Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tom Pritchard, The Enigma

What happened to the Tom Pritchard we saw against Purdue? The guy who played so well then (13 points, five rebounds) has reverted to his season-long funk. Against Ohio State he was a non-factor with six points and two rebounds in 23 minutes. Against Northwestern he had four and four.

On Wednesday night Pritchard brushed the front of the rim, but did not airball, a free throw. He clanged the second off the back of the rim. He was 0-for-4 from the line and none of the attempts were close.

Yeah, it was that kind of night.

At least there was a Bawa sighting in IU’s 69-52 loss.

That would Bawa Muniri, the 6-10 freshman from Ghana courtesy of Mt. Zion Academy. Before Ohio State he had played a total of 46 minutes, 15 in Big Ten play. Against the Buckeyes he had one rebound and one foul in four minutes.

And what of Tijan Jobe, you ask? The 7-foot senior from Gambia played the last two minutes against the Buckeyes and totaled one rebound and two missed shots. He’s played 12 minutes in 11 Big Ten games.

Here’s the deal. IU has two really big guys on its roster and neither is good enough to play. This should be great news for any big high school players looking for instant playing time on a major-college stage. It’s bad news for the rest of this season.

But then, you probably already knew that.

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