December 2nd, 2009 at 9:05 PM ^

Is this all we've got? Cronin was ten times the upgrade of both Sims and Gibson when he was in there. If he doesn't have pain then he should be in there. I was so hopeful for this team but I am very discouraged at the lack of ever changing our play style when the shots aren't falling. Holy Crap this is bad.


December 2nd, 2009 at 11:42 PM ^

I meant, in my spitting rage, it seems we do not alter from our gameplan if things go south. Maybe we don't have the right personnel or something else that I'm missing. It is similar to everyone knowing that Denard is going to run the ball when he gets in. We were softly tossing the ball back and forth around the perimeter until someone shot a three. I think once we were 5-26 from threes some kind of red flag should have gone up to change things a bit. At one point in the first half we almost had as many three point attempts as points! I hope our shooting whoas come to a hault and fast.


December 2nd, 2009 at 9:09 PM ^

Does anyone know what has happened to this team? Did CJ Lee, David Merritt, Kelvin Grady, and Jevohn Shepherd really mean that much to this team? I thought we returned most of our true talent, but we seemed to have regressed horribly. Free throw shooting is a mere microcosm of this team.


December 2nd, 2009 at 10:32 PM ^

Steve Lavin (i believe) made an interesting point during the Perdue game yesterday regarding the importance of having a fast, small, relentless on-the-ball defender was come tournament time, citing players like Tyus Edney and Ty Lawson. It made me think of the spark that Lindsey Hunter gave the Pistons during their title run. When you can create turnovers-- or at least hurried panic-- at the point, the mistakes follow. Last year, we had a combo of that player in Merritt/Grady/Lee. This year we don't have one. I expect to start seeing some more full court presses and/or half court traps run in order to make up for our lack of hardcore on-the-ball defender, which is crucial for success in a half-court defense.


December 2nd, 2009 at 10:22 PM ^

And we got away with no-calls all night as well. No loss so far this season has been the unfortunate result of poor officiating.

Speaking of, why is officiating blamed so much more frequently for losses in basketball than football? I have some hypotheses but am curious what others think. But a significant number of people have at least partially blamed officiating for our losses after each game so far.

A fun experiment: watch a basketball game on mute and ONLY look for fouls. I think you'll be surprised at how often you agree with the officiating.


December 2nd, 2009 at 10:14 PM ^

Penn State is going to cause us fits. They run a crisper, faster version of the same type of offense we try to run. But while their above-perimeter passes are done in effort to open up a backdoor lane or get a man open on the wing, we appear to be lackadaisically fulfilling some sort of passing quota before settling for a bad, contested shot with NO REBOUNDERS in position! Infuriating game tonight.


December 2nd, 2009 at 9:27 PM ^

Missed calls happen for both teams, not just UM. This game was a pathetic - absolutely horrible - effort from non-Manny Harris players and coaches. I am just stunned right now. We just lost and were beat in every facet of the game by a terrible Boston College team. I'm beside myself...I'm going to Ben and Jerry's to get an ice cream.


December 2nd, 2009 at 9:24 PM ^

lol.. illinois came back to win their game..

the only team that was facing a ranked ACC oponent today ends up winning...

It's up to Ohio State I guess..


December 2nd, 2009 at 9:28 PM ^

Well, Illinois made a ridiculous comeback against Clemson, who absolutely crumbled after being up by over 20 points. Nice coaching, Purnell.

We all know what Michigan did (or didn't do).

Minnesota is currently down 8 with :22 left.

B10 - 4
ACC - 5

Unless Wisconsin and Ohio State win, this is yet another defeat at the hands of ACC basketball. Argh.