So you would have taken out Shep? I certainly would not have and I would have been the first to eat crow in the post game press conference if it proved detrimental.
Yes, I would have taken out Shep. He was obviously on fire and he started the game well, but he's had some foul troubles of late (4 of the last 5 games he's had at least 3 fouls). Given that we had a near 12 point lead when we sat him, it made sense. Sure, we gave up a run and had some turnovers, but they were hardly because of a lack of Shep's presence. A lot of our TOs came from simple misexecution of possible entry passes and just poor decision making from the middle of the zone (i.e. passes that Shep wouldn't be making anyway). That can be cleaned up and we attacked the zone with far more enthusiasm than we did v. Northwestern in the 2nd half.
Whether I nit-pick or not, the fact remains that we don't win under him. Call it poor officiating, call it bad luck, call it "we don't have the athletes", etc. Fact remains, that we just don't win under Pat. Not saying we would win under anyone else, but also not saying we don't.
Just commit to something. This limbo bs you are doing is an attempt to save yourself if Pat turns it around because even you sense that things can turn around for this program under his leadership. Did you know that we had two top 100 recruits at the game today (Lamar Stevens and Tone Carr)? Did you know that this was at least Stevens' and Carr's 3rd visit to our campus (Stevens - camp in June 2014, unofficial last October, at game today; Carr - 2 unofficials, at game today). The recruiting is improving and pulling the plug now would be premature.
I just think Pat makes poor decisions as to who is on the court and when.
That is very clear because you are nitpicking a decision that had no impact on us winning the game or not, and you are choosing to only look at the bright side of how things could've gone, as opposed to the negatives.
If you were running the show and watched the tape of how often DJ(who I think is one the best players PSU has ever had)turns it over or makes an ill advised shot with less than a minute to go, I would bet you would at least try something different 1 time.
So, DJ can't even inbound the ball? I'm not even sure what this is. I don't think DJ took a shot in the last 30 seconds, it was all Shep (until he fouled out).