I think it was more the coach was upset. Gustafson definitely got hit on the shot. It wasn't West Virginia's most egregious foul of the night, but still should've been called.
Glad I can make following the women's team easier! It should be an exciting year to cover them.
I'm glad you get to see them in person! This group should definitely be worth the price of admission.
And thanks for reading. Comments like this make the research and writing time worth it.
Yeah, OSU tried for a quick patch to losing so much talent, and I have no idea if it'll work. Last night they got beat 71-47 at home by South Florida. USF is ranked #22, but that's still a huge loss at home.
Thanks for the kind words. I have high hopes for the upcoming season, though Doyle's injury will make the non-conference tougher.
As for the men's team... I really don't know what to expect. There's potential, but last year caught me by surprise. I assumed we'd be pretty good (only losing Jok) and we just... weren't. Defense is definitely the team's X Factor. If it's improved, we should look a lot more competitive. If it's not, this will be another long season.
Regardless of method (grad transfer, juco, etc.), I think we should use the scholarships either on a starter or a long term project with potential. Right now our roster is mostly role players who aren't demonstrably better than most of the others. Adding another role player who comes off the bench only makes our rotation issues worse. Finding a starter improves us enough to justify adding to the rotation. Adding a long term project gives us potential for the future while not adding to the minutes crunch. If neither of those is possible, just bank them for 2019 (or use one on Connor). Better to add quality or the potential for quality than to make rotation issues worse just for the sake of an addition.
I think Doyle is really close to being our second "star" player. Like you mention, when she's on she's a legitimate #2 scoring option. She also plays really good defense and has improved her 3 point shooting more than I thought she would.
The two things holding her back right now--in my view--are this:
1. Learning when to make risky passes. She makes a ton of risky passes, and sometimes they work out really well. One of the reasons she gets so many assists is people don't see a lot of her passes coming. The problem is she employs this philosophy basically everywhere on the court, when it should be saved for scoring opportunities only. There's simply no need to thread the needle on a pass that's only end is moving the ball from the back court to the front court. There's no need to make a no look pass when you're just swinging the ball around the three point arch. If she was more cautious on passes not meant to setup baskets, her turnovers would go down a lot. I can live with a few turnovers on high risk-high reward passes.
2. Get better at finishing around the rim. She's actually really good at driving to the basket, but way too often she ends up missing the layup. A summer spent learning backboard angles from Megan would do her a world of good here. If she becomes better at finishing around the basket it'll also limit the times she's not "on" offensively.