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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

QUICK TAKE: Northeastern 67, Princeton 66

Ian Hummer in the first half: With the Northeastern zone not quite calibrated properly, Hummer was able to abuse the less-athletic Huskies frontcourt for 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting in the half. The best part was that Hummer’s outburst came entirely within the flow of the offense, with most of his buckets coming either off some tick-tock-toe passing or off the offensive glass.

Clay Wilson, assassin: The biggest question for the Tigers coming into this season was whether or not they’d have enough shooters to make up for the loss of Doug Davis. Wilson proved he’s certainly not shy about his range, launching several (good-looking) shots from several feet beyond the three-point line. He ended up 4-10, certainly serviceable for a shooter off the bench. The only question with Wilson is if he’ll be able to contribute enough in other ways to merit extended minutes.

The continued reemergence of Will Barrett: Barrett wasn’t so happy with himself after the game after fouling out down the stretch, but it has become clear that the junior forward is going to be a major factor this year—especially if team’s continue to throw zones at the Tigers. At 6-foot-10, Barrett can defend positions three through five. He’s also the only Princeton shooter big enough to consistently shoot over people. Through two games, he’s 5-11 from three-point range. Though not quite as good as he was against Buffalo, Barrett was probably the Tigers second-best player when he was on the floor.

Ian Hummer in the second half: The Huskies stuck with their zone in the second, but made denying Hummer the ball a priority. Without Hummer as its focal point, the Princeton offense got stagnant. Instead of looking inside-out for threes, they started simply swinging the ball around the perimeter, and Northeastern was quick enough to react. Hummer only had four points after halftime.

T.J. Bray’s jump shot: By all accounts, Bray is the best (or at least most experienced) shooter on the team. Through two games, however, Bray is inexplicably 0-11 from beyond the arc. There is no reason at the moment to think that this is more than an unfortunate anomaly, but the Tigers will need Bray to start hitting if they are going to get where they want to go this year.

Brendan Connolly: There aren’t a lot of skilled 6-foot-11 big men in the Ivy League, but Connolly was a no-show against the Huskies. Saddled by foul trouble, Connolly played just 12 minutes, missing his only shot attempt and failing to grab a rebound.

THE TAKEAWAY: Northeastern seems to have provided a pretty good blueprint for teams that want to play zone against the Tigers—deny Hummer catching the ball and then try to recover and run shooters off shots. Plenty of teams will likely try that strategy, especially considering the difficultly of trying to prepare to cover the intricate Princeton Offense man-to-man. The emergence of Barrett, however, makes it seem that—as long as Bray finds his stroke—the Tigers should have enough firepower to make teams pay.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Connolly enigma continues. 2 rebounds in two games, not even playing half the time due to foul trouble. I don't know how long Henderson will be able to stick with this senior, who no longer has an upside. Necessity is the mother of invention.

November 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM 
Blogger nickperuffo said...

I guess that begs the question - would you like to see more Mack Darrow? Or perhaps a small-ball lineup with Hummer and Barrett as the bigs?

November 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM 

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