KU needs Johnson to realize his scoring potential, so I wasn't suggesting benching him for Tharpe but rather that he play SG where he can be more beneficial to the team. Outside of Naadir Tharpe, our bench scored ONE POINT. It is unlikely we'll see Withey, BMac, Young, and Releford all in double digits on the same night very often. Bottom line, we need those who can create their own shot to do so consistently. Our two best options for this are Big Ben and Elijah Johnson. However, I can't see Johnson scoring consistently while also trying to create opportunities for his teammates.
But focusing on the positive I'm actually encouraged by Johnson's performance last night. Scoring seemed to be his priority although the box score doesn't reflect that. He was only 1-6 from the field, but he didn't take any bad shots......just missed some close ones. He also got to the line and made every free throw which suggests to me he is starting to regain some mental toughness. He turned the ball over a couple times, but that's because he was trying to push the ball into transition so he could get an easy bucket. I'll live with those turnovers. EJ is a natural scorer and his shots will start falling so long as he doesn't go back to forcing ill advised passes which result in turnovers
We took a big step. Now getting it done against Texas is next, and then the next game. I think once we get going again we are going to be a very wicked team to watch and play.
Systems are similiar thru out college basketball. Screens, pick and rolls, isolations, and just plain beating your guy. In a nutshell, systems are built around players. Thus is why we don't run the Hi LO like we have. Motion is the game plan. Finding a mismatch. Thats what all teams look to do. The thing is, only the Elite teams have more luxuries in how and why they run certain sets.
I agree with 2coach. Some times you need that mega persona to overcome a bad game or bad stretches. This team is lacking that.