Opponent Previews: La Salle (3/7); Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round

Opponent: La Salle Explorers
League: Atlantic 10 Conference

Record: 13-18 (7-11)

Notable Wins: Saint Louis (16-15), Temple (16-14), Pennsylvania (22-8), Saint Josephs (15-15)
Other Wins: George Mason, Dayton, UMass, Fordham (2), Holy Cross, Mercer, South Alabama, Saint Peters

Notable Losses: Drexel (13-20), Richmond (11-19), George Washington (14-17),
Other Losses: Villanova, Miami, URI (2), St. Bonaventure, Boston College, Davidson, VCU, Saint Louis, Saint Josephs, Northwestern, Duquesne, UMass, Towson, Bucknell

Previous Matchups: 
1/10: 86-79 UMass
1/24: 87-72 La Salle

Team Stats:                         UMass                               La Salle:                        Conference Rank
Points Per Game               71.9 (Tied-231st)              73.1 (200th)                    10th vs 6th
Rebounds Per Game        32.8 (308th)                       35.3 (Tied-179th)          11th vs 7th
Assists Per Game              15.6 (58th)                          13.0 (Tied-222nd)         3rd vs 11th  
Points Allowed                  74.8 (237th)                        73.9 (219th)

Starting 5:

B.J. Johnson: #20 Guard, 6’7, 200 lbs
20.9 PPG    8.5 RPG    .8 APG    1.3 SPG    .7 BPG    .567 FG%    .362 3P%

Pookie Powell: #0 Guard, 6’0, 180 lbs
16.9 PPG    4.2 RPG    4.3 APG    .8 SPG    .405 FG%    .347 3P%

Isiah Deas: #10 Guard, 6’6, 185 lbs
9.5 PPG    4.4 RPG    1.4 APG    1.0 SPG    .3 BPG    .291 3P%

Amar Stukes: #2 Guard, 6’2, 190 lbs
8.6 PPG    2.5 RPG    3.2 APG    1.1 SPG    .434 3P%

Tony Washington: #5 Center, 6’10, 230 lb
7.3 PPG    6.1 RPG    .6 APG    .3 SPG    .6 BPG    .627 FG%

Key Role Player:

Saul Phiri: #13 Guard, 6’4, 210 lbs
5.2 PPG    4.8 RPG    1.5 APG    1.1 SPG    .4 BPG

Prediction:
76-70 UMass

Keys to the Game:

1. Limiting the A-10’s leading scorer, B.J. Johnson to under twenty points
2. Pressure La Salle into isolation possessions and forced shots
3. Avoid scoring droughts and conceding big runs
4. Ray Miller and Unique Mclean outplaying  Isaiah Deas and Amar Stukes
5. Malik Hines outrebounding Tony Washington
6. Luwane Pipkins’ and Carl Pierre’s three point shooting

 

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