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Matching last season: the stirring conclusion

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Hooray for happy Muskies!
Hooray for happy Muskies!
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

So other than the fact that I have a lot of time on my hands, what have we learned through this? I think this was mostly just a clearer look at what we already knew, but here are the things that stood out to me:

  • We have almost nobody left on the roster who moved the ball well last year. Not only is point guard play going to be an issue, but keeping everything running smoothly from 1 to 5 might cause some problems. Dee and Matt set the tone of whipping the ball around; I hope the team retains that identity.
  • We have the skills on the roster right now to replace Stainbrook, aside from his ball movement. The problem is that they don't come neatly packaged in one guy. Reynolds can score and rebound but fouls too much. Farr can rebound and stay out of foul trouble but isn't an offensive force. O'Mara got his feet wet but not much else last year. Managing the front court will a challenge for Mack this season.
  • We're really going to miss Dee if we can't get someone who can initiate the offense and stick open threes. If you don't believe me, go back and remember how frustrated everyone was when Dee was initiating the offense but not sticking open threes. It wasn't good.
  • It's way too long until the season begins.