This has the potential to be another great game. I think the key is, which team makes adjustments that help and cover the advantage the other team has.
In Madison Central case, it is LCA height and length that will cause them the most trouble. If I not mistaken, I believe LCA has 3 starters 6'5" and over. One being Kyle Rode who plays point for the most part. Central could match up on the other 2 big's with Cozart 6' 7" and Gerald 6' 3" but that would put one of the other guards, most likely Minter 5' 11" matching up with Rode. In the 3 times I have seen LCA play, none this year against Central, I have watched as Rode takes the opposing guards down low and have his way. He is tall and also a very big body. So, I think matching up, and playing man, presents a possible problem for Central on the defensive end. The option would be to play zone, but LCA shoots the ball from outside well which includes their big's. What calls Coach Feldhaus makes and how Central executes will go a long way in Centrals success. The other thing that always plays a part when Central plays, is staying out of foul trouble. This team for Tournament purposes in only about 6-7 deep and that is all Feldhaus will play as long as nobody get in foul trouble.
From LCA stand point, yes they are very tall and have good length, but they are not a quick team. There isn't much quickness anywhere in the lineup, and I think that presents a problem for them against Central. Nobody is going to be able to stay in front of Isaiah Minter or the other guards, and they could make it a long night by getting to the basket a lot, especially Isiah Minter. By breaking down the defense, it opens up Cozart and Gerlad around the basket. And on the defensive end, I would think that Central might press, a little, full court, and if they don't, they would press up high on the half court side. So how LCA handles the speed and pressure of Central, on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball, will go a long way in determining their success.
I can’t wait for tomorrow afternoon, and I am hoping that both teams show up and we have the game that both teams are capable of playing. If anybody is planning on coming to watch, let me know. I would love to meet some other basketball junkies.
My pick……..Rollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Tribeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :taz::ylsuper: