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Re: not to temper the enthusiasm, ...
I think UCLA will be challenged.
a pre-season 3rd place or 'pick' Big West team should never be an underdog to a 5th place or 'pick' WAC team
good that Beach pretty much laid to rest that 4.5 underdog assumption/prediction by the wise-guys
now step it up and parlay the confidence into taking it to UCLA for 40 minutes of 'hell'. the perimeter switching defense was excellent and forced CBU to go to two guys trying to simply go one on one for the last 15 minutes or so
The odds had CBU at a 4.5 point advantage...
CBU was picked 5th in the WAC
as the game wore on they had only two guys touching the ball basically
our inbounds defense under their basket was HORRID, 3x they ran this where they pulled a guy to the far sideline for a three, and we left open teh guy underneath the basket 2 or 3x times, one time they missed him. sure that will be a subject of film - you can't leave a guy open there, it was like clockwork
I was a bit surprised in that 3-4 minute stretch where CBU was chipping away, for some reason we were having bigs dribble the ball towards the bucket
having said that, Stroud in particularly looked really good making decisions with teh ball, in only 10+ minutes he boarded and scored - almost seemed a toss up with him and Lassore, now Stroud was the beneficiary of some beautiful feeds from Hunter
the best thing was most of the mistakes that occurred, a T, a few silly fouls, some not so great shots (Lassore had a few) were from being aggressive
how polished the bigs were was impressive