Basketball Scouting Report: UMBC

This past Tuesday, Navy faced an opponent that was bigger, stronger, faster, and longer. Unsurprisingly, Navy's offense didn't function very well against Virginia. When every defender is much more physically imposing, the process of creating good shots -- not to mention making them -- becomes difficult. Navy now gets to play a much more manageable foe. Let's see what this team's offense can do.


MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY AT-A-GLANCE

The Retrievers have started the season slowly at 2-3. UMBC is looking for ways to get more production from its bench, which has been relatively poor to date.

Maryland-Baltimore County comes into this game against Navy with a knack for stopping nobody. The Midshipmen have to be able to find some holes in UMBC's defense. They should be able to get to the rim often if they execute their sets.

Starting Lineup

Forward – Malik Garner –
Freshman, 6-6, 225 2013-14: 15.2 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game

Garner has been one of the go-to players for the Retrievers early in the season. Even though he is one of the bigger bodies on the team, he steps outside for perimeter shots from time to time. For a freshman, he hasn't had trouble picking up the college game.

Forward – Chase Plummer – Senior, 6-6, 235 2013-14: 11.8 ppg, 8 rpg

Plummer is one of the vets on this team, but he has still seen his minutes give way to underclassmen. With that having been said, he's made the most of his time averaging almost a double-double.

Guard – Rodney Elliott – Freshman, 6-0, 180 2013-14: 15.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.8 apg

Elliott has been playing big minutes and has been one of the most productive players early in the season for UMBC. His shooting thus far has been one of his weak points.

Forward – Devarick Houston – Junior, 6-7, 190 2013-14: 6.2 ppg, 8 rpg, 1 apg

Houston's greatest impact has come at the defensive end of the floor, where he's averaging two steals and 1.6 blocks per game. He's one of UMBC's top rim protectors.

Guard – Joey Getz – Junior, 6-0, 180 2013-14: 7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.6 apg

Getz has been an all-around contributor with a blend of offensive skill sets and some slick defensive tactics. He's one of the players on the Retrievers that Navy won't have to worry about as a scoring threat.

Keys to the Game

1) Clean up the glass.
The Midshipmen's rebounding totals are lower compared to UMBC, in large part because of the tempo each team plays at. However, even advanced rebounding numbers show UMBC is pretty tough on the backboard. Navy must answer the challenge.

2) Get to the bench. The Retrievers have not shown the ability to get production beyond their starting five. If UMBC is asked to go deep into its bench, it may have a tougher go of it against the Midshipmen.

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