Tip-off: 4pm @ Leavey
Line: Torvik- Broncos -22, 97% win probability; ESPN- 95% win prob, no line yet
The Red Flash are 0-2 with blowout losses to UCLA and 84-52 on Thurs. at USF. They were 13-18 last season and #326 on Torvik. Their starting lineup vs. USF:
-6-5 sophomore guard Cam Gregory (8.5pts/game)
-6-6 soph guard Chris Moncrief
-6-2 frosh guard Carlos Lopez Jr
-6-8 soph forward Miles Webb
-6-9 soph forward Gestin Liberis (8.5pts/game, 4rebs)
They have struggled on offense shooting 36% from the field and 21% from 3 while also yielding on defense with an effective defensive FG% of 59%.
For the Broncos I’m curious to see if the playing rotation changes or evolves; it will reveal what Sendek is thinking…is/will he tinker with his lineup and explore options or is he already set on what he wants to do???
Tilly and O’Neil struggled offensively so looking for them to put the ball in the bucket more this game. Tilly just needs to settle down and stay within himself, he was trying to do to much with some high degree of difficulty moves that you don’t really need or want from your 7’ center. O’Neil will continue to have the green light from 3 but we need a couple to fall and we need him to look to score in other ways (ie- get to the basket, offensive rebound put-backs, etc.).
Our backcourt and wings all looked great and looked to attack the basket and score, it’s promising to see they can play aggressive but with solid shot selection as well… hoping that continues.
Prediction: Broncos hammer the Flash, 81-58.
I’m hoping for a romp where both Tilly and O’Neil come back in a big way. Give me 82-53 Santa Clara. Tilly gets a double double with 12 and 10.
REMINDER: 4 p.m. tip-off today.
ESPN line is -24.5.
The same and expected starting lineup for the Broncos: Tilly, O’Neil, Marshall, Bal and Benjamin.
One lineup change for the Red Flash, 6-8 frosh forward Eli Wilborn starting for Liberis.
God imagine if we had Marshall all of last year
Good to see Cam has now entered with 5mins in the half. O’Neil alongside him as the other post.
Carlos with a strong 1st half, 17pts so far and scoring in a variety of ways.
And shots are falling for O’Neil, 8pts and hit his first two 3ptrs.
Great job rebounding and helped spark our late half run. Hopes he gets more minutes in second half.
I forgot Kosy was still on the team, for some reason I had it in my head that he transferred. Whoops
A little surprised we played both McEldon and Oboye. So no one is redshirting apparently.
I guess with today’s prevalence of transfers maybe the logic is guys aren’t likely to stay around for 4 years so go ahead and play them while you have them.
Thankful for the blowout enabling the whole bench to play.
I know there was talk last year of making it so a student athlete in basketball could play in 6 to 8 games and not burn his redshirt, but not sure if that ever became official. College football has the 4 game rule so would make sense for basketball to have something similar.
Yes, I vaguely recall discussion of the same and wondered if they’d changed the rule.
A quick google check didn’t turn up anything but didn’t look that hard.
If the rule changed then I assume it started this year, otherwise you’d think Ensminger would have suited up last season when healthy.
I didn’t catch the game, but it looks like many contributed in the win. Based on boxscore, Carlos had a very solid game, as did O’Neil, plus Caffaro and Tongue off the bench. Glad to see Cam pulling down 8 rebounds, including 5 offensive rebounds.
I was curious how the Broncos fared in the TO department, but the one area that I find concerning is our free throw shooting (6-13). I realize we’re two games in, but I hope this doesn’t become the team’s Achilles heel going forward.
Easy stuff, easy win against an overmatched team. I am cooked from 11 straight hours of kscu broadcasting w soc, mbb, and m soc. What a day. On to Stanford.
Highlights and observations:
- Marshall establishing himself as a leader and go to scorer. 25pts and he scored at every level, 3ptrs, attacking the rim, back to the basket post-ups and back downs.
- Better games for O’Neil and Tilly. Some 3’s fell for O’Neil but also good to see that he scored at the rim on several occasions. With O’Neil’s combination of length, perimeter shooting ability and ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket he could be significant scoring threat and match-up challenge for opponents.
- Somewhat quiet games for Bal and Benjamin but that was partially due to limited minutes with Sendek going deep in to the bench early. Bal did contribute in other ways with several assists including setting up teammates on some fast break situations.
- Good to see the bench emptied and not just for a token few seconds at the end of the game. Tongue, Akametu and Knapper, all guys with question marks of if and where they fit in the regular playing rotation, had some good moments and sequences of play.
On to Stanford and the first real test for the Broncos.
To your last point 92, I thought the there was not a lot of drop off in talent when these guys entered the game. This team is really deep which should benefit us during the season. Granted this was against an overmatched opponent, but still impressive and exciting to see all the talent on display.