Kenneth Cooper will be missed on the court. When the offense was clicking, Cooper was the anchor down low. Now, Olu Ashaolu will have more room to operate and will have to become the team's chief low-post threat. Magnum Rolle will also have to take a more active role in the offense. Center Shawn Oliverson and senior Adrian Rogers will also need to step up their games off the bench.
The Dunkin Dawgs should be able to play a quicker pace. With Jamel Guyton and Kyle Gibson now the sole focus of the offense and Ashaolu and Rolle running with them, Coach Rupp has a chance to open things up. The team was struggling to score points, so maybe this will actually help them.
Coach Rupp has had to make a lot of tough decisions in his first two years at Louisiana Tech. It is not popular to dismiss talented players, but he has proven he will do what is best for the team. If Cooper comes back next year, Rupp will have nine of his top ten players back. Signees Darius Redding and Kadeem Coleby will give him two big, athletic young guys to strengthen his bench.
I guess we will see what happens Saturday. Can the team regroup?