November 29, 2016 at 9:53 pm #29771
KenPom Rankings and Prediction
Lehigh (2-3) #105 (was #93)
LaSalle (2-2) #115 (was #117)
LaSalle wins by 3 (81-78)
The percent of minutes awarded to our top 8 players. Let’s face it, with DC and JJ rounding out our “active” 10 man roster, we’re asking a lot of the other eight. When will it catch up to us? Hopefully not. But, a Lieb sitting would be welcomed since we won’t see Tejada until next year and who knows what “walk-on” Wolf can deliver. That leaves CS and his ACL. Ugh.
Believe it or not, it’s the number of points each team has scored, on average, this season
Ranked 8th in the nation, The Mountain Hawks are nearly automatic from the Foul Line. Only 7 of the remaining 351 teams do it any better. LaSalle is not far off the mark, converting 77.4% of their chances from the line. Trouble is we don’t get to the line enough, e.g., Arkansas State had 32 attempts to our 16.
Few share the ball better than LaSalle. Their A/FGM ratio of 61.9% is a Nation’s Top 40 mark. No one we’ve played has done it so well. Not only are The Explorers averaging 17.5 APG, they’re holding their opponents down to 11.8 APG.
Perhaps it will rain three’s on Wednesday, considering LaSalle’s Price (#21), Roberts (#3), and Johnson (#20) are a combined 30 for 62 (48.4%) thus far this season. Their average from inside the arc is not that much better (52.0% compared to 48.4%). The math makes sense to go deep. The same can be said about LU with AP, KL, JC, and BA clicking at a combined 49.2% pace from deep. It’s no wonder that both squads are ranked in the top 10% of the teams across the nation when it comes to 3-pt. accuracy. Both are, however, “middle of the road” defenders.
Is there a doctor in the house?
Not sure, but there’ll be two on the court Wednesday night as a pair of Head Coach PhDs square off. It may be an NCAA first. We all know about Brett, but the head master at LaSalle is Dr. John Giannini who holds a PhD in Kinesiology. Ok, ok, I looked it up………Kinesiology is a scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms of movement.
The Lane is Tim’s
Will TK establish himself inside? Slow to do it at Arkansas State led, in my opinion, to early first half troubles for the Mountain Hawks. It can’t happen again, in my humble opinion.
Two that are Perhaps Too Similar for our Liking – Arkansas State and LaSalle, that is!
Each employ a ‘guard heavy” lineup, each touts 4 double-digit scorers, each is limited in height to one player at 6’7”, each is proficient at the 3-ball, and each seems to preach share the ball and share the work on defense. This game won’t be easy, but in many respects, it’s A-State all over again. Let’s hope we learned from our first go-round on Sunday.November 29, 2016 at 11:10 pm #29772
Hoping for a big rebound. Bought a ticket online last night, section W5, seat R7. Anyone else treking to Tom Gola tomorrow night?November 30, 2016 at 4:36 pm #29782
I’m excited to see this game; pretty even match-up on paper, LaSalle has some name recognition, and like many here I’m excited to get something started with Philly schools.
Unfortunately, looks like this is another pay-to-watch game, however. Cheapest option I see is a 24-hour, team-specific pass for $4.95.
If I were anywhere close, I’d love to see this one in-person.November 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm #29784
La Salle’s home games are streamed free, link below.
Just click on “Live Video” and you’ll go to the A10 link where you can register to join free.
Engineers/Explorers — a classic in the making!
December 1, 2016 at 12:03 am #29788
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Just heard pat is out now. I didn’t even know he got hurt last game. Reed wouldn’t even say what the injury was or anything. Said he don’t think it’s going to be serious. But it concerned me with reeds tone of voice when talking about it. Anyone see what happens to pat. Where was he injured. Leg?December 1, 2016 at 12:35 am #29789
Free link working like a charm. Thanks Gnocchi!December 1, 2016 at 1:07 am #29790
guys sleep walking to start second half, becoming all too familiarDecember 1, 2016 at 1:32 am #29791
💩December 1, 2016 at 1:38 am #29792
At some point this team has to learn how to play D. So inconsistent.Ark St we could not handle perimeter D. So many open 3s. No communication on D. Same lack of cohesion tonite so far.Wonser if we are going to bull tush the last 4 mins. Reminds me of too mamy early games last year.December 1, 2016 at 1:54 am #29793
Another Lehigh team that is defensively challenged. If you can’t stop the other guys, it doesn’t matter how much we score. Another late game run that comes up short because we dug too deep a hole early in the 2nd half.
