Regardless of what we all think about playing time, I would like to posit this question: SHOULD GU RESERVES HAVE GOTTEN MORE MINUTES EARLY IN THE YEAR (NCS SCHEDULE)? I used to believe that Few used the entire season to play with combinations so that he knew which rotations worked best against different teams heading into the tournament. I do believe there have been years where he has done exactly that. This year, however, it seems our reserves are seeing more minutes later in the season. It seems that keeping reserves on the bench just in case of injuries or foul trouble is of far lesser value if they are not prepared to play, i.e. have not seen enough game-time minutes to contribute. There were multiple games where GU was up by 15-20 points with 2-3 minutes left and our starters were still on the floor. Were these missed opportunities to prepare these reserves for games where they were going to be needed? No doubt GU has less depth than past years and playing reserves that are not ready to compete at this level is a bit of a catch-22. It's like the classic job application for a recent college grad "sorry, we're looking for experienced candidates." Well, how the hell do you get experience if you can't get "hired," i.e. playing time. So, should the reserves have received more minutes so they were ready later in the season or should a coach roll the dice and hope that the starting 5 could "carry the day" throughout the entire year, which is the approach I believe Few took. I believe that Few rolled the dice with hoping that the starting 5 could carry the day and has been put in precarious situations with underperforming starters, difficult matchups, and of course injuries. Was Few worried about his W-L record and the expectations following on the heels of last year's accomplishments. Even when injuries compelled Few to go to the bench this year, he refused to rest Pangos. I don't buy the argument that Pangos is tough and refused to sit. Of course a competitive athlete is going to say "I'm playing," but the coach has to meke the decision and my contention is that Pangos should have been rested in games against the likes of Pepperdie, etc. at home. KD filled in during GBJ injuries, now KD's minutes are plummeting despite what I would call remarkable development and bringing a lot of intangibles that this teams desperately needs, i.e. assists, rebounds, and permiter D. In the last couple of games, we have started to see more reserves playing. But, we're now 3 games from the WCC tournament and 4 weeks to the NCAAs. Is Few trying to develop reserves now? If so, is it too late? I think so. If not, is the "team" weaker because our reserves have not seen enough game time minutes? I think so. My opinion is that GU should have been accepting of a loss or two in the NCS that might of come with developing reserves in game-time situations. The idea is that they would have a stronger "team" later in the year. Izzo seems to be the master at this. His "teams" are always piquing in March. At the very least, our reserves should have seen more minutes when GU was up by 15 with 3 minutes left. Curious what others think.