Basketball Scouting Report: Delaware

Defensive rebounding is the obvious priority for the Army basketball team as it prepares for the Delaware Blue Hens on Tuesday night. A better, tougher, more successful identity for Army begins with its ability to turn its opponents into one-and-done teams.


DELAWARE AT-A-GLANCE

Delaware comes in with an experienced group that features five juniors or seniors. Upperclassmen receive the majority of the team's minutes. While the Blue Hens are only 1-2 on the year, the team has been playing very well offensively. Army will need to run efficient offensive sets if it wants to have a chance to keep up with this group for 40 minutes.

Starting Lineup

Guard – Devon Saddler –
Senior, 6-2, 210 2013-14: 23 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game

Saddler has been the go-to scorer for the Blue Hens early in the season, and he has attained that distinction efficiently, shooting over 53 percent from the floor. If there's one weakness in his scoring, it appears to be perimeter shooting. Saddler hits only 25 percent of his three-point attempts.

Forward – Carl Baptiste – Senior, 6-9, 260; 2013-14: 11 ppg, 5.7 rpg

The lone forward in a four-guard lineup, Baptiste doesn't shoot much. However, when he does, he takes high-percentage shots and makes 69 percent of his tries from the floor. His rebounding and interior defense are his foremost strengths.

Guard – Kyle Anderson – Junior, 6-2, 200; 2013-14: 14.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.7 apg

Anderson is the fourth leading scorer on the Delaware roster, and yet he puts in over 14 points a game. His outside shooting helps the Blue Hens spread the floor. That will be a definite concern for the Black Knights throughout this contest.

Guard – Davon Usher – Senior, 6-6, 200; 2013-14: 16.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3.7 apg

Usher does a little bit of everything and is an exceptional rebounder for a guard. Army has to put a body on him when a shot goes up. The Black Knights must realize that Usher's ability to crash the offensive glass is what can boost his scoring average, since he can create easy baskets with his size as a big guard. If Army makes Usher take long-distance shots and can prevent him from doing damage near the rim, the Black Knights will have to feel good about their chances on Tuesday.

Guard – Jarvis Threatt – Junior, 6-2, 170; 2013-14: 15.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.3 apg

Threatt, like Usher, does a bit of everything while also averaging three steals per game. With all the attention on the others, Threatt might be the guy who can beat Army the most ways. Army's backcourt must be cognizant of the need to clog passing lanes against Threatt on defense, and to not put the ball in jeopardy when being guarded by Threat at the offensive end of the floor. Army has to pass the ball cleanly if Threatt is in the area. Using a weave or some similar maneuver might be advisable as well.

Keys to the Game

1) Slow the game down.
While Army has been playing at a higher-scoring rate itself, this may be the game to take the foot off the pedal a bit. Delaware has a lot of players who are producing right now, and Army may not have the depth to match Delaware in a shootout.

2) Pack the Paint. Delaware hasn't shot the three ball well in the early stages of the season, but the Blue Hens have rebounded fairly well, averaging five rebounds per game more than Army. The Black Knights should dare Delaware to beat them from outside and try and prevent second-chance baskets.

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