Game 5: VMI Nov 26, 2018 21:09:57 GMT -5
Post by notjuanjones on Nov 26, 2018 21:09:57 GMT -5
After a very good road win Saturday at UMBC, the Eagles try to keep the momentum going with a 7 pm tilt Tuesday at Virginia Military Academy.
VMI KEYDETS (5-2)
KENPOM: 307/SAGARIN: 325
G Garret Gilkerson (6-4, JR, 11.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, .500 [12-24] 3p)
G Bubba Parham (5-11, SO, 24.3 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.3 apg, .439 [29-66] 3p)
G Greg Parham (6-4, SO. 11.7 ppg, 4.1 apg, .355 [11-31] 3p)
G Myles Lewis (6-5, SO, 9.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
C Tyler Creammer (6-10, JR, 8.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg)
G Sarju Patel (6-3, SO, 9.5 ppg, 3 rpg)
F Connor Arnold (6-7. FR, 4.3 ppg)
C Jake Stephens (6-8, FR, 6.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
SERIES: American, 1-0
LAST: AU, 69-64, 11/25/17
Classic Admiral Ackbar www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F4qzPbcFiA game.
How do our guys handle success?
They've gotten off to the best start in eight years. They've won two tough road games already, against higher-ranked opponents. That will not be the case Tuesday. VMI is 5-2, but three of those wins were over Division III/NAIA schools, and their two D1 wins have come over schools ranked in the 300s, with a combined 2-10 record. It would be easy for us to overlook the Keydets, not pay serious attention to the scouting report, and think we can just show up and out-talent them. And that would be a recipe for disaster.
It's exactly, IMHO, what we did last year, when we went up to Maryland-Eastern Shore and didn't respect our opponent. We let UMES, a terrible shooting team, get into a rhythm by giving them numerous offensive rebounds and second-chance points. And after we did play well for 10 minutes or so to re-take the lead, we again let our foot off the gas, and UMES beat us--one of the worst losses in recent memory. VMI is better than UMES. But if we pay attention to detail, and play with some energy and focus, we should beat them. Should.
VMI only lost by 10 at Kentucky, and put 82 up in Lexington. They want to shoot threes--they're ninth in the country in three-point attempts so far this year, with 206--to score their points (they average 85 points a game). So, how do you combat that? By executing on offense. By making them defense for 20-25 seconds, and then scoring. In short, by playing the way we played at Mason and UMBC, when we worked for good shots, and then knocked them down. If we use our size advantage at just about every position, and take our time, and work for the next good shot, we can score against these guys and keep the tempo in our favor. If we try to get into a track meet with these guys, and match them shot for shot, we're going to lose. Pace will be everything; they want to run off of makes, misses, everything. We have to make them feel us defensively, keep a body between them and the basket, close out on their shooters and help each other. In short, we have to take them seriously.
A win would make us 4-1. It would solidify the momentum with which we've started the season. It will give us a chance at a really good non-conference record going into PL play, with four of the last six OOC games at Bender. It would show how much we're grown, mentally as well as physically.
It's right there for us.
Go get it.