_TheDream and I ventured back into New York City on Friday afternoon to watch our Villanova Wildcats take on the Tennessee Volunteers at The World's Most Famous Arena - I wasn't overly worried about this game because I thought we were the better team.
48 hours later and while I still think we'd win a game 7 out of 10 times vs. them, we caught them on an interesting day that exposed some glaring weaknesses on our team that hadn't shown up yet. Most notably, we don't have a lot of outside shooters, something that is downright frightening for a guard-dominated offense.
Corey Stokes is a great shooter - but he didn't have it all last time out. Corey Fisher can be a great shooter, but he's been ice cold to start the year. Maalik Wayns? I have no clue. I've seen him make those shots before, just not this year. Dominic Cheek is still unknown because he doesn't shoot it enough from outside to get a good feel. After that, the cupboard is bare.
Fisher had 3 points in this game. Wayns was 3-11 from the floor. Not a good night for either guy. As a team we went 24-36 from the charity stripe.
There were 51 total fouls called on each team (really my biggest complaint, the officiating was TERRIBLE for both teams, ruining a great game).
Really, nothing went right. And we lost. Is anyone surprised?
So am I disgusted with what I saw? Absolutely. Am I concerned about the rest of the season? Not really, although it's terrifying that when we aren't shooting well we don't have much. But the Vols are very underrated. They could win the SEC this year.
We'll bounce back this week when we kill The Hawk.