It is very common for a question for people, even coaches, to question a team's desire, heart, etc., when they are not shooting well. Getting good shots, then making them, and stopping your opponent from doing the same, is still the key to success. Printy and Richard shot 1-8 on 3's, Walker (in foul trouble), Gant, Kitchell, and Richard got 6 rebounds between them. I have yet so see a Lansing team not play hard.
It is obvious that Odum is not himself and that he is doing things that his feet allowed him to do last year, but cause him to force things this year. Yet he's still one of the leading rebounders in the conference. There are times when you look out on the floor and wonder who is going to score. Mahurin certainly adds a dimension they need (picking and popping, hitting 3's, drawing charges). I would have to think it is a matter of time before he plays more and McWhorter plays less.
Myles is a much improved post player, free throw shooter, and the only guy in the team who can defend the post without help. He cannot get in foul trouble.
I watched Missouri State play live when they beat Creighton in Omaha. They can get up and down the floor, defend, and make shots. With only one starter returning, they are well coached. It'll be nice to see Adam Leonard not on the floor. Weeks and crew had Dougie McDermott totally frustrated. We shut them down defensively in the Finals last year (especially Weeks) and Carl has a big challenge on his hands. They can dictate tempo, pushing when they want, and making you work for 35 seconds defensively when they want. Good ballclub.