Thursday, March 15, 2012

NCAA Tournament- Creighton Blue Jays preview

FINALLY, THE TIDE HAS COME BACK... TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT (if you know who I'm copying keep it on the down low). I started this blog 6 years ago this week with our 2nd round game vs UCLA. AS pathetic as the last 6 years have been I can't believe I and the others hung around, but we FINALLY GOT A RECEIPT!

Anyways, here is a write up from Creighton's official site. Here is their season schedule. Here are their season stats.

Creighton comes into this game at 28-5 which sounds nice except to be honest they haven't really beat anyone outside of San Diego St in their non-confrence schedule. They did beat Wichita State on the road, but got curb stomped by them at home. We of course took care of the Shockers in Puerto Rico.

I think we all know about Doug McDermott, the 1st team All-American forward that is going to pose a match up problem with us both in the post and around the perimeter. Let's assume he gets his 25 points/9 boards. What we have to do is limit his 3 point looks as he's shooting almost 50% beyond the arc. He might have more 3s by himself than we have as a team (I'm exagerrating... a little).

Gregory Echenique is their undersized center that does damage on the offensive boards. He's 2nd overall in boards behind McDermott and drops almost 10PPG. I see Gueye/Engstrom/Jacobs matching up with him.

Antoine Young is their senior guard and 2nd leading scorer at 13.1 PPG. Him and Grant Gibbs set the table for the offense... averaging 4.6 and 4.7 a game.

Jahenns Manigat is their other starter and 2nd best 3 point shooter. Note that they have had the same starting lineup all season long.

Off the bench, Ethan Wragge and Josh Jones are guys to watch as they also hit at a 40% clip outside. Austin Chapman is the other guy that gets more than a handful of minutes.

The numbers:
- 80 PPG
- .509 FG
- .425 3pt FG
- +6.1 rebound margin
-  .732 FT

Prediction: it's offense vs defense... and if this were football I easily go with defense. In hoops... not so much in the tournament. Creighton is a lot like Florida... a team we just don't match up well with their high shooting percentage and offensive rebounds. Still, I gumped for us in one of my tournament brackets so I'm going to say Green has a monster game with Releford and Randolph burying 3s as we advance to the 2nd (3rd) round vs North Carolina. Bama by 2... covering the spread and all.

Game time is 1:40 EST on TBS I believe. I hope to catch some of the game on the tube.

If I botched someone's name I apologize... writing this before heading to work for the day. I'll check back later to proofread and edit if needed.

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