When the offense is struggling you can't leave one of your top scoring threats (Ross) on the bench. This HAS to be the year you finally develop your bench. Every year Izzo plays guys like Ross, who he knows will make mistakes and may cost him an early game or 2 but will be so much better and another huge weapon later in the year. Your reluctance to trust and play these second tier guys has been the one and only valid knock on you. Please play Ross and McDonald in meaningful minutes. Over the last few years nobody else has left McDonald All Americans on the bench for most or their Freshman and Sophomore seasons like you have. Tonight we showed our starters (with excepting of Thomas) are below average shooters so please free up Ross. I agree D has to come first but you need your top 2 scoring threats in the game together a lot more. I know Ross isn't one of the top 5 defenders on the team but we'll need his points to out score the better Big 10 teams. Tonight we looked like Florida St of the last few season: Great D but a shooting percentage well under 40%. I love Thad and he's a great coach, my favorite, but as a season ticket holder who watches almost every minute of all the games we play against bad teams early in the year I've never understood the how he hasn't played these blue chip kids more early and almost not at all once Big 10 season rolls along.