Three games into the season, Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks is still trying to figure out what kind of team his Jaguars will be.
The Jaguars (1-2), coming off a 69-38 loss to Ole Miss on Thursday night, head straight into a 3:30 p.m. Saturday matchup with Middle Tennessee (1-2) in hopes of righting the ship.
But more important than the final score, Banks is hoping that his team can find an identity.
“I knew that early on would be a struggle, and I haven’t shied away from that,” he said. “I think our body of work shows some good things, and we have a chance at having a pretty good basketball team.”
Banks said the Jaguars were simply overwhelmed against a superior Ole Miss program on Thursday. Southern’s struggles on offense didn’t help matters much, though, as it shot a dismal 28 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers.
But Banks said the night wasn’t a complete loss; it showed his team has some potential bright spots in its future, particularly the development of forward Keith Davis.
“If we can continue to get (Davis) better, we feel he can be a post presence for us,” Banks said. “We’ve been looking for that intensity on the defensive end, but he’s also able to post and get some offensive looks for us.”
Davis’ development comes at a crucial point for the Jaguars, who have several players recovering from injury during the early portion of the season, including guard Tre Lynch.
Banks said the loss of Lynch has been crucial this season and that he can’t wait until the senior is back on the court and helping stretch opposing defenses.
“We’ll be an even better basketball team (with Lynch back),” Banks said. “We’re still waiting to find out some things.”