This season was very compelling as I am in the camp that believes Matta pulled off a minor miracle to get this team to 25 wins. I felt our lack of shooting was akin to watching a MLB pitcher with a 30 MPH fastball and no curveball winning 20 games for the Red Sox. Yet we had a winning record in the B1G and held our own in the conference tournament without having any offense other than drive and ally oop. I also think that the loss of Chris Jent cannot be underestimated. Aaron Craft (as you said so well) was absolutely the shooter of last resort. He lost all confidence. It was like watching Steve Sax dred throwing a routine grounder to first base when he had is issue with the Dodgers. Craft needed his shot completely retooled.. and all he could turn to was Greg Paulus who was the same player with slighly worse defensive skills... He was waiting for help.. that never came.
The funny thing is this is also a Mr. Roark season for me of sorts. During the Eldon Miller era.. with great shooting and no athletisim I often dreamed of a team where we had athletes... and I would surely give up the shooting.. and perennial top FT% in the country. Well.. that is what I got this year, and quite frankly.. give me Ronnie Stokes dishing to Joe Conhcek and Keith Wesson and Granville Waiters battling for the rebound... much more enjoyable to watch. Take a look at UVa.. basically the same team we have but they can consistatnly shoot from the outside and they can rebound on both sides of the court. The defense is no better than what we have.
I don't think I have looked forward to a season as much as I am looking forward to 2014/2015 bball. I'm sure once March Madness passes.. so will this feeling as football is around the corner. But I am looking forward to this group of shooters to move in and learn how to play Defense the Matta way. This team could surprise to the upside by the end of next year
Another great article Mr. Ramzy.. carry on and Go Bucks!