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I know Travis hasn't been leading any of our production from the guard slot, but with his shooting threat, it makes our perimeter that much more difficult to guard, I am so excited for round 2 in AA.
Revel in it, this is the epitome of an Izzo team folks, and it's all coming together at just the right time.
At this point I'm becoming more worried about upsetting the flow once Trice comes back. This Appling/Valentine thing is working well.
We haven't peaked yet, and we're playing the best basketball in the country, despite a short bench due to injuries.
This is going to be a fun ride.
If we get healthy, and stay healthy I think we have a GREAT chance to be celebrating on a Monday evening in Atlanta.
It is, but we can't keep running Appling out these kinds of minutes. Especially in the BTT and in a short turnaround in March. He's giving a superhero effort on both ends right now but at some point his legs will give out. I suspect Izzo will gradually work Trice back into the rotation, something like 6-8 minutes a game until he gets his sea legs back and weaves himself into the flow this team has built recently.
I know I'll probably get downvoted for saying this but I think this team's potential is actually a little higher without Trice in the lineup. I think our offense goes down a slight notch but our defense is noticeably more dominant without Travis. Reason being, we switch so much on the perimeter and Travis inevitably gets switched onto a mismatch where his lack of elite footspeed, and/or below average size and height are taken advantage of and when that happens our defense begins to break down as guys are forced to switch out of position to help side defend.
When Denzel, Keith and Gary are your three guards on the permimeter, the opposing team finding a mismatch is nearly impossible as all three can defend all three wing positions.
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