Making the most of McNeese State scrimmage
BC beat McNeese State in the opener of the NIT, yet it was wholly unsatisfying. We played really well in the first half. But it only made me wonder where this efficiency and effort was against Clemson. The second half was another sloppy half-hearted effort that left me empty. I never feared that the game was in doubt yet I never got excited. That 20 minutes of basketball felt like a chore to watch. I couldn't wait for the game to end. Yet indirectly the awful second half got me more invested in the NIT. Now, because I've already watched some lame basketball, I feel the team owes us (and me) an NIT Championship. They can win it. All they need to do is play well in 40 minute blocks. The team that played in the first half can beat anyone in the country. Here are my thoughts on our trip to Lake Charles. Leave yours below.
-- Reggie Jackson's 3s. As I said, the game was never in doubt, but that was in part because Reggie killed any of their momentum with some killer 3s. He was especially good with the shotclock running down.
-- Raji and Southern on the low block. Raji got most of his points on putbacks and cuts, while Southern did his work with his back to the basket. It gave the offense some nice diversity. It also should be a blueprint anytime we go against a team that doesn't have strong interior defenders.
-- Road Warriors. This team could have mailed it in. But on short notice they traveled to a relatively remote area and strange gym and took care of business. The mental toughness is a little late for the games that matter but maybe it is a sign of what Donahue will establish next year.
-- Turnovers. Reggie got sloppy at times. So did Biko. Way too much dribbling into traffic and some careless passes that did not need to be made.
-- Trapani's touch. He missed some close ones and bricked a dunk. Nitpicky but needed to be said.
BC will play the winner of Northwestern and UW-Milwaukee this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that the game will be played at Conte.