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NewXbo

Men's basketball bounces back

It was a hot shooting night at Sacred Heart as the Leopards shot 67% on threes and 60% for the game in a 90 - 86 win. Bryce Scott shot 8 for 10 on threes and ended with 28 points, Monty Boykins chipped in 19 on 6 of 11 shooting. Nick Lindner and Matt Klinewski each added 15.
ed65

Good win over a team with I believe only one win.
seenalot

It was a win - for a team that's learning how to win, it's a step in right direction.   Can't help but notice how much shorter Fran's bench is this year - only 7-8 really seeing minutes - not good in a down year.
SixtyEighter

Kudos to Nick. He had a tough game but kept on plugging with key baskets and clutch foul shooting at crunch time. I have never seen a more determined player at Lafayette.Nothing deters him.I still think he takes on too much for himself but I think as the other players mature he will trust them more.
LC Fan

Unbelievable how poor our defense is around the rim. Are our players told not to challenge shots around the rim? It sure seems so. Opponent shots within 5 feet of the hoop are rarely contested. if it takes shooting lights out from distance to win, we won't be witnessing many.
NewXbo

LC Fan wrote:
Unbelievable how poor our defense is around the rim. Are our players told not to challenge shots around the rim? It sure seems so. Opponent shots within 5 feet of the hoop are rarely contested. if it takes shooting lights out from distance to win, we won't be witnessing many.


We did alright last year, we made the NCAA tournament.
Kpard

LC Fan wrote:
Unbelievable how poor our defense is around the rim. Are our players told not to challenge shots around the rim? It sure seems so. Opponent shots within 5 feet of the hoop are rarely contested. if it takes shooting lights out from distance to win, we won't be witnessing many.


What else is new. We have always lived and died by the 3. As FOH says, the basket is always open for the Leopards.

Also, regarding defense. The NCAA has new "freedom of movement" guidelines for the officials. Consistent defending is now a crap shoot for everyone.
NewXbo

The NCAA wants higher scoring games, that's why they shortened the shot clock.  Players want to play. Its more fun shooting than playing defense. The majority of the spectators want an offensive game as opposed to a defensive game. We're doing our part.
bison137

Kpard wrote:


Also, regarding defense. The NCAA has new "freedom of movement" guidelines for the officials. Consistent defending is now a crap shoot for everyone.



Yes, that is a point of emphasis this year (although nothing has changed in the rules).   However scoring per possession has only risen from 1.015 per possession to 1.017 for the average team, i.e. an increase of less than 0.2%.

What has changed dramatically, however, is the pace of play, presumably due to the shorter shot clock.  Although I'd guess it will even out a bit as teams play league games, right now each team on average is getting 5+ more possessions per game as opposed to last year.

Interestingly, LC is giving up less points per possession thus far this year than it did the previous two years.  We'll have to see what happens when league play starts.
bethlehempard

Does any league team have a big win this year? There have been victories over name schools or bigger programs that are down (UNC Greensboro, George Mason and USF) and we relish any win over Penn (which just played close with Temple) but there don't appear to be any jaw-dropping upsets.
Since the two additions, the PL has not progressed toward being a two-bid league.

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