2007-2008 Season

Another devastating loss

Program is already in pretty bad shape, so I am not sure how much this does any more damage. We are what we are at this point. A team who’s two best players are freshman, and third best player is an inconsistent forward with a poor handle. The refs were absolutely terrible as you can see here. But this wasn’t what killed us in my opinion. The game slipped away a few plays after the shot clock no call. Ronnie had a WIDE open look from three (when we are down 4) and misses it. He has to make this shot. Giordan Watson comes down and drains a three, we don’t score, Watson hits a floater… 9pt game and it didn’t get close again til Dion Harris er Ekpe Udoh misses the front end of the 1 and 1.

A lot of people are wondering about why Manny didn’t play and saying we need Legion. I tend to disagree.

Beilein is not going to bend his ways just to get a couple wins. I think this much is pretty clear. I think that instilling his ways and beliefs in the program is important though.

#1. Manny – Yes Manny is our best player, but if the coach is telling to stop driving into the lane, NBA iso style, and throwing up a bad shot when the calls aren’t coming… You have to not do it. And when you do it three times in a row… You need a little discipline, it might have been a little too much but it will only make him better. So who did Beilein play? The two kids who work hardest in practice…

#2. Legion – Would Legion provide some talent in the short run? Yes. Is Legion likely to cause huge problems in the future that would be damaging to this team? Yes. Did Legion have his chance to come here more than one time? Yes. Does the current team want him? No.

Two other things that kills me. DeShawn sleeping on inbounds passes is just terrible. Never seen someone get beat as many times as him on those plays: off his back, in front of his face, fouls, come on. Second Beilein putting in the entire bench at one time, a line up of CJ, Merritt, Shepherd, K’Len and Gibson is never going to score.

This year was never going to be fun, not with Tommy, not with Legion. We certainly shouldn’t lose to teams like Harvard, Central but its a young team who is NOT picking up the system well. Basketball IQ on this team just isn’t getting it done. Have to think the only way to go is up…

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