Battle and last year’s team were both better without Garcia. Were the Gophers a better team this year with Garcia? Garcia has better individual stats, but it’s a team game. Nebraska had a guy (maybe not for the first time) a couple years ago who had all kinds of offensive stats, but they never won. Just throwing it out there that Garcia has had this better-without-him thing going at his previous stop.
In my opinion, this has nothing to do with Garcia.
Battle was better without Garcia because he got to play more minutes at the 4.
The team last year was better because we had guards. Like people who could actually play guard - Willis, Loewe, Stephens, and Sutherlin.
I think Garcia started the year struggling a bit but IMO he had a good season. The team around him was so awful that it's a bit lost, but he shot the ball well, I thought he battled on defense (he wasn't great), and he was a good facilitator.
Garcia is a pretty good basketball player.