First half hasn’t been pretty at all. Both teams are playing zone, which is mostly keeping it slow. Neither teams are shooting well from beyond the 3-point arc (4-for-15 combined). Mason, actually, is shooting a horrid 7-for-30 (23.3 percent) from the field. They’re trying to work the ball inside, which isn’t working because their forwards can’t even get a look against Tech’s big men.
Both teams are turning it over. Tech has 10 giveaways and Mason has nine. Gani Lawal is just 2-for-6 from the field, but he still has a game-high eight points and seven rebounds.
Indiana gets either Georgia Tech or George Mason on Sunday, depending on who wins and who loses the games today. They’ll tip at either 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
As I type this, the game is tied at 8, and it’s evident that both of these teams could give Indiana problems. Both teams are mostly young. Mason has 11 players in the freshman and sophomore classes and Tech has 10. But both have some size in the middle. Tech boasts the highest rated center in the freshman class in Derrick Favors as well as 6-9 junior forward Gani Lawal, who averaged 15.1 points per game and 9.5 rebounds last season. Indiana simply doesn’t have an answer there. Mason doesn’t have quite the same amount of size, but they do have an excellent shot blocker in 6-9 forward Mike Morrison and an undersized but strong power forward in Ryan Pearson (6-6, 230). They’re also strong enough on the perimeter to give even a guard-based team like Villanova problems. The Wildcats needed a late rally and an insanely clutch 3-pointer by forward Isaiah Armwood to avoid what would have been the upset of the tournament yesterday.
Now that I’ve finished typing, Mason is up 14-9.
A one-day turnaround doesn’t allow for much of a preview, so here’s some background info on the Terriers. They’re admittedly the underdog in this tournament, a mid-to-low major team from the America East Conference, which is sort of out of its class compared to even George Mason of the CAA. They are, however, an experienced group with six seniors — there are eight on the roster, though one is injured and another didn’t make the trip because he’s an engineering major and couldn’t afford to miss the class. They return three players who averaged double-digits last season, led by 6-5 junior forward John Holland, who scored 18.1 points a game and grabbed 5.5 rebounds. They also return 6-2 senior guard Corey Low (17.1 ppg) and 6-8 sophomore forward Jake OBrien (12.5) ppg.
Boston is in the midst of a coaching transition. Patrick Chambers, a 39-year-old, Newton Square, Pa. native is in his first year after working for Villanova for the last five years. He takes over for Dennis Wolff, who was at Boston for 15 years, but was strangely let go after a 17-13 season. He had the best career record in school history at 247-197.
Chambers spoke highly of the discipline Wolff installed in his team, but said there is still a significant transition because Wolff’s offense includes a lot of sets and Chambers’ does not. He wants his team to be more free-wheeling and make decisions on the run, which is contrary to what they’re used to.
Indiana’s Maurice Creek applies pressure to a USC-Upstate guard earlier this week. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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Back at Armstrong Stadium where Indiana is playing at home for the sixth straight game. But it really hasn’t helped much as IU is 2-3 in the previous five games. I’ll be on Twitter, and we’ll also having a live chat going once the game starts. Hoosier host Louisville tonight in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
This Dayton team is no joke.
The Flyers certainly needed to win the first game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off a lot more than Georgia Tech did. The Yellow Jackets play in the ACC, so they’ll have a lot more time to prove themselves. Dayton plays in the A-10, which has good teams and some extremely bad ones, so what they do in conference play won’t matter nearly as much. (more…)
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