So last night's game was a methodical destruction of a pathetic opponent. I think we are going to see lot more of these types of games next season when our boys should be mowing through the conference season. Now this is where the term method-men is so applicable. Howland and his coaching staff are the true method men unlike another coaching staff in Westwood. Players all in sync on both offense and defense just toying with inferior opponents. It is awesome to players getting all synced up in the right time of the season. The big deal from last night's trashing of OSU game was the rest AA, JF and Luc got in the second half. Howland was pleased with the mins. distribution of his three key starters:
Afflalo added 16 points, but his 23 minutes were more than 10 below his season average. Farmar had seven points and five assists, and his 22 minutes played were almost nine below his average.
But the biggest benefactor of rest was freshman power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. He scored four points and grabbed five rebounds, but his 19 minutes were well under his per-game average of 27.9.
Of course, the need for rest wasn't as important to the players, as it was to Howland.
Bozeman's injury emphasized the high-risk, low-yield nature of this event. The 13th-ranked Bruins (25-6), having already won the conference title, can gain little from winning this tournament other than perhaps a slight improvement in their seeding for next week's NCAA event. But if they were to lose a key player like Bozeman, their seeding might mean little.
"If he's ready, he goes," Howland said. "We want to win this tournament."
There were some other positives from last night's game. Love the way Hollins asserted himself. Let's hope that is not going to away today and (hopefully) tomorrow - carrying over to next week. It is good to see us shooting so well from behind the arc. 10-15 is unreal. I am not sure how long we can ride this hot streak. But if we can stay on this kind of rhythm in offense yes an appearance in the Steve-16 may be quiet possible (BTW Plaschke has jumped on the bandwagon). And of course it was great to see Mata's Willis Reedesque entrance into game:
Mata's appearance was such a late decision that his uniform had not even been brought to Staples Center. A team manager had to go back to Westwood to get it.
When Mata entered the game late in the second half, he received a standing ovation.
"I thought I was at a Laker game," he said of the cheers.