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    Unt Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne From Minden View Post
    Played a controlled game last night -

    As HD mentioned earlier - we made the easy open shots early that we missed against UAB

    Junior could of gone off for 30+ if we would of wanted to keep feeding him, Cobi had a very solid bounce back game in all facets

    Thought we didn't defend against the 3 as well as we did against UAB - Rice missed a ton of open looks

    Played alot of combos last night

    Thomas is still way over his head and in my book Hunter has more upside, but Thomas has got to get tougher and not pull stupid stunts like that T he got - it was blatant and stupid and will get you wrong up every time - there was literally no player within 4 ft of the basket

    Green intrigues me - great body, appears to have soft touch but really needs to work on his spacing

    Willis is getting better and better off the drive, which is opening up his 3 pt shot

    Poppa gives you 15 to 20 hard, tough minutes every night - still a little out of control but he is young

    Saturday is a big big game - defending conference champ, most of the team back from the tourney team that won a game in the Dance
    North Texas likes to take the air out of the ball so it will make our possessions more valuable. We do seem to match up with them (and vice versa) fairly well in terms of starting line-up. The only possible advantage they have might be Bell (6'6, 205) against Christon (6'4, 200). But I do think Christon is a better defensive match-up against Bell than Green is.
    Have you considered those Dogs?

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    Unt Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. Rice

    Quote Originally Posted by boxerdog View Post
    North Texas likes to take the air out of the ball so it will make our possessions more valuable. We do seem to match up with them (and vice versa) fairly well in terms of starting line-up. The only possible advantage they have might be Bell (6'6, 205) against Christon (6'4, 200). But I do think Christon is a better defensive match-up against Bell than Green is.
    This will probably be a low scoring game. UNT likes to play defense and keep the scores LOW! Out of 18 games played this season, UNT has only scored more than 70 points 3 times (16.67% of the time), and those 3 games were against LSU-Shreveport (73), Oklahoma Christian (84) and Rice (75).

    In 8 CUSA games each:

    - UNT is averaging 67 ppg.

    - LA Tech is averaging 76 ppg.


    Last time Tech played UNT --in the CUSA Tournament-- the Mean Green held Tech to only 48 points. FORTY-EIGHT POINTS!!! UNT won the game 54-48. I've never been so bored in my life. If Tech basketball has any manhood leftover, they won't let THAT happen again.

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. Rice

    So this game against UNT needs to be about SCORING offense for LA Tech. If Tech can score 70 points or more, UNT can't keep up. That's just not their style. So Tech's got to have successful drives to the basket, and hit their free throws.

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. Rice

    A key stat for Tech is Cobe Williams' scoring.

    Tech is 11-0 this year when Williams scores in double figures. He is averaging 16.8 points in those 10 games.

    Tech is just 5-4 this year when Williams does not score in double figures.
    In the five wins he scored 7 (Jackson State), 2 (Jarvis Christian), 9 (NSU), 3 (Texas Southern), and 4 (Santa Clara) for an average of 5 points in those games.
    In the four losses he scored 0 (Alabama), 2 (N.C. State), 7 (LSU), and 3 (UAB) points. That's an average of 3 points a game.

    Taking it further, Tech is 14-1 this year when Williams scores 4 or more (LSU being the loss). Tech is 2-3 when Williams scores less than 4 points.
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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. Rice

    Quote Originally Posted by FriscoDawg View Post
    A key stat for Tech is Cobe Williams' scoring.

    Tech is 10-0 this year when Williams scores in double figures. He is averaging 16.8 points in those 10 games.

    Tech is 6-4 when Williams does not score in double figures.
    In the six wins he scored 7, 2, 9, 3, 4, and 7 for an average of 5.3 points a game.
    In the four losses he scored 0 (Alabama), 2 (N.C. State), 7 (LSU), and 3 (UAB) points. That's an average of 3 points a game.
    So, the message is, stop Cobe Williams, and you stop LA Tech.

    Yeah, that's why I was saying we need successful drives to the basket. So many scoring opportunities emerge from those hard drives to the basket. From the "dish" feeds to Lofton, to the "kick-outs" to Willis & Archibald, to the fouls that are created and send us to the free throw line. Williams is the key.

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    I agree with you and Frisco - as good as Jr is, Cobi is the straw that stirs the drink...
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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    I imagine McCasland knows this and will defend accordingly. Wouldn't surprise me if he pressures Cobe from the jump and tries to get him out of sorts. I thought Cobe tried to do too much from the tip in the UAB game.
    Have you considered those Dogs?

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    I agree about Williams in the comments above. He is a different maker, because it takes a lot of pressure off of Jr. If we are "on" from three point land, though, Archibald and Willis can make up for a lot. Drive the ball in and either score with Jr. or kick it back out to whomever is hot in this game from the outside. BIG KEY: Always for us is to not start off in a hole. I don't think that will be a big problem, as I believe our defense can handle North Texas. We need to speed things up and not play their game. Full court them whenever possible to speed them up and get the scoring up into the 70's. If we do that, we will be fine.

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    Certainly agree about Cobe's importance, been saying that all year. Our trio of guards "WAW" are (can be!) the best set of guards in CUSA. They need to play their game(s) and not disappear as a group in any game. Cobe, though, is the catalyst. He has to score, yes, 10-12 pts on average is usually enough and has to make his FTs. Even more critical is his ball-handling (minimize turnovers) and breaking down defenses setting up teammates for open looks. We don't have a halfcourt offense, since Konkol is a mere spectator, so it is up to the players to be creative on the floor.

    We all know the loss of Crawford threw a glass ceiling over this year's team. Meaning, we are not going to go as far as we would have had we had him. This team might win the auto-bid and go dance, but then as a #14 seed lose a tough game to a #3. With a healthy Crawford all year we would have done better and would be a #12 seed and probably beat a #5 in the opening round. Water under the bridge...

    As it stands now we have WAW and Junior, and really need a fifth guy to step up and deliver key minutes, points, rebounds, etc...I think David Green is the most likely to do that and should be our 5th starter. Hunter is continuing to get better and can be counted on to spell Junior for brief periods. Thomas has hops! He looks physically fit and capable, just needs guidance, you know COACHING! Well...darn, forget that.

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    Here's to a safe, injury free game!

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    Drawing fouls early will hopefully pay off as the game progresses.

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    Just following stat tracker on Yahoo sports. Slow paced, just like UNT wants it. But we are going pretty much stride for stride so far. If we survive the first half and come out with our hair on fire in the second, we may can flip the game to more our speed.

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    Re: Preview: LA Tech vs. North Texas

    Yeah seem to be drawing a lot of fouls and that may change things halfway through the second.

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