Opponent Previews: Saint Josephs (2/10)

Opponent: Saint Joseph Hawks
League: Atlantic 10 Conference

Record:
9-14 (4-7)

Notable Wins:
St. Bonaventure (12-4), VCU (11-6), Princeton (7-8)
Other Wins: Dayton, Fordham, Bucknell, UIC, Maine, Sacramento State

Notable Losses:
Penn (16-6), Harvard (10-11), Toledo (17-7), UMass (11-13), La Salle (10-13),
Other Losses: Villanova, Washington State, St. Bonaventure, St. Johns, St. Louis, Davidson, Temple, George Washington, George Mason,

Team Stats:                         UMass                                   Saint Josephs
Points Per Game                71.0 (252nd)                        72.8 (Tied 215th)
Rebounds Per Game         33.7 (Tied-273rd)                37.3 (94th)
Assists Per Game               15.5 (Tied-66th)                  13.4  (202nd)
Points Allowed                   72.6 (Tied-184th)                74.0 (Tied-231st)

Starting 5:

Shavar Newkirk: #1 Guard, 6’0, 185 lbs
17.3 PPG    4.3 RPG    3.2 APG    1.7 SPG    .383 FG%

James Demery: #25 Forward, 6’6, 200 lbs
17.3 PPG    5.6 RPG    1.1 APG    1.3 SPG    .4 BPG    .460 FG%

Taylor Funk: #33 Forward, 6’9, 225 lbs
12.2 PPG    4.3 RPG    1.5 APG    .6 SPG    .5 BPG    .406 3P%

Chris Clover: #15 Guard, 6’3, 210 lbs
7.9 PPG    3.1 RPG    1.0 APG    .7 SPG

Pierfrancesco Olivia: #24 Forward, 6’8, 210 lbs
6.5 PPG    7.3 RPG    3.0 APG    1.0 SPG    .7 BPG

Key Role Players:

Nick Robinson: #5 Guard, 6’6, 195 lbs
5.8 PPG    4.5 RPG    2.4 APG    .8 SPG    .4 BPG

Anthony Longpre: #12 Forward, 6’10, 240 lbs
3.9 PPG    3.1 RPG    1.2 APG    .4 SPG    .3 BPG

Previous Matchup Highlight’s

Prediction:

70-67 UMass

UMass trailed by twelve at the half, but ultimately came away with a comeback victory when these teams met earlier this season. Since the matchup both teams have struggled to find consistency in conference play. After the defeat, the Hawks recorded two wins, but then went stale and come into this one riding a five game losing skid. On the other side of things, the Minutemen registered nearly the same record in that span, losing five in a row, before snapping the losing streak against Dayton last week. Regardless, UMass looks to carry momentum after a relatively long rest and they have the blueprint to do so once again.

They key will be containing the dangerous duo of Shavar Newkirk and James Demery who both rank top ten in the Atlantic 10 in scoring. Newkirk has struggled mightily from the field this season, but is extremely streaky and can get hot at any time. Luwane Pipkins paced the team with twenty-six points, but the major difference in the previous contest was the Minutemen’s ability to hit the three point shot. In fact, they outnumbered the hawks ten to four, with half of those threes coming from Carl Pierre. Saint Josephs is one of the best rebounding teams in the entire conference so it is important that Malik Hines does his job on the glass with contributions from the guards, notably Unique McLean

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