Because we don't have much history with Steve Donahue, I am still not sure what to make of this game. The terrible first half was reminiscent of some of Skinner's stinkers (and I am a huge Skinner fan). The signs of life in the second half were encouraging but also due to Miami choking a bit. But even in the second half there were questions about BC's defense, BC's rotation and BC wasting too much time on their own possessions. Those keys are not Skinner issues. They are not subjective emotional issues. They are Donahue concerns. The only silver lining is that our bubble has not completely burst yet. If we run the table and pick up a win in the ACC Tourney, we might still sneak in. That is the ugly truth of a 68 team tournament. Here are some other thoughts gathered from Twitter, the gamecast, the ACC's feed and listening to Meter and Huck online.
-- Trapani's production. At times Joe seems like the only one who cares. He played hard and filled up the stat sheet. I don't know how bad it would have been without him.
-- The second half charge. This wouldn't have been necessary if not for the terrible first half, but when you are looking for any signs of life, a little rally helps.
-- Tempo. There has been some debate about this, but I still think BC should up the tempo and attempts right now. I know we don't have a lot of quality depth, but I feel some of the offensive stagnation could be cured by a little more chucking. And if it means we are more vulnerable in transition, I am okay with that.
-- Cahill's minutes. He's a great story and is playing beyond expectations, but I think some of his time should be going to other guys who might play better defense.
I remain somewhat optimistic. If we can just get hot, we might back into the ugliest tournament field in recent memory.