Willis struggles against teams that have quicker guards, it's tougher for him to control the flow and get into their offensive sets, played hard in the second half though, there aren't going to be any pencil in wins this year, every game is going to be tough, they have to find a way to win a couple here and there.
Really! And your first post obviously had to be brilliant. At least I’m your mind.
I think everything they've accomplished thus far is amazing. Ben seems like a great guy and leader. They play their asses off.. And Pitino seemed below average. I just don't see a much different offense. Probably cause they only have two scorers. I love my Gophers as much as you. I hope you have a good day.Someone else already did. I'm sure you'll have a lot of positive things to say though in your time her
Someone else already did. I'm sure you'll have a lot of positive things to say though in your time here
Would like to see them slow it down even more. There were a few groups fast-breaks that had little impact on the score but you could see how gassed the players were after it. Indiana began rotating players to keep them fresh.Yes I do, they play their own pace and slow the game down. This team isn't even close to as athletic as Pitino's least atheltic team.
As long as next season is not a just get through it as well. No excuses. Win.Hey, the non-conference was fun. unexpected success is always fun.
now, reality is setting in.
Make no mistake - I am firmly behind Ben Johnson and I think he will do good things with this program.
but this season was always going to be a "just get through it" affair.
for all the things this team does well, in most B1G games, the other team will have more athletes and better athletes. if the Gophers play their "A" game, they have a chance to win some of those games.
They didn't play their "A" game against Indiana.
There has to be a 3rd scoring threat. Some games that has been Sutherlin. Don't know if it's the ankle, but he has been non-existent the last couple of games. And Loewe can't have a game like today where he is a complete non-factor on offense.
So, I am not disappointed. it was a competitive game.
No one said anything about win at all costs. Good grief.Expectations for next year will be raised but we still won't be in the win at all costs territory in year 2 under a new coach.
Right now, our Gophers are about what I hoped they would be. My expectations aren't particularly high for them, but I do like what I see from this group in terms of work ethic, attitude and teamwork. If everything goes right, they can win some games. But if a couple of things go wrong, they're in some trouble-like today. Right now, this team has come to the point where it needs to be able to find another gear and continue to grow. *Actually, I'm pretty sure that every coach in the Big Ten is telling their team that we've come to the point in the season where we need to start making strides and being better than we are right now* I'm guessing the Indiana coaches told their team in the locker room after the game "Nice win, but we let an undermanned team back into a game that we had under control. Can't let that happen, good teams will make us pay for that!".
As for as next year, I'm not so sure they'll be significantly better in terms of possible win/loss record. That's mainly because I think, with all the new freshmen, who I expect could account for 50% of the minutes right off the bat, there will be a huge learning curve. They might be a little young to consistently win next season. Obviously, a couple of high quality, experienced transfers could change that.
However, I'm actually looking the 23-24 season to be the big turnaround. You'll have Battle and Ihnen? and Fox? as seniors and this nice freshman class with a year of Big Ten play under their belt, plus hopefully another freshman recruit who comes in ready to contribute right away. That's actually the season that I'm looking for a big difference in wins and losses.