A 1-3-1 is a tough defense to get easy looks in, so I’m not bothered by that. Allen was slow to trap, but Palmer was there and had a hand up on the guy outside. Smith hit a tough runner for the win. I have a bigger issue with Palmer being such a focal point when he just isn’t a consistent enough shooter. We shoot over 53% from the field, and 50% from 3pt if you take out Palmer’s 36% and 33%.Wish on Maryland's final possession that Nebraska would have played man. Man to man was tougher down the stretch. Of course, this game never should have been a possession game.
If I’m putting together a team, he’s my #2, maybe even #3 option. If he’s hot, I’d feed him, but he wouldn’t have a 40 minute green light like he does. Don’t misunderstand, I think he’s got some skills. The guy is solid on the boards, always gets steals because he’s a good defender, blocks a few shots, and as I’ve mentioned, has some passing skills. The problem with him is he thinks he’s a good shooter, and he just isn’t. He can get hot, but just watch him shoot...there are times he has all the fluid motion of a folding chair.
Roby played hard against the bigger matchup, and that got him a little more aggressive on offense. I do wish he’d stop trying to make that same baseline drive against good defenses. Copeland didn’t look like he was enjoying playing against that size. The bummer about that is I think he could have done well if he would have used his midrange jumper to pull them away from the rim.
A tough loss, but not completely unexpected. Rally next game, and get a W.