he can do. He definitely is a big body on the floor.
Those looked like bogus flop calls from 217, so thanks for confirmation. It seems like they're under direction to call some in order to make it a point of emphasis, but it's like a hammer looking for something that looks like a nail.I watched the game on DVR and didn't come away with much new, either positive or negative, about this team. Daniel got two fouls within the first 5 minutes and that provided an interesting wrinkle to the game as that is certainly the nightmare scenario for this team against real opposition. BTN had a camera in the huddle in the second half and Pitino was really getting in to the guys while he read the stat sheet "They have 5 threes...NO MORE!"
Marcus Carr: Again, Marcus doesn't show the burst or the ball handling necessary to get all the way to the rim. The BTN crew calling the game mentioned how the Gophers were at the bottom of the league in free throws attempted and I think their lack of guys who can get to the rim off the bounce is a major factor in that stat. Marcus made some 3's in this game and continues to rebound well and play with a toughness from his guard spot.
Isaiah Ihnen: I try to watch Isaiah every time he's in. He's long and he runs well, but the rainbow 3 that he knocked down against Utah didn't fall tonight. I haven't seen enough of him to make any determinations, but I'd like to see him flash a little more skill.
Jarvis Omersa: Jarvis had one of his best games as a Gopher. I was most impressed with him showing the awareness to get in position to successfully take two charges. His other big highlight was literally ripping the ball out of North Dakota player's hands under the basket.
Gabe Kalscheur: Good to see Gabe shoot it well. Got a flop warning in the second half for taking an elbow to the jaw. The refs had earlier called a bizarre flop warning on the North Dakota point guard during a successful reverse lay up so they were not great in enforcing that new rule.
Sam Freeman: Sam got in for the last minute of the game and on the positive side he's bigger than I expected and on the negative side he doesn't run as well as I expected. He got one touch inside and committed an offensive foul.