The most shocking thing about the last game was the lack of effort displayed in the 2nd half of the Rutgers game- the Panthers appeared to be overconfident in their ability and just stopped playing the quality of defense that they’ve become known for, and the rebounding dropped severely off as well. I know that Jamie Dixon won’t stand for that sort of thing, and I would imagine practices this week weren’t exactly fun for the team, but I guarantee their focus will be like that of a Big East tournament game today.
We need to get our inside game working again- Blair and Biggs need to have great games today, and they’re certainly capable of it against an undersized Wildcat team. The ‘Nova guards have shown their quickness and penetration ability against Pitt, we just need to do a good job of containing whoever gets the hot hand and stopping the others. Last game it was Malcolm Grant, this game it could just as easily be Scottie Reynolds, the super soph for the team from the Main Line (my hometown, coincidentally). I would hope that the Panthers have too much pride to come away from the Pete today with anything but a win, and today’s game will say a lot about a young but talented team.