Keno Says There Could Be New Starting 5 Against Rutgers

dave@friarblog —  January 8th, 2010 3:04 PM
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I didn’t catch any of Keno Davis’ Radio Show last night, but I heard that he said to expect possible lineup changes for Saturday night’s game against Rutgers.  Obviously there isn’t going to be an entirely new 5 out there, but I would imagine that most likely Brian McKenzie and possibly Greedy Peterson will start the game on the bench.

McKenzie had a nice game against St. John’s, and has been rebounding pretty well all season.  However, he was virtually a no-show against Louisville.  If Keno wants to get anything out of BMac for the rest of the year, I think it’s time to move him out of the starting lineup and see how he responds off the bench.  However, this was the same case last year, and looked how that worked out.  Senior or not, you need to produce or show some leadership.  The young guys also need to see that if you don’t bring it every day in practice or disappear during games, you are going to sit.

Peterson also had a poor game against the Cards, and he’s been benched over courses of the last two games for his play.  It’s tough because Greedy has been the most consistent player all season, except for those recent games.  However, we don’t want to see him regress or get into a funk at the most important times during conference play.

I can’t possibly see Curry, Brooks, or Dixon getting moved out.  The most logical choice would be for Vincent Council to get the nod over McKenzie, and maybe Kyle Wright if Keno feels Greedy should sit?  Rutgers will be without their big man Gregory Echenique (out for season with eye injury), so the Friars will only have to worry about 7 footer Hamady Ndiaye inside.

Anyways, this is all just speculation, as it will obviously be based on how they have been doing in practice up until game time.  I’m sure the players are aware of the situation, and hopefully it will light a fire under their behinds.

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