Part I: Looking at the box score from Gannon's 70-51 loss at Clarion, the most disappointing numbers came on defense. Gannon was outrebounded 34-27 and allowed Clarion to shoot 50% from the field, including 7-of-16 on threes. Some of the numbers on offense weren't much better. Swann and Bryant were a combined 2-for-14 from the floor. After his coming out party Wednesday, Simmons scored just 2 points in 8 minutes. I guess this is what we should expect from a team that's played inconsistently all season. Heck, the team roster hasn't been consistent, so how can we expect the team to be consistent?
Part II: I recommend you read the comments below in this post. Lots of interesting discussion going on. One of the discussions surrounds the fact that former GU coach Jerry Slocum never won an NCAA playoff game, despite 5 consecutive trips to the tournament. Slocum's NCAA win-loss record pales in comparison to Reilly, Dukiet, and Chapman who have each made runs to Springfield. But when you look how they did away from the Hammermill Center in the NCAAs, all four coaches basically even. Chapman is the only one to win an NCAA game away from Peach Street, David Morris carrying the Knights over Eastern Montana in the 1987 Final Four. Had Slocum been in the East Region instead of the Great Lakes (with Ky. Wesleyan, S. Indiana, Michigan Tech, and Findlay oh my!), he would have hosted an NCAA regional and won some games. That circumstance wouldn't make him a smarter coach; just a coach in different circumstances.
Seems like we're always asking for more from our coach -- one more win, one more good player, one more successful inbounds play -- but never appreciate what they produced. Maybe now some GU fans can better appreciate Slocum's consistent success.