Watching games today (and specifically FGCU vs FSU right now) it's clear that we need to have a serious infusion of energy into our program in order to compete at this level for 40 minutes per night. These teams may give up runs but they are not sleep walking out there.
Hopefully we have some high energy guys coming in next year. Although I'm not sure we play a high energy style.
I think Cooley still struggles with defining what type of offensive coach he is. I get that he adjusts to his personnel but it changes yearly. Are we a half court flex or frenetic run and gun, etc.? He hasn't really crafted an offensive system he recruits into. 2 years ago we had two 7 footers, this year we ran like Golden State light.
Cooley went for up-tempo (or at least average) in the two years we had Dunn as PG. This year we were very slow and we were slow in 2014. 2014 team was 30th in offense; this year was around 95th. Seems to me we can be flexible with varying degrees of success. I think because we have not had many guys who can create their own offense, we were slow. For two years with Kyron and Kris, we played fast. So, my conclusion is if we have 2 ball-handlers, Ed will juice up the pace. With one, it's more flex and not as much run and gun. Last year we were 144 in pace and this year 268
Definitely behind all the BEast teams today and going forward, I am mixed about USC. I definitely want them to win, but I will feel the sense of 'woulda, coulda, shoulda been the Friars' one game away from the sweet round.
At least now, I don't need to sneak out early this afternoon. Not much of a silver lining, I know.
I have USC beating SMU...I am not sure how much of a chance we would have had vs SMU, but if we had found a way to beat USC/SMU I think we would have had a real chance at the sweet 16. Baylor is very beatable and choke every year in the tourney.