Thursday, January 3, 2008
A few thoughts from the games I saw last night, and my take on this whole Okposo situation.
- Northwestern is brutally bad. I mean, I knew they were bad when I had to watch them play DePaul at Dumpster Arena, but it seems they're getting worse. The got Kevin Coble back, but Coble would have to be Jimmy Chitwood to make this team anything other than last place.
- Michigan looks like it's trying to run John Beilien's system. WVU always used to shoot a lot of threes, make a lot of threes, and get out-rebounded. They got two of the three against Wisconsin, shooting 18 threes and getting out-rebounded 32-24. Too bad they only made 5 of the 18. Seemed like everytime I switched to the game I saw them clank one off.
- Another thing I somehow missed by switching back and forth was Minnesota boy Jon Leuer scored 25 points, hitting five threes. I didn't even know that tall dopey SOB could shoot threes. His previous career high was 12, so this was a pretty good day for him.
- Iowa is going to be bad this year, and has been bad, but they can still be tough. The gave Indiana a pretty tough night last night, before the Hoosiers finally took the lead for good mid-second half. They weren't ready to go quietly though. If you don't have Big Ten Network, first Ha Ha I do because I'm better than you, and second, you missed a hell of a shooting exhibition by Justin Johnson. He hit six threes in the final two minutes, including one from about 30 feet and one from just inside half court.
- Tulane might end up being a sneaky team in C-USA. After beating LSU last night, that makes them 3-0 against the SEC. Sure, it's Auburn, LSU, and Georgia, but still. Plus, they have a dude named Daniel Puckett, and he's white. So that's something.
- So the whole Okposo bit. My impression, and correct me if I'm wrong, is that he left because the Islanders guy told him he wasn't being developed properly, and the whole discussion on this is if it is a coach's job to prepare his kids for the pros or to win games.
The clear answer is kind of both, but winning takes a HUGE priority here. It's not the coaches job to one or two kids and prepare them for a pro career and neglect the rest of the team. That's just asinine. His job is to win, and with this winning and practicing you would think any decent player would develop his skills within that system. I don't understand how this is even up for discussion. It's ludicrous.
The Gopher basketball team brought in Kris Humphries, and basically told him "Do whatever you want so you get drafted." Well it was clear what kind of a disaster that was. Is this what was supposed to happen with Okposo too? Give me a break. If Okposo was bad enough that he couldn't "develop his skills" on a normal team with a coach who understands he's there to win, he should have gone to whatever team is the equivalent of where the Gophers were under Monson. Let's say Alaska. I think they have a team.
Okposo is a joke for leaving and expecting special treatment. Snow is a joke for expecting special treatment. Lucia (is he the coach still?) is in the right here. If you think differently, you don't understand sports and should probably go read a blog on quilting or knitting.
UCONN -3 @ Seton Hall (W)
Notre Dame -2 vs. WVU (W)
Villanova -4 @ DePaul (L)
Illinois -4.5 vs. Ohio St (L)
East Wash +1 vs. Northern Arizona
UCLA -3 @ Stanford
Cal -1 vs. USC
North Texas -1.5 @ Troy St (L)