The top 3-4 players run the team.
They are invincible because the alternatives are decidely inferior. Moreso, their personal goals trump team goals in most instances.
After GU's unbeaten team was defeated in the Kennel by BYU, Nigel Williams Goss spilled the beans in a slightly couched manner. He let it be known that the key players had an informal rule ... once a lead got into double digits, a guy could skip team ball and go one-on-one to pad stats. Zach Collins by far was the worst offender (and is still doing it with the Trailblazers to his and the team's detriment).
I was there at that game. It was a headscratcher, because GU forged easy leads when playing together. But twice it descended into dunceball. Problem was, after the last tailspin, Mika, Kafusi, and Emery nutted up and outtoughed the Zags. I was in the endzone watching it unfold.
Now, with that in mind, rethink this last Cougar season.