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Men’s Basketball @ Toledo Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (0-6):
C- Robbie Jackson (9.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, .509FG%)
G- Adrian Satchell (5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .517 FG%)
G- Chauncey Gilliam (13.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 spg)
G- Matt Spadafora (7.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 spg)
G- Chris De La Rosa (6.3 ppg, 6.5 apg, 3.2 rpg)

Key Reserves:
F- Jake Wasco (0.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.5 bpg)
G- Shawn grant (12.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .509 FG%)
G- Nick Groce (2.3 ppg, 1.8 apg, .217 FG%)
G- Brian Neller (3.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .250 3-pt%)
G- Bakari Smith (1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .250 FG%)

Toledo (1-6):
C- Justin Anyijong (7.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg .392 FG%)
F- Jordan Dressler (7.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, .575 FG%)
G- Jake Barnett (12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G- Larry Bastifield (5.0 ppg, 4.6 apg, 3.6 rpg)
G- Stephen Albrecht (13.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg)

Key Reserves:
C- Ian Salter (3.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, .476 FG%)
F- Mouhamed Lo (7.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .475 FG%)
G- Josh Freelove (4.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, .400 FG%)
G- Jay Shunnar (0.5 ppg, 0.3 rpg, .500 FG%)

If UMBC want’s to get a non-conference win any time soon this is their best shot. Up until this point UMBC has played a very tough non-conference schedule. Morgan Sate is expected to make it to the tournament with easy, Loyola beat them with easy, Coppin State is always in the hunt for an NCAA bid, George Washington may be nationally ranked soon, James Madison is projected a top CAA team, and Towson led nationally ranked Dayton by 13 points recently. Aside from the game against George Washington, they were in ever game this year and could have one if one or two more plays would have gone their way. But it is not completely surprising to see a bad start with so much inexperience. That’s not an excuse but it still is not shocking.

Right now they are in the middle of a four game road trip and are going to take a long trip to Toledo. While Toledo has yet to beat a Division I team this year, with so many young players that long of a trip could be difficult. But sometimes when a team has their backs up against a wall they are not at al effected by travel and they get the job done.

Until Shawn Grant actually starts a game I’m leaving him as a projected reserve. As important Matt Spadafora is to the team, Grant is just way more productive and needs to see an increase in playing time. He is not quite showing as much promise as Chauncey Gilliam did last year, but for Grant the future look very bright and he is in a situation that he has the green light to shoot and could have him time come soon.

In order to beat Toledo, the Retrievers have to create turnovers. Toledo has given up a lot of possessions this year and that is what has killed them, not a lack of points. They actually have two players scoring in the teens and three scoring seven per game. That is they type of offense you need to win a game. Their defense is also not that great, but then again neither is UMBC’s. If UMBC would play a little better defense they could be 5-1 at this point. But obviously that is not the case.


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  1. […] what he was doing after the first two games, his production just dropped off.  There’s been calls for Grant to start, but I don’t really think that will happen anytime […]

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