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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

State hosts Winthrop tonight at 7:00

I'm sure Steven will have a more in-depth look at the numbers later today, but you can get a jump on your homework by going to Ken Pomeroy's scouting report of the Eagles here.

From the looks of things, they're not a particularly good shooting team, only shooting 44% from inside the arc and 31.8% from outside. They like to play at an above average tempo, which may encourage State to get out and run a little more. Winthrop also turns the ball over quite a bit, hopefully contributing to an increase in State's transition game.

A familiar face returns to Raleigh tonight for the Eagles. Cameron Stanley, a star at Millbrook High alongside State's Simon Harris, played three years at Wake Forest before transferring to Winthrop as a graduate student last year. Stanley was a highly ranked recruit for the Deacs and Skip Prosser but sadly blew out an ACL before even taking the court at Wake. He rehabbed and played well for them at times but you wonder what could've been had he not suffered his knee injury.

Look for Stanley to elevate his game tonight.

The game tips at 7:00 tonight at the RBC Center.


  1. Winthrop does not play an above average tempo. Winthrop uses complicated offensive sets, and attempts to keep most of their focus on the defensive side of the ball. Winthrop is extremely young this year, which is often evident as the Eagles are having problems with turnovers and scoring.

  2. See, this is what happens when I try to get all "stat-y."

    I was basing it on these numbers on the KenPom scouting report:

    Raw Tempo: 71.6 poss/40 min National Rank=93
    Adj Tempo: 69.2 poss/40 min National Rank=152

    A 93rd ranking out of 343 teams would put them in the top 1/3 of raw tempo, which is what I was basing the assertion on, but it would make sense that a younger team would play at a slower, more deliberate pace.

    Thanks for reading.