Fledgling BenBall Warriors Cause Cognitive Dissonance.


Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously.   Our basketball team, and particulary the Kansas game, causes Cognitive Dissonance to the entire Bruinsnation.  Here's my take:

We took a top ten team to the limit.

Kansas looked like the better team, except at the free throw line, and there are no moral victories.  We need to become the better team.

Tyler Honeycutt went 11 for 15 and scored 33 points. 

RN, our other star forward, was 2-5 with five fouls and 4 turnovers.

Zeke Jones was 4-8 and looks confident taking the tough shots.

Zeke Jones had four turnovers. missed a crucial freethrow down the stretch and looks questionable against pressure.

Josh Smith was 6-12 from the field.

There is no negative – he’s so awesome I won’t even mention he was 5-10 from the line.

Jerime Anderson shot 50% from the field and made some real positive contributions.  He was not terrible.

Jerime Anderson turned the ball over twice down the stretch.

Malcolm Lee played tough defense and made a couple of very nice shots.

Malcolm Lee shot 2-8.

Brandon Lane had another nice shot block and probably leads the team in plus – minus stats.

Brandon Lane continues to get used inside by good forwards, and had zero points and five fouls in 13 minutes of play.

Tyler Lamb played 13 solid minutes and looks like a player who will improve with time.

Tyler Lamb’s 1-3 shooting felt like a good shooting game for him.

Anthony Stover looks like a real athlete when he leaps to block shots.

Anthony Stover is incredibly slow in getting to loose balls on the court.

We continue to outrebound our opponents, with a 37-32 rebound advantage.  We have tremendous leapers and a giant space eater who is a rebound magnet.

We cannot even box out given inside position on free throws at our defensive end, resulting in an easy basket on the second of two free throws.  [On the prior free throw, both Kansas players moved past our guys into inside position, but the free throw was made, so it didn’t matter.]

As a team we have a frenetic style of play that leads to fast breaks that produce points, unlike prior CBH teams.

As a team we have a frenetic style of play that produces 19 turnovers and a general mess, unlike prior CBH teams.

 Here are the stats

This team is so much better than last year's that its scary.   This team is so undisciplined, looks like a defensive mess and makes so many bad basketball plays, as compared to the teams from Farmar to DC, that its scary.  I can't wait to see what these darn kids will do next.   We have a great teacher as a head coach and we have players (like RN and JA) who never seem to learn.  I love 'em all anyway.  They are mine.   Go Bruins.


P.S.  Feed Josh Smith in the post.  Repeat as necessary (meaning until he has 20 pts and fouls out three of the opponents.) 

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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