WOW.... herve, I haven't posted anything after the VCU loss, because I figured that people were missing the point that it was a game--one game--one loss. It is over and the next day or two, we would discover that there is a loser in each and every game played in the A10. (except when you play Fordham)
One can only hope that the coaches and players take a little bit away from each loss that will help them the next time out. If I had to be disconcerted about one thing, it is that we are not "appearing" to be a very tough team. We "sortta" do at the beginning of games, but then we wilt. Secondly, I think that Lonergan has been coaching too fine a line to success in trying to generate max wins in exchange for sacrificing his player development.
If you look around, teams that have brought their youth along are now looking way different than in the beginning of the year. I look at Swan as someone that has turned into a Lonergan head project more than a player. I would say, just let the kid play. He potentially brings way more to the team than waiting for Griffin to become an all-around player. I say the same thing for Cimino.
Playing a set of 5 guys together who are going to make mistakes pretty much guarantees that every play will have a mistake. Instead, put a guy like Swan out there for minutes with 3 or 4 of the starters and then find out what he has. As we have seen, Yuta, without 4 starters isn't nearly as effective--and yet, we fell in love with Yuta.
Again, as I said preseason, this is not as good a team now as we thought. They have problems.... I don't think that Lonergan has addressed the problems mostly because of over-control. He tends to mute the competitive nature in his players (in my opinion) to the advantage of running his offense... which he then has to find a way to re-install in them. We are an early season wonder that now, mid-season, looks like a plodding team.
On the bright side, we have two freshmen in the rotation and they are starting to learn from their experience. it is a bit late to bring another one along, but, to be somewhere good in late Feb, lonergan has to consider another guy. (and not Bryant) -- Bryant can take it to the hole, but in a high school game. Not in a college game, yet. He isn't a lock down defender and he isn't the best on the ball along with an average to below average shooter from 3. We need magic and it will have to start with someone who has the size to compete now.... length at least and that brings me to Cimino and Swan.
I know that Coach Mike sees them all the time, but my problem is that I see the games that Lonergan is coaching. GW seems to need another ingredient in the stew, IMHO.