I went to the game, and the meet and greet afterward. The team seems like a nice bunch of kids as one would expect. Jo Jo had an awesome fan club of 20 plus people with custom shirts. Stone had a lot of friends and family there, and was the star of the aftershow. Braxton Bunce was traveling with the team, but Onourah was not. Does anyone know what is up with him?
As far as the actual game, Gettings is fast becoming the most important player on the team. They did not compete well when he was off the floor. Cornell started really well - although it helped that USC was playing really lazy defense. USC is a legit tourney team. They had such a size advantage it was almost comical. Cornell really competed in the first half and ran their offense. Then there was a period in the second half where the guards stopped running the offense, and started dribbling too much. USC turned up the D. It got ugly. Earl pulled both Hatter and Morgan at one point and played some odd line-ups. Toward the end there were so many time-outs that it was hard to stay interested. Earl was subbing at every change of possession despite being down 10. Definitely seemed like overkill. Morgan made some late threes. Hatter made a few crazy shots, but for every good play, he made two bad ones. He definitely doesn't seem in tune with what Earl is trying to do. And Earl seems young and still learning. There's a long way to go. But USC is a good team - now 11-0 - so it's not like an embarrassment to lose to them. I just expected more cohesion and patience then I am seeing so far. Surprised it is taking this long for them to gel.
Yes, there were many positives to take from the game. But that bad run of offense in the second half gave me a unwanted flashback to Courtney and the dribble-drive shoot as fast as possible offense. If Cornell had controlled the pace by maintaining possession during that period, then USC wouldn't have sprinted out to a double digit lead. Yes they were very talented and were shredding our D, but they wouldn't have scored as much if we had controlled the ball and kept the number of possessions lower. We stopped running our offense, and had needless turnovers from over-dribbling. In short they got away from the Princeton offense looking for the overplay and using their athleticism against them and were playing into the strength of the USC team. That's exactly the kind of thing an Ivy League team should try to avoid. We are just so small. Gettings is the tallest active player on the roster at 6'8". Standing around the players after the game, I don't think anyone else is taller than 6'6". Bunce was there towering over everyone but he doesn't play. Very nice and polite guy btw. Anyway the kids fought till the end and represented the University well, so it was the classic Ivy League moral victory. I saw Jon Jacques after the game, which reminded me that I think the 2011 team would have won that game with their superior teamwork and patience. Hopefully we'll get there sooner rather than later.
Last Edit: Dec 21, 2016 11:48:11 GMT -5 by runningpie