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Credit the Beav’s for Cougs Victory

Posted by Jo-Jo on February 15, 2008

I know this might be a bit late, but let me lead off with this; that WSU win was more about how the Oregon State Beavers suck than about how good the Cougs are.

Man, that hurts to say. But, it’s true.

In taking the time to watch the game this evening, I couldn’t help but wish that I hadn’t. What a ridiculous waste of time.  And you know what? That is the look that was on the Cougars face throughout the entire game. As a unit, with the exception of Junior Guard Taylor Rochestie, this team looked entirely disinterested. The evidence, in my opinion came largely through the number of reaching fouls that were called on our boys do to a lazy effort on defense. And don’t give credit to the Cougars for Oregon State’s pitiful 32% field-goal percentage. The Beavers absolutely did that to themselves.

In all honesty the Beavers reminded me of of the Cougars team from two years ago, only without real hope in terms of talent. They are bad, young, and they definitely work harder than smarter.  They lost that game because they are just not a very good basketball team, but when looking at this game as a whole, I felt that they actually (from a proportional, talent to product ratio) played a better game than the Cougs did. They were all over the floor with effort. The played aggressively on defense. They managed to hang around for one half of basketball. And, if they could make a basket they might have had a chance at upsetting Washington State last night. But they didn’t.

On the Cougars side of the coin, I felt that only two players were even interested in playing this game; Rochestie and Robbie Cowgill. Number 10 was his usual self, running around with the ball in his hands, taking the game as it came to him, probably getting more than 20 points because his teammates refused to be involved. Cowgill, I felt, had a very solid contest, ripping down 11 rebounds with a never ending motor despite the lack of competition. He also managed to stay out of foul trouble, which is more than I can say for his post counterpart Aron Baynes, who (amazingly enough) managed to foul out in only 28 minutes of play. I believe his eight rebounds is skewed based on the horrendous shooting percentage of the opponent.  Derrick Low scored 21 points because in games that suck as bad as this one did, guards score a lot of points because they have the ball in their hands.

Now for the part that really bothers me. First of all, Kyle Weaver was absolutely worthless last night. Could it be possible that, with how well he has been playing over the past few ball games, Weav is big-timing it a bit. He really looked like he would have much rather been back at the hotel, watching Dirk Nowitzki destroy the Suns for the last time before Shaq joins them (until the Mav’s score Jason Kidd, at which point the Mav’s will destroy them again). He managed to keep himself in foul trouble throughout the entire first half, and it almost looked like he was doing it on purpose. Every time he took the floor he would reach in on a help defense that was blowing by him, roll his eyes and head back to the bench. Maybe he is just too good to play against a team like Oregon State. Ya think? Seriously, he did score a point until the 12:58 mark in the second half.  Needless to say I was very disappointed.

I will also criticize Tony Bennett a bit here for not taking the opportunity to rest his players against a poor team such as Oregon State. With daunting task of Mac Court around the corner tomorrow, it was pretty foolish to see any of the top six in the rotation break 30 minutes. Nic Kopravica played eight quality minutes (unless I’m mistaken they were all in the first half), and rising Caleb Forrest only played four minutes all night. I don’t understand. Sixth man Daven Harmeling logged 31 Weaver-like minutes, contributing nothing to the team except taking space up in the middle on defense and badly missing two 3-point baskets.

Also disturbing is the fact that Baynes lead the team in assist. Okay, that could be seen as a positive, but not when he only had three. Although I will say that he was passing the ball very well out of the double team, and actually hit Cowgill for a dunk early in the second half. It’s one thing for a post to hit a guy on the perimeter, it’s a whole different story when he can help create shots for his post partners. But, Rochestie and Low scoring a combined 45 points while Baynes lead the team in assist with three is not a recipe for success.
Regardless, in the Pac-10 a win is a win. Especially with Mary-Kate and Ashley dropping a game to Arizona State. People were all ready to make this conference a two team show with UCLA and Stanford “pulling away from the Pac.” If the Cougs can gain their composure win at Oregon Saturday night,  Stanford will have their hands full at Arizona and the race for second place is once again wide open.

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3 Responses to “Credit the Beav’s for Cougs Victory”

  1. Sedihawk said

    Good thoughts Nuss. But I have to say that the Beav’s are dangerous and a team that nobody – even our scrappy Cougs – wants to play. The fact is we ground one out and a road win is a road win is a road win, even if we didn’t play all that well. There are bound to be nights like that. As bad as they are, OSU is going to sting someone before it’s all said and done. I’m just glad it’s not us!

    You are right though, composure is key tonight. I REALLY want us to stay at home and make them beat us from super-deep. Let’s hope we see what we showed in the 2nd half of that 69-60 win earlier this year.

  2. Glenn said

    I disagree that OSU’s ineptitude was the reason the Cougs won. The Cougs ground one out, just like Stanford, UCLA, and Arizona have done against the Beavs. Nobody can get up for a 0-13 team in an empty arena. The Cougs should get credit for leading most of the game and keeping OSU at arms length throughout. The only thing they lacked was a killer 10-0 run in the second half that would have put it away.
    On another aside, another reason for the ugly game was the officiating, which stopped play every time down the court. How can any team find a groove in that officiating nightmare we saw on Thursday?

  3. Jo-Jo said

    Glenn,

    Yes the Cougs ground one out against the Beavers, but I would challenge you to watch that game again. All the Cougs did to win that game was stand there and watch OSU fail to accomplish anything that remotely resembled basketball. Eastern Washington would have beaten the Beavers that night.

    The Cougs need to take teams like the to the wood shed. Like I said; a win is a win, especially in this conference, but that game was an opportunity to shine. And there was no shine at all.

    And yes, the whistles completely ruined that game.

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