Clickclack Posted December 11, 2006 Report Share Posted December 11, 2006 After a good win against Brown we get another Ivy league team, this time on the road in Harvard. We come into this game with a record of 3-4 (230RPI) while Harvard is 5-3 (173RPI) winning this road game would be big as we have somewhat struggled on the road this season (primarily the Sacred Heart game). They have a solid inside out game with the big guy (7'0") Cusworth manning the middle. He is a formidable opponent for our very young front line as he averages 17ppg, 8.4rpg and 2.1bpg. Hopefully a double here and there will force him into some turnovers as he averages 3 per game. They also have two very solid guards in Goffredo and Housman who average 17 and 12 points respectively. All three of these guys play allot of minutes (35 a game) so they are the three pilers of this team. Getting even one of them in foul trouble I suspect would do wonders, especially the big guy. Their bench is very young with a number of first year player, five freshmen and five sophomores. Most of them are strictly complimentary players. Keys, - Keep Lillis and Siggers on the court and not in foul trouble. - Guard the 3 point line (39%) only spot double on Cusworth as he will pass it out for an open 3, we've all seen our team slow to rotate to the open shooter. - Keep them off the glass and not allow them to get out in transition. As opposed to the Brown games these guys are fairly athletic and like to run. They avarage 75ppg as a team. Blue Ribbon says...... BACKCOURT: A- BENCH/DEPTH: C FRONTCOURT: C INTANGIBLES: B- Harvard's classroom exams are difficult enough without having a real Chinese finger puzzle on the Lavietes Pavilion floor this year. Goffredo and Housman are set in the backcourt and, provided he stays healthy, Cusworth anchors the pivot. But the rest of the lineup -- nay, the rest of the rotation -- is a Columbo mystery, and grows only more cryptic after Cusworth leaves. The Crimson bench played such a limited role last year -- the five starters all averaged better than 31 minutes -- that it's impossible to decipher an up-and-comer in that unit. That could equate to a freshman like Magnarelli or Balcetis leaping into the starting group right away. Among the raging symptoms for last season's collapse -- three-point shooting, perimeter defense -- the worst was a devaluing of the basketball. Goffredo and Housman can score, but their first priority to open this season is to cut down on the turnovers. "Our assist-to-turnover ratio was at the bottom of our league," Sullivan said. "We had no player with a plus assists-to-turnover ratio. We have to take better care of the ball." If the Crimson doesn't accomplish that first and foremost, the longest-tenured head coach in the Ivy League might morph into the next Boston Strangler. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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