That is the best word to describe that performance. That was eerily similar to the Fullerton Fiasco in 2009 except this team has a lot more talent. Did Howland even coach in this game? Did we do anything different. We played island defense with players that can't cover their man. When help came (if it did) it was too late. Add to that an amazing lack of urgency down the stretch. Do we have a press? Are you kidding me? What a total lack of energy and at least in this game I am going to blame the coach. Zeke and Lamb were miserable, but the only strategic move that maybe was different was to tell your guards to get the ball inside only to seem them force crappy passes to the interior was abysmal. This is too early to have to be teaching your team a lesson.
Tonight I did see some decent individual additions that appears to make our team better with the Wears, Parker and even Powell. However I also saw a total lack of tenacity. They gave me no impression that we were even a tournament team much less a Top 25 squad. If I had to pick tonight I would predict we will not be going to the tournament, but I will reserve my prediction for a few games. We have too much talent to not dance in late March. It is up to the coach to guide this ship and figure out a way to get them to play hard and as a unit. It is inconceivable that he would actually think outside the box and press. He has better man to man players than 2 years ago, but not by as much as he appears to think. 3 pt shooting difference is not a reason to lose a game to Loyola. We should have been much better than them and gotten more easy baskets to render that statistic meaningless. The reality is they got better shots and when you get better shots you make more shots and consequently make yourself a better looking team on the glass because defensive rebounding is easier.
Last season we suffered some early bad games, but I had the gut feeling we were a tournament team. Two years ago I knew after the Fullerton game we were terrible and headed for disaster. Tonight I feel like we are unfortunately somewhere in between the last two teams, but frighteningly too close to two seasons ago. You don't always have the exact players you want, so it will be interesting to see if real adjustments are made to get the best players on the court frequently. I hope this season is not contingent on Jerime Anderson coming back to be a real good player because I would have severe doubts about our chances. I hope my gut is wrong this season.