The biggest thing we learned last night in Birmingham has nothing to do with what we saw on the court: it’s who wasn’t on it. Morehead State guard Kareem Storey sat out his third straight game and Morehead’s State offense struggled. in a 58-48 loss to UAB.
Not only did the Eagles shoot just 34% from the field, the Eagles starting guards combined for 15 turnovers, including eight from Brent Arrington.
In retrospect, we probably should have seen that kind of performance coming. Against East Tennessee State just three days before, the Eagles shot just 38% on their home floor. The same guard trio turned the ball over seven times, as the Eagles committed 16 overall.
Point guards contributions often show up in categories overlooked on the stat sheet: things like assists, and steals. But it’s the category Storey doesn’t show up in, turnovers, that’s amplifies just how important a quality point guard is to any offense, much less one that’s has struggled in recent history in the half-court.
When a team loses a 15-points per game scorer, we take notice.
When the man leading the Ohio Valley Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio goes does, the impact can be just as great.
But it’s the category Storey doesn’t show up in, turnovers, that’s amplifies just how important a quality point guard is to any offense, much less one that’s has struggled in recent history in the half-court.
Morehead State has dealt with more than their fair share of injuries through this season, and if it continues could derail what many expected to be the Eagles best year under Sean Woods yet.
Storey was a game-time decision last night, leading us to believe he could come back sooner rather than later. If Morehead State is going to compete with Belmont for the East Division, or possibly the conference crown, the Eagles need a healthy Storey in their lineup.