It's mid-December and the Kirkwood Eagles have already played 12 games, but Coach Bryan Petersen is still juggling his lineup and searching for the right formula that will give them a shot at another national crown.
He may have found a few answers Wednesday night.
Kirkwood started a new four-guard lineup against John Wood Community College and posted a comfortable 84-64 victory in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.
Petersen has tinkered with the lineup much of the season in search of the right starting lineup and the right combination of subs.
"Day-by-day, we're still looking for a lot of answers from our group," he said. "You never have it completely figured out. Everybody says by January you should know your team, hopefully.
"It's not January yet, but at the same time I thought we'd probably be a little further along than we are right now."
Petersen has a lot of talented players to choose from, including six guys who helped the Eagles capture the NJCAA Division II title last March and a talented group of newcomers.
Talent is not the issue, but chemistry and team cohesion are still a work in progress. The Eagles have a respectable 9-3 record, but they are no longer ranked No. 1 in the country and they lost to Black Hawk College last week after drilling them by 44 points earlier in the year.Read more...