Game 3: New Hampshire Nov 15, 2018 22:34:19 GMT -5
Post by notjuanjones on Nov 15, 2018 22:34:19 GMT -5
AU gets going at home after playing its first two on the road, with a 7 p.m. game at Bender against New Hampshire of the America East Conference.
NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS (2-1)
KENPOM: 315/SAGARIN: 343
G Jordan Reed (6-0, SR, 9.7 peg, 1.3 apg, .556 [5-9] 3p)
G Elijah Jordan (6-1, SO, 7.7 ppg, 3 apg)
G Josh Hopkins (6-5, SO, 12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, .545 [6-11] 3p)
F David Watkins (6-8, SR, 4 ppg, 4 rpg)
F Chris Lester (6-6, JR, 7 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
F Jayden Martinez (6-7, FR,12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
F Nick Guadarrama (6-5, FR, 11.3 pff, 5.3 rpg)
G Marque Maultsby (6-3, FR, 10 ppg, 2 rpg)
G Mark Carbone (6-2, JR, 6.7 ppg, 2 rpg, .450 [5-11] 3p)
SERIES: American, 3-1
LAST: AU, 74-70, 11/21/17
STREAMING: Patriot League Network/Stadium: watchstadium.com/live/150653/
The Eagles have looked much improved in their first two games, but this is the first time this season that AU is favored. UNH lost a couple of good seniors off of last year's team, which struggled after some tough early losses to finish 10-21 in the regular season, and lost to Hartford in the first round of the AE Tournament. The Wildcats are letting the three-pointers fly so far as they try to play with tempo and push the ball up court, while pressing opponents on defense. Reed is the top returning player, but UNH has a bunch of promising freshmen and sophomores. Sounds an awful lot like what we've been the last couple of years. So we need to take advantage of UNH's inexperience and relative lack of size. I'd expect us to pound the ball inside to Mark/YY early and see if we can establish ourselves playing inside-out.
Our first two games have been full of good moments. Equally important, I think we've hung in there when we haven't shot the ball well and been able to stay in each of the games. We've been significantly better defensively in the early stages this season; this will be a good test of our guards on D. I don't think there will be too many more games this year where Sa'eed, Sam and Marvin combine to go 5 of 22 from the floor, as they did Monday. So I'm hoping for significantly better shooting. If we move the ball and don't turn it over, I don't think UNH can really stop us. But, we have to execute. Hopefully, there will be a good crowd to welcome the guys home.