- Feb 9, 2017
- Reaction score
Washington's gotta let the game come to him. A lot of rushed offense when he's with the bench crew.
Guards combined to go 9-30 from the field. If you include Coffey as a guard, the total would be 11-37. Team as a whole was 9-28 from 3 with Washington jacking up 7 and making 1. I am still more concerned about the defense. This team won with a grinding effort last year, I think the stat that the Gophers only managed 3 steals against this USC Upstate squad highlights the fact that, at best, they were not locked in on the defensive end of the floor tonight. I am certainly not concerned after one game, but Pitino will have plenty of ammo for film session and practice before Providence.
+1R * E * L * A * X I can't believe how how wound up people are. Its the first game, I think some of you are missing the positives here:
*almost 100 pts (despite not their best game)
*Murphy almost had double figure offensive rebounds
*Murphy career high 35 pts
*Lynch: 4 blocks, 1 pf
*Harris goes 2-4 from 3, he is going to contribute much more than people expected
*Hurt's confidence is going up, you can see it, that is going to really help this team
The biggest issue tonight was the guard play was just off, both on defense and offense. Really not a surprise, its the first game, and the guard rotation this year is really different than last. Its going to take awhile for some flow to form between the guards as well as their substitution patterns. The positive of having a lot of guards who can play means you have to wrestle with this problem. Offensively the guards didn't get worse from last year to this year, they just aren't in a flow yet. Defensively there was some effort issues tonight, but I don't see that as a major issue, we know how hard they can play.