Here are some thoughts on the first basketball game that counts:
1. I wish that they would find a way to hold off on pre-game events like banner raisings (not many such events recently I know) and senior sendoffs until the last possible moment. I realize that they have to do the player intros, national anthem etc., but I got to the game at 6:35 and felt like the banner went up immediately. The crowd was sparse when it did.
2. That said, because of the banner it was, eventually, a nice-sized crowd for a game against UMass-Lowell.
3. Derrick Walton seemed like a solid ball handler and defender. I realize that he's not a scorer, but I'd like to see him take a few more shots.
4. Levert was impressive.
5. Watching the backups come in at the end was weird. It felt like a TV show that recast all of its supporting actors. The only one I recognized was Bielfeldt. I kept thinking -- where's Person, Akunne and Bartelstein?