Friday, December 7, 2018

Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. UCSB Game Preview, by Gaucho Freg

Game 9
UCSB vs Arkansas Pine Bluff Preview
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7PM PST

UCSB returns home from a hard-fought loss to the University of Washington to take on the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions of the SWAC in what will hopefully be the first game of the season for Max Heidegger.

By the Numbers                                                            
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Record (D1 only) 2-6 6-2
Home/Away vs D1 1-6 (A) 2-0 (H)
Composite National Rankings
DCI 1&2, BPI, KP, Massey, NET, RPI, Sagarin 287 129
NET 284 129
SOS 37 230
CBS Preseason Rank 335 203
SI Preseason Rank 321 185
Preseason Poll Pick 4th 1st – 6th
Efficiency Rankings (Pomeroy) 
Offense 326 150
Defense 315 146
Scoring 65.0 74.4
FG% 37.3 47.0
3Pt % 26.7 32.8
FT% 71.9 70.7
PPG Allowed 86.1 62.3
FG % Defense 49.6 36.9
3Pt % Defense 40.4 22.9
Rebounding Margin -6.2 +9.4
Best win (NET):  Cal Baptist (225)
Worst Loss (NET):  Colorado St. (218)

APB-UCSB History
This will be the first game between the two schools.

Head Coach:  George Ivory has been at the helm of the Golden Lions since 2008, sporting a 121-209 record.  In his second season, after an 0-11 start, the Golden Lions turned things around and won the SWAC tournament and their NCAA Play-In Game over Winthrop before falling to #1 seeded Duke.  They have not made the post season since.

Roster  The Gauchos will face their second top-ten in the nation scorer in the marvelously named Martaveous McKnight (Justin James of Wyoming the first).  McKnight is averaging 25 ppg and is averaging nearly 39 mpg. No other player is averaging double digits.

Probable Starters
Guard - Martaveous McKnight  #23  6’4”, 190 lb, Senior 25.3 ppg, 38.4 mpg, .346  from three  McKight is well-rounded and will serve as a great preparation for how to deal with CSUN’s freshman phenom Lamine Diane who is putting up similar numbers.  McKnight also leads the team in assists (2.8) is second in rebounding (5) and has 8 FT attempts per game, making 76%.   He does turn the ball over a lot, 3.1 per game.
Guard - Charles Jackson  #1  6’5”, 210 lb, 9.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, .346 from three, 26 mpg  Senior 
Forward -  Shaun Doss  #21  6’5”, 185 lb,8.9 ppg, 3.5 rbg  29 mpg  Sophomore.  Not a good outside shooter but gets to the FT line 5x a game, making 60% of them.
ForwardTerrance Banyard #12  6’8”, 215 lb, Sophomore - 5.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 23 mpg  Teams leading rebounder
CenterTrevor Banks #13  6’8”, 215 lb, Junior - 5.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg 18 mpg

Probable Key Reserves
Forward - Marquell Carter   #2  6’6”, 195 lb, Junior  17 mpg
Guard - Anthony Davis Jr.  #5  5’9”, 165 lb,  RS Freshman 
Forward - Christian Robertson   #25  6’4”, 195 lb, GS
Center - Issac Bassey #12  6’11”, 250 lb, Junior

Match-up overview:   The Lions are a no-defense mid-pack SWAC team that has one terrific player that can potentially keep them competitive.  Will be interesting to see if JP employs any double teams on McKnight or if he chooses to see if McLaughlin/Terrell/Toure can defend him one-on-one.  One key advantage APB has over the Gauchos is that they have played a far more difficult schedule, including a top-ten (computer rankings) program in Texas Tech. The Golden Lions front court has not been productive statistically and Sow/Idehen/Lakoju should be able to continue this trend on defense plus have some good offensive production in this game.  Key statistic, UCSB has a +9.4 rebounding advantage while APB is a -6.2.  I can’t imagine Heidegger not playing this game after having been cleared for close to two weeks. With an opponent that does not defend well, it is a good opportunity for him to shake off the rust.  Despite unfavorable computer rankings, this is a team that did defeat Cal Baptist which just went toe-to-toe with conference favorite UC Irvine, losing by only 3.  Given how serious Pasternack took Cal Lutheran, I don’t expect him to take the foot off the gas against this opponent either.

Keys to the game for the Gauchos
·       Relatively speaking, contain McKnight.  He could probably score 30 but UCSB’s offense should overcome regardless against one of the worst rated defenses in the country.  Still, can’t have him go off at the end if the game is close.
·       Maintain defensive effort.  The Gaucho defense has been terrific ever since the NDSU loss.  It kept them in it vs. UW.  The same level of effort will translate to a victory.
·       Get the ball inside.
·       Integrate Max.  It can be a challenge to integrate a new piece, even one as talented as Heidegger.  There may be some bumpiness.

Prediction:  UCSB 81 APB 64

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Fun facts about APB:  The school is a Historically Black College (HBC) founded in 1873 and is part of the Univ of Arkansas system.  Famed Pittsburgh Steeler Defensive End LC Greenwood who helped make up the famous Steel Curtain in the 1970s is an alum, class of ‘69 when the school was then known as Arkansas A&M

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