November 17, 2013 at 1:26 am #12216
How KenPom sees it………..
LU (1-2 ) Ranked 175th
Houston (3-0) Ranked 174th
Houston wins 78-74 (66% chance)
This game will mark our first of four games in the 2013 Legends Classic. We later take on Piit (11/20), Texas Southern (11/25) and either South Dakota State or Howard (11/26). The final two games will be played in Brookings, SD – home of the SDST Jackrabbits. The tournament’s four host teams (Pitt, Houston, Stanford and Texas A&M) travel to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY to compete for the Legends Championship on November 25th and 26th.
As for Houston, Head coach James Dickey guided the Cougars to a 20-13 mark, the first 20-win season since the 2008-09 campaign, and the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational…first-team Conference USA selection junior TaShawn Thomas $16.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg leads a team that returns all but two players from a year ago…junior guard Joseph Young paced Houston with his 18.0 ppg average last season…the Cougars have been to 19 NCAA Tournaments and five Final Fours…Houston will begin its association with the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
Winner of their first three, the Cougars move up in class (rankings anyway) when they take on Lehigh. Their first three games featured teams ranked 245, 342, and 315. In fact, Lehigh is shaping up to be their third toughest test in OOC play this year behind Stanford and Texas A&M.
Look for the Cougars to start, as they have each game:
Thomas – 6.8” Jr.
McLean – 6’8” RS Jr.
House – 6’7” So.
Stiggers – 6’5” RS So.
Rose – 6’4” So.
The team boasts two 6’10” players: Knowles and Izundu. Be aware, each is seeing time with Knowles getting 19mpg and Izundu 7mpg.
Houston’s 3- Game Stats
http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/hou/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2013-14/stats/season_stats.pdfNovember 17, 2013 at 2:17 am #12217
A bit tall. We best shoot like the Rider gameNovember 17, 2013 at 2:24 am #12218
Agreed, Rich. And I suspect that they are athletic as well.November 17, 2013 at 6:13 am #12221
Feeling nervous about this one. Obviously a big team who play serious competition in conference. I’m concerned about their style of play. A lot of athletic action in the paint is not ideal for us.
Also reading a fair amount of criticism of their OOC schedule; they were on a national top 10 list of weak ones. And we’re the strongest team they’ve seen. Feels like they might play with a chip on their shoulders, wanting to prove a point.
Day-dreaming, as usual, I find myself thinking about a TK, JC, JG, MM, AP lineup for this one. Their size, and likely athleticism is a worry to me.November 17, 2013 at 6:33 am #12222
COBL preview of this one:November 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm #12224
Another good tough road challenge, another learning experience which is what we need. Obviously love to win but this early in year it’s about growth and hopefully we see some more good things today.November 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm #12225
All eyes on:
Clean game on “D” – 28 and 22 PFs in our two road games so far. 18 @ home was nothing to brag about either.
Rebound performances from MS, SC, SW, and CB. The group combined for 0 pts. and 4 boards (all by returning player SC) in 38 minutes or time on the court. We need a bench and that won’t do it.
TK’s post play re: quickness and positioning.
If 3’s aren’t dropping, who else can take it to the hole besides Mackey to get to the line in this touch foul world we’re playing in?
Does JG get a start, looking at Houston’s prospective lineup?
Team play (my favorite)….A/Made FGs. 66% and above = “W” 9 out of 10 times. At least in my way of thinking.November 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm #12226
EEEEE GAAADDDDDD, what did Baltimore have for breakfast on the plane!!!!! 9 REBOUNDS EARLY IN THE 2ND HALF. And an offensive game !November 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm #12227
7 minutes to go. Up 4!November 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm #12228
Austin Price with his first collegiate stuff!November 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm #12229
Watched it all on ESPN3. Another winnable game. Very good effort. A lot to like. Even more to work on. Maybe CB’s breakout game? But why are we so weak again in rebounding for long periods of time? CB’s entry seemed to stem the tide for awhile, but overall we gave up too many easy baskets underneath on defense. To me that cost us the game. Final stats not up yet but I suspect rebounding disadvantage will be huge.November 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm #12230
Usually hard to feel positive after a14 pt loss but I do. Each game team has gotten better. CB stepped up. Alone he was not enuf to cure our weak rebounding.November 18, 2013 at 12:28 am #12231
Learning experience team needs. Hopefully will learn how to finish when up late. Physicality needs to improve but that may be more about youth, time will tell. I do think LU struggled in the half court set, seems to be be all pick and roll with mm when TK is not in the game. They will have to get much better screening and moving in half court to create easy looks. Overall still lots of upside for this team.November 18, 2013 at 12:48 am #12232
Encouraging, for sure, but another one that slipped through our fingertips. Team played well, showed ton of heart, and just came up short. CB wow did not see that coming!!! SW showed you some of his skillet today, we had been waiting to see more of his versatility. Yes me missed some ft, but some nice drives against big conference athletes where he drew contact was really nice to see. Hit a big 3 ball as well, his best effort of young season. TK showed you more offensive moves and pedigree, still needs to hit boards more but that will come. These are tough losses but hopefully they pay dividends come conference play.November 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm #12235
Does anyone have a clue what got into #44, Conroy Baltimore? Can we count on him in Game 5 or for that matter the rest of the season? If this were a Fantasy league, would you dare start him next week? The numbers are off the wall.
Last 10 games of 2012-13: 8 pts., 4 rebounds in 41 minutes. DNP in 5 games.
First 3 games this year: 2 pts., 1 rebound in 9 minutes.
Game 4 this year vs. Houston: 6 pts. 13 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Did anyone else notice the attendance figure (2,635) Houston reported and did you witness the game on ESPN3? Talk about a disconect! Seems like we’re not the only league to report inflated numbers or there were a boatload of season ticket holders that didn’t show up for the Lehigh game.
Numbers to watch going forward
Assists to Made FG
When above 50% LU went 19 and 3 last year. This year we’re 1-0.
Winning the Rebounding Battle
When we did LU went 11 and 2 last year. This year we’re 1-0.
I realize we’ve all played a different set of opponents – some good, some not so good – but these figures are revealing knowing we can score but still concerned over our “D.” Numbers reflect standing in the 10 team PL.
Steals 3.8pg 7th
Blocks 2.5pg 7th
Rebounding Margin – 8.2 9th
Scoring Defense 79.8ppg 8th
Scoring Margin -6.8ppg 8th
Defensive FG% .435 6th
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