It is amazing what eye tests see but stats dispute. For example, everyone is touting Trey, which they should but forget McKnight. McKnight had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and zero turnovers. Offensive efficiency of 113 to Trey’s 86
What I saw with the lack of fouls was the player driving at Edey did not take it right at him, which is why he had only one foul(and that foul was when Des drove the ball at Edey. Unfortunately, the only foul on Edey was with 8 seconds left instead of eight seconds at the start of the game. If B Lark has taught me anything, it is you take the ball right at the chest of a big man. You might get a charge but more likely, they will call the foul. We saw how Purdue struggled when Edey was out, but last night, he played 33 minutes, the most he has played this year and more than his average since he came to Purdue. When X was running up and down the court, they gave Edey a blow.
While I would have loved an upset, there were a lot of positives and signs of promise last night. The biggest seems to be the continued aggression of Swain and his ability not to let the moment dazzle him. I thought he might be the gem of the class, but others seemed to think he would not get much playing time. It is still too young in the season to say who was correct, but I like my opinion so far.
Another Freshman with lots of experience playing grown men was Sasa, who again was thought by many to be less of a player but played with a lot of energy and poise against Edey. Will that translate to the bigs of the BE, who are big and also more mobile? I think Sean will find the moments that Sasa will contribute through the rest of the season
Nemo vs Laz...that will be the big question as the season goes on. Laz had rave reviews, while Nemo has shown us how we need him. I'm still happy to think Sean was able to bring in 3 foreign players who have been so vital to X this year. Laz is the tallest player on the team at 6'10", which is surprising since Abou is also listed at 6'10"
I am surprised that after a 12-point loss, we all seem to be seeing the positives for the future. Well, maybe not all of us, and you know who you are.
Next up Lost Wages against Washington, also 2-1 with their loss to Nevada
I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em.