Post by rgmillikan on May 20, 2019 16:14:39 GMT -6
For some reason this question popped into my head in offseason awaiting the start of the MAC baseball tournament. Possibly this question arose out of boredom. If you had to pick 1 team as the best since 2002-03 who would you choose? Obviously in this 17 season span there hasnt been 1 "banner year" and this is equivalent of asking would you rather take a 1 week winter vacation in Ypsilanti or Mt. Pleasant?
I'm going with 2004-05 as my choice even though they lost in round 1 of the MAC tournament. I believe that team wins 12 conference games in most years of both the Taylor and current(thanks Mark Sandy 😐)Whitford eras. The MAC was extremely deep in 2004-05, not much of a difference between a 2 seed and 8 seee. 2nd place would be tough, not exactly inspiring choices across the board.
Granted there isnt 1 season since November 2002 that likely even cracks the top 13 in the overall history of the hoops program since joining the MAC.
....just couldn’t get a handle on that complicated new offensive system that was being introduced......
Yeah that "sophisticated motion offense" was really difficult to learn. It's a good thing he started recruiting "high caliber players" "first class shooting (00 on Zach Gunn)" and "multi-position" talent to handle it. Oh wait, somewhere along the line the motion offense became "small ball" or something like that. 00's needs to stop by and explain it to us again.
Whit want to coach and run an NBA like style except he does not get the types of players needed to do it at the ncaa level. His offense does not work... Back to the point every team has been varying shades of mediocre to bad
Prior to last season Whit bragged about how good his team would be in transition, then we finished ranked 316th in offensive rebounds given up per game. Our lack of basic fundamentals wouldn't allow any offensive style to work. He is just clueless ..............
The talent Whitford inherited wasn’t great, but it was not 17 losses in a row bad.
The team just didn't know how to win when the win was there, not sure it was really as bad as it looked. That 17 game stretch sure sucked though...
But you are right it had a enough talent to do better. We paid a price for OJT in hiring an assistant, and there was a lot of change being made. I always thought also the talent we had was not a great fit for Whit's plans. I was never optimistic he could do better than .500 that year and I am a noted optimist.