With any first-year-coach you have lowered expectations. Yet I don't know what to make of our uneven play. We always lose at Clemson, but I had hopes for tonight. We lost again and looked like we had no answers. Is Donahue getting more out of the talent than Al but needs everyone to play well to win OR are we the same inconsistent underachieving team we were under Skinner last year? I don't know. We clearly have limitations, but I feel like we are getting exploited on a few occasions and could be making more adjustments. Here are my other thoughts on the game. Leave yours below.
-- The Stars. Big nights from Trapani and Jackson. Both were efficient on offense and also worked hard on D.
-- The first and second half comebacks. The team was down early in the first half and took the lead. They were down big in the second half and cut the lead to 5. We obviously didn't win, but I appreciate they that they kept fighting.
-- Interior D. I don't know why it takes so long for teams to work inside. Once they do, we have no answer. Trapani can't do it all. Southern isn't a very good defender and Dunn is barely seeing the court. If other teams bigs keep killing us, I think we should just go with a 2-3 zone fulltime. It won't change the results inside, but it might help us with the other scorers.
-- Paris going cold. We cannot win when he only makes one basket.
-- Shot selection. I have no problem with the 3s. I do have a problem with the guys becoming tentative. We have started passing up decent looks from 3 to get one more pass in. I think Donahue needs to tweak things so that we can keep shooting with abandon.