UC played a gritty basketball game. I was impressed with both the effort and the coaching, yes the coaching.
I have been very critical of Wilks but I have come around to him. IMO he offers more than Bishop does and deserves to be on the court more. He brings a spark and can actually hit a 3. He needs to play within himself, but if he does he can become a very good player.
As for Bilas comments I do tend to agree about the inbound pass. To me it doesn't make sense not to guard the ball. When the player can't move a guy like Gates can cut off many passing lanes. While the banked in 3 was guarded, Butler was able to catch the ball cleanly.
I do think Wright pounds the ball into the floor too much. As said multiple times by Bilas, Stephenson needs to work without the ball. That, improving his shot, and defense will take him from a good player to an elite player. He likes the spotlight and came up big last night.
Didn't like the last inbound play. 2 TO's and a poorly designed play. I would have had Wilks come to the ball and then turn and throw an outlet pass to the in bounder. Too often teams panic when the clock is under 10 seconds, but 6 seconds is a long time, especially when going straight towards the basket.