Ben Ball warriors have a huge home stand ahead of them this week. Arizona schools are coming into town and both of them are going to present formidable challenges on our home court. Before we look ahead to the resurgent Sun Devils on Thursday night I wanted to close the loop on our last weekend’s Oregon trip.
First let’s start with an observation from Seitz re. Shipp’s game against Oregon which I think also holds true for his performances against the Beavers:
And Shipp is not the only player having this problem. From Bruin Basketball Report’s Oregon State wrapup:
Although the Bruin defensive intensity increased in the second-half, ultimately leading to a blow-out victory, they'll certainly need both Mbah a Moute back and on court and for Westbrook to reclaim his spot as the team's defensive stopper if they are to be successful this season.
One guy who is totally clicking right now is Kevin Love. CSTV’s Josh Herwitt jumps on the Love for POY train:
Sounds a little crazy, huh?
Not to UCLA coach Ben Howland, not to the rest of Love's teammates and not to even his opponents.
"He is very skilled," affirmed Oregon center Marty Leunen, who went toe-to-toe with Love before finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. "He understands the game very well."
"He is just a load down there," Ducks shooting guard Bryce Taylor added. "He crashes the boards like crazy."
Sure, Tyler Hansbrough, Michael Beasley and Eric Gordon have put up some huge numbers over the past week, but lurking out west is Love, and in case you thought he couldn't play any better than his 27-point, 14-rebound performance against then-No. 4 Washington State, well, he did in one of the hardest places to play in the country and arguably the hardest place to play in the Pac-10.
Well the last guy to win that award was King Ed in 1995. And King Ed wouldn’t have sniffed that award if not for the total team effort from Edney, CO, Toby, JR, George, Dollar et al. Love is going to need every single one of his team-mates to improve along with him if they want to bring that award back home for the first time since 1995.