Watson’s biggest worry

USI coach Rodney Watson likes the talent he has on the basketball court. He doesn’t like the on-and-off intensity level. Kentucky State worried him before Saturday’s game, despite the Thorobreds’ losing record. And it looked like his worries would become fact when Ky. State scored seven of the first 10 points in the game. I heard former Purdue coach Gene Keady’s voice in my head when Watson brought up the intensity question: “Why would someone not want to play HARD!” Keady would shout at no one in particular during a news conference following a particularly bad Boilermaker performance. “I don’t understand.” Neither do I when it comes to USI. The Eagles, with the likes of Aaron Nelson inside, the acrobatic drives of Gavin Schumann and the outside shooting of Lawrence Thomas and, as of Saturday, Alex Marzette, should push the pedal to the floor every game. But they’ve had this habit since last season of not putting teams away, letting them creep back into games. Or USI falls behind early and has to scratch its way to a victory. It’s not a good omen, especially come GLVC play in January and February.

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