Paul Causey, TitanCentral.com
10 straight losing seasons. Are you kidding me? Last NBA player to come
out of Cal State Fullerton was Bruce Bowen in 1993, or,
you guessed it, the last time we had a winning season. Coincidence or
not, this team has the best chance during the losing streak to produce
a winning season.
We can point out all the talent which was lost, or almost had, but the
bottom line is this team has one of the best point guard tandems in the
league, the best center in the league, one of the best defenders in the
league, a new up tempo offense which fits the players skills, a couple
new coaches and a new scoreboard. The cheerleaders are pretty good looking
as well and they certainly have the spirit this year. (Can you imagine
a nice, long, drawn-out high-kick? Very nice.)
What more could we possibly hope for?
How about a winning season. There is no doubt that the coaches expect
and demand this so why shouldn't the fans? It's going to be tough in the
early going and it sure would be nice to start the season off right with
a win at NAU but this will prove difficult with the high altitude and
the maniacal focus on defense this past week during practice. Our offense
will likely suffer some but in the long run, this is what needs to be
The big question marks are defense and three-point shooting. If we can
crash the boards on the offensive end I am not too worried about the latter.
Just like in baseball where good pitching always beats good hitting, in
basketball a good defense will always stop a good offense. I think it's
safe to say our offense will be able to score more than enough points
to win a game.
It was clear Donny Daniels thought man-to-man was impossible with this
group but it appears Bob Burton is going to try and prove him wrong.
The real concern is with Zakee Smith. It remains to be seen whether he
can stop an opponent from either hitting a three or penetrating to the
basket where Pape Sow will likely pick up some fouls. If he can't, does
Burton go with freshman Bobby Brown or go to a zone? Or can Burton and
staff actually succeed in getting Zakee to play defense?
Bottom Line: If Pape Sow has a monster year and he gets
selected in the NBA draft, we will have a winning season. Throw in a little
defense and someone else besides Pape to do some rebounding, and this
certainly won't hurt our chances either.
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