Thanks to you for your articles this year and every year.
When prophetofdoom got launched the other night.
First, let me say that he's earned the right to make some bad decisions if that is in fact what happened. Obviously we'll never know.
But that being said, it really becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy if you choose to live an die with your seniors.
Clearly Brey made the conscious decision to try and let VJ play through his slump. He actually played more minutes than Vasturia. Gibbs probably played a couple minutes more than his average and Geben had a decent contribution of 10 minutes. Those came at the expense of Pflueger.
In his last several games Matt Ryan probably deserved more of a chance to contribute. He was given first half minutes and played well. Then he was relegated to the bench. Whatever defensive liabilities he had, I think this team needed another shooter more against WVA.
I have a feeling that Brey will reflect on what happened to this group and come back with a different mindset next time. That being said, as hard as the roster management was this year, I have a feeling that next year will be even worse. Hopefully that is a good problem to have.
While his results were pretty rough, he was consistently getting open for his shots. I don't know that that had typically been the case in his serious slump period earlier in the season. He would seem to just disappear, or force up bad shots. It's a lot harder to take out a guy who has a good shot that just isn't going, than to take out a guy who has disappeared entirely.
That said, Matt Ryan absolutely could have helped out some more on the court. He seemed to be a lot more comfortable driving in if he was run off the 3 point line. That's a skill-set that should help him substantially. I'm thrilled about where we are as a program, because even as recently as five years ago, Ryan would have been a regular for extended minutes based solely on his shot. Now he's got to do more to see the court. That's real progress.
While I don't expect we will ever be questioning the arc on Ryan's 3-pointers, I have been a bit surprised that his drives to the basket seem a bit labored. No one expects him to be Jerian Grant, but I'm hoping he sees some improvement getting push off one leg where necessary.
Brey felt better about letting SV and VJ go down swinging than bench either with perhaps a better chance to win, but still losing and having to say "sorry I kept you from having your hands on the wheel at the end."
Not saying I agree, but I think he wanted to let them steer the ship wherever it took them.
a chance at it.
Said it made them better.
It would depend on how it was officiated - either all starters fouled out and a free throw contest OR a real bloodbath if whistles were swallowed (as they were in our game)
I just think it's something he's going to reevaluate moving forward.
It's a sucky situation either way.
It always seemed anecdotally that Vasturia, Beachem and Farrell never played well simultaneously, and the statistics obviously bear that out even if you throw Farrell out of the equation.