You have to check out the Bucknell board this morning. Their crying has reached an all-time high. Make a post, get a free tissue. In a nutshell, CJ gets every call, every touch foul, Muscala never gets a call, blah, blah, blah. At least one guy said he is the best player he has seen in the league in the last 25 years. So, a couple keeping it real. Reality … CJ knows how to draw fouls, all good scorers have this skill. He knows how to draw contact. He has tremendous body control in the air, which is why he can draw contact and get to the line, where he shoots a high percentage. Bottom line is Bucknell has no player, not one, who can consistently break his man down off the dribble. That is their biggest weakness. Lehigh has two, CJ and MM.
In fairness, one excellent point was made over on that board. Reed did a great job at the end of the game last night but not calling timeout on the last trip. Bucknell had put in Johnson for offense on their last possession (he is a dreadful defender), and removed Cohen (as he was struggling mightily offensively). If Reed uses a timeout, Cohen instantly is subbed in to cover CJ on the last possession. Reed lets play run, no TO, Paulson can’t sub, so Bucknell forced to have Ayers cover CJ. Ayers is not Cohen on the defensive end. A coaches job is to establish mismatches. Reed did that at the most important time of the game last night, and that piece of strategy went a long way toward winning that game. Kudos to Reed on that one. I have been critical of him, but he deserves credit this morning.