Some day, huh?
It all started with the revelation that San Diego State had sealed its college sports serfdom by returning to the Mountain West Conference and eternal poverty. It ended with a home court loss to UNLV (yuck) that confirmed some of our worst fears about our hoops team’s weaknesses.
Turns out, getting killed on the boards might bite us in the ass every now and then. Just a couple of days after Colorado State dominated the glass, UNLV outrebounded the Aztecs by 13 and notched two massive buckets off offensive rebounds to seal the win.
Turns out, the idea that the Aztecs will only have mental lapses against awful teams and will play up for everyone else was wrongheaded (please be so kind as to forget that I said that on the podcast). Against their biggest rival with the house rocking, they didn’t seem too interested in playing any defense whatsoever until midway through the second half when they had fallen behind by nine. They also jacked awful 3s early in the shot clock to help build that deficit (they were a robust 3-for-19 on the night), even after it became clear that taking it to the basket was the way to go.
Turns out, I’m going to have to stock up on a lot more Whaler’s Rum to make it through the rest of this brutal conference slate.
Let’s see, what can I do to help myself sleep tonight (besides rum)? Positives! I should find positives!
Jamaal Franklin (27 points) is pretty danged good, but we knew that already. No, probably the best thing to come out of this game was Winston Shepard, who showed his freakish athleticism on numerous drives to the hoop, posting 18 points (10 from the line) and 5 assists. He rose to the occasion and methinks we’ll be seeing quite a bit more of him in the near future.
What else? Oh! Boy do I love JJ O’Brien and the way he plays down low. Such hustle, such smarts BUT IT WOULD SURE HELP IF HE COULD CONVERT A BUNNY ONCE IN A WHILE!!!!
Dammit, I’m angry and yelling again aren’t I? That positivity sure didn’t last long. Probably for the best. It really isn’t the day for that anyway.