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Ready or not, Conference Play is here! The Seahawks open with Delaware, currently one of the bottom 4 teams in the league in both RPI (# 250) and efficiency ratings (see below):

Efficiency Ratings (kenpom.com)

UNCW

Adjusted Offense: # 166 (of 351)
Adjusted Defense: # 327
Overall: # 271

Delaware

Adjusted Offense: # 163
Adjusted Defense: # 291
Overall: # 227


Unfortunately, as you can see, we've been even worse than the Blue Hens so far this season. The Blue Hens have also won 5 games against D-I competition compared to just 1 for the Seahawks.

Delaware's play has gotten better over the course of the season under 2nd year coach and former Notre Dame assistant Martin Ingelsby. They've won 3 straight to build some momentum heading into league play, including a nice home win over Cal State Bakersfield (# 129 RPI), who had also won 3 straight before falling to the Hens.

Delaware are led by sophomore guard Ryan Daly, who was the CAA's Rookie of the Year in 2016-17. Daly is picking up right where he left off in his 2nd season, averaging 16.9 points, 5.5 boards, 1.4 steals, 2.8 assists and sporting a 2.25 Assist:Turnover Ratio. If there's a weakness to his game, it's perimeter shooting, as the 6-5 combo guard is 24-72 from three (.333). Daly, as he displayed last season, is more of a slasher, looking to score or dish while attacking the rim.

Daly seems to have a better supporting cast than last season, as four other Hens players are averaging double digits. One of those is another Ingelsby recruit, freshman guard Kevin Anderson. Another big guard at 6-5, Anderson is 2nd on the team in scoring (13.7 ppg). However, Anderson suffered a knee injury in practice Christmas night, forcing him to miss Delaware's last contest against Cornell, and is questionable for the CAA opener.

In the interior, Redshirt junior forward Eric Carter is averaging nearly a double-double this season (10.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg). The 6-9, 235 lbs big man is essential to Delaware's success, as Ingelsby likes to run with a 4-guard lineup.

The rest of the Blue Hens' starting lineup has mostly been a revolving door of a lot of different players. Outside of Daly, Anderson and Carter, 5 different players have received 3 or more starts this season. The most successful of these has been freshman guard Ryan Allen. The 6-2 Maryland product is 3rd on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), and is the team's best perimeter threat (27-66, .409 from three). Only Daly (37.2 mpg) is receiving more minutes per game than Allen (33.8).

Delaware has several weaknesses that have prevented them from looking like a Top 6 team so far in 2017-18. They struggle to defend AND score from 3, allowing opponents to shoot .414 while shooting just .343 themselves. The Blue Hens also lack a rim protector, with just 29 blocked shots (2.2 per game). Only 2 players have more than 4 blocks on the season: Anderson (8) and Carter (7). Obviously, running a 4-guard lineup impacts this ability, but recall that even while running a 4-guard lineup, the Seahawks averaged more than twice as many blocks last year (4.8 per game). Thus, it also comes down to a personnel issue as well.

On the positive side for Delaware, they do a good job of protecting the ball despite having a sophomore and 2 freshmen playing 30+ minutes each night. Delaware averages just 11.2 turnovers per contest, less than their opponents (11.9).

Given our struggles and the decent young talent Delaware has (whether Anderson is available or not), and the discipline Ingelsby has already instituted in his young squad, I'm not going into this contest with the expectation of a win. That is, unless Coach McGrath has been waiting for CAA play to show his hand.
(This post was last modified: 12-29-2017 06:30 PM by Seahawk Nation 08.)
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Look who's back with the conference game matchup breakdowns!

Yeeezzzir. Welcome back!
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(12-29-2017 09:23 PM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  Look who's back with the conference game matchup breakdowns!

Yeeezzzir. Welcome back!

I'm done with this team forever!!


(Until the next game)
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I honestly believe we need to win this game.

McGrath's message, from what I have heard of it, has emphasized conference play. After the abysmal non conference, a win tonight would give this team some much needed confidence as the "second season" begins. If we cannot beat one of the lower tier conference teams at home we run the risk if losing whatever "second season" fresh start momentum right off the bat
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I agree we need the W for multiple reasons. Although we've been losing, most of it has been on the road. Winning home games keeps the fans coming back and fired up to see the team play. Although the students are away still, the crowds haven't been too bad. So, not only could we start conference play 1-0, we could do it at Trask. That would likely bring everyone back for the Drexel game Tuesday. If we could somehow pull out a W there as well, 2-0 to start conference play would essentially wipe out the dismal start we had.

