Scouting the competition
I had the "good fortune" to be stuck in Albany long enough to get to see Cornell play at Albany, and catch a glimpse of what we're going to be up against on Thursday.
First of all, Albany looked impressive, routing Cornell by more than ten points. I can't give you an exact score, because I truly didn't care about this game. Jamar Wilson looked sharp, scoring well over 20 points, I assume. His brother Brent Wilson also played pretty well. Overall, a pretty sloppy game against a less-than-stellar Cornell team.
A few things I saw:
-Great individual play by the Great Danes, not so great when it came to teamwork.
-Sophmore Lillis was scrappy, coming up with a bunch of steals, and a few good offensive plays. Watch out for this kid and his shaggy haircut.
-A very lethargic Zoellner. Could be because they just played saturday, or because Germans breed slow-moving giants for their basketball teams.
-A strong defense inside. Cornell scored the majority of their points from the outside.
-Levi Levine's bad temper.
-Lots and lots of offense, but that's what I expected.
Things we'll need to do on Thursday:
-Man to man coverage with Wynn on J. Wilson and KG on Zoellner. That should limit their points.
-Keep an eye on Lucious Jordan. He didn't play much, after two fouls in the first minute. Their coach was probably saving him for us anyway.
-Make our threes. Hassan, Wynn and Macon are really going to have to perform since they're so strong inside. We should also attack Zoellner with Big O and Coblyn the Goblin and try to get him to rack up some fouls.
-Press? We rarely have used the press this season, but I think it would work well against the Great Danes and fluster them a bit.
-Get a strong conference win.
Side note: Nothing made my chuckle harder this break than the 65 year old blue hair that made up the trombone section of Albany's ragtag pep band. Her and the fat, balding middle aged man on trumpet.
On second thought, nothing made me chuckle harder than learning that Vermont lost to Stony Brook.