Thursday, February 05, 2009

Depleted Heels

No 7 footer coming off the bench. No defensive stopper. No long-range shooter coming off the bench. This team looks a heck of a lot different than it did last fall!

I have no idea what Graves did or didn't do to put him in the doghouse for the rest of the season but that's the least worrisome of the problems. Zeller is a much more problematic absence and we've clearly missed him a number of times this year, particularly when Tyler got into foul trouble. But missing Marcus is by far the biggest obstacle and one we've yet to really find a way to overcome, unless it's in the way we beat Maryland this week - rain down the threes and don't miss. We just do not have the guy to lock down the Tyrese Rices that are out there waiting for us in the NCAAs. Frasor tries his heart out but he's no Ginyard - he's not even a Wes Miller. Ellington and Green have to be focused on scoring (and Wayne's never been more than an adequate defender). I don't see a Dudley Bradley or a Jackie Manuel on this team, so we'll have to play defense by committee and score a LOT of points.

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