Hello TOC, well that was probably the best way to end the B1G Ten tournament. Now it’s on to March Madness and the Delaware Blue Hens on Thursday. As usual the adjusted stats will be first and the analysis will be right after.
The Blue Hens went 25-9 overall and 14-2 in the CAA. Their three hardest games this season all ended in losses and were against Villanova, by 4, Ohio State, by 12, and North Dakota State, by 19. They have a veteran laden starting 5 consisting of 3 seniors and 2 juniors. They run a rotation of essentially 3 guards and 2 post-players. In their conference championship game those 5 players played an average of over 37 minutes, as well as only playing 3 bench players with the highest minutes total being 6. Height is going to be a big problem for this team considering they only have one player taller than 6-6 who plays a significant amount of minutes. With that kind of lack of height, one can infer that they have a rebounding problem especially defensively. With all that experience they rarely turn the ball over, but they also rarely throw assists. They only shoot around 34% from three, and only three players on the team shoot them at a good clip.
Starting with the Backcourt, Anderson, Junior, is the glue starter. He is the number 5 option on offense when all the starters are playing. He is a very efficient shooter, and is probably the best three point shooter at around 38%. Other than that though he is the worst starting rebounder and has mediocre stats in everything else. Next is Saddler, Senior, is probably the 1st option on offense and plays around 37 minutes per game. He is one of the least efficient shooters on Delaware, and is 35% from three. He is the second worst rebounder in the starting 5, but also has the second highest number of assists while also rarely fouling. Other than those his numbers are only mediocre. The final starting guard is Threatt, Junior, and he is by far the best on the team in assist numbers. He is the least efficient shooter, and is an awful three point shooter. He also has good rebounding numbers for his size, and has the highest steal numbers on Delaware as well.
The first Frontcourt player is Usher, Senior transfer from MVSU. He is an undersized 4 at 6-6 and does not have the rebounding numbers to back up his position. Other than the rebounding numbers though, Usher is a pretty efficient shooter and takes the most three for Delaware and shoots that at 36%. He also is second in steals, and has pretty good assist numbers for a 4. The final starter is Baptiste, Senior transferred after his Sophomore year from St. Joes, who is the only starter with true size at 6-9. He is the most efficient shooter on the team as well as the best rebounder at almost 9 per game. He does have good block numbers but can also get into foul trouble considering he does average around 3.6 per 30.
The first off the bench will probably be Pinkard, Freshman Forward. He does not look to shoot and is the least efficient on the whole team. He could try a three or two but he only shoots them at 31%. Other than that though, Pinkard is a bad rebounder and only ok in everything else. Next is King-Davis, Sophomore Forward, who will shoot if he is open, and has an ok efficiency. He is a good blocker and rebounder doesn’t have anything special and is prone to foul trouble. After that is Hayes, Freshman Guard, who also does not look to shoot very often and is pretty mediocre in his other stats. The final player, who probably won’t see the floor much unless there is a ton of foul trouble, is Harris, Freshman Forward. He has a small sample size with his shot attempts, is an ok rebounder, and would deal with a ton of foul trouble if he did play 30 minutes.
All in all this team can provide a challenge for State, especially if they are able to hit a fair number of threes. The battle will hopefully be won in the interior for MSU which should lead to a bunch of easy putbacks for Dawson and Payne. This would also be a nice game for Costello to try and find a semblance of a post game, where instead of getting the offensive rebound and immediately turning from the basket to pass; he could try to put it back up strong and try to score. Finally, MSU is the more talented team in this game and this will hopefully be a good jumping point for March Madness.