Game 2: Northwestern Nov 11, 2018 21:17:54 GMT -5
Post by notjuanjones on Nov 11, 2018 21:17:54 GMT -5
Fresh off a great season opening win at George Mason, the Eagles complete their two-game road trip with their toughest OOC game on this year's docket, at Northwestern of the Big 10.
NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS (1-0)
KENPOM: 46/SAGARIN: 40
G Jordan Ash (6-3. SR, 2 ppg, 2 spg)
G Ryan Taylor (6-6, GR, 20 ppg, .545 [6-11] 3p)
F Miller Kopp (6-7, FR, 9 ppg, 3 rpg)
F Vic Law (6-7, SR, 18 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 apg, .500 [3-6] 3p)
C Dererk Pardon (6-8. SR, 13 ppg, 11 rpg)
F A.J. Turner (6-7, JR, 11 ppg, 4 rpg, 4 apg)
G Anthony Gaines (6-4, SO, 5 ppg, 4 rpg)
F Pete Nance (6-10, FR, 3 ppg)
SERIES: Northwestern, 1-0
LAST: Northwestern, 78-62, 12/16/10
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Curious about a couple of things going into this game. One, can we stand prosperity? It would be easy to mail this one in coming off the win at Mason, and with the home opener coming Thursday. We're not supposed to be competitive in this one. So let's see if the guys come out and compete against a team that has high expectations this season and has a lot of size at all positions. Two, can we raise our play against a better opponent? We didn't play great Friday; we played hard, and we had several good moments. But I wouldn't say we played anything approaching a complete game at both ends. We'll have to play a lot better to stay in this one. I think we can play better and I hope we see that Monday. I can't wait to see Sa'eed go against Ash, for example--good junior versus good senior.
Northwestern is otherwise much younger this season after losing three seniors, including the school's all-time assist leader, guard Bryant McIntosh, as well as center Rapolas Ivanauskas, who transferred to Colgate last spring and was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA last week. (BTW, he's had double-doubles in each of Colgate's first two games. Looks like a player.) But, the Wildcats have a bunch of good recruits, including Ryan Young, the big center that AU recruited. NU wants to shoot a ton of threes from all over, so we're going to have to be on point; this group reminds me a little of a younger, less experienced Marquette (and we know how that turned out). Will we be able to withstand a run, or come back if we fall down by double digits early?
But, glad we're taking the trip. This should be a nice homecoming for Larry, who played about a half-hour southwest of Chicago for Hinsdale HS. Hell, let's get greedy and shock the world again!