So far, the OOC results have been underwhelming.December 1, 2016 at 1:55 am #29794
Dang. Another coulda won game.December 1, 2016 at 2:01 am #29795
Hope Doc can reach these quys
Same bad habit as early last yr. Ole D and best intensity at end of game. Seem content to play with these teams not out play them. Dont wake up til we are in a double digit hole.December 1, 2016 at 2:49 am #29797
My take is a bit different. Put simply – just not that good. Our expectations were too high. I think the “late runs” are fool’s gold; a team that’s up 14 with 6 minutes left simply isn’t gonna play with the same intensity they do when a game is close. D will soften, and O will slow down and not do the things that put them ahead.
Got killed on the glass, and the number of turnovers just does not reflect how ugly they were. Many were not forced TOs. Just panicked, “I have no idea what to do” throw-aways. With Andree out, we are now a really small team, with a short bench. An 8-man rotation is pretty lean; we have a 7-man rotation now.
The interesting thing, to me, is the degree to which we’re defying “new basketball”. 57.1% from the floor and 50% from 3 sounds great. 6/11 FT is odd, but by no means the difference-maker – “reverting to the mean” – we weren’t gonna shoot 80%+ for the year.
Once again, we weren’t able to make use of TK inside. I don’t know why that is. Are D’s scheming in a way that is preventing the feeds? Or are we intentionally going away from it after he eats a few? Felt like half of his (paltry) 11 FGAs were jumpers.
At this point, I think we’re battling with Holy Cross for the 3 spot in the PL.December 1, 2016 at 4:29 am #29803
Does anyone know what’s the story with pat and this injuryDecember 1, 2016 at 4:31 am #29804
Have seen them live now twice (0-2) and after being fairly upbeat after Xavier and Princeton, I am not after tonight’s loss. This is not a great team yet. Tonight’s game to me came down to a few things. First off, athletes. La Salle was just bigger and more athletic at every position. The transfers they brought in are beasts and that happens when guys transfer from Syracuse, Memphis, South Carolina and Auburn. Big athletic players. This Lehigh team is probably our most athletic team. BA, KL, JC, KR and AP are athletic guys but they looked like middle schoolers matching up with La Salle. Even Holba was giving up a lot of size and quickness in the post. Number 2, just not enough bodies for Lehigh, especially big bodies. TK and MH both got in foul trouble and nowhere to turn. Very short bench and 3 bench guys were DNP (actually DC got under a minute).
Third reason they lost, poor defending, both in post and on perimeter. Reed tried to mix and match, playing a fair amount of zone with man. He saw early, that he was outathleted, so tried to go zone. But La Salle destroyed the zone and shot incredibly well from deep. Had to switch back to man and then just couldn’t stop dribble penetration. Also, poor rebounding led to a lot of second shots. La Salle was long and active on boards. So, disappointed with loss but just not enough athletes to compete. That is also La Salle’s best we saw tonight.
Good things that bode well for future.
TK has been a beast (not tonight, but so far)
MH is really solid player
BA is a killer off the dribble, really quick
KL also really good
JC very good freshman
KR solid, just very small and slight, but tough
Have been a little disappointed in AP so far. He’s been passed a bit in pecking order. But, team needs more depth to be really good. Shocked DC has such a tiny role so far.
Thought Reed should have fouled earlier late in game. They had some guys to put on line and we could have traded FT’s for FG’s and 3’s earlier. Didn’t foul until too late.
Terrible crowd for La Salle. Poor weather didn’t help.
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