Champ did a good job breaking down the SU-Notre Dame game below, so I won't reinvent the wheel, but I will chime in with a few thoughts, plus I needed an excuse to run the awful headline above.
- Donte Greene - no one has been a bigger supporter than I have, but he's hit the freshman wall harder than Meg Ryan. He simply has to start bringing more to the table, because right now every aspect of his game is poor. What's the opposite of intangibles? Because that's what he's bringing to the floor - he's a better player than he's showed the last few games, I'm wondering when we'll see that again.
- The Zone - I understand why they play the zone, they've got 7 guys, can't afford foul trouble, the need to keep guys fresh, etc....but at some point you have to cut Harris and Flynn lose, let them lock guys up and roll the dice, because right now, the zone is not working. South Florida shredded it, Louisville didn't score against it, but that's because they were missing wide open shots, and we all saw what the Irish did yesterday.
- Paul Harris - I am a believer. Donte Greene should be forced to spend a week watching film of how hard he plays. If these two guys ever had decent games at the same time......
- Tournament hopes - win the next 5 games in a row (the last 3 regular season games and two in the Garden) and there's a chance, anything less and it's NIT time. This team does not have a decent road win this year.
- The Announcers - when the best a network can muster is Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel, let's just say that tells me they didn't exactly think it was the biggest game of the weekend. Those two are ESPN regional quality.
- The bottom line - they aren't good enough defensively to impose their will on teams, so they aren't going to win games that way, and on the offensive end they simply lost too much due to injuries to outscore a lot of teams. They are what they are - extremely young and playing shorthanded - and that's not the best combination to win games.