Will Delaware do what Northeastern did against GSU?

Georgia State was beaten by Northeastern on Wednesday largely because of the Huskies’ hot hand hitting 3-pointers (try saying that five times fast).

Northeastern dropped 11 of them on the Panthers, including eight in the first half.

While a trio hit all of them, the run started with the Huskies’ guards.

That was surprising in itself.

In CAA play, Georgia State various matchup zones have befuddled guard units.

Here’s a chart of how the opponents’ starting guards have performed against Georgia State this season:

Opponent………………………FG……………..3pt…………..Points

Northeastern………………. 11 of 27……….7 of 16………35 points

Towson…………………………..3 of 8…………2 of 4………10 points

UNCW…………………………..8 of 28……….3 of 14………23 points

GMU……………………………..8 of 21………3 of 12………24 points

VCU………………………………3 of 18……..0 for 7………15 points

Drexel……………………………3 of 16……..3 of 12………13 points

W&M…………………………….5 of 17………3 of 10……..14 points

So, will Delaware be able to replicate what Northeastern did?

Odds say no, but it’s not out of the question.

GSU coach Ron Hunter said his team lost its defensive principles in the first half against the Huskies. When they regained their fundamentals, they harassed Northeastern into 3 of 11 shooting from behind the arc. For the season, Panthers’ opponents are hitting 31.9 percent of their 3-pointers.

“This defense, like every defense, has strengths and weaknesses,” Hunter said. “If you have two or three guys who can make threes, it stretches our defense out.”

In that way, Delaware is similar to Northeastern.

The Blue Hens average 67.6 points per game, but hits 29.4 percent of its 3-pointers. However, they  are led by a guard, Devon Saddler, who averages 18.7 points per game. Fellow guard Khalid Lewis averages 5.2 points per game, but doesn’t shoot many 3-pointers (5 of 25). Kyle Anderson averages 9.9 points and has hit 37 of his 113 3-pointers.

So they have the potential, if not the accuracy.

Hunter said Delaware’s team is built around its forwards, led by Jamelle Hagins, who averages 13.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.

“Their strength is inside,” he said. “They are a lot different than the team we just played. We have to handle that. It’s more like the games we are accustomed to inside. We have to handle that, handle the glasswork. Get back to what we were doing.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

17 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

January 20th, 2012
9:50 am

Hate meeting a average 3 point shooting team (33%) that is hot (53%) for your night against them. That was the difference. Gotta be ready.

Tim

January 20th, 2012
10:17 am

I like switching Micheaux to the 6th man and putting McGee in the starting line up. McGee is a better scorer, but Micheaux can come into the game and get physical and change the tempo. The offense just needs to score more points, and if McGee/Richardson can start contributing 15-20 ppg. combined, the rest will take care of itself.

Doug Roberson

January 20th, 2012
10:21 am

15-20 ppg between them? That’s a lot.

GStateBen

January 20th, 2012
10:24 am

I do not believe Delaware has the athletic prowess that Towson or Northeastern have. Those are the teams that will continue to give us trouble. NU’s Quincy Ford was a difference maker defensively on Wednesday night. His stat line of 14 points, 5 boards and 3 steals may not jump off the page but he harrassed Micheaux & Ali into poor shots.

Delaware is less athletic and much more physical. They have the size up front to give us trouble as we run our offense. Hagins & Brinkley are both 240lbs+ and will present some issues for Buck in the middle. Devonta White and Jihad Ali have to play much better for us to put 65+ points on the board.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 20th, 2012
10:29 am

Got to get it done on Saturday guys! GO PANTHERS!

OutSTATED

January 20th, 2012
10:38 am

Start Buckner, Vincent, Fields, Ali & White and we will DOMINATE!!

Doug Roberson

January 20th, 2012
10:44 am

Starting Buckner and Vincent would work if the Panthers played more of a traditional defense. Because they usually run a 2-3 or 1-3-1 matchup zone designed to pressure the 3-point line, I’m not sure starting both those guys would work well. Where would Vincent play alongside Buckner, for example, in either one?

GStateBen

January 20th, 2012
12:21 pm

Vincent wouldn’t. Oak is likely a bench player for his career. He has break out games but IMO will never be a 10 point, 8 rebound guy.

As Doug noted, the 2-3 and 1-3-1 zone is designed to wear down opposing point guards and making passing lanes difficult to diagnose. Having Buckner and Oak in the lineup at the same time slows us down significantly on both ends of the floor.

What I’m waiting on is McGee or Richardson to show their ability to provide a spark offensively.

SteveJ

January 20th, 2012
2:11 pm

FIRE CURRY!!!

panther

January 20th, 2012
2:41 pm

No. They wont

GSU is in Atlanta

January 20th, 2012
4:11 pm

I hope we blow Delaware out and get back on track to being one of the top CAA teams. These past two games have been pretty hard to bear and make me feel like we are backtracking after such a great start in conference play.

hammer22

January 20th, 2012
5:49 pm

Vincent hasn’t been given enough time to prove that he is a really good player. Give him some minutes and then we can make a good judgment.

RidgeRunner

January 20th, 2012
5:58 pm

Oak is a very good player but Buc is just better. We saw against Townson he can get up and down the floor and he can defend and he can score.

I don’t see Delaware shooting the 3s like NU but now that we have played a half dozen games in CAA the other teams think they have found better ways to deal with us. We just have to deal back.

panther

January 21st, 2012
3:16 pm

GSU kicking Delaware’s arse

panther

January 21st, 2012
3:17 pm

16-3 to GSU right now

GSWho

January 21st, 2012
5:39 pm

Welcome to GSU Coach Hunter. The CAA is no place for kids…..Better luck next year.

GSU`

January 21st, 2012
5:44 pm

FIRE HUNTER!!! You gotta be kidding me! Losses to Delaware and Northeastern? Where is the AD?