Basketball Scouting Report: UMBC (Game Two)

Navy's men's basketball team hasn't won a game since Dec. 4. That needs to change against Maryland-Baltimore County.


MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY AT-A-GLANCE

Two teams meet for the second time this season after Navy handled Maryland-Baltimore County relatively easy the first time a month ago. If the Midshipmen play well, not much will change.

Maryland-Baltimore County has lost four straight and sits at 3-9 on the season. UMBC appears to be heading for a long and difficult journey through the rest of the coming winter. The Retrievers get a shot at revenge at home in this game against Navy, but will they be able to make it count?

Starting Lineup

Forward – Malik Garner –
Freshman, 6-6, 225; 2013-14: 10.2 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game

Garner has been one of three guys the Retrievers rely on for production. He shoots over 50 percent from the floor. So far he has been one of the team's most efficient players.

Forward – Chase Plummer – Senior, 6-6, 235; 2013-14: 12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Plummer has struggled from the floor this year but still gets a ton of shots, especially relative to his teammates. His inability to get teammates looks makes his ugly shooting percentages a little bit harder to swallow for the UMBC coaching staff.

Guard – Rodney Elliott – Freshman, 6-0, 180; 2013-14: 13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.7 apg

Elliott has been playing big minutes and has been one of the most productive players early in the season for UMBC. He contributes on both ends of the floor and is the only player o the roster that averages at least three assists.

Forward – Devarick Houston – Junior, 6-7, 190; 2013-14: 4.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg

Houston has essentially been a defensive presence and a rebounder. Navy doesn't have to spend much time planning for him on offense.

Guard – Joey Getz – Junior, 6-0, 180; 2013-14: 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.4 apg

Getz has been extremely weak on offense shooting terrible from the floor. He serves as more of a distributor but overall is a low-quality starter.

Keys to the Game

1) Prepare as though UMBC is a new opponent.
This is a very winnable game for Navy if it doesn't overlook UMBC. There are just too many advantages all over the floor for the Midshipmen to exploit, but if Navy thinks it can walk through this game, it could give away those same advantages.

2) No easy baskets allowed. UMBC struggles from just about everywhere on the floor. If this team isn't getting layups it isn't a very good offense. Forcing the Retrievers to knock down jumpers and (at the very least) make foul shots (they make only 62 percent of them) must take priority; layups and fast-break opportunities have to be choked off.

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