Very uncharacteristic performance by Z. His 2nd half was probably the worst he has played since he took back the starting job last season. I imagine that will be an anomaly and not a concern going forward. He has to learn to pass up those wide open 3’s though and play within the offense. A career 27% 3 point shooter shouldn’t have the green light.
I was surprised how well Pardon did tonight on Teske. Our post defense tonight left a lot to be desired and NW got a lot more shots at the rim than I was expecting. That could be something to watch going forward.
JB needs to have a better plan in case Teske gets in foul trouble and he goes with his auto bench strategy. No offense to Davis, but he’s not a high-major player. He should have never saw the floor in the 2nd half. Maybe Z-Brooks-Poole-Iggy-Livers would have worked better when both Matthews and Teske were out. Regardless, Davis can’t play in the Big Ten at this point and probably never.
It might be time to see if Poole can handle a higher usage role and see how he does with it. I’d rather Poole and Matthews essentially shift roles on offense and Iggy and Poole become our 2 highest usage players and go to options when the shot clock is winding down. Matthews is basically the exact same player as last year and is still too inefficient. If Poole is able to take that leap, our offense could really take off.
I’d be curious what Livers’ numbers look like when playing the 5 vs the 4. He looks more comfortable at the 5 this season.
Overall, a lot went wrong in this game that probably wouldn’t happen if we played them 7 times. NW also hit a lot of tough shots. The 13 point lead cut to a 2 point lead in 3 minutes when both Teske and Matthews were both benched really changed the game. It may have been a comfortable win if that stretch was handled differently and/or if the whistles were called differently. I’m mostly curious if our struggles with post defense was just a one off issue or could be a problem going forward. I also wonder if this was the end of the Davis era as the backup C.