New [post]season, new team
This was the effort we've been waiting for the past six weeks. The game seemed over at two different points: down 15 in the first half and down 11 early in the second. Yet the team showed confidence, patience and poise. We live to play another day.
Hats off to the four freshmen. They all played really smart basketball and made up for the lackadaisical efforts from Blair and Oates. I also want to recognize Shamari Spears. He gave us exactly what we needed off the bench tonight.
The team defense was better than it has been all season. They rebounded well, didn't lose people with trade offs and were opportunistic in their steal attempts.
I hope this encourages Rice to stay. Since our seniors were non factors, I think this shows what our returning nucleus can do next year.
Clemson is very good, but I like our chances coming off a win like that and playing in the late night slot again.