I'm not sure that I have very much productive to say about Vanderbilt's abysmal performance today against Cleveland State. To me, it's not so much that we lost, or even that we lost by double-digits, or that we lost on our home court to a Horizon League opponent, but rather that a team led by seasoned veterans showed a conspicuous lack of heart, a lack of hustle, a lack of focus, and a lack of a sense of urgency.
Make no mistake: Cleveland State is a very good, well-coached good team that plays with a lot of tenacity -- but that doesn't excuse what we just saw. The team that just got completely outclassed on its home court is not a Final Four team, or an Elite Eight team, or even an NCAA Tournament team. If there is anything positive to take from this game, hopefully it will be a look-in-the-mirror, wake-up call type of situation where this team collectively decides that never again will it take an opponent lightly.
While I'm thinking of things:
1) As much as I love the Thunder, this team has virtually no post presence without Festus. As cold as we shot today, it was obvious that we sorely missed the big man.
2) If we can't handle pressure defense, we might want to go play intramurals brother. 21 turnovers? Really?
3) There was a total lack of energy in the gym, and while I get that there wasn't a lot for the fans to get jazzed about, the atmosphere did not come across well at all on national television. I shudder to think that any recruits might have been watching.
Floor is open.