The Viles come in 12-7 (4-3 in conference). They have one road win @ LSU. Other common opponents... they beat Auburn at home, Xavier in the Bahamas, lost @ Xavier, @ Florida, and @ Wichita St. Only one of their losses has been by more than double digits (@ Florida).
Jordan McRae leads the offense at 18.9 PPG. He has taken 73 more shots than Jarnell Stokes who is 2nd at 13.6 PPG. McRae could give us some match up issues due to his size. I suspect Randolph gets the assignment to stop him. Stokes, while only being a 6'8" forward is pulling down 10 boards a game and will give us headaches inside since we know we are soft like cotton candy there. Jeronne Maymon is another tough forward that might push us around inside. He is also 6'8" 260 (I think he's stronger than Stokes, but less polished offensively) and is also dropping 11.3 and 8.2 boards a game.
From the outside watch Josh Richardson and Antonio Barton (41.5% and 35.3% from 3). McRae is obviously one to watch as well. Barton is technically the PG, but truth be told the ball is in McRae's hands for the most part.
Game notes from Vile site.
Keys to winning this game (going to sound like broken record):
- Which Nick Jacobs do we see?
- 3rd scoring option behind Releford and Hale
- Keep game in 60s
- Be respectable on the boards
This is a similar match up to the one we had last Saturday against LSU. On paper it doesn't favor us, but if we can jump out on them early and hold on we get the W in a 'whiteout' game.
Tip-off is 9PM EST on ESPN2