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  • WSSU vs WLU was a very, very physical game.
    thought WSSU was well coached and in good condition. Most teams would have folded in 2nd half down 22.
    they fought back within 11 with about 5 min left. Great coaching move to take off press and go to zone. Stagnated their offense, resulting in a 22 point victory.
    + like Sarson’s motor and physical play. He can guard any position.
    + Patrick sees the whole floor when he slashes. some finishes were jaw dropping
    + patrick and Malik made some yoakumesque blocks at the rim.

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    • OT:

      NW Missouri lost today to Sioux Falls U.

      Flagler lost yesterday.

      Those are the #1 & #2 teams in the preseason poll. Weird year already. Let the games begin!

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      • Bolon was hurt in his second game and is in a boot and on crutches

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        • Broken foot for Bolon, terrible.

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          • THIS is more like it! Defensive pressure is turned up to 11 and forcing East Stroud into a TON of turnovers...We are hitting 3's with reckless abandon...The offense is different than that trigered by Luke Dyer and Brady Arnold before him so it is going to take some getting used to. It's more what we ran with Cedric Harris as the PG...Drive and kick. We are definently making the extra pass that we weren't last night.

            And Risile has a beautiful 3 point stroke!!

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            • WLU vs Winston Salem State Observations

              I thought WSSU was well coached and had some good players. They were in great condition and refused to give up, cutting a 20+ lead in the second half to only 11 with 5 minutes to go .
              Impressive determination.

              It was a very physical game, and the officials were using the "no blood, no foul" philosophy.

              Statistically, the game was surprisingly close in the typical statistics - FT, FGA and 3FG shooting % and rebounds.

              IMHO, the difference was the effect of WLU pressure, as indicated by the turnover margin (9 vs 24) and the number of steals (17 vs 5).
              This led to WLU getting 25% more FGA attempts and a superior Assists per 100 possessions (22 vs 14).
              WLU had a stellar 2.11 Assist to Turnover Ratio, versus 0.5 for WSSU.
              Unless one has stellar 1-on-1 players, that is not a recipe for success.


              It is hard to prepare for this kind of pressure, if one has not seen it before.

              Statistic West Liberty WINSTON-SALEM STATE
              Date 11/12/21 11/12/21
              POINTS 104 82
              FGM 37 29
              FGA 80 64
              FGPCT 46.3% 45.3%
              3FGM 9 7
              3FGA 25 18
              3FGPCT 36.0% 38.9%
              FTM 21 17
              FTA 27 21
              FTPCT 77.8% 81.0%
              REBOUND OFFENSIVE 18 13
              REBOUND DEFENSIVE 25 27
              REBOUND TOTAL 43 40
              ASSISTS 19 12
              TURNOVERS 9 24
              BLOCKS 6 2
              STEALS 17 5
              Num Possessions 83 84
              Points per Possession 1.25 0.98
              Assists per 100 Possessions 22.9 14.3
              Assists to FG Made ratio 51.4% 41.4%
              Assist to Turnover Ratio 2.11 0.50
              Turnovers per 100 Possessions
              (< better)
              10.8 28.6
              Opponent Defensive Rebounds 27 25
              Offensive Rebound Efficiency % 40.0% 34.2%
              Effective FG % 51.9% 50.8%
              Effective FG% Difference (team-Opp) 1.1% -1.1%
              FGA % Diff ((team FGA-Opp.FGA)/Opp) 25.0% -20.0%

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              • Originally posted by Columbuseer View Post
                WLU vs Winston Salem State Observations

                I thought WSSU was well coached and had some good players. They were in great condition and refused to give up, cutting a 20+ lead in the second half to only 11 with 5 minutes to go .
                Impressive determination.

                It was a very physical game, and the officials were using the "no blood, no foul" philosophy.

                Statistically, the game was surprisingly close in the typical statistics - FT, FGA and 3FG shooting % and rebounds.

                IMHO, the difference was the effect of WLU pressure, as indicated by the turnover margin (9 vs 24) and the number of steals (17 vs 5).
                This led to WLU getting 25% more FGA attempts and a superior Assists per 100 possessions (22 vs 14).
                WLU had a stellar 2.11 Assist to Turnover Ratio, versus 0.5 for WSSU.
                Unless one has stellar 1-on-1 players, that is not a recipe for success.


                It is hard to prepare for this kind of pressure, if one has not seen it before.
                Agree that WSSU looked to be very well coached. They put up an impressive fight against a system they're not used to seeing. I was particularly impressed with the Hicklin kid. Very nice player. The Rams might be able to do some damage in the CIAA again this season.

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                • Pat Robinson III is MEC player of the week.

                  Pat averaged 26.0 ppg. for the two games. He shot 55 percent (18-of-33) from the floor, 50 percent (4-of-8) from the 3-point arc and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the foul line while grabbing a dozen rebounds, coming up with 8 steals and dishing out 8 assists.

                  His game against East Stroudsburg was incredible.
                  • Effective FG % of 75%
                  • 30 points in 32 minutes
                  • 60% from three (3-5)
                  • 67% from two (6-9)
                  • 75% FT (9-12)
                  • 6 rebounds
                  • 3 steals
                  • 5 assists
                  • Assist to turnover ratio of 2.5

                  Because he now sees the whole floor, on his drives he is kicking the ball out to a teammate for an open 3. This prevents help defense and ESU had no one who could stay in front of him 1-on-1.

                  Incredibly elite level performance.
                  Last edited by Columbuseer; 11-16-2021, 08:35 AM.

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                  • It is very early and 3fg % generally decline over the course of the season. However WLU team 3fg% is 45% (27-60).
                    I think one factor is the driving penetration to collapse the defense followed by the kick out for wide open threes by numerous players.
                    There are 8 players shooting at least 40%.

                    3pt fg shooting %

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                    • West liberty now 6th in d2sida poll
                      https://hilltoppersports.com/news/20...sida-poll.aspx

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                      • Any word on Yoakum?

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                        • Originally posted by Layton View Post
                          Any word on Yoakum?
                          Nothing official. But crutches don't really scream "quick return" to me. For now, those minutes are going to Sarson/Watson/Denbow/etc., so they better figure out how to win with those guys.

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                          • Originally posted by Scrub View Post

                            Nothing official. But crutches don't really scream "quick return" to me. For now, those minutes are going to Sarson/Watson/Denbow/etc., so they better figure out how to win with those guys.
                            I didn’t see a brace or cast on him so hopefully it’s just a sprained ankle or something

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                            • Originally posted by Layton View Post

                              I didn’t see a brace or cast on him so hopefully it’s just a sprained ankle or something
                              Is he still recovering from last year's injury or is this a new one?

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                              • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

                                Is he still recovering from last year's injury or is this a new one?
                                I'm guessing new. During the preseason MEC presser, Howlett mentioned how great it was to be able to build around a veteran like Yoakum. So I'm guessing that means Howlett expected to have him on the court a few weeks ago. Something changed since then apparently.

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