Green Bay (1-2) at Miami (2-1)
The Phoenix enters their matchup with Miami 1-2 after losing in their sub-regional opener to San Diego St. 79-70. Previously, they defeated Minnesota-Duluth 75-36 before losing at Marquette 89-69. The Phoenix is coached by Brian Wardle, who took over for now Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk. This is Wardle’s 1st year as a head coach at any level after starring for Marquette 10 years ago. In the preseason, Green Bay were picked to finish 7th in the Horizon League, and if they are to finish any higher, it will come down to how far their backcourt can take them.
Rahmon Fletcher, 5’10” Sr. 14 pts, 3 reb, 3 ass. 14/33 FG, 44% 3PFG, 86% FT. Lefty combo guard, can shoot the mid-range jumper or the 3. He really shoots well coming off screens.
Steve Baker, 6’2” Jr. 8 pts, 5 reb, 2 ass. 38% FG, 50% 3PFG, 57% FT. JUCO transfer still finding his way. Similar game to Fletcher’s but doesn’t have his confidence. Good rebounder for his size.
Bryquis Perine, 6’3” Sr. 14 pts, 4 reb, 4 ass. 33% FG, 5/13 3PFG, 67% FT. Long, lanky guard. Wants to drive, but a very capable shooter, more streaky than consistent. Also has the mid-range pullup and the floater in his arsenal.
Troy Snyder, 6’7” So. 10 pts 5 reb. 12/23 FG, 40% 3PFG, 50% FT. Athletic rebounder who found his shooting touch against San Diego St.
Alec Brown, 7’1” Fr. 6 pts, 6 reb. 44% FG, 63% FT. Very skinny, only weighs 215. Looks like a kid who grew late because he’s more comfortable shooting rather than playing big. Doesn’t move very well.Off the Bench
Seth Evans, 6’ So. 6 pts, 2 ass. 6/13 FG, 40% 3PFG, 50% FT. Shooter off the bench, not much of mid-range game. Daniel Turner, 6’6” Fr. 3 pts, 2 reb. 30% FG. Aggressive slasher who can go both ways
Jarvis Williams, 6’6” Jr. 6 pts, 4 reb. 50% FG, 14% 3PFG. Didn’t play vs. SDSU. Lefty slasher who can get out-of-control. Not much of a shooter.
Greg Lesage, 6’8” Sr. 2 pts, 5 reb. 28% FG. Tough guy who plays his role well. Strong rebounder.
Green Bay runs a lot of different offensive sets, but they all revolve in getting their perimeter players open shots or open lanes to the basket. They don’t get much inside production from their 4 and 5 men. They run a lot of high pick and rolls and dribble weaves. They’ll fake the dribble weave and have the wing go back door. The wings will cross off of screens underneath to get open for 3s. And they also like to run their point guards off of staggered screens in the high post area and flare to the opposite wing for a look. On side out of bounds, they’ll enter the ball into the post and the inbounder will step and go back door down the baseline.Everyone has a long reach, but they’re not physical. They can be pushed around underneath, especially on the boards. They play tight man defense on the perimeter, but their interior helpside often gets lost. They will play some 2-3 zone, but they don’t match up out of it. A simple high post entry and baseline duck under will be successful against their zone. Even with good guards, they don’t run the floor particularly well. It’s another situation where Green Bay has the advantage outside, but we have the advantage inside.
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