Watched all three of St. Joe's games in Hawaii on television and, other than the second half against Indiana, did not like much of what I saw. Too often, the basketball looked a medicine ball. Passes were an adventure. Nothing looked remotely cohesive.
Certainly, the Texas loss was understandable, but I just did not like how the Hawks were playing. I don't think much of Alabama and SJU was never really a factor in that game either.
The Lehigh win and Creighton loss did not inspire much confidence. This looked like a team playing without much joy.
Then, I went to Towson last week to a gym about a mile from where I grew up. And I saw a different St. Joe's team. Ball movement, shooting, spacing, running, everything. Given that it was Towson, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it.
I do know I went to Villanova last Thursday thinking much differently than I had before the Towson game. I wasn't sure the Hawks could score 40 against the Wildcats prior to their performance against Towson. After talking to several players following the Towson game, I got the sense the group was getting it together for the oldest of reasons. They did not like losing and were willing to do what it took to win.