Regarding defense: Livers was not consistently good on defense and he did get punked 3 or 4 times (on very easy to remember plays) but it is completely forgivable because a couple of times he got punked by Mayes and Mayes is a very good player. However, Livers made a lot of very good defensive plays on defense that will not show up in the score sheet. Livers provides resistance on defense!!! He fights through screens. He denies passing lanes. Denies entry passes. He recovers due to athleticism. He bumps guys here and there. Basically, he does little things to ensure that running your offense is not a cakewalk. He has a lot of potential both in the long term and short term–like next couple of weeks short term. If we are comparing his defensive presence to Robinson against a guy like Mayes then there is no contest. Livers is superior to Robinson defensively. I do think Robinson is better at boxing out at this point…But against good, big and strong competition Robinson crumbles.
Simmons defense was next level horrible.
I wasn’t too impressed with MAAR’s defense.
There was confusion with switches, assignments, and rotations around players Robinson, MAAR, and Simmons. I do not know who was at fault but there just wasn’t the same high level of confusion when those guys were off the court. Scary because they are Seniors!!!