Well I think it is clear La Salle is not a top tier team in the A-10 this season.Big Game for both Teams. The next four games for La Salle will show if they are a top tier or second tier team in this league (UD,@X,Butler,@VCU). This game is by far the most winable and could give some momentum going to X. Galloway has been playing injured the last few games for La Salle and that seems to have affected his shooting (11-44) from the field his last 3 games. It will be interesting to see if he can find his stroke and stay out of foul trouble. If he does I think the athleticism and quickness of the La Salle guards will be able to offset the disadvantages they have inside the paint with the big men.
I realize that Dayton is not a great inside team, but lasalle only has two guys above 6'6" that play more than a few minutes a game. If Zack and Wright get into foul trouble any team with an inside presence can beat them. They just dont have depth in the front court.Are people really thinking Dayton has an advantage on the inside? Whoever is saying that has not seen Dayton play much this year.
Mills has struggled shooting since a sprained thumb injury he suffered right before christmas. Also, the addition of Ty Garland has changed mills role, he still gets his minutes and is a great on ball defender (held Darien brothers to 1-6 beyond the arc last game), but he doesnt need to score as much because of the spark garland can bring from the bench causing mills to shoot and score less.I hear you, but Dayton is not a team with an inside presence, or the type of team to get two bigs into foul trouble. Oliver and Benson allow themselves to be guarded by smaller guys without issue. Freshman Jalen Robinson might be able to push some people around, but I think this game is going to be won on perimeter.
I am surprised to see Mills is only scoring 7ppg this year. I was very impressed by him last year.
That isnt an excuse though and yes about the same enrollment as Xavier. The problem is La Salle Athletic department does not do a great job of advertising or trying to get the city to watch lasalle basketball. Ticket price are good (10$/$15 depending on seat.) And students receive free tickets to each game. For a gym that is under 20 years old, Gola offers a very poor college atmosphere 3,400 seats with none on the baseline and mostly bleacher seating. In the last two years they have only 3 sellouts, both homecoming games and the thriller last Feb vs Temple. We couldnt even draw a full crowd for our NIT game vs Minnesota. For a team that plays competitive exciting basketball it is very discouraging as a true fan. They don't need a bigger gym, there are just many ways to improve Gola and the overall experience. I have been to several other small level arena's, and for me the best was Bucknell's, that is the way to build a small arenaI don't quite understand that. I think La Salle has about the same number of undergraduates as X (4,500?) yet they play in a gym smaller than Wofford's. Is it just because there are so many Div 1 programs in close proximity?
Confidence has always been his biggest issue. His mechanics are good, he rarely throws up a brick, he's just an inch off most of the time.I hear what you are saying about Oliver taking 3s and I don't disagree. But Devin is better off seeking contact and shooting on the move than taking the open jump shot. Just because teams don't close out hard does not mean you cannot drive past them or drive to a place you are comfortable and shoot over the top. Devin is big and strong enough to pass on the open J and go at the rim. I think that's what he should do more often.
Also, I think Devin should not take any 3s until after he has made a 2 pointer. He has such flighty confidence that he is much more likely to make it if he has seen the ball go in the hoop.