VIDEO: BGSU Men's Basketball Coach Michael Huger offered some sharp criticism of his team after a season-ending loss to Toledo last night: pic.twitter.com/spxZtl46ra— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) March 7, 2017
This video was posted by Jordan Strack at WTOL. This is a pretty big WOW, if you ask me.
You should definitely take a couple of minutes and watch it. Coach Huger gives a pretty bleak look at his program as it stands today.
- Guys with one foot in and one foot out.
- You question how tough your team is. Mentally and physically.
- We played selfish basketball. Offensively and defensively.
- Once it started to go bad, we couldn't stick together.
- It's like it's the last go-round and you are going to show everybody what you can do and you show everybody what you can't do.
- When you inherit guys, it is hard to get them to change. It's hard to change a guy who has been doing it this way for so long and we're trying to change him and it's hard.
- We had the same thing last year with the same issues, and now hopefully we can move forward.
Ouch. Oh, and when he says now, he means that now that all of the players from previous regimes have moved through the program. Those are the guys he inherited. (It actually isn't quite true. He also inherited Worrell and Fox).
Anyway, in yesterday's game, the only "inherited players" who played were Denny, Worrell and Fox. The other seniors were Alcegaire and Ali, both of whom Huger recruited and were not "inherited."
So, I guess I understand what's being said. Denny did shoot 3 of 7. And, he played only 17 minutes. (Worrell had 5 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes).
Ultimately, though, they can't possibly be all of the problem that we saw out there last night. A significant part of the issue has to be guys who Huger didn't inherit, because that was who played most of the minutes and the whole team was getting skunked.
Anyway, it was a disappointing way to end the year. BG was playing them relatively tough and with 15:42 left, BG was down only 4. Over the next 8 minutes, BG was outscored 25-5 as UT blew the game wide open and never looked back.
I'm a supporter of Coach Huger and I definitely think he came into a difficult situation. There will be a season review coming up, but in the meantime the team was a little better in conference play and about the same overall in year 2 when compared to year 1. Next year is going to be rough, but starting with next year and extending onward, if guys are "one foot in and one foot out" then there's going to be no doubt where the accountability for it lies.
Erratum: Mailk H. also was committed to BG before Huger took over. We regret the error.