I know fans were disappointed after the wet floor OT loss to USA, however last night's loss bothered me more. Four points were scored by FIU due to technical fouls called on Cajun players. Although the loss was by five points, the Cajuns were down by three when they were forced to foul due to lack of time. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the technicals played a huge role in the outcome of the game. As a friend of mine said, at this stage we are not good enough to give an opponent four points. I can't say the technicals were totally out of line as Payton did hang on the rim for a short time after a dunk. Long did swing his elbow somewhat trying to get a Panther off his back. However, I have seen hundreds of similar basketball plays in which technicals are not called. The one against Long really hurt as we lost a possession after getting a rebound since it was a contact technical. Today, technical fouls are personals as well and it contributed to him have to sit several minutes once he got his fourth. Of course during that time, FIU regained the lead. Also frustrating was the no. of open shots the Cajuns did not knock down. I know they scored 75 but 90 would have been easy to attain with a few more makes. Guys, it was unbelievable how open some of the guys were. This of course indicates things are as much mental as physical at this stage. Moving on, I spoke to the Dad of our local early signee today. Despite the disappointing record, he is quite pleased with the way Coach Marlin is handling this team and the situation. He believes he is getting all he can out of the guys and is looking forward to his son making a contribution next year. In his last game HS game, the young man scored 31 points. It could have been more but a few layups were blown. That fits right in with the Cajuns doesn't it?
The T against Long was ridiculous. The one against Elfrid was pretty easy to call. Heck...He was hanging and swinging on the rim for so long that i was calling it from the stands myself. Just a mistake that a young player makes without thinking. What hurt, as you said, were the missed open shots...mostly by three freshmen. And one point about Soto -- he is not quick...so doesn't guard well...doesn't rebound much...so isn't helping a lot. And he isn't scoring enough to make up for his deficiencies. We really missed Bryant last night.