I thought that this was our most impressive performance this season. We showed that we could effectively attack a zone, albeit a weak one, and maintained balanced scoring from a number of players and on a number of different plays.
Here are my player evals:
Hibbert--Very quiet game but had some nice rebounds. The drive and dunk was fantastic. Why the heck couldn't he defend his man? He never even put his arms up. That needs to be a focus for him this week.
Green--Back to form. Dominated the first half.
Sapp--Great game. I love how he drove to the hoop and he hit a 3. He attacks the zone better than any of our other guards.
Wallace--Quiet game. He took a terrible 3 and just wasn't hitting much of anything. He also missed a layup.
Summers--Summers is a stud. He will be a great Hoya. I love his blocking on defense and he has a nice stroke.
Egerson--Nice game. He hit a three and a sweet little mid-range. He is playing with confidence and doesn't seem to be pressing after losing the starting gig.
Ticket--Loved Vernon's dunks. He is still very raw but lightning quick and freakishly athletic. The dunk off of the Egerson miss was incredible.
Pat--The three will only embolden him.
Rivers--He's a players. His 3 looked good and he showed the ability to dribble-drive. Very happy with his game. Evidently, Doc was in the crowd last night.
All in all, a good win and fine tune-up for Oregon. We really still need to step up our defensive intensity. Oregon's guards are going to eat us alive if we don't tighten things up.
I was happy with the student turnout considering they just got back from vacation and are heading into finals ... and this was Ball State.
Update: The Post has a great video with scenes from the game and interviews with the three Thompsons.
Update 2: Another Post video: