Sunday, January 06, 2008

Thoughts from the WCU game

The crowd was much better than I expected. There were about 4600 people there - and students are not in session. I made an eyeball estimate of 4000....I was too low. If this is indicative of crowds coming up the rest of the season, it' really going to be packed when the students get back on campus. I was also glad to see that people are not deciding against going to games after having a couple of disappointing losses to start the season.

A number of very encouraging tidbits:

MPG is back. MPG played hard, is scoring and being much more than just a defensive stopper. His aggressive play last night was veyr important and VERY encouraging. I can't say enough about how important he is going to be.

Big Willie is also back. He's broken out of his early season slump and playing with much more confidence. I can't wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds for Will. We HAVE to have him hitting on all cylinders if we want to roll the rest of the way this year.

Scoring was much more evenly spread, which is what we need to have (in my casual observer opinion). Steph had an "off" game (only scoring 19 points), yet others contributed greatly. Jason had 17, Big Willie had 11, MPG had 9, Thomas had 9, Boris had 9, Rossiter had 6, and so on. Very good to see.

Stephen Rossiter is solid as oak. He had 6 points and 4 rebounds in only 15 minutes of PT. He also seems very fundementally sound. I like this kid more and more every time I see him play.

Thomas is going to excel inside against SoCon competition. He pulled down 10 boards last night.


The game got really sloppy in the last 7 minutes or so. Davidson was up by 27 at one point in the second half (72-45 with 11:44 left in the game). The sloppy play by Davidson, combined with WCU hitting a few shots, made the final score closer than the game actually was.

During the last few minutes of the game, Coach McKillop began subbing in the reserves, so the sloppiness was not totally unexpected. No big deal.

No comments: