We better step our game up. Lots of things about yesterday made me nervous. Very happy with donnal and Wilson. Wilson playing with a high motor is huge, donnal playing with confidence is as well as he has a nice face up game. Our bench could be good
Those who didn’t watch the game should feel lucky. This team is very fortunate that Howard didn’t have their best player and leading scorer in the country. If they did, I’m doubting we win this game. I hope all the fouling isn’t a sign of things to come, WAY too many careless fouls. Irvin and Robinson look awful. We aren’t going to win many games with them playing like this. I hope they get things turned around rather quickly. Love what Wilson is bringing to this team and I think he should be starting alongside Wagner and bring Robinson off the bench. He’s being tightly guarded and isn’t responding very well to it. Here’s to hoping tomorrow brings better things.
I have to say that the thought that Daniel, who scores a lot, but is notoriously inefficient, would have turned a win into a loss is a bridge way, way too far for me. Howard was, offensively, about as efficient overall as they were last season with Daniel. The game might/probably would have been closer, but I have no doubt we win anyway.
Serious question–do you think we would have won most of our double digit Big Ten losses last year with LeVert? Because Caris is a lot better than Daniel.
This is a tough crowd for an opening day that saw Uconn lose to Wagner? It is the first game and the team never seamed in trouble of losing. Received some good show from Wilson and Donnal. If we get nothing from Wilson all season but energy rebounds and defense I will be happy. Some of the veterans were off but I expect them to lead this year. Walton is the unquestioned leader of this team on the court in my opinion.
Game was sloppy and choppy due to the all of the whistles (there were even more in IUPUI’s first game), but I don’t buy the idea that Michigan suddenly would have lost if Daniel played. In the end, the score was almost on the nose for what KenPom projected, so about as expected.
I also think that match-up zones like that tend to be hard to crack, especially early in the season. We’ve seen Michigan have some sloppy offensive showings against 2-3 matchups in the past.
I think he makes it a one or two possession game. With the way he draws fouls and is always in attack mode, it would have been a huge problem for us. We were in foul trouble without him playing and he scores 27 a game.
I agree but I don’t think they lose. Some positives though. Also maar should get more minutes in the future and more touches which benefits the roster, I hope Walton can shoot from deep well all year. Really helps.
Penn State lost to Albany. Their blogger at black shoe diaries is looking on the bright side though:
“The frosh are pretty damned good. Carr, Stevens, and Watkins, all scored in double figures (Carr had 14 points, and Stevens/Watkins had 10 each). Watkins also showcased why the coaching staff raved about him for the past year, blocking five shots. Those are Calvin Booth-like numbers, folks. The downside though, is the freshmen also combined for 7 of the team’s 12 turnovers. If they can clean those turnovers up, the sky’s the limit for this crew.”
“I was half-serious about the “This is Fine” title of this recap. Yes, this loss stings, but it came against a more experienced Albany squad that has serious NCAA Tournament aspirations this year. These types of upsets are not all that uncommon in college basketball season openers and they have bitten teams far more talented and prestigious than Penn State.”