Just a few thoughts:
Nice to see our defense with another really good performance. Pretty amazing how good our defense is considering Robinson’s and to a lesser extent Wagner’s poor individual defense. I haven’t paid close attention, but it must be that we are having good help and rotations in general and of course Simpson, MAAR, and Matthews have been playing good defense. Of course we’ve had some bad games, but trending well.
Hoping like others that we can improve our shooting over the course of the year, and I think we probably will. As @YostsGhosts points out, Robinson and Abdur-Rahkman are having a down year, but I think 1 big reason for that is Walton created so many good looks for them the past couple years. The current PG’s aren’t creating the same looks. We’re seeing a lot of Matthews/Wagner 2-man game. If Matthews can find those shooters of the ball screen, that will probably improve their percentages.
Shaka Smart mic’d up, not exact quotes but he says things like “just play basketball” and “this game is up and down”. Thanks a lot Coach; really helpful. I know those were just a couple short soundbites, but the way he was just laid back and the way he was delivering his “message”, not sure how he was helping his team. I guess he probably told them to not shoot so many 3’s, but they obviously didn’t listen. Beilein did outcoach him, but I’m wondering if I could have outcoached him.