On another note, i'm not sure why but I have a feeling Kalina is going to come on and be a difference maker for this team. Yes, it was against a very small Greensboro team, but I liked his aggressiveness in attacking the basket including a nice move for a two handed flush. He did a good job keeping the ball up high on rebounds and going back up without dribbling or allowing smaller players to get a chance at taking the ball. I really think Joe Wolf is having an positive impact on his game. As a 7 footer, there aren't many coaches who really now how to get the most out of that size at the HS level. Wolf may be the perfect coach for him at the college level. A 7 footer with a long body and decent skills, he may be a project that pays off huge. I may be wrong, but i'm getting a good feeling about him.
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Much of what the players are posting on social media suggests that they all share the mentality of we’re 0-0 now and the only thing that matters is the CAA.
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For what it's worth, we are 1.5 point favorites.
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(12-30-2017 12:07 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  For what it's worth, we are 1.5 point favorites.

That pretty much aligned with what I thought would be the case. Winning road conference games are always difficult so I figured we'd be favored slightly. On a neutral floor, Delaware would be favored by 1.5.
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Over/under is 154.

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(12-30-2017 01:57 PM)Proff Wrote:  Over/under is 154.

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Over. Way over.
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Over/under is now 153.5 & we are favored by 1

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Anderson, Delaware’s # 2 scorer, is OUT tonight.

They won without him against Cornell but it’s still a bad break to lose him for the opener.
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(12-30-2017 05:55 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  Anderson, Delaware’s # 2 scorer, is OUT tonight. They won without him against Cornell but it’s still a bad break to lose him for the opener.

I'm not shedding any tears.

Bad break for them, potential good break for us. I'll take everything we can get right now.
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Talley is back for us. That’s big.
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(12-30-2017 06:05 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  Talley is back for us. That’s big.

That's more than big. The confidence he puts into his teammates is magnetizing. He just has that ability to make others better. I believe Gary will get there, but if we play ANY conference games without Talley this year we're in trouble.
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Talley can make a big difference on this team. My only concern is when he gets too focused on scoring instead of moving the ball around and distributing. We need our other guards and players to provide the bulk of scoring with Talley getting assists. He's at his best when drives and can either draw the foul, score or dump it off to Cacok. Although he's become a very good 3 point shooter, i'd rather he take them less.
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It will all come back to defense. We have the scoring fire power, it remains to be seen if this team can defend in the half court.
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(12-30-2017 06:35 PM)82hawk Wrote:  Talley can make a big difference on this team. My only concern is when he gets too focused on scoring instead of moving the ball around and distributing. We need our other guards and players to provide the bulk of scoring with Talley getting assists. He's at his best when drives and can either draw the foul, score or dump it off to Cacok. Although he's become a very good 3 point shooter, i'd rather he take them less.

I'm not worried as much as when he goes into "scorer" mode, as I am about when he fouls too much. Fouls have been a problem for him all four years, but it's a product of having to guard guys much bigger than him.

When you get right down to it, after Cacok, Talley is one of our main scorers. If he doesn't score... we don't win. There's not enough other offensive threats on this team to put a lot of pressure on the opposing defense. I have to imagine that the game plan for every CAA team is going to be "Lock down Cacok, and lock down Talley. Make the other guys beat us."
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(12-30-2017 09:27 AM)82hawk Wrote:  I agree we need the W for multiple reasons. Although we've been losing, most of it has been on the road. Winning home games keeps the fans coming back and fired up to see the team play. Although the students are away still, the crowds haven't been too bad. So, not only could we start conference play 1-0, we could do it at Trask. That would likely bring everyone back for the Drexel game Tuesday. If we could somehow pull out a W there as well, 2-0 to start conference play would essentially wipe out the dismal start we had.

On another note, i'm not sure why but I have a feeling Kalina is going to come on and be a difference maker for this team. Yes, it was against a very small Greensboro team, but I liked his aggressiveness in attacking the basket including a nice move for a two handed flush. He did a good job keeping the ball up high on rebounds and going back up without dribbling or allowing smaller players to get a chance at taking the ball. I really think Joe Wolf is having an positive impact on his game. As a 7 footer, there aren't many coaches who really now how to get the most out of that size at the HS level. Wolf may be the perfect coach for him at the college level. A 7 footer with a long body and decent skills, he may be a project that pays off huge. I may be wrong, but i'm getting a good feeling about him.

Dear god I hope you are right!
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Dare I say... good defense so far tonight.


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