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horrible season


This team had enough talent in a weakened year in the conference, the evidence is how they played against good opponents, especially on the road...the problem was that Coach Willard could not motivate the team against the weaker teams and in winnable home games- FDU, St. Peter's, DePaul, Butler...This team had a great three point shooter in Oliver, a great all-around player in Fu, a bull down low in Teague, depth at point with Gibbs & Sina, a banger in Auda, depth with Mobley, Karliss, Geraminpoor, but for whatever reason- chemistry, coaching, attitude- just could not perform anywhere near its potential...injuries have been a constant excuse the last two years but just can't explain the embarrassing in-state non-conference losses (our bench players should be as good as the players on those squads)...our model should be Villanova, a team that took advantage of the traditional powers leaving (Syracuse, Pitt, UConn, Louisville) and won all the games they were supposed to in posting 28 wins (and counting!) with a lineup with no real stars- no one better than Edwin- and with an inside player in Pinkston who is smaller (but used way more effectively) than Teague (we were the only team that made Ochefu look like a Big East caliber player).

The only player who always seemed motivated was Auda but he had a long mid-season run where he just could not finish plays, and Fu for the most part but he had a tendency to drift and let others take over too often, too unselfish for the team star....biggest disappointments: Gibbs losing confidence, huge drop off from first 10 games to the last 10 games (his free throws? give me a break), Mobley, who looked like a potential pro his first year to someone who doesn't seem to have a defined role and gets discouraged after one or two plays, inability in some games to get ball to Teague in good position (leading to way too many turnovers), awful inbounds sets (Oklahoma lead...), team"s inability to get Oliver good looks in some games when his shooting was absolutely needed, Geraminpoor developed but then often not used, Manga looked promising in a few games early then no play, and the suspensions, dissension, unfortunately could go on & on...

I felt we needed a solid year to build on so the incoming class could make noise next year (the way the Mark Bryant led 1988 squad paved the way for the '89 Final Four run), unfortunately did not happen...good luck next year....in the meantime, congrats to two teams who DID make us proud- Women's basketball and the baseball team- Go Pirates!

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