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Username Post: The Weekend        (Topic#21154)
PhD Student
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02-12-18 11:29 AM - Post#247533    

[Thought I'd move this to a new thread]

Many positives from this weekend:

- Perhaps the most impressive thing about this weekend is that different players stepped up. On Friday, Juzang had his best game ever, scoring 20 points on only 10 shots. On Saturday, Chris Lewis scored 25 points on only 14 shots. Coaches obviously recognized the mismatches and rode them.

- Friday: to beat a good Princeton team by 15 without Aiken and with Lewis (15 min) and Towns (24 min) in foul trouble the entire game is remarkable. To underscore, Lewis picked up his 4th foul with 16:42 remaining and Towns picked up his 4th foul with 15:47 left. After long bench stints, both fouled out.

- Harvard shot mediocre from three. 29% vs Princeton and 33% vs Penn. These were the levels that were frustrating during OOC play, and well below Harvard's in conference rate (now 40%+).

- Harvard with Chris Lewis +14 vs Princton in only 15 minutes! Harvard was +10 vs Penn in 31 minutes. Without Chris, Harvard was even on the weekend: +1 vs Princeton and -1 vs Penn. Again, without Bryce and with limited minutes Friday from a foul laden Seth, the performance without Chris was impressive

- The ability of Harvard to hold the fort with Lewis on the bench reflects the continuing development of Welsh, Djuricic and Baker.

- TO's: Mainly due to the maturation of Juzang and help from Bassey, Johnson and Haskett, Harvard had only 15 TO's on the weekend while forcing 26. +5.5 TO/pg is a big deal for this Harvard team.

- Harvard won without Seth needing to take over the offense at any point. Scoring 13 and 17, Seth was about 7 points below his Conference scoring average entering this game

No reason to be anything but pleased at the development of this team. Perhaps most importantly, I noticed the camaraderie and - well - enjoyment level of teammates at a level I haven't observed before in this squad.

Of course, there are negatives, as Betley - after being held scoreless in the first half -
scored 16 thereafter, and in the absence of Lewis Princeton's Aririguzoh was quite a handful down low.

Nevertheless, to pretty much hold leads over the P's for the final 30 minutes of each game, including a lead of 18 over Princeton and 16 over Penn, all without Bryce, is something the squad and coaches should feel very good about.

Well done gentlemen.

PhD Student
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Loc: New Jersey
Reg: 01-21-14
02-12-18 03:42 PM - Post#247569    
    In response to HARVARDDADGRAD

By the way, I was disappointed to see that Chris Egi missed the weekend. He might have been useful vs Aririzugoh.

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