After playing about as poor a half of basketball as we have had this season, we came from 11 down in the second half to nail down that long sought after first league win of the year!
Eight of our posters also nailed it, going 5 / 5! Congrats to: sader1970, Sons of Vaval, rgs318, Tom, alum, Ky Crusader 75, CHC8485 and HCFC45! !
nycrusader2010 got his picks in after the start of the early Navy/Colgate game and only picked 4 games. Gave him credit for that game: A.) because of his honesty; B.) because he needed the point; C.) because it was mathematically easier for me. !
On to Navy! Go CRUSADERS!
Rank / Poster / 01-08 / Total
1 Sons of Vaval 5/5 16/20
2 Tom 5/5 15/20
3 bigfan 3/5 14/20
3 alum 5/5 14/20
5 somedaycamesuddenly 3/5 13/20
5 hcnation 4/5 13/20
5 Worcester Gray 4/5 13/20
5 sader1970 5/5 13/20
5 rgs318 5/5 13/20
5 KY Crusader 75 5/5 13/20
11 DiMarz 4/5 12/20
12 hc80 3/5 11/20
12 Crosser 3/5 11/20
12 HCFC45 5/5 11/20
15 A Clock TowerPurple 2/5 10/20
15 thecrossisback 4/5 10/20
15 efg72 4/5 10/20
18 nycrusader2010 4/5 11/15
19 CHC8485 5/5 9/15
20 jflare DNP 8/10
21 hc6774 DNP 5/10
22 hc811215 DNP 4/10
DNP = Did Not Pick
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Lafayette @ Army 12:00noon Lehigh @ Bucknell 7:00pm Colgate @ Boston Univ. 7:00pm Loyola @ American 7:00pm Holy Cross @ Navy 7:00pm
Please note Lafayette @ Army start time of 12:00noon!
All Picks must be in before 12:00noon on Thursday, January 11, 2018
Lafayette @ Army (while not sold as many are that Army is that good, they are at home and Fran is past his prime)
Lehigh @ Bucknell (better team)
Colgate @ Boston Univ. (I see this as a toss up but just have a feeling, 'gate will prevail. No science, I leave that to KY, just instinct)
Loyola @ American (American plays the P.O. and we know you can't win doing that)
Holy Cross @ Navy (more of a wish than a belief. Nice comeback against Loyola but this is still essentially a freshmen team and while my hope is they turned the corner against Loyola, that would be a pleasant surprise)
KEEP THE CRUSADER . . . . you can have the sword, KEEP THE LANCE!!!
Post by KY Crusader 75 on Jan 11, 2018 12:18:47 GMT -5
Army-- Army has played the same staring lineup in each game, all upper classmen, although two have been playing less than 20 minutes per game of late. Army has #228 offense versus Lafayette's #212 defense. At the pther end it's Laf's #304 offense versus Army's #144 defense. Lafayette is 1-8 when opponents shoot 33% or higher on threes. Army is a great 3 point shooting team, #3 3 PT Pctg in D-1, and with 4 players @ .440 or higher. Lafayette's Zalys (1/21 on threes) and Stafford are really struggling on offense.
Bucknell-- Bison are the better team and today its highly efficient offense comes up against a weak defense. Bucknell does commit a lot of fouls but Bison get to the line a lot (#40 in D-1 for FT/FGA) and have a good FT %. How's this stat: Zach Thomas has made 117 free throws this year to date--compare to 127 for the entire HC team.... Bucknell protects the ball well.
Boston U-- This is a tough one as Colgate could very well get hot and take this. Colgate is a great shooting team and BU has a poor shooting defense. Sean O'Brien has been playing big minutes for Colgate and has been playing very well of late. Colgate has won 5 of last 6 games., including hc and @au, but BU looks tougher. Boston U relies more on 2's than on 3's and I think 2's are not as volatile as 3's. BU beat Lehigh and Army when both of those team had good 3 point shooting games.
Loyola-- Here's a tough one as both teams are low ranked. Loyola has lineup/depth issues. In last 6 games Loy is 3-0 at home and 0-3 on road. Loyola does not shoot well but is 4-2 when it hjits 40% or higher on threes and 0-9 when it is 33% or below. There are no games in between. Loyola is heavily reliant on twos (#12 in D-1 in % of total pts from 2's) and AU's defense is #318 in defending against the two. AU has lost 6 in a row. Eagles fire up a lot of threes but connect on a low percentage. AU is 0-10 when opponents have even a medicore eff fg pctg of 46% or better and Loyola has done so in 11 of 15 games.
Navy-- HC won at the Hart 51-50 last year (PB MVP) then lost at Navy in the regular season and in the playoffs betting outrebounded 27-36 then 23-42. We had our 3rd and 4th worst shooting games of the season in those two. HC is 4-4 when opponents have eff fg pctg of 50% or lower and 0-7 when opponents shoot @55% or better. No games in between. Navy is 6-1 at home. Navy is 11-1 when eff fg pctg is 47% or better (HC defense is 53.9%....) and 0-4 when at 46% or lower. In PL games AB (110 O Rating) and JG (124 O Rating) have come on strong. Here's the big wild card for tonight: Jehyve Floyd. Get this, last year in the 3 games versus Navy JF played 12 minuts with 0 points, then 3 minutes with no points, then 16 minutes with 3 points. Let's hope for 30 minutes and 15 points today.