SCOUTING REPORT: Morehead State

Morehead State (0-3) is struggling coming into Saturday's first round Billy Minardi classic against third-ranked Louisville? How will the Eagles handle the Cardinals full-court press? Can Morehead matchup with Samardo Samuels and Earl Clark inside? InsideTheVille.com breaks down the matchup.

Louisville (0-0) vs. Morehead State (0-3)
Billy Minardi Classic
When: 5:30 PM ET
Where: Freedom Hall
TV: WHAS-11
Radio:AM 790

Series: Louisville leads 29-11
Last Meeting: 2007, Louisville 73-49

About Morehead State

Donnie Tyndall is in his third season as the head coach at Morehead State and has a 27-36 record with the Eagles.

Morehead State dropped its first three outings this season, falling 56-54 at Louisiana Monroe, then losing its first two games in the Cancun Challenge 74-48 at Vanderbilt and 86-70 at Drake. Maze Stallworth (13.3 ppg) and senior forward Leon Buchanan (11.7 ppg) have been the early scoring leaders for the Eagles, which have shot 39.1 percent from the field. Morehead State is picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. The Eagles were 15-15 last season and earned a third place finish in the OVC with a 12-8 league mark.

Probable Starters

G –Robert Murry – 5-10, 185 - (8. 0 pts.,1.3 reb.)
G –Demonte Harper - 6-4, 175 (4.7 pts., 3.7 reb.)
G –Kenneth Faried - 6-8, 215 - (8.3 pts., 7.7 reb.)
F –Leon Buchanan - 6-5, 210 - (11.7 pts., 4.7 reb.)
F –Maze Stallworth - 6-4, 205 - (13.3 pts., 4.7 reb.)


Front and center ...

Maze Stallworth – Stallworth leads Morehead State in scoring at 13.3 points per game. The junior forward from John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky had 26 points and eight rebounds in the Eagles last outing against Drake. Stallworth is the top three-point threat for the Eagles, hitting 11 of 26 this season. He'd prefer to shoot from the outside than attack the rim, evidenced by his four free throw attempts in three games. Stallworth averages almost five rebounds per game and has five steals on the season.

Scouting the rest of the Eagles starters

Leon Buchanan – Buchanan has played the most minutes per game this season for the Eagles (34.3). He's shooting 50 percent from the field and hasn't attempted a three-pointer in three games. Buchanan gets to the line more than any other Eagle and has made 91 percent of his free throws this season.

Kenneth Faried – Faried leads Morehead in rebounding (7.7) and steals (8) but will have his hands full in the post with Samardo Samuels. Faried isn't much of an offensive threat down low and has made just 12 of 28 shots (.429) this season, while getting to the line just four times in three starts. Faried also has committed the most fouls (11) on the team this season and will be hard pressed to stay out of foul trouble against Samuels.

Robert Murry – Both of Morehead's starting guards have more turnovers this season than assists. Murry is the best scorer in the Eagles backcourt but is shooting just 43 percent from the field so far this season. He's also not much of a three-point threat having taken just two three-pointers in the three games. Murry, though, has gotten to the foul line 11 times and is perfect from the charity line on the season.

Demonte Harper – Harper leads the Eagles in assists (10) but has also committed the most turnovers (12). That could be a problem against a deep Louisville team that intends to press and run for 40 minutes. If Harper can't handle the Cardinals pressure, it's going to be a long day for the Eagles offensively. Harper is shooting just 23 percent on the season and has made 1 of 3 three's – so he's not much of a scoring threat on offense.

The Bench

When Tyndall goes to the bench, he usually calls upon Terrance Hill, John Lamb and Cecil Brown – all three are guards. Hill sees the most action at 20 minutes per game. He averages 7 points and has made 3-12 three's this season. Lamb isn't much of a scoring threat – he's scored nine points in three games this season – and has two more turnovers than assists. Brown has played in all three games and averages 9 minutes per game but has just two points on the season.

Breakdown

This one is a mismatch all the way around and should be an easy W for the Cardinals in their 2008-09 season-opener. The Eagles figure to have a hard time matching up with power forward Earl Clark and center Samardo Samuels and the Morehead guards have their work cut out trying to handle Louisville's full court press and active, trapping 2-3 zone.

Louisville 89, Morehead State 56


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