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Username Post: St. Mary’s        (Topic#20728)
84grad 
Freshman
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Age: 58
Reg: 11-09-17
11-23-17 03:27 PM - Post#237476    

Off to the St. Mary’s game. Looks like they have a 3 headed monster in Landale - Hermanson - Naar. Hoping Townes and Aiken can match up with last two (if they can avoid foul trouble), but Landale looks like more than a handful for Lewis. 43.8% from 3 in 4 games (almost 9 makes a game).

Need to get out of the blocks well for a change. Hopefully the message to the starters was well-received from the Manhattan game.

Hope to see Perez, Egi and Mc Carthy this week.

 
mrjames 
Professor
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Loc: Montclair, NJ
Reg: 11-21-04
11-23-17 03:34 PM - Post#237477    
    In response to 84grad

Harvard just needs opponents to come out not torching the nets. My luck-adjusted individual game simulator has me, umm, optimistic.

 
84grad 
Freshman
Posts: 67

Age: 58
Reg: 11-09-17
11-23-17 08:03 PM - Post#237492    
    In response to mrjames

Some initalghts n ‘s loss:

St Mary’s is a good, senior laden team with players who have many calendar years on Harvard. Fundamentally sound. They’ll be a handful for anyone.

Tale of 2 halves (again). Really felt like there was no purpose to the offensive sets in the first half, while there was a real effort in the second half to get Lewis the ball and to let Towns create. In turn, that freed up Aiken to do his thing. Of course it helped that the defense created a big part of the offense during the 12 point run to start the second half. A less sound team might have seen nearly all of their 26 point lead disappear.

Negatives: still lots of poor shot selection. Too many possessions given away that way. Limited offensive production from Johnson & Bassey. Hopefully Corey will get back in sync. Too many easy baskets for St. Mary’s. Again, part of that is their experience. Limited production off the bench. Baker is talented but seems lost out there. I keep hoping he’ll be used at the high post and pass to wings or down inside to Lewis.

Positives: Lewis and Towns were able to play effectively without foul trouble. That’s a big change from last year. 8 turnovers is a very positive sign. If that number stays in that range, the offensive production will be solid. We have 3 great weapons on offense and a fourth when you add in Corey. We have to identify which of the 3 options fits and aggressively attack.

Things to watch Friday and Sunday: Need 11sr half intensity on both ends of the floor. Who will contribute off the bench? The 2 freshman show promise, but I still think Perez would be invaluable. Obviously, something is amiss there that I don’t know about.







 
84grad 
Freshman
Posts: 67

Age: 58
Reg: 11-09-17
11-23-17 08:55 PM - Post#237493    
    In response to 84grad

  • 84grad Said:
Some initial insights into today’s anticipated loss.

St Mary’s is a good, senior laden team with players who have many calendar years on Harvard. Fundamentally sound. They’ll be a handful for anyone.

Tale of 2 halves (again). Really felt like there was no purpose to the offensive sets in the first half, while there was a real effort in the second half to get Lewis the ball and to let Towns create. In turn, that freed up Aiken to do his thing. Of course it helped that the defense created a big part of the offense during the 12 point run to start the second half. A less sound team might have seen nearly all of their 26 point lead disappear.

Negatives: still lots of poor shot selection. Too many possessions given away that way. Limited offensive production from Johnson & Bassey. Hopefully Corey will get back in sync. Too many easy baskets for St. Mary’s. Again, part of that is their experience. Limited production off the bench. Baker is talented but seems lost out there. I keep hoping he’ll be used at the high post and pass to wings or down inside to Lewis.

Positives: Lewis and Towns were able to play effectively without foul trouble. That’s a big change from last year. 8 turnovers is a very positive sign. If that number stays in that range, the offensive production will be solid. We have 3 great weapons on offense and a fourth when you add in Corey. We have to identify which of the 3 options fits and aggressively attack.

Things to watch Friday and Sunday: Need 11sr half intensity on both ends of the floor. Who will contribute off the bench? The 2 freshman show promise, but I still think Perez would be invaluable. Obviously, something is amiss there that I don’t know about.










 
H78 
PhD Student
Posts: 1422
H78
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Reg: 01-06-11
St. Mary’s
11-25-17 02:48 AM - Post#237547    
    In response to 84grad

Side note, a large number of the Welsh clan was there to cheer on Henry Welsh, including brother Thomas, who at 7' 255 (Henry's listed at 6'10" 250) looks a whole lot like his brother, and is the starting center for UCLA.

 
84grad 
Freshman
Posts: 67

Age: 58
Reg: 11-09-17
11-25-17 11:05 AM - Post#237552    
    In response to H78

Pretty good crowd support out here for Crimson. Useful to have Californians on the team. H78 and iabhoops88 leading the way from the stands.

My wife is encouraged so far, having attended 3 2017 games (2 losses). She’s committed to 4 at Lavietes and 5 more road games. Was all over the refs yesterday calling for 3 shots for Bryce on that foul.

 
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