Three games have gone by since we last talked about Coach Turner’s 2011-12 team, but sadly not much has changed. The only compelling question left for the season in my mind is if the team will avoid the ignominy of losing 20 games.
- Feb. 11 L 77-74 at Cal Poly. Synopsis: bad first half, lights out shooting in the second half, rally that falls short in the waning minutes. The Good: Adam Folker‘s career-high 20 points on 9-13 shooting. The Bad: Missing a chance to beat a rapidly slipping Cal Poly team, despite shooting over 50 percent from the field as a team.
- Feb. 15 L 85-62 vs. UCSB. Synopsis: Another clunker of a game against the Gauchos as they sweep the season series from the Anteaters. The Good: Will Davis II outscores Gaucho freshman Alan Williams 12-8 in a match-up that hopefully develops in years to come. The Bad: Pretty much everything else. Not a pretty game.
- Feb. 18 W 78-73 vs. Eastern Washington. Synopsis: Anteaters shoot better from the field and even from three-point land than the free throw line, turn over the ball 23 times to EWU’s 9, and yet still win. The Good: Evenly distributed scoring and a good response after the letdown against UCSB, especially against a BracketBuster which has traditionally seen less effort from UCI in years past. Also, Mike Best‘s 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in 15 minutes of play. Davis II added in four blocks of his own. The Bad: Aforementioned atrocious 48 percent free throw shooting and an unacceptable 12 turnovers combined from point guards Derick Flowers and Daman Starring.
More thoughts on this year’s team as well as Anteater legend Jerry Green after the jump.
UCI basketball now sits at 10-17 on the season, with a 5-8 Big West conference record tied for sixth in the Big West with UC Riverside. They have four at least four games left this season. Two are winnable regular season games against UCR and Cal State Northridge. Another is an extremely tough match-up at Long Beach State. The 49ers are still perfect in conference play thus far, and can smell the finish line. The fourth guaranteed game is the Big West first round match-up, where they will likely match up with either UCSB, Fullerton, or Cal Poly. If they do somehow pull off the first round, they would then likely play Long Beach State again in the second round. In other words, the only way UCI can avoid 20 losses this season is if they win every game they play besides the nearly inevitable losses to Long Beach State.