Green Bay features some tall bodies in Alec Brown, Brennan Cougill, and Jordan Fouse. Fouse has been outstanding recently for the Phoenix. His length on defense at the top of their 1-2-2 zone has cause some real problems. Brown has been solid averaging 12 a game in conference, but his fg% is down near 40%. Cougill (whom reminds me of the marshmallow man) has comeback from his off the court issues to average nearly 10 points a game off the bench.
Green Bay also has some outside shooting in the form of Keifer Sykes, Sultan Muhammed, and Cam Cerroni. Sykes can be an explosive player, a future all HL member in my opinion, and Valpo would be wise to keep track of where he is at on the court. Green Bay rebounds well, plays good defense (allowing only 58 points per game in conference play), and they have several shot blockers. Here are their PPS for conference play only.
Here is how I'd attack Green Bay. First, I'd let Brown and Cougill shoot 3's all day if they want to. Force those two outside for their shots. I really think the key to beating GB is to attack the paint and attempt to get their big guys into foul trouble. I think Valpo can get Brown and Fouse in foul trouble by creating contact with guys like KVW, Ryan, Matt, and even Erik. Those guys like blocking shots, but fouling is a big risk that comes with the shot blocking. I really expect to see a lot of Erik breaking down their zone off the dribble and creating a lot of open looks for his perimeter shooting teammates. Buggs making good decisions when he gets into the lane will be key. I expect Bogan to continue his hot shooting from the corners and KVW to have another outstanding game.
|Kevin Van Wijk||Valpo||151||1.30||0.34||0.96|
Valpo has the higher team PPS and higher individual scores. I suspect Valpo will win this game rather easily. I'll throw a final score of 68-59 out there.