Pregame Glance: American University

Written November 19th, 2013 by Ken
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We’re all Americans..

The 2013-2014 basketball season is under way and our Ohio State Buckeyes are sitting at 3-0 after riding a very good 2nd half to defeat host Marquette University. Now, the #8 Buckeyes host the American University Eagles out of the Patriot League this coming Wednesday. Saturday it was The Golden Eagles, on Wednesday it will just be the Eagles. Feasting on raptors…

 

Here’s a profile on American University.

School: American University

Location: Washington, DC

Founded: 1893

Student Population: 7,299

School Type: Private

Division: FCS

Conference: Patriot Conference

Arena: Bender Arena

Seating: 4,500

Built: 1988

Head Coach: Mike Brennan

Year: 1st

American University Eagles

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C Tony Wroblicky #34

The Eagles are coming off a gritty 63-61 overtime win over host UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) last Thursday. This win evened American’s record to 1-1 this season. Being a member of the Patriot League, they schedule schools such as Holy Cross, Colgate, Lehigh, Bucknell, etc.  There, that should set the context for the Eagles’ level of competition. Having said that, the 2012-2013 season wasn’t successful, as the Eagles finished with a 10-20 (5-9) record and ended the season losing five straight games.

 

The Eagles employ a 3G, 1F, 1C lineup with 6’10″ Center Tony Wroblicky providing the paint presence. Coach Brennan has also used Guard Charlie Jones and Forwards Marco Vasic and Yilret Yiljep 15-16 minutes per game each. Although a bit on the short side at 5’9″, Guard Darius Gardner runs this offense with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game.

 

[Note: At this point in the season, I'm switching over to referencing statistics from statsheet.com.]

Here is the American University roster:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG TPG
#22 J. Schoof 6’5″ G 11.5 26.9 75.0 30.0 1.5 1.5 3.5
#0 D. Gardner 5’9″ G 18.0 66.7 62.5 40.0 6.0 5.0 1.0
#1 K. Kager 6’8″ F 10.0 50.0 58.3 33.3 9.5 0.5 1.5
#14 J. Reed 6’5″ G 8.5 35.3 100.0 27.3 3.5 0.5 2.0
#34 T. Wroblicky 6’10″ C 6.5 45.5 33.3 0.0 7.0 1.5 3.0
#20 C. Jones 6’5″ G 1.0 33.3 0.0 0.0 3.0 1.0 1.0
#5 M. Vasic 6’5″ F 5.0 36.4 33.3 14.3 0.5 1.0 1.0
#12 Y. Yiljep 6’7″ F 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 1.0 0.5
#3 J. Montgomery 5’11″ G 1.0 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 3.0
#33 J. Borucki 6’4″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#44 Z. Elcano 6’11″ C 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#2 K. Kager 6’3″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Ohio State Buckeyes

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Lenzelle Smith Jr

The 8th ranked Buckeyes are coming off an interesting win over 17th ranked (at the time) Marquette. Ohio State didn’t play particularly well in the first half against the Golden Eagles, but flipped the switch and dominated the 2nd half, winning 52-35. The Buckeyes also start a 3-1-1 lineup, although 6th man Forward Sam Thompson,at 26 minutes per game has the 2nd most on-court time.

As you can see, below, Ohio State is well balanced with four players averaging double digits at this point. You’ll also notice, that despite rebounding well so far this season, LaQuinton Ross hasn’t found his scoring touch yet. Maybe Wednesday night will be the ‘break-out’ night for LQR.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG TPG
#4 A. Craft 6’2″ G 11.0 40.0 68.0 0.0 5.7 6.7 3.3
#32 L. Smith Jr. 6’4″ G 11.3 47.8 75.0 40.0 4.7 0.7 1.0
#3 S. Scott 6’1″ G 12.3 56.0 66.7 35.7 3.3 3.7 2.7
#10 L. Ross 6’8″ F 8.0 26.7 71.4 23.1 5.7 1.0 0.7
#23 A. Williams 6’11″ C 7.3 75.0 83.3 0.0 6.7 0.3 1.3
#12 S. Thompson 6’7″ F 13.0 50.0 72.7 37.5 5.0 1.0 1.0
#2 M. Loving 6’7″ F 5.7 45.5 85.7 33.3 2.7 0.0 0.0
#55 T. McDonald 6’8″ C 2.7 60.0 33.3 0.0 2.7 0.3 1.3
#33 A. Della Valle 6’5″ G 2.0 22.2 20.0 20.0 2.0 0.7 0.3
#34 J. Lorbach 6’7″ F 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
#24 A. Goldstein 6’3″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#15 K. Williams 6’2″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Wrap-up

Let’s take a look at some comparative team stats, again from statsheet.com.

PPG O PPG D RPG APG TPG PPG PPP A/T
American 61.5 62.0 36.5 13.0 17.0 68.5 0.9 0.76
Ohio State 73.3 51.3 41.0 14.3 12.0 67.7 1.08 1.2

As you’d expect from a .500 team, the Eagles give up about as many points as they score. The Buckeyes, however, have a game margin of 22 points, so at this point in the schedule, OSU is about where you’d expect them to be. The OSU offense is more efficient that American’s, averaging almost .2 point per possession higher. The FG% difference isn’t that much, but while Ohio State turns the ball over 18% on the their possessions, American turns it over on 25% of their possessions.

I think a good defensive effort (Craft, Scott) will be in order to keep Mr. Gardner under control. I’d love to see Ross, Williams and Thompson go off with double digits each. This may be close for a while, with American playing with a good bit of energy, but at some point the Buckeyes take this game under control. In addition to what I see as a talent advantage for the Buckeyes, I also see them with a coaching/adjustment advantage. Although Eagle coach Mike Brennan has been in the business since 2000, this is his first HC job. In contrast, Thad has been a head coach since 2001, and as we saw against Marquette last Saturday, he can come up with necessary adjustments.

I hope the country will not think ill of Ohio State as they defeat the American University Eagles of the Patriot Conference.

The game is this Wednesday at 7:30 PM EST in Value City Arena. Please join us for our live blog beginning approximately 30 minutes before tip-off. The game will be broadcast on BTN.

1 Comment

  1. EricNo Gravatar
    November 20th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Great preview Ken. Thanks.

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