I’ve tried to avoid being too critical of Andy Enfield this season but a lot of problems I’ve railed against the past eight seasons were on display this week.
- Evan Mobley might be a generational talent for USC but he can disappear at times. And the problem here is that Enfield’s offense does not really cater to a big man. It never has and that was a problem last season in getting the most from Onyeka Okongwu.
Mobley never gets enough touches and the offense never seems geared to him. He is athletic and skilled so he can overcome this by creating his own shots, especially against overmatched teams. But he would be more dominating with a better-matched coach.
- USC’s offense has never had a Plan B under Enfield.
Tahj Eaddy isn’t hitting his shots Saturday? Well, I guess USC’s offense is toast then. That’s always the philosophy under Enfield. His offense is based on top players being hot offensively. If not, oh well, because he’s not going to come up with any plays or generate anything.
- Does the shot doctor know anything? Enfield used to tutor NBA players as a shooting coach. Seriously. But USC is far-and-away the worst free-throw shooting team in the Pac-12 at 64.7 percent. There are 10 teams that shoot at least 70 percent in the Pac-12.
- Whenever I watch a game, it seems like Enfield gets quickly irritated at players and has a quick hook. Unless you are one of his favorites. It’s not a huge issue when you are 18-3. But it’s easy to notice when you lose three out of four games. And I’m sure players talk about it.
- A lot of USC fans seem to be happy with Enfield. Based on what? He makes more than $3.5 million and has won two NCAA Tournament games in eight years. And one of those victories was a play-in game in Dayton.
Is USC getting its money’s worth? I think a lot of fans would say yes. They are simply thrilled with highly ranked recruiting classes and wowed by some victories over less-talented teams. It doesn’t seem to bother them that USC cannot dominate the Pac-12 or do anything of significance in the NCAA Tournament.
They are just happy USC is winning 20 games a season, no matter how easy the schedule usually is under Enfield.
USC might still surprise some people in the NCAA Tournament this season. But it will be in spite of, not because of Enfield.