As readers know, I criticized Coach Fox and his use of the roster. I thought Charles Mann should have started the year at point guard and Vincent Williams should have backed him up. I thought Brandon Morris should have started at small forward and Marcus Thornton or Nemi Djurisic backing him Morris up.
Well, now Mann does start and so does Morris. We are 4 and 7 in the process, but the team is improving and we have won two straight with the possibility of getting a third in a row this week.
I wanted Fox to curb the shooting from behind the arc by Nemi and Brantley. I wanted Brantley to concentrate on defense and take the ball hard to the basket once before shooting a three-pointer. In the last game the team was much more efficient. Neither Nemi nor Brantley shot a three.
Fox used the press more effectively against USC. Our match-up zone looked a lot better and even our free throws were going down.
Well, time to give Fox credit. He is using his roster more effectively and the team is performing better. We're a long way from where we should be in his fourth year, but if we continue to drive the ball to the basket and Kenny Gaines gives us some scoring punch off the bench, we might do alright for the year. Let's see if the Dawgs can pick up these next two games and gain some confidence going into the SEC portion of the schedule. Win these next two and upset Florida, a lot of fans will get back on the bandwagon. Even more so if Fox garners a verbal commitment from a big-time 2014 player this winter.