The Titans (9-3) face Pacific (4-7). Tip-off is Monday at 7:00 PM in Dilapidated Titan Gym.
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Pacific Tigers Scouting Report
- Notable wins include Utah State by 8 at home and Hawaii by 10 at home. Close losses were at Hawaii (by 5) and at Santa Clara (by 2). They also lost to Bakersfield by 30 on the road. Most recent loss is to Fresno State by 8 at home.
- UOP has 12 players averaging 9 or more minutes a game with the most being 26.9 mpg.
- Tigers have only two returning players from last year, 6-9 sophomore center Khalil Kelley and 6-5 junior Jordan Turner (they have a combined point total of 39 points last year). Of the two, only Kelly plays meaningful minutes. He has made significant progress from last year and is the leading rebounder on the team.
- Leading scorer is 6-0 junior point guard Lorenzo McCloud at 10.3 ppg. He is also the leading assists man at 2.8 apg. He has speed and will attack the basket. Not a great shooter so just have to keep him in front. Easier said than done for the porous Titans defense.
- 6-6 junior forward Travis Fulton is third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. He's a good shooter who will take some threes but can also score inside. Backup 6-7 Ross Rivera, the Tigers second leading scorer at 8 ppg, also has a sweet outside shot but doesn't take too many up to this point. That could change as he is hitting 60% from behind the arc.
- Another player to watch out for is 6-4 junior Colin Beatty, who may have the most potential on the team. He is a better 3-point shooter than his 27% indicates and he will drive to the basket. He has been inconsistent while adjusting to DI but he can have big games.
- Titans may see a more of Rundell Mauge, a 7-1 redshirt junior from Trinidad. He has averaged only 10 minutes per game but anyone who has seen the Titans defense knows that they struggle against taller players. He's listed as 220 pounds but some have said he's closer to 250 now. Still on the skinny side but has put on some muscle. He's more of a shot-blocking type but he has the potential, on paper at least, to be a wild-card.
- Due to their depth, Pacific also has numerous other players who have shown potential and could have break-out games.
- This is a team still trying to come together and some days play great and some days struggle. They have some talent and they certainly have a proven X's and O's guy running the team.
- UOP came in claiming they were going to run more but old habits die hard as they are 8th in the Big west in scoring and 5th in scoring defense.
- Keys to game for Titans: Tough game for Titans as they have no idea which UOP team will show up. Both teams struggled in their post-Christmas games and both teams are still trying to find themselves and get to know each other. Titans have the advantage of playing at home but with such sparse crowds at Dilapidated Titan Gymnasium not really a big difference-maker. In a low-scoring affair, Titans will need to make defensive stops and they can not afford a shooting slump and expect to come away with a win as they did in their last game against UC Davis.
- Vegas: Titans by 11½ with a score of 73-62 (o/u 135).