While it was nice to get a double digit win against a weaker rebuilding team we will learn more about this team when they play PSU on Saturday and if they can turn it around against Minnesota with home court advantage.
Nice to get back into the win column but this team still has a lot to work on. Without the solid lead the last few minutes could have been a nail biter.
Hopefully the rumors are correct and Coombs comes back home where he belongs. Would be a great choice and pick up for Day and all Buckeyes.
Concern about Washington is definitely appropriate but I am also concerned about Luther. It's time for these sophomores to step it up and set the pace for their team.
If we don't turn it around soon, as in very soon, we will probably drop even more. Hopefully they get back on track this week.
If our guards don't turn it around soon (shooting touch and less turnovers) we may be doing good to go .500 in the B10. Even the freshmen have nearly a half of season under their belts so it is time to step up and help the team. . . not to mention sophomores Muhammud and Washington.
Well so much for a challenging pre conference schedule preparing us for the the BIG 10. After playing great "team first" ball early on this team has completely lost their composure. You are not going to win many games shooting under 35% and turning the ball over 16+ times a game. So disappointing to see.
They are going to have to regain their focus (less unnecessary turnovers and fouls) and shooting touch to make it happen but I believe they can still get it done.
Even Kaleb had a subpar (5/13) shooting night. . . not to mention how many in close shoots the team missed including Carton.
Unless this team regains their composure, shooting touch (especially Muhammad and Washington who were 2 for 17 tonight), and better guard the paint, and do so soon, we may be doing well to finish in the upper half of the B10 let alone the top 25.
The Bucks need to cleanup the turnover problem and sharpen their shooting touch to get this thing turned around and headed in the right direction again.
The Bucks need greater consistency out of AW and improved shooting from Washington and Muhammad, 25-30% shooting will not cut it in B10 play. Some support from the bench would also help like seeing Carton at least try to drive to the basket occasionally.
Can't help but appreciate KW's presence but think of how much better he c/would be if he could avoid so many unnecessary fouls and, to a lesser degree, turnovers.
We need Washington, Muhammad and a few others to sharpen their shooting touch soon. . . 25-30% won't cut it in the B10. . . not to mention cutting back on our big guy's foul issues and too many unnecessary turnovers.
If Bucks work on cleaning up their turnover rate they should be fine. If not it will be a challenge to sustain a higher rating.
A Sixth thing: Granted the officiating left much to be desired but you still can't give up two 90+ yard scoring drives yielding 14 points in a game against quality competition and expect to win. . . especially after your special teams pinned them deep (one on the one yard line) on both those drives.
Too bad Dobbins and Fields had their most error prone games the same day and on the big stage.
May have only been 2 but those two cost us 14 points and the game. . . not to mention they came after the special teams did a remarkable job of "setting the table." Also it its rare to see 90+ yard drives for scores let alone two in one game.
Yes, way too many big plays BUT "OSU Limited Clemson's long drives?" What do you call giving up a 99 yard scoring drive and then again a 95 year scoring drive after the offense regained the lead? Completely unacceptable. The "D" coaching staff or players missed the mark somehow or somewhere.
Its been a joy to watch Carton and Liddell mature their game and get more playing time. Both have significant potential to be major contributors to the team. While at a bit slower pace Gaffney also shows some promise.
What a great team effort! Coach has this team playing very unselfish, team first basketball.
Grateful for a strong second half but the first 11-12 minutes was a turnover nightmare. We simply need to take better care of the ball or it will cost us games against better competition.
Take NO team for granted, even the B10 last place Gophers. Come prepared and at your best every game regardless of the opponent. On the other hand better to learn our lesson now than later in the season.
Let's not forget that Fields was not playing fully healthy which I believe affected his decision making. If he was at full strength I believe he would have been less hesitant and made quicker decisions especially when the run option was called for.
In addition to the fake punt call being gutsy and very well executed, which it HAD TO BE, the turn around in the second half by the "D" was phenomenal!