BradleyMathGrad wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:02 pm
These comments will stop next season when we have more than 2 upperclassman playing in the rotation, have more upperclassman than underclassman, and aren't the youngest team in the valley anymore. Until then...am i disappointed with how we have played the last three games, yes. But i am thrilled with how this season has gone (if we can finish strong...big "if, jury still out). 9-9 and in the 4/5 game starting one freshman and two sophs (with two other sophs and a freshman as your other main rotation players) is more than a good enough result for this season.
We've improved every season. 3 wins in the first year, 7 last year. If we can get to 9 this year, I fully expect to be around 11+ next year and competing for bigger and bigger goals. Also, we have three more years of Elijah Childs...I'm more than happy right now.
All that being said, we have to beat ISU missing two of their three best players.
Will the comments stop though? I am not so sure about that...sure, the staff & folks won't be able to use the "young" spin anymore, but I am more than certain that if and when we do not win, there will be some other excuse that starts being thrown around...
SIU has no Seniors. Loyola is getting solid production from guys that aren't Seniors...as are other league schools, yet, we seem to be the only ones that are consistently harping on the team being young.
At some point, the merits have to speak for themselves. We were in 2nd place and have not won a game in February with only ONE Freshman getting any PT on the roster and guys who are at least 50+ games in (or more).
Its hard to be thrilled when Wardle keeps passing the buck off elsewhere as to why we fall apart in 2nd halves of games or have lapses in judgment or have no leadership capabilities or don't listen to what is being presented to them as a group --- the list goes on and on....and then you begin to wonder, is it the players he recruited, is it the message....What exactly is it that is not resonating to where we get a concerted consistent effort night in and night out...and no, that does not have to do with youth, and it certainly does not have to do with endurance levels.
I agree that we have started to go in the right direction, but you can't just get to 7 league wins and say, oh, well, since we already met expectations, I guess we can just pack it in and coast the rest of the way.
As Realfan said, the bigger issue is that in the games we lose (and even some we squeaked out) we are continuing to make the same mistakes in February that we made well back in Nov-Dec, and that is an alarming recipe for failure in the future.
And as I said in December, the non conf means next to nothing without doing something in conference...and given Missouri State's woes, ISU & SIU's injury bug, Valpo's acclimation to the league, UNI having a horrendous year, and both Indiana State and Evansville treading water, I am sorry if my expectations changed and I expected to be better than .500 with 4 games to go.
As far as 'the answer'...it needs to happen now...again, 4 games left...and then STL...and we desperately need to find a way to play better for 40 minutes ---- not 20 both at home and especially on the road, because no one is going to feel sorry for us while they kick our teeth in away from Carver...
5 wins away from Carver and 9 losses, and largely non-competitive in all the 9 losses except 2....
Have to find a way to get up and stay up for the road games...STL is coming and its coming quickly, and if we continue to make excuses instead of make changes, it will be over just as quickly.
But for you guys that don't seem to be concerned, there's always next year right?
---If you need it, you don't have it. If you have it you don't need it. But if you need and you don't have it, you want it. If you don't have any of it, then you really don't know how to get more to get started then do you?---