Southern Illinois in the state of Missouri
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The tilt of Wednesday in the valley between the state of Missouri and southern Illinois marks the seventh edition of "Hinson Homecoming". Years before taking the reins of Carbondale, Barry Hinson was the main honcho in Springfield, Missouri, for nearly a decade. Despite the 95 to 67 conference record recorded by the Bears over this period, a sports department and a fan base spoiled by the high standards imposed by Charlie Spoonhour and Steve Alford have chosen to go in a different direction in 2008. Shortly after, Hinson accepted an administrative position in Kansas, where he spent the next five seasons working with Bill Self before finally returning to the coaching ring in 2011.
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Since his return to the valley, an intro already fierce Hinson took advantage of this annual opportunity to avenge his old school and had the last word of laughter over the past four seasons. Springfield News-Leader, the Salukis have won six straight games against the Bears, two of whom ended the MSU season in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Although this trend may certainly be a coincidence, would not you keep an advantage if you had the opportunity to settle the score with your former employer? "Data-reactid =" 26 "> Since returning to the valley, Hinson has taken advantage of this annual opportunity to avenge his old school and has had the last word of laughter in each of the past four seasons. Springfield News-Leader, the Salukis have won six straight games against the Bears, two of whom ended the MSU season in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. While this trend may certainly be a coincidence, would not you have an advantage if you had the opportunity to settle the account with your former employer?
The difference tonight is that Paul Lusk, who was sacked this summer after a seven-year term, will no longer be on the bench in front of Hinson. Dana Ford, in many ways in the antithesis of her predecessor Lusk, now has her first chance to rewrite the script.
Unlike Lusk's rather vanilla basketball brand, Ford has introduced a much more exciting and event-driven style of play. Ford's defense often resembles an organized chaos, which usually starts with an extended three-quarter zone that falls back into a zone that has been transformed from 2 to 3. This misleading ploy has confused the opposing guards this year, especially against the competition. MVC. The Bears currently have the highest turnover rate in the league (~ 25%), which is based on a long athletic backcourt that concedes nonchalant passes and careless decisions.
The outer hull of the Missouri State Defense is protected by an inner barrier located in the South Florida transfer, Tulio Da Silva, who was an animal on the glass during her first season in the valley. The Brazilian 6'8 "striker is the perfect prototype of a defensive centerpiece, big enough to hold on the low post, but mobile enough to recover from the drivers and shots on goal.
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Hinson would be wise to review the video of the game from Missouri State's Destruction of Loyola-Chicago Two weeks ago, when the Bears limited the Ramblers to just 11 points in the second half, revealing the shortage of playmakers in the perimeter of Loyola – Clayton Custer and Marques Townes were left on the island while Lucas Williamson was dismissed.When the Salukis eventually come out of Hinson's niche, the Salukis can counter the Bears perimeter-oriented training with a four-guard training without too much To abandon in position.Size With Fletcher, Marcus Bartley and Sean Lloyd stand each at 6'5 "and are a pair of double threat guards who can shoot with a range and defeat their defender in 1-on-1 situations." data-reactid = "30"> It would be wise for Hinson to review the video game of Loyola-Chicago's destruction by the Missouri State two weeks ago, when the Bears limited the Ramblers to 11 points in the second period. This showdown highlighted the shortage of playmakers in the perimeter of Loyola – Clayton Custer and Marques Townes were left on the island with Lucas Williamson dismissed by injury – what the Salukis have to their credit. With Armon Fletcher, the all-conference scorer, finally out of Hinson's niche, the Salukis can counter the Bears' perimeter-oriented training with four-guard training without giving up too much. Alongside Fletcher, Marcus Bartley and Sean Lloyd each stand at 6'5 "and form a pair of double-threat guards who can shoot at a distance and defeat their defender in 1-v-1 situations.
Tonight's key for the SIU will be the management of possession. In attack, the veteran Salukis must secure the basket and not succumb to the prolonged pressure of the Bears. In defense, the tandem of Kavion Pippen and Thik Bol on patrol must neutralize Da Silva and the other Bears crashes on the glass. Statistically, the Salukis have been inconsistent in both departments so far this season, but I rely on this veteran team to strengthen ties, starting tonight in Hinson's annual return to Springfield.
Texas A & M at Ole Miss
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Two desperately needed SEC teams meet in Oxford on Wednesday night, as Texas A & M and Mississippi have combined their efforts to win a conference over the last three weeks. This is a much bigger problem for the Rebels, who still have very good hopes of attack. It is therefore not possible to get caught at home. Fortunately, this match should play to their advantage in many facets and I expect the Mississippi to get back on track.
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The Mississippi defense is giving up 13th in the country's two-point jumpers, by calculation, which will frustrate an Aggies team that prefers to go all the way to the rim. Under the direction of Starks, Texas A & M is also carefree with rock, ranking 250th in turn rate, which could spell disaster for Davis 'changing defenses and pressure on the Rebels' perimeter (68th). on a national level).
The bouncing battle will likely be a wash, as both teams are much better on the offensive shot than on the defensive back, which means we'll probably see a lot of points in second chance. I trust Mississippi and its group of inverted shooters to take advantage of these opportunities in a more consistent manner; just ask Jay Bilas when the best time is to shoot a three (hint: it's after an offensive rebound).
It will ultimately be a backcourt battle, though, both the Mississippi (Breein Tyree, Terence Davis, Shuler) and Texas A & M (Starks, Wendell Mitchell, Jay Jay Chandler) rely heavily on their guards to create an offensive. Tyree and Davis have both become effective stars under the tutelage of their new coach and each offer a unique defense challenge A & M Tyree is a speed demon who can use bullet screens to attack the rim or back up depths, while Davis is a larger guard who puts more on his rider and his ability to surpass flourish to punish the defenders.
