So I was watching Lehigh and Norfolk and some of these other upsets. I can’t help but think what could have been if we had just held that 13-point lead. What could have been if we had held that scary looking dude on WKU to less than 25 points?
Of course, there is no telling what the tournament run was going to look like. This team was as frustrating as you’d expect a young team led by a freshman to be. For the first half of the season, the squad was adjusting to the new situation. Once they hit some kind of comfort, they had to fit in Tony Mitchell and make it work with an uber-talent. Not a terrible problem but something that throws off the balance of the team while the rest of the competition is hitting FLOW mode.
So, we went from building the offense around Chris Jones to building it around Chris Jones-Tony Mitchell and then to Tony Mitchell-Roger Franklin-Shooters.
It sounds like I’m making excuses, I know.
I’m just trying to wrap my head around the season that was with the benefit of a few weeks in between. These teams springing upsets are cohesive, solid teams. Depth of talent is the only thing separating them.
We have talent. Now, and even going forward if Tony head to the Association.
Think about the roller coaster year we had: Getting embarrassed on the stage to a good 20+win UTA team. Hanging with future number 11-seed Texas Longhorn squad in Austin without Tony Mitchell. Losing games because of terrible late-game play. Winning games thanks to incredible late-game clutchness. Getting shellacked before the tournament started, Holding a 13-point second half lead in the title game.
Losing a 13-point lead in the title game.
Up and down. Down and up.
We were on an upswing. BWALT was cashing threes, Holmen was getting aggressive, Tony was swatting, and Roger was hustling.
That sure sounds like a recipe for an upset.
Can’t wait ‘til next year.
Go Mean Green.