This is it right here. I think others have already pointed out the drop off TP has had against higher level competition this season.
Don't get me wrong. He is still a baller, and has hit some clutch shots in some games, but IMO he isn't as dominant as he was against the CUSA.
I look at it differently. Grant inherited a pretty bad program and I will say, yes, that effected recruiting, but in defense of Hodge, he lost most of the offense from last year and was able to replace a good part of that with a couple of players. I think JE replaces TP and CJ replaces Kai. Both to a certain extent.
I also see that Grant went 20-18 in his first season. We are on track to be similar. Against mostly better competition. I think that counts for something.
Lastly, there have been numerous opportunities in the last minutes of close games where the plays are there, but the players just don't execute. I won't belabor the point of losing the clutch of TP, but it can't be understated here.
Most of the items you are saying are head coach related, other than maybe set plays sound to me like lack of execution. Not lack of plan. In fact, I would say with the talent we have, the game plan has kept us toe to toe with some good teams.