SFA / Louisiana - Monroe

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nacluth
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SFA (3-1) vs. Louisiana - Monroe (1-2)

WHEN: DEC 12 (SAT) 4:00P.M.
WHERE: Fant-Ewing Coliseum (Monroe, LA)
WATCH: (Q1077.com audio)


The SFA Lumberjacks are coming off of a second half shellacking in Waco that may have fans and players alike scratching their heads. The #2 Baylor Bears exposed the weakness the Jacks have currently in guard play and ball control, but there were positives to the game as well. The interior unit of the Jacks is top notch - they can play with anyone. The Jacks' fitness and speed were not a weakness nor were size and length. Offensive schemes seemed to be solid as well even when the execution wasn't always perfect. The Lumberjacks are a good team, but they are not tournament ready yet. But, they still have three months.

Game one of the post-Baylor tournament prep starts this Saturday in Monroe, LA against the ULM Warhawks. The Hawks are the #264 team in KenPom which makes them our toughest non-conference opponent left. They are coming off back to back games against fellow Southland teams Northwestern St. and Lamar. They squeaked out a win in OT against NWST and would have been in OT for the second game in a row had not Davion Buster drilled a toss up 40+ footer while time expired. Even though they are a complete upperclassmen team stocked with JUCO transfers, they have not found their footing and are looking to establish something against the Jacks.

The teams are 1-1 against each other the last two seasons with the home team winning both times. The offense is currently being lead by Koreem Ozier (G, 6'1", Jr.) in the back court and Russell Harrison (G/F, 6'7", Jr.) in the front court. They have seemed to mainly play an isolation style offense with slashing guards into the lane for a shot or kicking it out to the wing for the three attempt. They take 20 shots from behind the arc a game, and while they only make 30% of them, perimeter defense is still going to be a factor. They are not a great rebounding team, but they can be feisty turning their opponents over 15 times a game.

All indications are that the Jacks will own the paint in this game. SFA is one of the lowest three shooting teams in the nation, and do not expect that to change this game with so much advantage inside. The Jacks will attack the paint hot and heavy. However, ball security is something that will have to change. Aggressive guards will be trying to replicate Baylor's success against David and Roti. They have to tighten up and be crisp with their handle and passing. Heckard and Hawkins will probably get a lot of game time chasing down the Hawks' guards.

Two SLC foes had success against a new and rusty Warhawks team. If SFA wants to shake off the blow of Wednesday night and regain their swagger, they need to come out and handle ULM from start to finish. They can do it.

Axe 'em!
BigJack85
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As per usual, exceptional write up.
SFA Jack Fanatic
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Ryan always does a great job on these. He did it once again!
nacluth
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Thanks guys.
Pilotgirl
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Just popping on to share that John Comeaux has graduated! Big congrats to him
nacluth
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Game will be on ESPN+.
BigJack85
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Let go Jacks. Put that #PressU on display.
nacluth
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Calvin 100% for the year on threes!!'
nacluth
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Their bigs picking up fouls.
nacluth
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Roti playing the point. Guess David has been relegated.
nacluth
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Two threes in and out of the bucket have us behind at the first media. Playing a little loose. 10-7 ULM.
nacluth
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David rolling
nacluth
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Up 15-13 at the second media
jboy93
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Gavin looked great on his free throw attempts...NOT!
SFAJack_76
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Nana in early for Kensmill. Solomon developing an offensive game.
SFAJack_76
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jboy93 said:

Gavin looked great on his free throw attempts...NOT!
Hey, the second one hit the rim. Barely.
nacluth
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jboy93 said:

Gavin looked great on his free throw attempts...NOT!
Haha.
jboy93
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Can't wait for Calvin to get called on the inbound for not being behind the line in a critical situation. He is never behind the line!
nacluth
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What is Hawkins doing in practice?
jboy93
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McDaniel in the game early. I like it!
jboy93
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jboy93 said:

McDaniel in the game early. I like it!
Well maybe not. Missed shot and a foul in the first 30 seconds.
nacluth
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McDaniel in early, but misses a long two and gives up a foul and 1.
nacluth
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I like the aggression just needs to settle down.
SFAJack_76
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jboy93 said:

jboy93 said:

McDaniel in the game early. I like it!
Well maybe not. Missed shot and a foul in the first 30 seconds.
That was a terrible foul. He had no chance to block it.
nacluth
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Passing up open looks. Kensmil quiet.
jboy93
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Roti just is off and I think his confidence is not there.
nacluth
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Turned them over 8 times so far but getting out rebounded.
jboy93
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jboy93 said:

Roti just is off and I think his confidence is not there.
I'm practicing reverse phycology.
nacluth
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We're playing lazy
nacluth
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Down 27-24 final media of first.
nacluth
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Cam has turned it over four times already. Everyone else ok.
SFAJack_76
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Only 8 points in the paint. That's not who we are.
nacluth
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Roti takes a low blow.
nacluth
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Our guys have 3-4 men on them in the paint. Why can't we find an open guy?
nacluth
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That was a terrible charge
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