After Saturday night's bizarre win over Baylor, we now have Big Monday at Austin on just a day's rest. This seems too early in the season for such a huge conference battle. How do you guys think we'll respond?
Chris and I regrettably missed that Baylor game. Thoughts, anyone? There seems to be controversy on the message boards over whether to be more concerned that we were blanked from 3-point range and allowed 90 points (including 30 from Jerrells), or encouraged that we won despite all that.
There seems to be a growing consensus that our guards aren't defending as well as earlier in the season, after Jerrells' 30 and Pullen's 20 in the K-State game (and Fraschilla must have said 'Kansas isn't stopping dribble-penetration' about 50 times in that Mizzou game -- didn't seem to affect the outcome one bit, though). I'm inclined to think it's just that we're facing tougher guards at this point than in the noncon -- Baylor does have one of the most heralded backcourts in the country.
Tonight we face maybe THE best PG in the country, D.J. Augustin, so maybe we'll learn a little more about where our backcourt D is at this point.
Still and all, despite the defense and 3-point misses, our guards acquitted themselves well against Baylor: 22 for Russell, 17 for Sherron; plus, everyone keeps saying Mario had an off game, yet he shot 4 for 5 and notched 7 assists, 5 boards and 4 steals. Tough crowd.
Also, thanks to Chris for finding this SI item on our DJ.