IMHO, this season so far has been the perfect storm. Inferior teams dropping 3’s from everywhere late in the clock like they’re layups. Our shooting has been a disappointment so far to say the least The better teams – Nevada, Idaho were just better…
Add to that, some of our veterans haven’t played well and are off to a s-l-o-w start.
The newcomers have talent, but for some, the transition to D1 has been a huge learning curve. Don’t assume these guys come from programs with great coaching. You can see it on the court, out of position on offense and defense leads to breakdowns and mistakes. Vrankic is the exception and he’s been very good so far.
Add it up and that’s what 3-5 looks like vs reasonable expectations of 5-3. The road ahead gets harder. Portland State, USC, Valpo, and San Jose State before league starts. Going 2-2 in this stretch would be very good. Portland State is very experienced and talented and has played much tougher competition. USC was ranked as high as 7th before the last loss on the road to SMU. BTW, SMU also beat Arizona. Valpo is 8-0 but hasn’t played strong teams until Thursday vs Purdue.
As for questions of rotations and playing time. Coach’s criteria is straight up. You perform in practice and you earn playing time.
Looking ahead to the next 4 games and the WCC, it won’t be easy but barring injuries I think we can get to a .500 season, 15-15. If the team gels, add an upset or two, 17-13 can be done.
Not horrible, given the start.
The move to put K.J. Feagin at the point is a subtle but good move. He can both shoot AND penetrate and can open the court for shooters. Hauser had his best game at the 2 spot, going 7-10 from 3pt. Much needed.
Not everyone agrees, but I think we need to see what Coach can do when he has a roster of HIS recruits. That’s 3 recruiting seasons. I’m OK with being patient if he can deliver post season consistency like his prior stints. – Miami, NC State, ASU.
Enough blabbering. Click the link below to read about the 2018 commits. It a headline you haven’t seen for SCU MBB in a LONG time. BTW, there are 18-20 Division 1 conferences considered mid-majors. So a top 10 recruiting class should be good news.
Expectations are high, impatience for success after 20+ years of mediocrity, but as painful/exciting it may be we need to give Coach Sendek’s “process” time to work.