This EMU game will be quite a challenge for this young Chip squad. EMU is big and they have their backs against the wall 0-2 in the MAC.
This will be a battle between contrasting style and teams. CMU wants it in the 70s-80s while EMU wants the game in the 50s-40s. Ernie's teams beat them twice last year. Some very good outside shooting may be necessary for CMU to stay in this game.
EMU runs a very good zone. Those threes become a little bit tougher to get off, and penetrating gets tough with Riley in the paint Riley's stats are not impressive, and in my opinion he's a huge bust (former 4 star center from Detroit Country Day, transferred from Syracuse), but he still forces players who come in the paint to change their shot.
That height is just too much for our young guns tonight. Chips need to shoot much better in the last 14 minuts of the game if they want to steal this game. Too many shots that aren't even close and inside play is non-existent when OV is resting.
I'll be shocked if we pull this one out. First time this year I remember this group playing like freshmen.
By far the worst performance for the chips this year. Down 10 with 7 minutes left. Chips may set a record for lowest score ever in the 3 point era. Only have 27 on the scoreboard at the moment. When the 3's don't fall and the other team has 7', 6'10 etc, you don't get many easy baskets.
OV scoring well with 14, but that's it for the chips.
chips lose 58-52. Just a real ugly game from the time they left Mt. Pleasant until the final horn. Shooting % had to be under 30% from the field. The only thing the chips might have won was the turnover battle as EMU had 8 more turnoevers with about 5 minutes to go.
Chips were just way to willing to play the offensive perimeter game until about 5 minutes to go. Regardless, it was one of those games we expected to see many of this year with all the team changes.
chip90 wrote: Must have picked the wrong game to watch. Turnovers, air balls, etc.
Agree with A10, worst game of the year, but have to give EMU credit, they defended the 3 very well and our inside game was non-existant. Even though MB gave a great effort for being undersized against Easterns big boys
Luckily no one saw it hahaha...Poor EMU and their attendance. CMU will beat EMU at home. Tonight CMU got nothing to drop, and got no calls to go their way (fouls, goaltending, etc.) I was amazed that Keno didn't blow a gasket! Terrible game and CMU lost by only 6. Learn and move on to the weekend!
CMUDOC wrote: EMU beat Purdue 47-44 at EMU earlier this season! Enough said! You "think" EMU is a pretty good team at home?
Purdue also lost to Bucknell. The Boilers are not a powerhouse. EMU also lost to an Oakland team that we handled pretty easily. I don't put a lot of stock in scoring comparisons.
You struggle shooting threes against a zone and on teams that switch a lot, and your guards struggle taking it in the paint against bigger front lines. EMU was the perfect storm, not all teams will be.
EMU sat under the basket in a zone all night, and we never shot the ball well enough to force them out of it. Most of our inside attempts were put back in our face. But Eastern wasn't much better on the offensive end, and we hung around 10 points back for most of the second half. Final score was a little deceptive, but I give the team credit for not packing it in.
I was at the game but after driving all the back roads going home I got in pretty late and didn't feel like commenting on the game. Once again you have covered it pretty well.
Our long range shooting was not good - Simmons (0-1), Hibbitts (1-5), Krannitz (0-4), Randell (1-6) and Keel didn't even attempt a three. Only Craddock seemed to have the answer from outside (4-5). We were 23% from beyond the arc and that won't get it done. The long range shots were there, we just couldn't hit them. We didn't make out much better in terms of our overall shooting - 32%. We won't win many games shooting a low percentage like that.
Their zone was not all that bad and very predictable. It was the basic 2-3 and they didn't change things all night. We pretty much figured out how to get the ball into the paint for some easy shots but we missed one layup after another and if we didn't miss the shot it was blocked - EMU had 11 blocks for the game and most of those came right under the basket. We simply could not deal with their big guys down low.
Perhaps the biggest thing that hurt us was they took us out of our running game and turned it into a half court contest. I remember the Toledo coach saying, after reviewing film of CMU, we had the best transition game (I think he was talking about transition offense) he had seen in the last five years and the key to beating us was going to be to take us out of that up tempo style of play. I think Toledo did that and so did EMU. We are going to see other teams trying to prevent us from running an up tempo style of play as the season goes along. Once the game slows down and we are in trouble on offense without a big man in the middle. Also, one way to deal with a zone defense is to get the ball down court before that defense has a chance to set up. We couldn't do that once the game slowed down.
I guess I really don't follow what some folks are expecting Saylor to do for us when he gets back. He is 6-8, not 6-10 or 7-0. He gives us another taller player to use down low but having him back is not going to change things a whole lot - it's going to help, but it won't be a season changer.
But I'm not really upset. We get EMU in Mt. Pleasant later and in that game I don't expect to see us shooting so poorly. Once we start dropping a few threes it will be interesting to see what happens to that zone. They can come out further to try to stop the long range shooting but that just opens things up in closer. I think it will be interesting. I also think we will win that one.
Finally, as others have pointed out, finishing in the upper quarter of the MAC standings means winning at home and stealing a few on the road. In this conference you just have to deal with losing on the road, it's a fact of life.
BY FAR the worst I've seen the Chips play this year...really poor shooting and a few bad calls. I'm amazed at Keno's restraint on the bench.
We played poorly yet were still in this game. Can this team bounce back? Will the students come out and support this team? With so many freshman playing nights like this will happen..the trick is to not get in a rut.