RealtimeRPI says Boise State is the best team in the MWC and UNLV is the worst. Yeah, that's about right. 🙄 🤣 🤣
Massey is closer to reality (CSU, FSU, UNLV, UNM, AFA). But even that more subjective rating needs another month to work itself out.
Houston looks like a different team that played and lost to SFA, they were the team throwing the ball away in that game. Rough game.
And Houston looked even more different than the team that played UT Arlington last Wednesday. They didn't even press that game except for occasionally picking up the point guard full-court and backing off. It was almost like they weren't trying, which is why I hated to see them lose that game. Bad losses tend to fuel the next game.
They did put on a man-to-man press against SFA in a previous game. But they didn't trap out of it like they did us. But I think that was because we didn't do as good a job of spacing as SFA did. We had people too close to the ball-handler, which allowed them to trap. SFA just sent four players to the front court so they couldn't trap without risking a 4-on-3 situation.
Actually, we did a lot of good things in the Houston game (half-court defense forcing 18 turnovers, shooting, rebounding). But they were overshadowed by the mental turnovers from rushing and poor spacing. Those are correctable. The encouraging/disappointing thing was that Paula and Kath were the most composed players on the court for us. Our seniors were uncharacteristically flustered and played more like freshmen. But we will grow more from that game than the first three games.
SFA plays a similar style as Houston. But first we have to take care of Houston Baptist.