What’s not intimidating about this face? Other than “probably everything.”
In yesterday’s “Do or Do Not, There Is No Try,” piece on CoachCal.com, the man himself talked about just what Morehead State did to our guys, and how it’s affected them. And let me tell you, it’s not all peaches and gravy.
He mentioned how the effort of our guys was outdone by the Eagles, and how it’s not enough to just give it a shot, unlike the lesson our kindergarten teachers taught all of us. “We’re in the mode where we think it’s OK to try. What about (the other team)? They tried harder. ‘I know he tried harder than me, but I did try.’ That ain’t getting it. That’s what happens when you get a bunch of young guys.”
Specifically, Cal mentioned everyone’s favorite Canadian sophomore. “I told Kyle, ‘This isn’t last year. You want to be on the court, you have to guard somebody.’ I don’t have any worries because if he doesn’t guard, he’s not playing; it’s real simple. I said it to him in front of the team, ‘If this is what other teams do to us, the minute I see it, if you don’t stop the guy, do something to stop him, then you’re out.’”
Overall, Cal was adamant that his guys check the Eagles en route to the basket. Cal loves the high percentage shots, and with the athletes that this team has on the wings and inside, there should be no reason they can’t get a shot in the paint on every possession, especially against less-talented rosters. “The minute a guy took a fade-away, I subbed him out. You’re either a man or you’re sitting down because they’re coming after your face, so go at the rim or sit.”
The game was rough on everybody, but Wiltjer seemed to bear the brunt of the ire for the team’s lack of defense for large stretches. Which is only fair, considering he’s something of an elder statesman now, in his second year. Who knows what we can expect from him in the coming games, but safe to say we might see a little more fire in the WBA superstar on the defensive end tonight against the Blackbirds (Really? Blackbirds? That’s what they went with?).
The article seemed as though Cal was being fairly rough on the Cats, but it might be just what they need to inspire great team defense, and aggressive offense, against lowly LIU this evening. Plus, it could be worse. Could be Sean Woods.