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** UC Riverside and LU Game Thread **


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Game time is 2pm today.


The contest is shaping up as a high-scoring affair between two talented offenses. UC Riverside averages better than 79 points per game led by three players averaging in double-figures. The Cardinals are averaging 83.5 points per game led by three in double figures as well. LU would like to see more consistency from sophomore guard Kevin Booze. Although Booze is leading the team averaging better than 14 points per game, he has scored at least 20 in two games, while scoring a total of 12 points in the other two games.


Junior college transfer Lincoln Davis is second on the team averaging 14 points per contest, while freshman guard Nick Garth has started his college career reaching double figures in each of the team's first four games. He is averaging 13 per contest.


In addition to having the Southland's top scoring offense, LU is also doing a good job on the other end of the floor as well. The Red and White is pulling down a conference-best 47 rebounds per game, and lead the league blocking 6.5 blocks per game. The Cards have the league's top-two shot blockers through four games. Junior college transfer Christian Kennedy is coming off the bench to average 2.5 blocks per game, while freshman Dorian Chatman is averaging 2.3 per game.




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UC Riverside is much bigger than Lamar inside. The lack of inside scoring keeps Lamar guards putting up shots with a defender in their face. Lack of motion in the offense creates to many one on five plays with the guards trying to force the ball to draw a foul and taking really poor shots. Lamar has two big needs, a big man that can be a threat inside and an offense that has motion to create open shots.
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I agree, the big men played better particularly in the 2nd half. Also shot selection has been a problem for the Cards for years. I think it is too much guard play and not using the forwards. An offense of pass the ball around the perimeter and jack up a three or a guard drive into the middle of the defense and throw up a prayer hoping for a foul doesn't work very well. Lamar has four forwards and needs to use them. Chatman is probably the biggest scoring threat inside, but Nzeakor and Gregory both fill up the middle and can rebound or kick the ball back out. Kennedy has done ok when he has been in.
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