Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daily Wrap- November 18


Wofford 86, Iona 73
ETSU 111, Virginia-Wise 66
VMI 124, Johnson University 42
UNC-Wilmington 84, UNCG 72
Butler 70, Chattanooga 48

So, What Happened?

VMI completely dominated, leading 28-0 before Johnson even scored a point. ETSU was pretty much equally as dominant, even if it wasn't quite that bad.

Good for them. That's the sort of performances that are expected against the non-D1s on the schedule. Now the SoCon needs to start winning against other mid-majors. Wofford collected one of those wins, but UNCG could not get one. That means the SoCon went 1-1 against out of conference D1, mid-major opponents. That puts their record on the year at 1-4 against D1 teams not from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC, American Athletic, Big East or Mountain West. They really need to get more out of conference wins against those teams.

Of course Chattanooga did not do their part and come up with an upset against a Big East team in Butler. They hung around for a while, but in the end, Butler was too much. The Mocs clearly need to get better at putting the ball in the basket, but the foul trouble that plagued the Mocs on Tuesday night certainly did not help that any.

Game of the Day- Wofford 86, Iona 73

The final score is not completely deceiving, but the truth is that the first 28 minutes of this game were as close as they could possibly get. They went back and forth and back and forth, before finally the Terriers started pulling away.

To beat Wofford, you have to play good defense. They are not a great offensive team, but if you let them shoot a high percentage, you are going to lose. Wofford made 53.6% of their shots from the floor and 52.9% from three point range. Lee Skinner also collected nine rebounds.

The most pleasant surprise to me was Justin Gordon. He played very well, scoring thirteen points with four rebounds. If Gordon is going to be that kind of player, the Terriers will be that much tougher to beat.

Player of the Day- Lee Skinner, Wofford

Skinner collected fifteen points and nine rebounds against the Gaels. He made six of seven from the floor and three of four from the free throw line. He got three offensive rebounds. He also came up with one assist.

When Skinner comes up with that many rebounds, the Terriers are difficult team to beat. He played very well against the Gaels, and was the Terriers second leading scorer. It was a solid performance from Skinner.

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