It is excuses. Most of these guys grew up playing AAU where they may play 3-4 games a day in some tournaments. They are 18-23 year old kids who shouldn’t have an issue playing 3 days in a row. If we are really going to start complaining about travel schedules and kids playing too many minutes than Handy needs to find a new job because he hasn’t prepared them enough for college basketball. The problem is we aren’t playing well right now, we are very predictable on offense, our PG play has been subpar, and we have been leaving guys wide open on defense. I have faith KE will fix it but let’s stop blaming it on guys playing too many minutes or because we traveled too much.
All I said was that it was a fair assessment. Never did I start complaining about the travel schedule or the fact that they couldn't handle it. They should be able to handle it. However, based on what I think, I do think that it could have played a factor. Does it matter? Not really, but its my opinion that it was a bit of a hectic week game and travel wise. Its up to the staff like you said to figure out how to help the guys overcome any challenges.
Now they'll settle into the December schedule with a little bit more time to work on things before the rigors of conference play. I expect the best basketball to be ahead of this team as many others do as well.
We will see...all the rest of our OOC games are very winnable (including a mediocre 2-4 Georgia team).
Going 4-1 over that stretch and then 3-1 to start conference play (something you should expect a good team to be able to do given who they play and where) would go a long way toward restoring faith in this year's team.
Agreed. ODU does not look great and although a rivalry game, that should be very winnable at home. Add in the few buy home games, and the game at Georgia, and they should be able to have a good stretch.