After driving up to last night’s game, I saw many different things that show me the university in Madison is doing things the right way, while the university in Milwaukee has a long way to go. As for all the side things that we’ve got to work on, that’s for another post at another time. The stuff on the court? Well, I’ve said enough. The fans should be heard. And here are some quotes:
“I’m pretty sure I care more than our team does.”
“We made it to 40 points. It was a heroic game.”
“Good thing we had the cheerleaders and mascot there to cheer for the 10 Milwaukee fans in attendance.”
“I have no idea when this team will win again. It really doesn’t appear that it will be anytime soon. How can there be such a lack of leadership, general determination and will to win. Who in the world wants to go see this team when this is displayed so frequently? The best we can get is one good half every few games? Their effort over much of this year has made it extremely difficult to want to follow them.”
“Personally, Boyle and Hill were major dissapointments. Don’t know what’s going on, but if this keeps up I see no point in playing them.”
“What a god awful game. What was up with the rotation? Jeter shows once again he is a terrible in-game coach incapable of make adjustments.”
“Damn happy I chose to go to the Bucks game.”
“The look on their faces during the game say it all.”
“With Jeter’s comments in the Journal, it seems hes well aware of this (his contract) too. His excuses don’t even make sense anymore. A trip to Italy and 10 games later, and you don’t have a solid rotation because, “You’ve played in too many difficult venues to figure it out”.”
“Why didn’t Hags and Big Mitch play? One would figure you could at least use Mitch to screen and run McCallum off him but I guess Jeter felt the weave at the top of the key and letting his players who can’t create their own shot try to create their own shot was the game plan.”
“Everything is falling into place. Let’s see how this year compares to the previous seasons:
1. Disappointing non-conference season. Check.
2. Unsettled rotation going into conference. Check.
3. Blow out by Wisconsin. Check.
4. Overzealous fans oversell team in the preseason. Check.
5. Talk already of “just wait until next year.” Check.
6. Few remaining UWM fans are arguing. Check.
7. Placing too much pressure on high school “saviors” who have never worn a Panther uniform yet. Check.
8. Debby Downer (me) already doubting. Check.
9. Fran tells everyone we have “lost our senses” (waiting…)
10. Mid year conference run fuels overblown expectations. Check.
11. “Only the conference season matters.” Check.
Looks like a typical season thus far.”
“firerobjeter.com is still open as a URL.”
“They are playing like the just don’t care.”
“I wish I would have bet on the Panthers to cover the 20 point spread tonight, the game would be exciting then!”
“I don’t know what Rob Jeter is doing with #UWMbut I’m not sure it’s anything good. It’s disappointing actually.”
There’s a boatload of comments like that on the message boards, facebook, twitter and the like. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that I’ve put on this post, but the general feelings toward the team are the same. I saw effort last night, but I still don’t see the drive to win. Blowout losses are a part of the game, but when you are 4-6 and you have more double-digit losses than not, something is seriously wrong.
Last night’s loss doesn’t bother me as much as others; Bruce Pearl’s Sweet 16 team took one on the chin at the Kohl Center. Western Michigan, Cleveland State, and FAU on the other hand, those are games I just can’t forgive when they happen with such frequency.
Something needs to change, and it needs to change fast, because this program is in a tailspin.