Thursday, December 9, 2010

A few words on an rough loss

CMU's 71-62 loss on Sunday against DePaul, the cellar dweller in the Big East, came when the Chippewas blew a 36-24 halftime lead and a 47-40 lead midway through the second half. It doesn't help when the other team doubles you up (31-15) over the final 10:45 of a game.

It also doesn't help, however, when your star freshman commits his fourth foul less than 3 minutes into the second half. By the time Trey Zeigler checked back in 10 minutes later, the score was tied 52-52 and CMU was on the defensive with less than 9 minutes remaining. Zeigler then fouled out just more than 2 minutes after hopping off the bench, with 6:25 left.

Jackson's a better bet at PG
After that, Amir Rashid turned the ball over three more times to run his tab to 8 on the game.

Yep, that about sums this one up.

Oh, one more thing: the whole 28-turnover thing. Whoops.

Not all Rashid's fault, but I continue to ask: Why isn't Derek Jackson your starting point guard at this point? Sure, point out that Rashid had a career-high 16 points and added three steals, but had just one assist.

Rashid already has 21 turnovers this season and the same number of assists, and that's even after sitting out all but 6 minutes of the Chippewas' loss against Hawaii. Jackson has 9, and 13 assists while handling the ball less. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

It seems to me you'd want someone playing the point who protects the ball. Jackson's already shown he turns the ball over less, is a better offensive player and is more athletic. The only thing he lacks is experience. At 2-5, it couldn't hurt to give him some starting experience in non-conference play.

I need to see this team in person to know for sure, which is why I'll be going to the Wright State game on Tuesday at the new McGuirk Arena.

Anyway, here's the box score if you're so inclined.

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