The 87-81 loss to Washington last Saturday stung. Not just because the Beavers were attempting to be 4-3 for the first time since the 1992-93 season. Or that they blew a double-digit lead.
The Beavers once again failed to win a “turn the corner” type game.
I’m a Craig Robinson supporter. I think he does things the right way. His student-athletes graduate and stay out of the police log. He also was instrumental to getting the new practice facility built. And most endearingly, he’s reached out to OSU legends such as AC Green and Gary Payton and gotten them involved with the program.
But there’s no denying that he just hasn’t be able to get the Beavers around the corner — the one they desperately need to get past not just for the sake of his job, but for the program.
Apathy is at an all-time high. Chatter around the program is nonexistent and Gill looks barely 1/4th full during most games.
But the Beavers just can’t seem to play consistent. Blowing double-digits leads is something they can’t afford to do. Sure, basketball is a game of runs, but sooner or later the Beavers need to be able to hold on and finish games consistently. Or at least come out of the half playing stronger.
And that’s on Robinson, he just hasn’t made the adjustments he needs to make to get the Beavers over the hump. I know, he can’t ensure that players make their shots or play great defense every position. But he can do a lot to put them in better positions to succeed.
What’s frustrating is that this team has plenty of talent, enough to be at least NIT squad. The Pac-12’s leading scorer, one of the top rebounders/shot-blockers, and one of the best inside-out players in the conference. But yet, they can’t win when they need to.
For a program as starved as the Beavers, don’t underestimate a 3-game winning streak. Sometimes the little things make all the difference, right?
Bottom line is that the Beavers need win games like the Cal and Washington games, or they will continue to be a team that climbs just enough to get hope but never quite gets over the hump. And as anyone in Beaver Nation can attest: It stings.
And at this point, it’s safe to wonder if the Beavers can do that under Robinson.