First of all as we all expected this game was called with a large number of fouls that made it less physical than a flag football game. But there were several things I noticed while watching this game and some of which relate back to the Pitt game.
- Maybe most importantly is that Peyton Siva's foot is finally healthy. I say that because against depaul or Marquette (not sure) he had a steal with a break away and was barely even able to dunk it. Against Pitt he has the same scenario but jumped off both feet with plenty of extra elevation for the dunk. Then of course hit the jump shot late in the game and actually shot the ball better last night then he has all year. Also the last two games he has not been over penitrating and getting himself caught up in the air nearly as much as he was the previous 3-4 weeks. He has to be respectable shooter for us to be a really good team.
- During the Pitt game I would say the offense looked more like it should with the passing and off ball cuts about 35-40% of the time. During the Villanova game it was proabbly closer to 50-55% of the time. The offense is tremendously better when it is less one on one plays and more of the pass and cut offense.
- Eventually I hope that Siva, R & C Smith, Kuric and any other guards and small forwards realize it is ok to throw the ball into the post to Behanan and Dieng. Its not like throwing the ball into Samardo Samuels where it was a black hole and you knew it wasnt coming back out. Their 3 point shots will be alot easier if they pound it inside and let Behanan and Dieng kick it out to the open shooter.
- Not sure if we will see it this year; possibly against Syracuse because they are so long and will need someone tall in the middle of the zone. But at some point while Dieng is still at UL I think we will see him running the offense through the free throw line similar to what David Padgett did while he was there. That was very effective for those teams and Dieng is by far the superior athlete and better jump shooter than Padgett was at that point in his career.
Looking forward to the Seton Hall game though the 3 point line has to be defended as tight as it was against Notre Dame. Dieng and Behanan cannot allow themselves to get into early foul trouble inside against the big body of Pope or we will be in trouble.