XU80 wrote: ↑Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:40 amTravis has taken some criticism on this Board and among many conversations. Last night, Travis took a step forward in asserting his leadership with shaking up the line up. In addition to inserting Jones with Hankins, he took another chance with Harden. Many other coaches would have kept a guy like Hardin on the Bench to ride the pine until year end and then push him out. Not saying Hardin will continue to progress, but last night he played key minutes and added length and quickness to our 2-3 zone and it made a difference. On the offensive end he as two of three from three giving us much needed outside scoring to help open up the inside. Nice job Travis for taking another chance, it may be another coaching move that helps us improve and grow this year.
The other observation, Marshall and Scruggs didn't settle for quick threes and took it to the basket. Hence, we got to the line early and often IT made a difference down the stretch. I believe Travis and staff had big influence here.
One game does not make a trend, but hopefully we have found something and we will see how this carries into Sunday against Butler.
With Gooding out Travis played Harden out of necessity. That said, Harden looked much more active both offensively and defensively than he has looked all year.