Originally Posted by Stray
We don't have a lot of good players. When Cash was right we were one of the better teams in the country. Since hurting his knee he hasn't been the same and we're not that good anymore.
We just need better players. No pure shooters, no post presence at all, nobody that can get in the paint and finish consistently. Our best offense is to shoot a contested 3 and hit the offensive boards.
Hopefully Cash can get better before the year ends. He's had a great career and I know he's probably just gutting it out right now.
Being a fan of two frustratingly poor offensive teams gets maddening at times. I have heard many UC fans point to Cash's knee issues as the reasons as to why this team is struggling. I don't think its as cut and dry as that. As an OSU fan I would kill to have Kilpatrick on the wing and his abilities but he often gets lost in the flow of a game. The main difference I see between OSU and UC is the ball movement. Even when OSU isn't scoring they do a decent job of passing the ball. Heck a rudimentary weave at the top of the key would be more ball movement than UC often sees in a half.
I think UC's problems are two fold. Once is their poor offense. I was watching a game a couple of weeks ago where Mick was going nuts when UC gave up an easy basket. The problem was it was a direct result of a poor offensive possession that resulted in a turnover and a transition basket. And the second part is poor movement. UC has become a dribble drive offense without any movement. Kilpatrick often stands on the wing and doesn't move. They have little inside game to speak of which hurts even more. You can stick Kilpatrick and Moodj on the same side of the court because Moodj just isn't good.
More than anything else UC needs to play at a fast pace. Playing a team like ND at ND is a difficult task, especially if you fall behind early. ND is similar to Wisconsin that they will slow down the pace and make you guard for 35 seconds. If they are making their shots they are a difficult team to beat especially when you are offensively challenged.