More important than anything below is the health of Darren Collison, who according to Dohn's blog will have an MRI with a Meniscus tear as the worst case scenario. Hopefully it's nothing, but I was wondering if the doctors in BN would tell us how long he would be out if it is the worst case.
I suppose I should say something good about our opponents tonight, the Azusa Pacific Cougars. Your fans showed up, and cheered like mad whether you were down by 40 or down by 50. No, but seriously, these guys can shoot (reminded me of BYU last year actually). Now, how much of that is attributed to them playing against our 2nd-3rd string is up for debate, but they had some wide open chances and some mildly contested chances and took advantage of them. This slow perimeter rotation is something we saw early last year, so I'm not particularly concerned at this juncture, especially when it became clear that all they were going to do was shoot 3's.
Strangely enough, even when they were making 3's, their conscious decision to go for long range shots only seemed to increase our lead. Even now I'm not sure how we put up 111, but I suppose you could say that we can score very quickly, in bunches, and this scoring ability is not limited to our starters.
I'm not going to try and read too much into what this game means in the big picture considering the circumstances. APU was clearly overmatched, and even though we won by 50, even that number doesn't do justice to how we dominated. I'll just list some of my observations and things that I'm pretty sure about:
- Full House - Well, not quite, but the students showed up in droves...for an exhibition game. I saw the upper level packed today. I hope more season ticket holders show up for the "real" games even if they are against "lesser" named schools.
- Luc's new stroke - There's a noticeable flick in the wrist which is a contrast from the way he used to palm the ball and try to "guide" it through. He airballed a 3 today, but then hit one in the second half. Now that Luc is a SF, we'll probably see him patrolling the perimeter a little more this year.