BUT....the key to USU winning four consecutive games, winning the Gossner Tournament and embarrassing a good Kent State team in the process has been the transformation of the perimeter.
Give Stew Morrill a ton of credit here. he has tweaked the system to adjust to the talent of his personnel. And give credit to Preston Medlin. Last year, the talk internally was that Medlin was giving Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams the business in practice.
Now, we're starting to see that play out. Medlin, the sophomore shooting guard, is turning into a lethal offensive weapon right before our eyes. He's a very good shooter from distance, yet he's good in the open floor, good off the dribble and more athletic than he appears.
The other key is Danny Berger. He's offerend length, touch from the perimeter and most importantly a threat to score that Mitch Bruneel doesn't and Steven Thornton never did.
With Berger in the fold, having his redshirt pulled early, Medlin's seen more room than he did earlier. When there are two shooters on the floor, the floor gets spaced.
So what we saw in the Gossner was this: Passing lanes being opened up, room for Brockeith Pane to penetrate, room for Grim to do his thing in the post, and lanes for Reed to crash the boards.
A team that couldn't score seemingly by itself early on has turned into a very good offensive unit. As a result, we're seeing a team that all of a sudden has hope for a WAC title, when it appeared that Hawaii, New Mexico State and Nevada were the cream of the crop.