Finally, one of the best reasons to support the Rebels at this location is simple: a motivated favorite is always attractive. Mississippi is the most successful team and, given the recent Rebels fights, they do not have the luxury of sleeping in a game against one of the least well-fed players in the league. The Rebels have lost five of their last six games against a tough slate, which should serve as a "home match". There is no impending confrontation this weekend that could push them to look beyond this one (in Georgia on Saturday), so Kermit should have his team blocked and ready to give a homerun home.
Saint Bonaventure to Duquesne
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You'd better believe that a team of 15-7 years scoring only two points hosting an 8-13 year old team caught my eye. This is the kind of line that should immediately warn bettors.
For me, it's a good sale on Duquesne. The record of 15-7 mentioned above is a byproduct of an incredibly easy schedule, a ranking that ranks 267th overall (including 335th in non-conference play). The Dukes do not shoot well (203 in 3EG% and 286th in percentage of three points), often turn the ball (291e in percentage of rotation) and do a very bad work in boxing in defense (33.8% of allowed rebound allowed total, which increased to 34.5 in play A-10).
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The Dukes are also incredibly impressed." Austin Rotroff lost the first-year striker for the season two weeks ago. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. One of the troubled players was the star-studded first-year keeper Sincere to wearwho has a knee injury. Coach Keith Dambrot hopes Carry and fellow countryman Marcus Weathers will be able to play. Dambrot has already dismissed Lamar Norman Jr. (concussion) and said that Tavian Dunn-Martin (ankle) had a poor chance to play. All of these injuries significantly hamper Duquesne's rotation, and the Dukes can not afford to have Carry, their offensive catalyst, ineffective when they play badly. "Data-reactid =" 48 "> The Dukes are also unbelievably impressed, losing striker Austin Rotroff early in the season a few weeks ago, while Duquesne had only seven healthy players at the start of the season. Monday training. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. One of the players in trouble was Sincere Carry, the star goalie in the first year, who was suffering from a knee injury. Coach Keith Dambrot hopes Carry and fellow countryman Marcus Weathers will be able to play. Dambrot has already dismissed Lamar Norman Jr. (concussion) and said that Tavian Dunn-Martin (ankle) had a poor chance to play. All of these injuries significantly hamper Duquesne's rotation and the Dukes can not afford to have Carry, their offensive catalyst, ineffective when playing injured.
Even when Duquesne was healthy, many of his games broke down. In fact, all his conference games were decided by six points or less, going to 6-3 in these tight competitions. The Dukes have 4-0 in games decided by possession (including three wins by one point) and 3-0 in overtime games. In simple terms, I do not think this team is nearly as good as its record suggests, any more than preachers.
Meanwhile, the Bonnies play much better in basketball lately. They suffered a painful nine-point defeat against Team 10's favorite, Davidson, in the final game, with a 10-point lead at half-time. The previous week, Saint-Bonaventure beat UMass and Richmond on the road by 14 and 9 points respectively. Before that, he needed another A-10 competitor, Dayton, losing 89-86 in double overtime.
The Bonnies scored 4-9 in the non-conference games, a deceptive record as Seniors Courtney Stockard and LaDarien Griffin respectively missed six and ten games during that period, which prompted the team to throw his youth into the fire. They are starting three freshmen now, and it looks like this team is in great shape, its young people taking advantage of this first experience. One of the freshmen really impressed recently: Kyle Lofton. He does not generate as much press as Carry, but averages 14.9 points per game and 3.9 points per game for the season. In the last three games, he has raised his mark to another level, scoring a total of 69 points.
Saint-Bonaventure also has an impact on the upper classes. Stockard is an attacker who can do everything on the offensive and is a key element in the Bonnies' heavy offensive. Griffin is an explosive force that constantly throws loud dunks. They averaged 27.5 points per game, and it's easy to understand why the Bonnies were a shell of themselves. Both players missed a lot of games outside the conference. The transfer of UNLV, Jalen Poyser, could also come back for this one. Poyser was cleared during the latest concussion protocol against Davidson after missing the previous four games, but did not end up playing. He has an average of 12.1 points per game, although he struggled to play in conference with limited action, including joining the win 73-47 Bonnies on a Saint-Joseph & # 39; s beat. He and senior guard Nathan Kaputo are two of the biggest threats to the team's perimeter. Therefore, the fact that they are healthy adds another dimension to the offensive.
On the defensive side, the Bonnies adopt a variant of the pack line under Mark Schmidt, which prevents players from scoring near the basket (tied for 56th in percentage of the number of opponent's hits near the rim) and forces their opponents to beat them from the perimeter. (three-point defensive rate of 43.9%, 319th in CBB). Well, remember that Duquesne has struggled tremendously from the three-point range this season, even though it takes a lot (45th at the rate of three points). Saint Bonaventure preferring to play his games at a much slower pace (325th adjusted tempo), transforming Duquesne into a simple attack on a half-field would be a major asset. The Dukes rank in the 20th percentile at the national level in PPP according to the half-pitch by synergy (0.834 PPP) against the 81st in transition (1,116 PPP).
The Dukes reinforce their attack by crushing the attacking boards (53rd in the CBB in offensive rebound percentage). If you eliminate the transition opportunities and second chances, it will be a mediocre offensive team that will have to shoot much better from three points than to stay afloat. The Bonnies were much better on the conference forums, generating an offensive rebound percentage of 30.2 and limiting the percentage of their opponents to 25.6 (the respective percentages of the season are 28.9 and 28.9 respectively). , 5, so a clear improvement on both sides).
Do not be distracted by the madman's gold here: Duquesne's disc. I think the Dukes' chance in the tight matches will reverse the trend, starting with a home defeat against a superior and healthier team in the Bonnies.
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