Wagner – Game 11

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    Tough test awaits LU – perhaps it toughest this season after Iowa State. Same goes for Wagner – perhaps its toughest after UConn. Same can be said about LU and North Dakota State in football. Why must both games be contested at the exact same moment in time (4pm EST, Saturday). Find a sports bar that has access to ESPN3 or travel to the Wager Campus on Staten Island to see the b’ball game first hand. Decisions, decisions!

    As for basketball, LU and Wagner are remarkably similar in the way they play the game which should result in a barn-burner. Take for instance: (1) PACE (number of possessions per game), (2) OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY (points scored per 100 possessions), and (3) TURNOVER RATE (percentage of your possessions that result in a turnover). See chart below. No wonder Ken Pomeroy ranks this a near draw and gives Wagner, undefeated at home sporting only two losses on the season (UConn by 12 and LIU by 5), the nod in a close game 76-72 (63% chance).

    Ken Pomeroy Rankings of 345 D-I Schools

    Category LU Wagner

    Overall rank 94th 96th
    Pace of Play 24th (71.2 poss.) 37th (70.4 poss.)
    Off. Efficiency 41st (109.2 pts/100 poss.) 77th (106.0 pts/100 poss.)
    Turnover % 47th (18.0/game) 93rd (19.4/game)

    Wagner presents good balance in both scoring and rebounding. You can expect each starter to contribute 6-14 points per game and pull down 3-5 rebound. Their heigh is solid across the board with starting guards going 6’0", 6’1", 6’5", and 6’6" and a forward measuring 6’11". All eyes had better be on their #3, Sr. Guard, Tyler Murray. Perhaps they’re saying the say thing about our #3. Anyway, in terms of 3FG%, Tyler is one of the top gunners in the country connecting on 58.5% of his attempts. It’ll be interesting to see – noting his height and range – who draws the defensive assignment. More than interesting, it’ll probably the key to the game and our chance to pull out a "W."

    Lehigh Game Notes
    http://www.lehighsports.com/assets/1/wo … 47060.PDFU



    Let’s get it done LU. You must be battled tested before league. Wishing you a W tomorrow.



    Noboby said it was going to be easy……………………

    (taken from Wagner’s Game Notes)

    The Mountain Hawks handed Hurley his first collegiate loss a year ago by a 73-57 count in Bethlehem, PA. Senior Tyler Murray paced the Green & White, scoring a team-best 18 points, on 7-of-11 shooting.

    Wagner will be putting its perfect 4-0 record on Saturdays on the line today. The Seahawks will play a season-best 13 times on Saturday, including every one in January and February

    The Seahawk defense has not allowed a triple in each of the last three halves, forcing the opposition to go 0-for-14 during that time.

    Wagner has forced the opposition to shoot below 40 percent in each of the last four games after not doing so once in the first five. Also during that time, opponents are shooting just 28.0 percent (14-50) from long range – including 9.1 percent (2-21) after halftime.

    The Seahawks are a perfect 4-0 at home on the year, winning by an average of 20.5 points per game while shooting over a 100 points better than the opposition (.466-.365) and winning the rebounding battle an average of 8.9/game.

    Head coach Dan Hurley holds a career 12-5 record in the Spiro Sports Center.

    Wagner is a perfect 4-0 at home and is averaging 80.0 points per game while outscoring the opposition by an average of 20.5 points per game. Lehigh, meanwhile, is 3-3 away from Bethlehem, PA.

    Both Seahawk losses have come to NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago (UConn, Long Island).

    In Wagner’s 58-43 win over Hofstra (12/6), the Seahawks forced the Pride into 12 missed shots while outrebounding the visitors by a 22-7 count over a 14:29 span in the second half. Additionally, the Green & White grabbed 10 offensive rebounds during that stretch, leading to nine points.

    Wagner’s three-point defense has forced 14-straight misses from long range since halftime of the St. Francis (NY) (12/3) game.

    Murray has recorded at least 10 points in all nine games this season and in 28-straight dating back to last year and has recorded double-figures in 44-of-46 since his sophomore year. This season, the Canadian native leads the team in scoring (14.2 ppg) (10th NEC) and rebounding (5.3 rpg) (17th NEC) while shooting a NEC-best 58.5 percent (24-41) from beyond the arc to go along with averages of 50.6 percent (14th NEC) from the floor and 76.2 percent from the line. Murray entered this week’s games second in the NCAA ranking in three point percentage, having knocked down 58.5 percent (24-41) from long range. Additionally, he is the all-time leader in three-point percentage in the Seahawk annals at 43.2 percent (139-322).

    The Green & White lead the NEC in scoring margin (+10.3 ppg) and turnover margin (+ 5.1) – which is also 11th nationally – while sophomores Kenneth Ortiz and Naofall Folahan also pace the league with 2.2 steals and 2.1 blocks per game.

    After allowing the opposition to hit on 43.8 percent from long range over the first four games, the Green & White have locked in and limited its last five opponents to just 25.4 percent (16-63) shooting from long range – including holding Hofstra (12/6) without a triple in nine attempts.

    The Seahawks have forced four opponents into at least 20 turnovers this season. The Seahawks pressure Princeton (11/12) into 28, which are the most caused by the Green & White since December 4, 2001 when Iona turned it over 28 times. In the win over Lafayette (11/19), the Leopards turned it over 20 times before Wagner turned over SFNY (12/3) 21 times in a 40-point wins. Last season, the most turnovers committed by Princeton was 27 at Duke while the most by Lafayette was 19.

    Over the last five games sophomore Latif Rivers has converted 23-of-24 (.950) from the line. The sharpshooting guard is averaging 12.9 points per game and is converting 89.5 percent (34-38) from the charity stripe.



    Way to go LU. Great job Mackey, Maneri and Dorazio. Let’s give them some credit for a job well done. I hope Knutsen is ok. You guys got it done!!!!



    CJ’s unselfish play – a perfectly thrown pass to AD in the corner with seconds remaining – led to the winning bucket last night. What’s more, it’s beginning to be commonplace. A new CJ? A better CJ? You be the judge.

    Stat Last Season This Season
    FGA 17.3/G 13.6/G (down 27%)
    Min/G 31.7 34.5 (down 8%)
    Pts./G 21.8 19.9 (down 10% yet #1 on the team and closely aligned to Min/G)
    FG% .399 .440 (up 10% this year)
    3FG% .315 .375 (up 20% this year)
    FT% .845 .852 (up 8% this year)
    Assists 2.1/G 3.2/G (#1 on the team)
    Steals 2.5/G 2.5/G (#1 on the team)

    While his points and rebounds per game are down slightly – in each case giving way slightly to Holden Greiner who is having a breakout year – you get the feeling that CJ could light it up on any given night. Instead, you’re seeing team play at its best from one of its captains. I like it.



    That’s a great win on the road vs. Wagner. Hoping that the 3 AD hit propels him to greater heights this season. No minutes for SC is surprising, with AD and CS approaching 20 minutes each. Nothing for BB, can he contribute this season? Sounds like GK was injured? What happened, serious?

    Re: CJ – I like him taking a secondary role early in games to get MM, GK, HG and others involved, but in the last 10 minutes, he needs to take over a la Kobe on the Lakers and Michael on the Bulls.

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