Enough is enough! ND has to be regulated to the bench immediately and play a maximum of 10-15 mins. If he takes a horrible shot or has a terrible defensive lapse, then he should be pulled and benched for the duration of the game. The first shot of the game by ND deserved a subsequent benching for the game. A lot of us (especially N), have been clamoring for this to occur months ago, but I don;t think it's too late to do so. The case for ND's benching grows stonger by the week.
Last night during the UW game, Knight and Bilas both seemed perplexed by ND getting so many mins and not being benched for poor play. Bilas specifically chastised ND after making a terrible pass, that was stolen, and lead to a dunk (this was fanshot and linked elsewhere). However, even more revealing were Knight's comments about ND which should be taken seriously given Knight's extensive basketball and coaching background. He expressed confusion/disbelief that CBH was playing ND after numerous defensive breakdowns and poor shot selection. He even commented that he is a senior playing so poorly. He even noticed that ND is underutilized wrt his inside game. My translation of Knight's comments - WTF are you (CBH) doing wrt ND. Somehow CBH needs to hear the clips of Knight's comments about ND (maybe it will get thru to CBH, coming from a great coach with unsurpassed BB accumen and knowledge).
CBH has poorly developed and utilized ND. ND has a decent inside game and it seems like he was never encouraged or demanded to develop this part of his game. ND is a pretty big guy and his wide body naturally creates space allowing him to get pretty good looks inside. On offense, using ND inside more often and then occasionally letting him go out to the perimeter to stretch the defense would IMO create a much more effective and efficient offense. Also, pump faking the 3 pointer and dribbling inside for a shorter jumper would allow him to be more effective. IMO this speaks to very poor coaching by CBH in ND's development on offense and to make matters worse it is self evident that ND has not learned anything from CBH on defense. Doubly poor coaching and I would say inexcusable for a high caliber coach. Obviously, it is too late for ND and now he should be a bench player. I have lost some respect for CBH ability to develop his players. He has received a lot of credit for developing his previous players (JF,AA,LRMAM, LMR, DC, RW,); however, he should also be held accountable for the lack of development of his players (JK,ND,JH and the entire soph class).
CBH needs to take control of his team and it starts with benching ND. The only explanation for him not doing so would be extreme guilt in not properly developing ND over 4 years.