15.Jan.2011 Basketball: USC @ Oregon State
The loss at UCLA was on Craig Robinson and his stubbornness in playing untalented seniors over his more talented youth. A big problem surrounding OSU athletics is the notion that experience equates to leadership. This problem infests both major men's sports, and could be a sign of the university's collective conservative mentality. OSU seems a step behind the times at all times. Fans blame finances, but I don't think money had anything to do with Craig Robinson playing Wallace and Haynes down the stretch.
The Robinson honeymoon ended on Thursday. The media needs to start asking him the logic behind his coaching and lineup decisions. Why hasn't a single pundit had the guts to ask why Wallace and Haynes are in at the end of games? What is with the Oregon media? Can someone explain?
If the goal is to make the NIT, the Beavers must now win games they're expected to lose. They did this earlier by sweeping the Arizona schools. Over the next two weeks, they play three winnable games in USC, Oregon, and Cal. I'd say all three are must wins if they want a shot at an NIT bid. That being said, the reality is that winning the Pac-10 Tournament is their best chance for post season play, and if that's the case, Robinson better start figuring out his lineups starting tonight. More simply put, Wallace and Haynes (and possibly Burton) cannot so much sniff the floor if the game is close in the 2nd half.