Navy – Game 28 (PL's 15th)

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    LU65
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    Game Notes

    http://www.lehighsports.com/custompages/Game%20Notes/Men's%20Basketball/2013-14/28%20-%20Navy.pdf

    Navy, a team we beat by two – in overtime, no less – back on January 22nd, comes into the game winners of two of their last three – toppling Army by 22 at Christl Arena and Colgate by 10 at home. During the three game run, the Midshipmen have scored an average of 76 points per game. That’s 10 more than they had averaged in their first 11 PL contests. Their win over the Raiders on Saturday was perhaps their best and most complete outing. The team shot 54.3% from the field and 46.7% from long range. They also committed a season-low six turnovers and earned assists on 19 of its 25 made field goals while picking up 20 points off of Colgate’s 13 turnovers. Coach Ed DeChellis rightfully called it a “great team win.”

    The Final Four

    Some have; I haven’t. Given up hope that is. We still might finish in the top four come the close of business on Saturday, March 1st and be rewarded a playoff game at Stabler on March 5. Now 6 and 8, I can see us, thru rose-tinted glasses perhaps, ending up a 9 and 7 club. I base my opimism on three facts.

    One, we play the lightest remaining schedule in terms of the combined Wins and Losses of our upcoming opponents, i.e. 18 W’s. Next lightest is Colgate. They’ll face off against opponents who have racked-up just 23 W’s. Boston U., on the other hand, has the toughest row to hoe. Their final four opponents have posted 36 W’s in PL play.

    Two, while we play two at home and two on the road, there could be no lighter “road” schedule (@ Bucknell and @ Lafayette) in terms of distances to be traveled – an important consideration at this time of year for a year team that has, in recent days, looked dead tired. I’m sure they’ll be happy not to travel back from Colgate on the last day of the regular season but instead play the Raiders at home. The team that may have it the worst when it comes to travel is the team we undoubtedly need to pass up in the standings if we were to finish in the first echelon: Bucknell. The Bison play three of their last four away from home and finish on the road at American. No picnic.

    Three. We are 4-0 against our final four opponents. Beat ‘em once, why not again?

    How KenPom sees the first of our League’s Final Four on Wednesday, 2/19

    Navy (9-16, 4- 10) @ LU (13-14, 6-8)
    LU wins by 7 (80% chance)

    AU @ BU
    BU wins by 2 (60% chance)

    CU @ Army
    Army wins by 2 (59% chance)

    LC @ HC
    HC wins by 9 (82% chance)

    Bucknell @ Loyola
    Buckenll wins by 2 (60% chance)

    #13679
    RichH
    RichH
    Participant

    Of course ,I will watch. I do have one small request that we win in a non cardiac arresting way. Thank you :)

    #13681
    RichH
    RichH
    Participant

    A very nice 2nd half. Non cardiac for once :)
    Nice contribution from team. AP needs some confidence. Team gels for bits here and there. Tantalizing.
    R

    #13684

    LU65
    Participant

    Caught glimpses of action while on family outing. Impressed with team play(16 assists on 26 mfgs) and play of our guards (14 assists to 1 turnover). Still bothered by rebounding effort (20 to Navy ‘ s 32) and TK’S inability to stay PF free. We need him on the court for more than 7 minutes in each half of play. Still looking for another complete game. It’s been awhile. Seem to always need to come from behind. Can’t allow our opponent to hit 65% of their 1st half shots! Three games to work it out and go for 3 in March. Still hopeful.

    PS Kenpom nailed 2 on the head: LU by 7 and Bucknell by 2. Gamewise, missed only the LC win.

    #13685
    RichH
    RichH
    Participant

    While I fantasize about consistent play,think it very unlikely. Too many moving parts that haven’t synched.

    #13686

    toddcudd
    Participant

    Pretty solid game. Closer than we woulda liked, but I’ll take it! Most pleasing thing I saw was JC going HARD to the basket. One in particular, at the 13:10 mark in the 2nd half, he looked to be about a foot above the basket, and kinda turned it into a finger roll. Almost certainly could have thrown it down with authority. I think he surprised himself with where he ended up. Hopefully, he’ll get comfortable with that move!

    #13687
    sundayamqb
    sundayamqb
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    I did not see game, but just checked the box.

    Corey Schaefer fans unite! (Per our conversation the other day on the HC game thread.)

    Led team in shots with 5-8, including 3-6 on treys. Tied MM with 15 points. 2-2 late on charity line.

    Team-leading 3 steals, 2 RBs, 4 assists. No fouls. No turnovers in 34 mins.

    With TK playing only 15 mins and fouling out, it had to be a team win. JG’s box looks great, too …

    Team still getting whacked under the boards, looks like …

    #13688
    van
    van
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    still too many minutes for SW and AP, who are contributing very little

    #13689
    StablerBum
    StablerBum
    Participant

    Agree. AP was very poor on Wednesday. You can see the tools but it just hasn’t been coming together at all lately excluding the AU game where he got hot.

    Whitfield had a really nice move and finish on one of his first touches, and I thought we might get a good night from him. It went downhill from there however. He’s another one where you can really see the talent and ability, but the results are not there.

    I thought Simelton played a pretty nice game, excluding his ‘heat check’ three from the corner.

    Overall that was an ugly game, and I figured we lost it when SC gifted Navy a lay up on that inbounds pass, but luckily Navy gifted the game back to Lehigh with turnovers. JG had a nice game for the first time in awhile as well.

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