Give me Liberty or...
The Flames come into town a wounded team, having been crushed in consecutive contests by Clemson (79-39) and Old Dominion (73-41). Shooting has been a bit of an issue. They only managed 28% from the floor on Thursday. Obviously Seth Curry's transfer has disrupted the program, resulting in the departure of Ritchie McKay, who took a step down to become an assistant at Virginia (his first non-head coaching position since 1995). Dale Layer, a McKay assistant at multiple schools who led Colorado State from 2000-07, came back to emphasize defense and spread out the scoring distribution. It hasn't worked so far.
Senior #11 Tyler Ohman is the only player who averages dougle digit numbers in points. He has 14.8 per game through four contests. He has a good shooting touch and has finished each of the two previous seasons above 40% from beyond the arc. He is also good for 5 rebounds a game.
#25 Jesse Sanders helps Ohman out with ball handling responsibilities. A year ago, he was a reliable point guard with a 2.4/1 assist-to-turnover ratio. This season he has had some trouble, averaging 4.3 turnovers per.
#10 Evan Gordan is the third-highest scorer at 6.3 a game. All three of these guards average 5.3 rebounds, tied for most on the team. There really does not seem to be a reliable big man, as 6'9" Tyler Baker (5.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG) and 6'11" Carter McMasters (3.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG) are the only two guys taller than 6'6".
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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