Maybe these past two losses are for the best. Teams usually don't address weaknesses much when they are winning ugly, because they are still winning. Maybe now, they will address some issues in earnest.Very good observation. I think our excellent defense really 'masked' some ongoing problems with scoring (I brought up our scoring problems in the post-game WV game thread...a game we won).
First off let me clarify one thing. If I call this team overrated, its not the same thing as calling out one player for point shaving or being stoned. Second, even if a person is pissed about how we are playing, we can't suggest those things. Those are complete character assinations. So don't get so defensive about overrated comments.
Everyone can express opinions on here. Some we like, some we think are cuckie. Everyone watches games with different set of glasses on. Some are KU blue an some are not. The one thing is we are all KU fans or we wouldn't be on here discussing our teams success or failures.
Right now we are overrated. What have we done since conference play started? We beat KSU, Top 15 team. We should have lost to the Cyclones. We could have lost to Texas. We let WVA get back into a game that they could have won. Oklahoma came back and we had to scrape that game out. Oklahoma St comes in with maybe 3 NBA draft picks and give us more than we were ready for. Equal talent, and basically did what ever they wanted to do. TCU a team that has no talent compared to us, we decide not to show up until 5 minutes left in the game.
I think we could turn into a Top 4 team again, but we haven't really played like one for a month or better. Louisville lost 3 games in a row, and now seem to be playing well again. Refocus, reapply, and return to action.
One more thing that I think deserves some mentioning is that maybe the Big 12 isn't as bad as the National pundits think as well. TCU is terrible. Baylor, ISU, OSU, KSU and OU are capable of beating anyone on any given night. Texas has enough talent to give teams fits. WVA has a coach who can create some havoc. Texas Tech beat ISU in Lubbock.
Tommorow is a new start for this team, the whole NATION is watching to see if this team will rebound, or flounder out. I don't know what too think right now, but I can guarantee this team will have some fire and energy.
2coach made some good points about what these players are capable and what they have shown thus far able to do. I completely agree with those comments. EJ can play the spot, but really hasn't done it well for a while.
So asking this question at what time does ableness out weigh cababilities? Same goes with Ellis and others. We know that they are capable, but are they ever going to be able this season?
As far as i am concerned that magic light bulb has really never glowed too bright above EJ's head. At what point does the switch go off and we move on?
The system is not designed for players to throw lazy lollipop tosses that someone could pick off from out of the stands. The expectation is that the player make the pass ONLY if there is not an opponent standing there waiting to pick it off. It shouldn't be autopilot.Of course Self doesn't coach them in this manner...but the pattern of passing and movment at the top of the arc has them drilled to make that pass over and over, and it becomes repetitious. When the situation changes and players are jumping the lanes, they STILL make this pass, and its not just our PGs...a decent portion of the time they are on the verge of travelling if they can't make that patterened pass, this is where creativity or the freedom to do so (however you perceive it) is key, it often doesn't happen.
What players have had the ABILITY to do so at the NBA level?That's part of the problem IMO, he hasn't "made" players that can create in large numbers. Rush could have been one. Bmac has the tools, and finds himself hamstrung by the offense...the movemen, the timing, the expectations it seems.