Canisius has finally issued their Game Notes. See below:
One particular passage caught my eye. It follows………..
TURNING DEFENSE INTO OFFENSE
Canisius head coach Jim Baron often talks about turning defense into offense – and the Griffs
put that theory on display Saturday in the 64-60 win over Vermont.
The Griffs forced Vermont into 17 turnovers in the season-opener for both teams, the most
turnovers for the Catamounts in a game since 2010-11. Off those 17 turnovers, Canisius was able
to score 15 points.
Take heed, Lehigh, the Griffs will be out to turn us over and, after reviewing our Villanova game experiences, they’re probably thinking “why not.” On Friday, you may call in the game against Villanova, we gave the ball up 23 times (13 via the steal). Or, said another way, we offered up the ball via an opponent’s steal in 17.7% of our offensive possessions. Not good. In fact, it ranks 320th in D-1 play. Canisius, on the other hand has proved to be – albeit after just one game* – hard to “pick-pocket,’ losing the ball in just 3.1% of their possessions. Just another area of focus tonight for those in attendance or watching on line.
• While the data is limited (one game), it can be said that in last year’s play, Canisius bested Lehigh when it came to protecting the ball while on offense as well as stealing the ball away while on defense.