Take a deep breath, and repeat after me the following three lines:
It’s a meaningless exhibition.
This is an entirely new squad that has never played together.
Expectations are subterranean this season.
Yes, San Jose State just lost coach Dave Wojcik’s exhibition debut to Division II Cal State Monterey 78-69, a game in which they had to 14-point second half deficit to tie it up before letting the Otters run away again.
The players everyone expected to do things for the Spartans did things. The team’s two big recruits, Rashad Muhammad and Jalen James, had 15 and 16 points respectively, and senior Chris Cunningham had 17 points and 17 rebounds.
The dilemma? The bench gave them squadoosh. A whole six points (5 from Brandon Mitchell, 1 from Isaac Thornton.) Yeah, if they are even going to win the few games they have a shot in, the bench is going to have to show more.
In addition, they shot just 32.2 percent from the field. Heck, this game was filled with players hucking up ill-advised shots left and right (Monterey Bay shot just a shade over 33 percent), but the difference ended up being when those ill-advised shots were thrown up from 3-point range, they fell for the Otters and not for the Spartans. Monterey Bay was 9 for 21 from behind the arc, San Jose State was 5 for 27 and a whole 3 for 19 in the first half.
Methinks they need to spend less time throwing up threes and more time passing it around to open players (10 assists total for the Spartans). But remember …
… It’s a meaningless exhibition. This is an entirely new squad that has never played together. Expectations are subterranean this season.
Yes, and UNLV got tipped by Division II Dixie State on Saturday, and remember, everyone expects them to win the conference. People expect San Jose State to lose a lot this season, and guess what, they did just that Monday night. At least this one won’t count on the record. Hell, who can forget D-II La Moyne hitting Syracuse in its 2009 exhibition.
The Orange only finished the year 28-4 and went to the Elite Eight that year. One exhibition game is not a harbinger for an entire season.
So take a deep breath and calm down. It was a meaningless exhibition game. This is an entirely new squad that has never played together. Expectations are subterranean this season.