There were a lot of positive takeaways from the Syracuse loss, but yesterday's loss to the UMass Minutemen is best relegated to the dustbin of history.
The freshmen were without exception horrendous -- the capper being the late-game foul by Marcus Morris on a player 20 feet from the basket with 1 second left on the shot clock, completely wrecking what had been a great defensive sequence for the 'Hawks.
But the elder statesmen bear some blame as well -- Collins for once again taking too many bad shots, and Self for the late-game T and uncreative play-calling.
Sherron is starting to turn into Allen Iverson out there, putting up big numbers but overhandling and taking too many shots to get there -- and ultimately, losing the game. We need to start running more plays to set him up for the jumper, as when they ran the "Mario" at the end of the game.
The good news is we can't play much worse than that, yet only lost by one; and the freshmen will only get better. But what's still worrying me is shooting. Do we have any other shooters besides Sherron? If not, teams are just going to keep swarming Cole and we won't be able to counter it.
On a positive note: I do believe that despite the outcome today, the mohawks should stay.