Can't stop the bleeding
The defensive effort in the first half was strong. Guys were ball hawking and rebounding. It looked promising. Then things feel apart again. I've been trying to remain positive. Not tonight. Half court offense -- an area where we should be strong -- was atrocious. Everyone just stands around waiting for Rice. He forced things. Sanders forced things. Raji had some curious shots. The offense didn't get better in the second half and the defensive effort lapsed. No offense and lazy D equals blowout.
Lacking an offensive identity and being young is understandable. But there is no excuse for the passive effort. Blair seemed lifeless. Rice and Sanders looked beaten down. The only guy who played with any life was Spears -- but that doesn't excuse him for chucking up some awful shots including a 3!
Good news: Southern and Raji played hard but are still very raw. Things looked better once they went to the 2-3.
I don't know where to go from here. We need to have an alternative to Rice. We need another set or play that can score consistently. I don't expect a win against UNC, but I hope for a better showing.