Like many of us, I have focused on the Bruins liabilities, without focusing on the problems our team presents for opponents. If I would have told you that 23 games into the season, TH would have only led the team in scoring once, would you have predicted a 16-7 record? In fact, RN has led (or tied) 10 times, ML has led 9 times, Zeek has led 4 times, JS has led in scoring 3 times, and TH only once (Kansas - 33).
RN has led (or tied) in rebounding 9 times, Honeycutt 8 times and Smith 3 times. TH leads the conference in blocked shots and the Bruins lead the conference in blocked shots.
The point of this post is that, unlike many other teams, you cannot stop the Bruins by stopping any one player, and by focusing on any one player (say JS), opportunities are presented for all of the other good players who will then get scoring opportunities. Every player from 1-6 (including JA as #6) is the kind of player who wants the important shot and has had the opportunity to take and make it. It also means that when one player is down, another will step up to get it done. When they all play well (the last USC game stands out on this) we look like a very dangerous team.
I would like the team to pack the defense in and force opponents to shoot from the outside. Our pressure defense gives up too many layups. If teams shoot from the outside, our three very strong rebounders can dominate the defensive boards. With five potent offensive players, I think we can beat teams who do not get easy baskets against us.