Basketball Scouting Report: St. Francis (NY)

Army won't play another game until Dec. 13, making this Saturday's contest agaisnt St. Francis that much more important for the Black Knights. If there's energy left to burn, Army must leave it all on the court against this opponent from the Northeast Conference.


ST. FRANCIS (NEW YORK) AT-A-GLANCE

The Terriers come into this matchup with Army riding a three-game winning streak, with victories at Stony Brook and Oakland. However, perhaps the most telling reflection of this team's abilities is a loss to Syracuse in which it went toe to toe with the Orange for 40 minutes.

Owning a blend of upperclassmen and some young players, the Terriers bring a team to the court that has shown it can play with some of the nation's best and isn't afraid to use its young guys in meaningful situations.

Starting Lineup

Forward – Wayne Martin –
Freshman, 6-6, 215; 2013-14: 11 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game

Martin's 11 points per game has come on 56 percent field goal shooting, showing he's a very efficient shooter. The fact he has posted such numbers in just 21 minutes per game shows he is aggressive when he's on the floor, too.

Forward – Jalen Cannon – Junior, 6-6, 230; 2013-14: 16.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg

Cannon is the team's go-to player, leading scorer, leading rebounder, and far and away the most efficient player as well. The Terriers make a clear point to go inside, and Cannon is the leading threat for this team near the rim.

Guard – Ben Mockford – Senior, 6-2, 175; 2013-14: 8.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.2 apg

Essentially three out of every four Mockford shots are three-pointers. Army has to know its scouting report and force him off the three-point line. It is vital for the Black Knights to make him do something he doesn't normally do.

Guard – Brent Jones – Junior, 5-10, 170; 2013-14: 4.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.2 apg

Jones is the only player on the team, averaging 2.1 assists per game or more. He isn't a major threat to score but gets others involved with his playmaking.

Guard – Anthony White – Sophomore, 6-2, 190; 2013-14: 4.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2 apg

White gets the least amount of time among the top players for the Terriers. His role could be overtaken by any number of bench players.

Keys to the Game

1) Force St. Francis to move the ball.
The Terriers as a team average under 12 assists per game. This isn't a team that shares the ball terrifically well. Not allowing wide-open shots or easily accessible driving lanes – anything that would make it easy for St. Francis players to operate in one-on-one situations – must be a priority for Army.

2) Stay strong on the glass. Despite playing a slower paced game than Army, the Terriers outrebound Army by a couple per game. St. Francis is formidable on the glass, and Army has to come ready to play physical basketball within six feet of the rim, especially on the window.

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