Friday, January 22, 2010

DePaul Preview

Pomeroy Ranking- 191st
Record- 8-10 (1-5)
Best Win- Marquette (ranked 22nd)
Worst Loss- Florida Gulf Coast (304th)
Pomeroy Prediction- ND 74-60

Key Players-

#30 Will Walker- 14.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 30.8 3P%- The lone star of the team with Mac Koshwal out. Shooting a low percentage from the field (35.2%) but still leading the team in scoring by far.
#25 Eric Wallace- 6.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG- Transfer from Ohio State is now the team's leading rebounder with the absence of Koshwal. I think that says more about the rest of the team than the ability of this 6'6" wing.
#11 Jeremiah Kelly- 5.9 PPG, 3.1 APG- The sophomore point guard has a good assist to turnover ratio, but has only dished out more than four in two games this season.

Scouting Report-

Second-to-worst free throw percentage in the country.
On offense, shoot the ball very poorly but don't turn it over a whole lot.
Rack up a decent amount of steals on defense as they switch between man and zone D.

EDIT: Scott Martin could return in February. You have to think that's a bit of a stretch, but the Irish could use all the help they can get in that final stretch run.


Anonymous said...

Non-Conference SOS - 343 out of 347. Is this acceptable?

Anonymous said...

Let me stir the board up a bit....a little dead lately.
In my view Bob Knight is an outstanding game analyst. The way he breaks down a game and a play is second to none, not only defensively but offensively as well. He sees and comments on critical aspects of positioning, ball movement and footwork that few analysts have the knowledge or capability to point out. If I was a young coach I would watch him at every opportunity and take notes. I was skeptical when I heard that ESPN had hired him. He quickly became their most adept game analyst. On the pro side Hubie Brown has no peers although he seems to be like the genius professor at times and is probably better suited for clinics (he is in high demand world-wide for just that purpose). What is my point and why is it relevant here? My point is that attention to the minutia that Coach Knight and Coach Brown point out is often the difference between victory and defeat in a game.

Knobby said...

Imagine this. Jackson, Hansbrough, Abro, Luke and Nash aren't the only ones who play. Charleton Scott gets more quality minutes, Joey Brooks gets more quality minutes and Peoples still gets what he gets. That's an 8 man rotation which is not considered deep for anyones standards but ours. I mean it would be a small miracle if Brey would play a 8 man rotation where the subs get more than garbage time.

Now imagine Scott comes back...and thats a nine man rotation. And maybe we give Jack Cooley or any other freshmen the garbage minutes Brooks gets now. Thats a 10 man rotation.

The 7 guys we have now can't do it. It's been like this for years and sometimes you get a squad that can make the NCAA...but they still lose first or second round. You can't be successful with a barely 7 deep rotation where the 2 subs average only 4 minutes a game.

The formula of easy Ws in the non-conference and hopefully breaking even in Big East play is not realistic for success. It ends the same way every time. A early post-season exit and Brey saying "Oh well, these guys were great, the Big East is a great conference and there is always next year." This formula only sets up mediocrity.

Either our mindset needs to change or our coaching staff needs to change if we ever want to be an above average Big East quality team.

Meghan said...

Anyone else hear the announcers in the DePaul game say Brey claims he couldn't play Abro last year because he didn't have space in the rotation? Um, you only played 7 guys last year - you really couldn't make room for an 8th?