It was a truly awful game, but at least we won. It's a game where the stats didn't lie -- SLU was, in fact, a worse offensive team than us. SLU repeatedly got to the rim against us, but in the 2nd half they were missing around the basket constantly. I'm not sure if that was because we did block some shots (giving the slashers something to think about, since we were altering many of those missed bunnies) or just because SLU isn't that good, but whatever the reason, we did just enough defensively to win.
The real thing worth discussing, though, was how bad our offense was. I'm not sure I've ever seen less ball movement in the Smith Center. It seemed like possession after possession were just one guy, usually Taylor but sometimes Bynes (or Guest during his few minutes) just dribbling for at least 10-15 seconds, frequently ending in a turnover or a missed shot. We had several possessions where the shot clock got under 10 seconds with no more than 2 passes during the possessions. I think part of the problem was that SLU was trying to deny the ball to the players off the ball, and our guys (and our offensive scheme) just isn't designed to get guys open against that kind of D. It was like someone would cut to help the ball handler, be guarded, and then just disappear for the rest of hte possession.
I just can't for the life of me figure out how we could play with such movement (ball movement and off-the-ball movement) against X, and then be stagnant today, like we've never been coached. to run an offense.
Fortunately, as noted above, Tony Taylor was clutch and Dwayne Smith was the best, most active player on the court. And Cutis, I noticed that too - that Smith came out with fire, dominated the first 3 minutes of the 2nd half and was the only guy doing anything, and then gets taken out.
Oh, and as for guys like Ware and Pellom and others constantly getting pulled after a mistake, I get the feeling that Hobbs is coaching like a desperate man, throwing stuff against the wall and hoping something works. But that lack of confidence has clearly rubbed off on the team.
Anyway, at least we won.