After a loss, but this requires a whole fan post. Thesis, Mark Few has blown his greatest coaching challenge. First step define greatest coaching challenge. Mark Few has coached some great teams, he recruits and develops talents that fit his system. AMMO, KO, and all the other great Zags who have ever donned a GU uniform. We know the history, 15 straight years in the NCAA tournament, 1 great eight (Doug Monsons), 4 sweet 16 appearances, 7 Round of 32 appearances, and 4 one and dones. Ladies and gentleman we have reached the ceiling of the Mark Few system. Memphis knew they were "better" GU found out they were better sort of. The Mark Few system dictates that David Stockton play point guard and that he play 25 minutes. Gerald Coleman and Angel Nunez play 16 minutes collectively. We see that David Stockton fouls out in Mark Few's system. Why? Because he is playing significantly, like not even close, bigger, faster, stronger athletes then David Stockton. David Stockton was run off the floor, when Gerald Coleman and Nunez entered the game, they were down. By halftime they were up again. Sure Coleman and Nunez collectively made some boneheaded plays, but at least he gave you a shot, and to pull Nunez like that after one offensive rebounds was ridiculous. Anyways back to defining Coach Few's greatest coaching challenge: To integrate two of his most dynamic players into a hybrid of his current offensive system. That is the challenge of the 2013-2014 year. David Stockton is a great story, I love his family and I love his game especially if we were playing in a rec league in Northern Spokane. However, this isn't the Spokane City Rec League, this is a game against Memphis or other power in the country. Memphis knew that they were going to win from the beginning, it was just a matter of time. The last 5 minutes of offense, putrid, why, because they are physically more capable then the Zags, with Draginis, Pangos, Bell, Stockton, Dower, and Karnowski. There guards fronted GU's guards and made them look foolish. However when Coleman, though was somewhat risk/reward, he gave you something, forced the team to play straight up, and caused havoc on the defensive end, that is what athletic players do. Also did you notice how his teammates gave it to GC, Coleman was the only one ready for this game.
It wasn't enough, I didn't think it would be. Memphis knew it wasn't. The announcers knew it wasn't, everyone in the building knew it wasn't. The Zags just don't have any one that can scare you. Well they do, but there on the bench. And it says everything that needs to be said. Zags like a certain pedestrian, almost mediocre white guy to be on the team, and won't coach a dynamic offensive/defensive team that could tilt the game in the Zags favor. To put in other words we had a guy from Idaho take the lost shot, rather then have the Kids from the streets of New York and Boston in a street game. And if you have any doubts about this being a street game, check out the correctly called flagrant foul, which changed the whole game. None of the Zags on the floor were comfortable, except maybe Sam Dower, but no one else was even close. Why? We didn't have our dogs in. Now I'm not saying that Nunez and Coleman would have won the game, in my opinion, the season was lost the minute David Stockton was inserted in the starting lineup and the kid from Idaho as well. When your the starter, you get starter reps, you get most of the reps with the offense and defense. So it is possible both could have played the game and looked terrible, however I submit to you that the last couple of possessions were lost due to Mark Few trying to make David Stockton, a player he loves and the son of a well to do Zag booster and close friend getting the 1st team reps, getting the bulk of minutes in pedestrian regular season and the mediocre conference play.
The Zags will win the WCC, they probably will win the tournament or get close with any lineup they play. However we found out today what the spoiled boy from Spokane gives you and the deer in the headlights guy from Idaho gives you. In the NCAA tournament, we could get a Creighton a Boise State, or any other finesse team, and win. But that is our ceiling right now. If Coach could have figured out how to use two of his best athletes and get them integrated into his system it would have been our floor.