- Nov 19, 2001
Okay, I've been thinking about what I have seen in the past 2 games. First of all, without a doubt Tony Perkins needs starter minutes every game. He is undoubtedly the best defender and penetrator we have. He isn't afraid of anyone and he's disruptive in the press. I think Tony should start alongside of Joe T. I would like to see JBo come in against shorter guards where he matches up better and run Sandfort alongside of him at times, giving us 2 good outside shooters. Ulis needs more time with Tony in the game as they are very good defensively together. Patrick needs to be a bit more selective in his shots and needs to rebound better than he's shown. I think that Keegan and Kris are doing great. One or both of them need to be playing at any one time. Rebraca needs to play less minutes. He is better against smaller lineups. I feel, he is more of a forward than a center.. Why didn't Fran play JO more last game. JO won't get better unless he plays more minutes. We will need his rebounding. Fran played him one minute against Illinois. Look what he did against Purdue. Josh is hard to move, he takes up space, and he had 7 pts@ Purdue and 5 boards. Play him more against the big centers like Kofi. Play Connor less please. Give Josh some of his minutes and Rebraca's minutes. Connor still has made only 1 three point shot this year and that was against Illinois, the whole year. So my starting lineup would be Joe T, Tony, Patrick, Kris and Keegan. Coming off the bench I'd like to see AU, Kris,/Sandfort, JBO, Josh O. Riley could use a couple minutes to get him adjusted to BIG competition. Maybe Fran should take some of the responsibility for not playing Josh and giving up 51 boards to Illinois only to say" Maybe I should have played him more." He may have mistakes as he plays more minutes but he would have helped us more against Illinois than rewarding him with 1 minute coming off his performance in the Purdue game. Are you kidding Fran? . One minute with a block on Kofi and a board in his limited appearance against Illinois. Play Josh, A Ulis, Tony and Sandfort and Kris more. and cut Connor,JBO and Rebraca's minutes. Also when JBO can shake the defense and make 40% of his 3's, then play him, otherwise cut his minutes for Sandfort who's likely going to surprise people like Tony and Luka did. He can create a mismatch at the 2 whereas JBO is losing his guy on defense and well gives up a bucket. I am firmly in the opinion Connor and JBO need less minutes for for offense and defense. This team needs to move forward with starting Tony and Kris.