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Username Post: columbia-cornell #2        (Topic#21035)
cc66 
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Reg: 10-09-09
01-31-18 06:09 PM - Post#245277    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

KenPom has us beating Harvard by 1 and defeating Dartmouth by 8. The first projection is based on a lagging indicator--Harvard is playing well recently, and I don't believe we can beat them. But we should take Dartmouth at home; if we don't, the subsequent season will unfold in the fashion of a truly ghastly horror movie.

 
Chet Forte 
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Reg: 03-02-08
01-31-18 08:11 PM - Post#245290    
    In response to cc66

Harvard seems like it is less than the sum of its parts.


 
mrjames 
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Reg: 11-21-04
01-31-18 09:05 PM - Post#245305    
    In response to Chet Forte

Hard to say... Harvard hasn't been at full strength for any significant stretch of time all season. It has to have Aiken, Towns, Bassey and Lewis healthy down the stretch if it wants to compete for an Ivy title. If Harvard has a healthy Aiken and run a somewhat decent offense, the ways to beat the Crimson are to get to the free throw line (especially knocking out Lewis who is an insane interior defender) and to shoot over the D effectively.

Columbia can definitely do the latter, but it'll need to convince Harvard it can get to the rim effectively to buy space for its shooters. The defense starts to unravel with Lewis out of the game (so does the inside-out offense), so I'd go after him first.

 
SomeGuy 
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02-01-18 07:34 AM - Post#245341    
    In response to cc66

The third possibility for Stefanini is that it was neither Cornell’s defense nor things clicking in. It could simply be that players with high usage rates and lowish ORATs can have high scoring games on nights when they shoot well.

 
Columbia 37P6 
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02-01-18 11:39 AM - Post#245365    
    In response to SomeGuy

What happened in Cornell #2 is that Stefanini not only shot very well, but did some very smart things on both offense and defense, such as following up his shots, etc, etc. Stefanini and Hanson are both High Basketball IQ types who remind me of Issac Cohen, but frankly are much better shooters than he ever was. My feeling is that the Lions would benefit from using a line-up composed of Smith, Meisner, Tape or Faulds, Stefanini and Hanson. Believe me I like Adlesh and Hickman, but it seems apparent to me after watching all 17 Columbia games this season, that it is time to play Stefanini and Hanson in their place.

 
Chet Forte 
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Posts: 2014

Reg: 03-02-08
02-01-18 01:00 PM - Post#245378    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Agreed, except that I think Castlin should play ahead of Hickman, who has really regressed this year. Adlesh is better suited to come off the bench and when he is hot drain some quick three pointers.


 
cc66 
PhD Student
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Reg: 10-09-09
02-01-18 04:13 PM - Post#245409    
    In response to SomeGuy

Perhaps. But that means you have to imbue it with entirely independent causality. One could just as easily argue that when Stefanini goes off against Cornell, the high scoring of a high usage player is quite likely a non-random event.

 
SomeGuy 
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02-01-18 05:19 PM - Post#245418    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Agreed on basketball IQ on Stefanini, but my limited impression is that his defensive style is effective at producing steals, but not as effective actually covering his man. So it kind of looks flashy, but I don’t think he’s actually playing good defense (yet).

More importantly, I find it highly confusing that any Columbia fan would want to drop Adlesh from the starting lineup. Statistically he is fairly easily your best perimeter player (yes, that includes Smith), and to my eye he is your 2nd best perimeter player (after Smith) on offense, and probably 2nd to Hickman as a perimeter defender.

 
Columbia 37P6 
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02-01-18 05:21 PM - Post#245419    
    In response to cc66

In my humble opinion, Smith, Meisner, Tape/Faulds, Hanson and Stefanini is the optimum line-up, but I certainly agree with Chet Forte that a line-up of Smith, Meisner, Tape/Faulds, CASTLIN and either Hanson or Stefanini would be substantially better than the line-up we have been using the last two months. That said, I do hope, of course, that whatever players the Lions use tomorrow and Saturday night, we win both games in which case I promise not to talk any more about line-up changes.

 
Chet Forte 
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Reg: 03-02-08
02-01-18 06:29 PM - Post#245433    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

I like Adlesh a lot. I just think that he might be more effective coming off the bench. He should still get 20-25 minutes. This also needs to depend on matchups. Against teams with big guards Adlesh and Smith are a suboptimal combination.


 
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