Some thoughts on BC beating UVA
Like everyone else not in Conte I was forced to follow this with Meter and online so take everything written with a grain of salt. (Those in attendance, please add your thoughts.) When you drop a close game like we did on Saturday, you wonder if this team can make smart plays down the stretch. Will they stay poised? Will Donahue make the right calls? Tonight provided a little bit of an answer. BC beat UVA and improved to 4-1 in conference. It was closer than it should have been but it still counts as an ACC win.
Other random thoughts from listening...
-- Love that we only turned the ball over five times. That's really impressive given our passing and that we don't have a bunch of great ball handlers.
-- Even on his good nights, Trapani is not particularly efficient. He missed half his shots and all his 3s.
-- Someone who was at the game is going to have to explain UVA's shots late. Did we have defensive breakdowns?
-- I know he's made some big shots, but I would like to see Raji closer to the basket.
-- I wonder what is going on with the rotation. Donahue seems to be getting tighter with his roster and minutes. Moton, Rubin, and Southern's minutes are down. And Dunn can't seem to get back into the fold. I have no problem with a short bench. It was one of Skinner's hallmarks. I am just curious why Donahue is shifting from one of his tenants (especially when Southern and Moton have been good lately).
I actually think UVA might be a glimpse into Donahue Year 2. The Cavaliers have a "system" and a rising coach in Bennett. They are in Year 2 and patching a roster together with young players. So for now Bennett's vaunted defense is not looking so hot. But things should improve next year. Let's hope our offense still hum in Donahue's second year. Of course we will have Reggie.