I wouldn't put Dru Smith anywhere near a list of disappointments. He's had two bad games, but he's been MU's best player for most of the season. He's on pace to have one of the best all-around seasons MU has had from a guard in a long time. Up until Tuesday he was leading this team in points, assists, rebounds and steals. (Mitchell Smith has since nudged past him for the rebounding lead.) He's not always a prolific scorer because he doesn't look to shoot very often and they don't run a lot of plays to get him open for shots off screens, but he's a versatile guard, a really good defender and a 37-percent 3-point shooter, which is very solid. Martin and his staff might have done him a disservice with all the hype the last year, but if MU had a better record he'd be under consideration for All-SEC honors. He's still a candidate for SEC defensive player of the year. That award usually goes to a shot-blocker, but here's where he ranks among SEC guards in some defensive stats:
Defensive rating: 4th
Defensive plus-minus: 2nd
Mark Smith is a shooter and a solid defender. I don't think anyone ever hyped him to be an All-American candidate. He's streaky from 3. That's not unusual for a high-volume shooter. He's fourth in the league in 3-pointers. He's still shooting 38 percent from 3. Not elite but still good. For him it's about consistency and finding other ways to score, getting to the rim, getting some foul shots.
As for the most disappointing aspects of the team, I'd start with ...
* Tilmon's production - and now his health, which isn't his fault.
* Wild swings in production from the 3 sophomores
* Defensive breakdowns vs. 3-point shooters. That should be a strength.
* Struggles to shoot consistently from 3/reluctance to attack inside