December 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm #2948
Bouncing back from a loss with a win in its next game is something Lehigh has been able to do on 9 consecutive occasions spanning the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Will we get #10 tomorrow night in Hamden, Connecticut? It won’t be easy. The Bobcats of Quinnipiac, picked by most to finish first in the NEC are off to a good start at 5-2 with wins over Yale, Hartford, Dartmouth, Maine, and Mt. St. Mary’s. Their only losses came against Vermont (RPI 37) and UMass (RPI 66). If you care to watch the game you should check-out the link below.
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Quinnipiac Bobcats (5-2)
Pomeroy # 180
Sagarin # 154
RPI # 115 / SOS # 138
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (4-4)
Pomeroy # 198
Sagarin # 202
RPI # 186 / SOS #206
LINES AND ODDS OF WINNING
Sagarin Line: Quinnipiac -6
Pomeroy Odds of Winning: 70% favoring Quinnipiac
NORTHEAST CONFERENCE (NEC) PREVIEWS
http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/143-quin … iew-168666
QUINNIPIAC 7 GAME STATS
FG Pct: 42.9
3FG Pct: 35.8
FT Pct: 59.0
Assist/turnover ratio: 1.1
THREE BOBCAT PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON
#12 Justin Rutty, 6’7" / 225lb / Forward / Senior
Last game: 24 pts. and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes
#3 James Johnson, 6’0" / 195lb / Guard / Junior
Last game: 25 pts. and 4 rebounds in 38 minutes
Top 3 point scorer @.413 and best free throw shooter @.893
#10 Deontay Twyman, 6’0" / 170 lb / Guard/ Senior
Last game: 6 pts. and 6 rebounds in 32 minutesDecember 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm #2964
Game Notes are up!
http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/ViewAr … =205043442
http://www.lehighsports.com/assets/1/wo … /41751.PDF
Perhaps the most compelling stats of all
Bobcats, Rutty On NCAA Rebound Charts
Led by Justin Rutty’s 10.9 rebounds per game (8th-NCAA), the Bobcats ranked 10th in the nation in rebounds per game (40.4 rpg.).
If At First You Don’t Succeed…
41.2 percent of the Bobcats’ rebounds in 2009-10 came on the offensive end, fourth-most in the NCAA.
On the Rebound
Quinnipiac was outrebounded just three times in 2009-10, and owned a +8.5 rebounding margin, second-best in the nation.
Quinnipiac, Rutty Grab Top Rankings
The Bobcats ranked 14th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (14.6) in 2009-10. Individually, Justin Rutty ranked second nationally at 4.9 offensive boards per game, a year after finishing second in the nation behind only Pittsburgh’s DeJuan Blair (5.6 oreb/game) with 4.6 offensive caroms per game.December 9, 2010 at 1:28 am #2968
Hey, at least it was entertaining. The game featured 10 lead changes and 10 ties and saw the Mountain Hawks chip away at 10 points leads most of the night. Finally, with less than two minutes to play, Lehigh jumped ahead by one on what else but a CJ 3. But, it wasn’t to be.
Neither team shot particularly well. LU hit 34.9 percent of its field goals while Q did a bit better at 42.5 percent. Three-point shooting was about equal. As for free throws, Lehigh got to the line 16 more times (41 to 25) and netted an additional 10 points for their effort. But, it wasn’t enough – not nearly so – when you factor in the discrepancy in rebounds (60 to 34), second chance points (19 to 5), and points in the paint (46-18) – all favoring the Bobcats. The 60 boards set a team record for Quinnipiac – their highest since joining D-I thirteen years ago.
As billed, Q was tall and talented – not to mention athletic. Justin Rutty (6’7") recorded his 35th double-double of his career (senior undoubtedly on his way to playing pro ball) and together with his frontcourt mates (each standing 6’7′) Jackson and May-Thompson, made life difficult for Safstrom, Knutson, Adams, and Mineri. Throw in a hustling backcourt mate named Dominique Langston who, like CJ at 6’3", has a nose for the ball and pull down 14 boards. You’d expect a Quinnipiac romp but somehow it wasn’t and for that reason Lehigh fans should stand tall. A good effort indeed.
Concerns linger over:
CJ…….in the midst of a two-game slump. While he’s averaged 12.5 ppg and 9 rebounds in the losses to Fordham and Quinnipiac, his touch is off (see stat line below) and I sense he’s trying to shoulder the weight of the team alone. Too often you’ll see him reenter a game and be too anxious to make his first basket, often times passing up a clear assist opportunity. If he misses that shot, he’ll come back for another and another in short order. A year ago, that may have meant 3 – certainly 2 – made field goals, today he’s double-teamed and lucky to convert but once in those situations. That’s not to say he’s not our best player and perhaps the best in the League, he is, but it’s taking time to adjust to the talent around him. And, there’s plenty of talent to go around this year with Mackey McKnight and Michael Ojo getting off to flying starts.
Two game stats:
Overall FG%: .294
2 pt. FG%: .280
3 pt. FG%: .333
D’Orazio – Can’t seem to get into the flow of the game. Hampered, I’m sure, by limited (18 minutes of playing time over the last three games) playing time.
Mineri, Adams, Greiner, Hamilton – Someone please show consistency and strength down low. Don’t look now but Safstrom is coming on strong. Dave had 4 boards and 3 steals in 21 minutes vs Quinnipiac and has logged 58 minutes of court time since December 1st! Hell, he was on the court for just 74 minutes in the 2009-10 season! Could we be witnessing the biggest coming out party in Lehigh basketball history?December 9, 2010 at 7:56 am #2969
LU had a good game against Q. Consistency or lack thereof for the players mentioned may be due to limited minutes one game and a few more minutes another game. Knutsen, Ojo, and CJ know they are going to be on the floor for 25 plus minutes, they have time to work out the kinks, everyone else is expected to produce in the first 1-2 minutes. Let’s hope the lineup is solid come January. The talent is there, confidence may be an issue. I am not sure who said it, but Reed is a teacher. Personally, I would love to see him get more excited during the game.
I hope Ojo, Adams, Safstrom (great to see him play) and Hamilton get to play in front of their families against USC. My neice plays in Santa Barbara and I plan to attend the USC game, about 1.5 hours away. Their familes will be there and hopefully some of the young mens high school coaches will attend.
By the way, Anderson had a coming out party his senior year. Well look at it this way, the kid is about to graduate, classes are almost over, so he can focus on bb. Good for him.
Let’s keep cheering the team on.December 11, 2010 at 4:42 am #2982
Well what do you say, they left one player in for a whole game. Greiner did a good job. Is the good Dr. reading the blog. Builds confidence when you are not yanked so quickly. As soon as Hamilton got the 3 pt foul, out he went. Good job LU. One more before finals.
Regardless of play time, these young men will leave with an education valued at $200,000. That is the most important thing.
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