Basketball Scouting Report: Houston Baptist

Army received many basketball lessons from Notre Dame this past Sunday. The Black Knights will try to put those lessons to use against Houston Baptist.


HOUSTON BAPTIST AT-A-GLANCE

Houston Baptist enters this matchup with Army having struggled very much in the early parts of the season. At just 1-5, Houston Baptist is one of the weaker teams in Division I.

The Huskies generally go nine deep, but they really struggle to get production beyond the top two or three guys in their lineup. Considering the fact that Houston Baptist has lost by nearly 12 points per game, their struggles are in a number of areas.

Starting Lineup

Forward – Dauson Womack –
Sophomore, 6-6, 205; 2013-14: 6 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game

Womack isn't a major offensive threat but leads the Huskies' starting five in rebounds and has a knack for getting to the free throw line.

Forward – Cody Joyce – Sophomore, 6-8, 220; 2013-14: 10.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Joyce is shooting a respectable 54 percent from the floor and contributes on the boards. He is the team's third leading rebounder.

Guard – Rob Lewis – Sophomore, 6-0, 180; 2013-14: 12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg

Lewis is the team's leading scorer, and a big part of his scoring ability lies in the fact he's averaging about five free throws a game. If there's one key for Army with Lewis, it is to keep him off the line.

Guard – Tyler Russell – Junior, 6-0, 180; 2013-14: 10.7 ppg, 3 rpg, 1.3 apg

Russell is the second leading scorer on the Huskies right now, and he's one of two starting juniors in the lineup. He could afford to bring more to the table than his current scoring average. He needs to be more of an offensive leader for this team as an upperclassman.

Guard – Marcel Smith – Junior, 5-6, 150; 2013-14: 4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.3 apg,

Smith is the one starter whose minutes may cause one to pause. He's shot terribly from the floor early in the season, doesn't produce well in any one area, and yet gets over 21 minutes a game.

Keys to the Game

1) Make Houston Baptist move the ball.
The Huskies have been terrible all year as a team in terms of assisting on baskets. If Army doesn't get beat on isolation plays, it could keep Houston Baptist's offense cold.

2) Attack the basket. Houston Baptist doesn't block many shots and has a propensity to foul, averaging 23 per game as a team. Army may be able to get easy baskets at the rim if it is aggressive.

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