Previewing Holy Cross

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Holy Cross Offense 08-09
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 47.2 236
Turnover Rate 23.8 315
Off Reb Rate 39.6 15
FTA/FGA 37.3 156
Holy Cross Offense 09-10
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 46.9 227
Turnover Rate 22.0 226
Off Reb Rate 35.3 97
FTA/FGA 39.6 112

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing to like here, save their delightful front court duo: Keister and Meister.  The painted area is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ass & Guy, Incorporated. 

One of their backups is Phil Beans

Now, I'm not one to judge--at least not within the confines of this particular sentence--and I suppose that when you're coaching somewhere like Holy Cross you've got to do things differently from everybody else in order to get an edge.  But is "hey let's go onto Scout.com and find all the dudes with funny names" really a viable recruiting strategy?

Coach Kearney: Hey, Phil, check this guy out.  Meeester. Myster?

Asst. Coach Phil: Hell yes.  Imagine the 80s hair band jokes, K. And I loved Mr. Mister.  You remember Steve Harris's do?  Could take your breath away, and I don't just mean the hair spray.  I bet that thing was supported by pillars of gold.  Hey, are you listening?

Kearney: Hee hee. "Shankstockings."  That's an offer right there. I don't even care if he can dribble.

Phil: No good. He's going to Bucknell.  I think they're on to us.  But we can always shift our focus to the guys-with-girls'-names strategy.

Starters:

R.J. Evans (6-3, 200) -- Can't make twos, threes, or free throws, though I doubt that's done much to hurt whatever reputation he's earned by taking 29% of the shots.  He's the worst shooter among the starters by far, so those 14.2 points he's averaging per contest are coming at a heavy cost.

Andrew Beinert (6-4, 185) -- A reliable outside shooter on a team that could use more of that, he logs more minutes than anybody else but tends to take a back seat to the other guards.

Mike Cavataio (6-4, 190) -- One of three Crusaders averaging double figures, he's a good rebounder for his size but turns the ball over too much.  He takes the occasional outside shot but doesn't appear to have the range yet.

Andrew Keister (6-9, 235) -- An excellent rebounder at both ends who scored at a 60% clip in the paint last season, though he's hit a hair under 50% of his twos this season.

Eric Meister (6-8, 225) -- Solid rebounder, passable low post scorer.  Probably just the fourth or fifth option depending on who else is on the floor with him.

Bench:

Devin Brown (6-1, 190), Dee Goens (6-0, 180), Adam May (6-8, 205), Phil Beans (6-9, 233).  Brown, the team's sixth man and second-leading scorer, will get plenty of time and opportunities off the bench.  The majority of his field goal attempts have come from beyond the arc, where he's shooting 46%.  The other three rarely get involved, a good thing for Holy Cross when it comes to the two bigs.

 

Holy Cross Defense 08-09
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 47.9 113
Turnover Rate 23.0 39
Off Reb Rate 27.8 14
FTA/FGA 48.5 331
Holy Cross Defense 09-10
Four Factors Percent Nat'l Rank
eFG% 49.2 185
Turnover Rate 15.6 343
Off Reb Rate 31.6 122
FTA/FGA 36.5 166

 

 

 

 

 

 

First-year coach Sean Kearney, pictured below, has done little to change the trajectory of Holy Cross's offense, but it does appear he's had an effect on the D, and not a good one.  The Crusader D ranked in the top 40 in steal percentage in each of the three seasons prior to his arrival.  This year: 347th. Dead last.

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This could have more to do with personnel than preference, I suppose, but when I look at this...

RJ Evans Steal%
2009 3.5
2010 0.8


....I kind of doubt it.  Making matters worse, they lost a lot of size to graduation, and that's hurt their defensive rebounding and interior defense.  So they're bleeding quite a bit at this end, and with the offense standing in place, they're heading in the wrong direction.

The Pomeroy Predictor likes NC State by 15.

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