What a diference a week makes
Another conference game, another very good outing. (Robert Morris, who?) Outside of a sloppy three minute stretch late in the game, the team played superb basketball. Here are a few thoughts.
-- Sanders' decision making. He is making leaps and bounds in his development. He seems much more comfortable in the set plays and is making good passes. I also like Sanders' versatility along the baseline.
-- Half-court defense. We are still not rebounding particularly well, but our switches and discipline have been much better.
-- The different line-ups. Al never goes deep into his bench but this mix of guys gives us more flexibility than he has ever had. We can go big or little. We can load up on wing players. He's used Blair and Oates on the court at the same time. The different looks will pay dividends later in the season.
-- Struggling against the press. We have multiple guys who can handle the ball, yet we had Oates dribbling against pressure. Why? Al doesn't micromanage the game, so the small guys need to come up and help out.
-- Rice's shooting. He played well and made his free throws late...but I am concerned about another rough night from the field. He's having the worse shooting year of his BC career. I hope he gets on track soon.
There is still a lot of basketball to play but the ACC season is starting to look a little more manageable. This team is certainly making progress.