Basketball Scouting Report: The Citadel

Most college basketball teams have to be able to find their footing in the first month, before the quiet period in the middle of December. Navy won't play another game until Dec. 14, so this Wednesday's contest against The Citadel is quite important.


THE CITADEL AT-A-GLANCE

The Citadel has struggled early in the season, limping out to a 3-6 record even though it has challenged itself early on with games against Wake Forest and Tennessee.

Nine of the 11 listed players on this roster are just freshmen or sophomores, so this is a very young bunch that may get better as the season goes on. The Bulldogs should grow as they get more experience, so Navy may be timing this matchup just right.

Starting Lineup

Center – Tom Koopman –
Freshman, 6-8, 210; 2013-14: 3.4 points per game, 4 rebounds per game

Koopman is the team's lone center, but given the distribution of minutes on this roster, he doesn't see a ton of time on the floor, gaining just 17.4 minutes per game. His offensive efficiency is rather minimal for someone his size.

Forward – Brian White – Freshman, 6-6, 180; 2013-14: 15.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg

White is the team's seconding leading scorer and its leading rebounder. Despite being just a freshman, he has given great early returns to the Bulldogs and has been rock solid from both the field and the free throw line.

Guard – Matt Van Scyoc – Sophomore, 6-6, 218; 2013-14: 15.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 apg

Van Scyoc is the team's leading scorer and its second-leading rebounder. If he has a weakness, it is a propensity to take excessive threes, especially in light of the fact that he doesn't shoot them very well. He is almost automatic from the foul line at 89.1 percent.

Guard – Ashton Moore – Junior, 6-0, 172; 2013-14: 9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.7 apg

The veteran of the starting five, Moore is the most well-rounded member of the group, throwing in nearly 10 points per game while also contributing on the glass and with distribution of the ball as well. He shoots over 40 percent from three-point range.

Guard – Marshall Harris III – Junior, 6-1, 180; 2013-14: 8.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apg

Harris averages over a steal per game, and his nearly 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is the best on this Citadel team.

Keys to the Game

1) Limit turnovers.
The Citadel's opponents average almost 1.12 points per possession against the Bulldogs. In other words, this team isn't stopping anybody. If Navy doesn't get sloppy, it can be effective on offense.

2) Play at a tempo the Midshipmen can withstand. The Citadel gives 10 players double-digit minutes per game, while Navy only plays six that frequently. If this game comes down to the last few minutes, The Citadel may be fresher. Navy can't over-exert itself the first 30-35 minutes.

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