San Francisco Dons
USF is a Jesuit Catholic University founded in 1855. Second oldest University in California. The school has just over 6,300 undergrad students and 3,600 postgraduates and their colors are Green and Gold. What:
NIT first round contest. Winner to face UC-Irvine/SMU winner. When:
Wednesday, March 19 - 9:00pm Where:
War Memorial Gymnasium (5,300 Capacity) How:
TV: ESPNU, Radio: 98.1FM, Stream: ESPN3.com Meet the Dons:
Coach: Image Link Rex Walters
(2013-2014 WCC Coach of the Year)
Coach Walters is in his 6th season as the head coach of the Dons and 8th overall. This is his second 20+ win season and his best so far. Point Guard: Image Link #12 Avry Holmes (6'2" 196 So)
31.6 Min/gm, 12.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 84.3%FT, 44.4%FG, 43.8%3PT Shooting Guard: Image Link #5 Matt Glover (6'5" 212 Jr)
28 Min/gm, 8.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 57.7%FT, 37.5%FG, 26.1%3PT Shooting Forward: Image Link #23 Mark Tollefson (6'9" 199 So)
29.0 MPG, 10.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.9 BPG, 72.5%FT, 53.5%FG, 36.2%3PT Power Forward: Image Link #25 Cole Dickerson (6'7" 227 Sr)
30.3 MPG, 14.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 48.8%FT, 51.4%FG, 35.6%3PT Center: Image Link #15 Kruize Pinkins (6'7" 230 Jr)
24.7 MPG, 12.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 61.1%FT, 52.4%FG, 10.0%3PT
After watching the Dons play, the first thing you notice is their ability to drain the three pointer (ruh roh). It's not just one guy either. As a team they are shooting 37.0%. Avry Holmes, the Dons PG, can pull up and shoot off the dribble very well. When they do go inside, they like to utilize some high/low forward action to free up the lane.
When opponents are in man to man, the Dons can bring all 5 players to the perimeter and let someone drive to the lane without any traffic. They play mostly man to man defense but could use a zone against LSU to force LSU to prove they can score from outside and protect their big men against LSU's front line.
The Dons transition defense can be a little slow to get back so the Tigers will likely look to push the tempo, especially early. If LSU allows the San Francisco guards into the lane, it could be a long night. The Dons are extremely confident shooters from all positions and good finishers near the rim.
The Don's do not block very many shots. As a team they have 83 blocks on the year. Jordan Mickey has 101 blocks himself becoming just the second player in LSU history to block 100 shots (Shaq). Interesting Facts:
~USF was 13-5 at home.
~USF's best win was at home against KenPom #70 Vermont (72-61). LSU is KenPom #69.
~The Don's score 1.11 points per possession and allow 1.03 points per possession while LSU averages 1.09 PPP and allow 0.99 PPP.
~USF finished 3rd in the WCC. BYU and Gonzaga both made the NCAA Tournament from the WCC. USF did not beat either in 5 attempts.
~USF averages 18.1 seconds per offensive possession, while LSU averages only 17.0 seconds per possession. LSU games average 5 more possessions per game than the Dons. Prediction:
LSU 75, USF 69