We all saw it coming. Our offense this season could be summed up in two words, Russ Smith. His Russomenous had 30 points against Kentucky, the rest of the team? Thirty-two. Everyone is going to have a bad night. Against Notre Dame Russtastic managed only 3 (!) points after averaging 20 points a game over the last 6 games.
CRP, I love ya man, and I am no future Hall-of-Fame coach, but, no, our offense is not fine. The problem is not our defense. I don't know what the problem is, because I don't pretend to have one-thousandth your basketball IQ. But from this diehard Cardinal fan these are my musings....
We were supposed to beat Notre Dame by 15. Fifteen! We struggled at home against Western Kentucky and College of Charleston. We're 1-2 in conference play. This was supposed to be our year. We had an excellent recruiting class. What good is it to tout a recruiting class if they sit the bench?
I understand we have injuries. But that fact does not account for Zach Price, Angel Nunez, Elisha Justice, and others (so long Mark Jackson Jr.!) not getting increased playing time. You claim to have a difficult system. Again, I'm no basketball genius, but from where I sit this is our system: Play one: Siva penetrates and puts up a crazy layup. Play two: Siva penetrates, defense collapses, dish out to wing for an all-to-often missed three, miss rebound. Play three: Inside feed to Gorgui, made basket! Play four: Inside feed to Chane, one dribble, defense collapses, missed basket, missed rebound. Play five: Russ Smith, SHOTS!
I'm being a tad facetious (fa·ce·tious/fəˈsēSHəs) (Origin: From the Latin [Feces] meaning crappy) but this system does not seem all that difficult to me. Our offense is stagnant and we have several players who may be able to provide that offensive spark we oh-so-desperately need off the bench. What have we got to lose by bringing them in and giving them a shot? Bring them in one at a time! One player out of 5 is not going to hurt us that badly on defense! But it might just help us break through the proverbial brick wall that has been erected in front of the basketball goal.
I get that you don't like fat people (so long Mark Jackson Jr.!), if we ever cross paths, I will turn and go the other way rather than disgust you with my fat-butt-don't-know-when-to-push-away-from-the-buffet-table-self, but the extra 15 pounds you claim Wayne Blackshear has put on cannot possibly be that big an impediment to his coming in for some significant playing time ASAP. How could it possibly be any worse than what we currently have? We need this McDonald's All-American to contribute on offense NOW!
In short, this ain't working coach. Try something else. TNCardfan out. Still love ya man.