November 16, 2012
Keys to game vs. Austin Peay
Keys to the game
Jamee Crockett and Moses Morgan need to get it going
Crockett and Morgan have struggled mightily in DePaul's first two games. Crockett is shooting 27% from the field, and has yet to make a three point shot. He's only averaging 5 points thus far. Morgan is shooting 26% from the field. These two players are integral to DePaul's offensive success, and Oliver Purnell needs more production out of them. Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young are the only double-digit scorers for DePaul so far, either Crockett or Morgan (or both) need to reach that figure.
Defend the opposing team's top three point shooter better
Max Landis of Gardner Webb torched DePaul Thursday night, with a career-high 20 points. He made four three pointers (went 3 for 3 in the second half). He's the main reason Gardner Webb didn't give up its lead, as he hit shot after shot in the second half. Even in their two victories (one exhibition game against Lewis), DePaul has struggled defending the opposing team's better shooters. Whoever draws the assignment of guarding Austin Peay guard AJ Lynch, must be weary of his efficiency from three. Through two games, he's made four of seven 3's, and made three against Western Kentucky on Tuesday.
Protect the offensive glass
Another reason for the upset loss at the hands of Gardner Webb was their 18 offensive rebounds. It created too many second chance opportunities, which the Runnin' Bulldogs capitalized on. Austin Peay's leading rebounders through two games are Chris Freeman and Chris Horton. The duo combines for 19.5 rebounds. The Blue Demons will need to keep them off the offensive glass and win the rebounding battle against Austin Peay.
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