A late night film study of the UCLA game last night revealed an amazing number to me. It is no secret that I've been lobbying for Marcus Capers' PT over the past few weeks, and I'm very happy to see him pushing 30 minutes per game over the last three contests. It is easy to be critical of the kids offensive inabilities in his current phase of development, but one thing that cannot be denied is his defensive contributions to this team.
The number that amazed me was the number "1". One. Uno. One, singular field goal was scored against Marcus Capers in 27 minutes of play. That number is even more impressive when you consider that at least 20 of those minutes was while he was defending Mr. Shipp, who certainly isn't some spanky reject from Oregon State, or a fundamentally special needs player like Vinoy Overton.
All his weaknesses aside, if this team had an equivelant to a "lock-down corner," Capers would be it. Add in his rebounding and I think that it is obvious why he has taken minutes away from the upperclassmen. If Rochestie, Thompson, and Baynes are scoring, then this team doesn't need much O from Capers, and his defensive abilities will contribute in a large way to the success of this team in the Pac-10