Friday, January 7, 2011

Kalamazoo Preview

WhereVan Noord Arena
WhenSat. - 3:00 PM
Web VideoVideo
Web AudioAudio
Tickets$5, $3

When We Last Met
Calvin was in the middle of the conference race when Kzoo came to town last February. The Knights didn't mess around. Calvin grabbed a 13 point halftime lead, but didn't stop there. A second half steal-and-dunk by Bryan Powell (!) stretched the lead to 30 with 4:30 left to play in the game. It would end up as an 86-59 win for the home team. The aforementioned Bryan Powell lead the Knights in scoring with 18 points.


MatchupCalvin Kalamazoo   Advantage 
Calvin eFG% vs. Kzoo DeFG%0.5310.492Calvin
Calvin DeFG% vs. Kzoo eFG%0.4970.468Calvin
Calvin TO% vs. Kzoo DTO%0.210.21-
Calvin DTO% vs. Kzoo TO%0.190.21-
Calvin ORb% vs. Kzoo DRb%0.3680.701-
Calvin DRb% vs. Kzoo ORb%0.6970.239Calvin
Calvin FTr vs. Kzoo DFTr0.310.43-
Calvin DFTr vs. Kzoo FTr0.320.32Calvin
Calvin OEff vs. Kzoo DEff108.8100.0Calvin
Calvin DEff vs. Kzoo OEff103.391.5

Kalamazoo comes in as the heavy underdog, Massey gives them only a 5% chance of victory, but that's not to say that they don't have some good players capable of doing some damage.

6-6 Junior center Joe Prepolec would be considered the best center in the conference (and possibly an MVP candidate) if it wasn't for one Mr. Michael McClary of Olivet. Prepolec is leading the Hornets with 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds per game, and he leads the league with nearly 2.5 blocked shots per game.

Another player to watch out for is 6-3 Senior forward Ryan Clark. Clark is second on the team in scoring with an average of 11.9 ppg. He likes to shoot the three ball, he has 68 attempts already, and he's been fairly accurate, making nearly 40%.

That being said, I think the Knights will have little trouble on Saturday. Their biggest opponent will be themselves. If they can avoid the turnover bug that's bitten them several times this year, they'll put up more than enough points on the board.

These types of games (against poor conference teams) usually scare me. I don't know if I'm a believer in "trap" games or "let down games", but if there ever was one, this is it. The Knights are coming off of a big win, on the road, against a rival, and now they come home to face one of the poorer teams in the league. Kalamazoo will get up for Calvin, but it could be tougher for the Knights to get psyched up for this one. But this is really just an irrational fear of mine, I think.

Sure to Be Wrong Prediction
Calvin by 13
Need to win level: High
Expected to win level: High

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