There is zero reason this team can’t play better defense. That is my main gripe right now. Coaching and effort can give you good defense despite age or transfer status.
There are many reasons. Could it be that the current roster is void of players capable of being strong defenders??? Battle is our only strength from last season and D was not his forte. He got lit up by the MS guys. TT? Forget that one.
I watched a few of Cooper's games last season and had legitimate concerns regarding his ability to defend the PG. Good D starts with the ability to guard the other teams PG. Cooper can't do that.
Same with Garcia as it was obvious to me that he lacked the strength, footwork and lateral quickness to defend BIG type players. I posted on here numerous times how Purdue's WIlliam's totally destroyed him in the paint last year. Samuel's? tThe same although he did a bit better but still not close to being the answer.
So we were counting on raw Frosh to step, be game ready BIG defenders and fill the glaring voids by our experienced players?? I hope you have been watching the games.
I give Ben a free pass with the D for this team. It just isn't there. I do see the effort but not the results.
My gripe however is Ben's approach to the offensive end. Clearly this is where he is failing.