Thursday, March 01, 2007
Is what i say. Streamlizzled. With Brian Butch gone, the badgers are a better team. I feel bad saying it. Wait, no i don't. The biggest weekness of our team has been inconsistant play in the low post. Brian Butch is the most inconsistent player on the team (tied with Kamikazi). Stiemsma, Chappell and Landry getting more minutes, will help the team more than not having Butch will hurt it.
The rebounds will be missed, but the field goal and free throw percentages wont. Not to mention how irritating it is that Brian Butch only has 14 blocks (he's 7 ft. tall, he plays 20 minutes a game).
Butch shoots %48 from the floor and %59 from the line. Stiemsma; %54 and %74, Chappell; %45 and %64, Landry; %52 and
%59. Granted, Butch shoots 3's, but Landry shoots them better (%34 vs. %44), and Stiemsma shoots deep 2's. They all play better defense than Butch.
Obviously it never hurts to be deep, but watch the energy that these guys play with knowing that they wont get pulled over a touch foul. Especially Stiemsma. For christssake the guy d'd up Sean May and for some reason got sat the whole second half. He's never been Ryan's boy, now he has to be. I'm excited. He's an animal.
All year we've had a 10 (sometimes 11) man rotation. At times it has killed momentum and hurt chemistry. Now our boys can relax and play ball. physical ball. And we wont have to watch Butch run the NCAA's slowest spin move into defender's chests anymore.
Against bad teams Butch was our best center, against good teams he was our worst. I know his best game was against Pitt, but Gray and Kendall play D like its the allstar game (and don't forget, Gray was sick ;).