OK … the Herd has Robbie Jackson and Jesse Oglesby on the floor at the same time and it has a chance to beat WVU. Even with WVU’s wretched free-throw shooting, I’m still trying to figure that one out.
Donnie Jones has had a very, very impressive week. Without Markel Humphrey, the Herd really shouldn’t have beaten UAB, even at home.
Some thoughts that may creep into print in some form, in the days and weeks ahead:
- I wondered if Adam Williams’ defensive specialist role was a one-time thing for UAB. Wrongo… Question is, who does he chase Saturday night at Houston? Those guys really like to yack it up!
- Don’t bust on Williams too much over Da’Sean Butler’s game-winning basket. He had to worry about Butler taking it to the rim, not to mention the officials.
- There were 52 fouls called by the itchy-whistled officiating crew. If you get the guys who called the MU-UAB game, you get half that. Trust me — that was a 40-minute rugby scrum.
- One thing about Jesse Oglesby, who played a whopping 13 minutes: He’ll give it a go defensively. And when he fouls you, you’re going to know it.
- I still think Darryl Merthie can end up being very, very good. Still capable of an ugly turnover or hideous miss, but the man can create havoc on the way to the hoop. His development is a good test for Jones and his staff (most notably, Brett Nelson).
- If you’re wondering why Oglesby got all that late time instead of Jean Francois Bro Grebe, I point to Bro Grebe’s first time on the floor. He looked very lost on defense on two WVU possessions.
- I feel sorry for the fans who had to exit through the Civic Center lobby. A little ice-melting material goes a long way there. Thankfully, I’m about the last person out of the building and I never have to worry about traffic.