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[Cracked Sidewalks] Bethune-Cookman Preview
« on: August 19, 2018, 11:01:24 AM »
Link: http://www.crackedsidewalks.com/2018/08/bethune-cookman-preview.html

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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
November 10, fiserv.forum

Coach: Ryan Ridder (16-14 record at Bethune-Cookman)
3-Year RPI Average: 308.3
3-Year kenpom Average: 311.3
2018-19 T-Rank Projection: 301
Projected Starters: PG Malik Maitland (5'9" Sr), SG Houston Smith (6'4" Jr), SF Isaiah Bailey (6'6 Sr), PF Soufiyane Diakite (6'6" Sr), C Shawntrez Davis (6'9" Sr)


EDIT: Bethune-Cookman's official roster has been released. Leading rebounder Soufiyane Diakite was granted a fifth season, JucoRecruiting.com #48 Mark Gordon joins the team & will push for a starting spot, & they added grad transfer Dondre Duffus from Southeast Missouri State who likely won't play much but provides depth.

Bethune-Cookman is a NIT Tip-Off campus game. The Wildcats lost leading scorer Brandon Tabb, but return five guys that played starter minutes as well as Pope, who led all NJCAA D1 players in rebounding in 2016-17. The stars will be Bailey, Davis, & Diakite. Bailey is a do-everything forward that averaged 16.1 ppg/5.3 rpg/4.8 apg & came within 1 rebound of back-to-back triple-doubles in February. Davis posted 13 double-doubles & is a force inside. Diakite nearly averaged a double-double, posting 10.5 ppg/9.8 rpg. Armani Collins, Mark Gordon, & Cletrell Pope gives them a solid bench rotation.

Coach Ryan Ridder led the Wildcats to their first winning D1 record since 2011. They did that by playing fast. Bethune-Cookman's 76.0 average possessions per game was 3rd in D1. As a comparison, Marquette only reached 76 possessions in 4 of their 35 games last year, & one of those was in overtime. Not surprisingly for a team that is always on the attack, Bethune-Cookman makes their living at the line. Bailey, Davis, & Diakite are excellent at attacking inside & getting to the line. Defensively, Bethune-Cookman gets after their opponents. They play a high-pressure style that limits good looks and works to create turnovers.

Looking at the T-Rank projections for other NIT Tip-Off opponents it's easy to feel disappointed by Bethune-Cookman. For instance, Kansas will play T-Rank #125 Louisiana-Lafayette & #138 Vermont. While the Wildcats will likely be a Quadrant 4 game, they also are a strong contender to win their league. This isn't as bad as #332 ranked team initially projected.

Bethune-Cookman brings back nearly everyone to a team that shared the regular season conference title. They will likely finish with a solid record & have a good chance to be playing games after the MEAC Tournament is done. They did also have their highest RPI & kenpom rankings (288 in both) in the past 3 years & if someone can replace Tabb's scoring, they should be in the mix at the top of the league.

Marquette Connection: The Wildcats have only played Marquette once before. It was an 89-53 victory for Kevin O'Neill's team in December of 1991. That season marked the beginning of O'Neill's turnaround at Marquette, & while the Warriors did not enter postseason play that year, they would go on to a pair of 20-win seasons with NCAA appearances both years.
« Last Edit: September 15, 2018, 10:28:59 AM by brewcity77 »

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Re: [Cracked Sidewalks] Bethune-Cookman Preview
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 11:06:48 AM »
A few extra thoughts. Last things first, this is one of the weakest "Marquette Connections" I found by far. I'm confident when people see some of the other connections I was able to unearth about our non-con opponents, you'll understand it wasn't a lack of effort.

I think it's highly unlikely Bethune-Cookman will have a shot at being a Quadrant 1 game, but I do think they have a good chance to be a team with a winning record. They haven't announced their home non-con games yet that I've seen, but they do play a number of sub-225 non-con teams on the road that will give them a chance at some wins, & they look like a decent bet to win 10+ games in conference.

It's not a "good" opponent like ULL or Vermont, but it's also not the worst team on our resume.

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Re: [Cracked Sidewalks] Bethune-Cookman Preview
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 11:24:58 AM »
Link: http://www.crackedsidewalks.com/2018/08/bethune-cookman-preview.html

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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
November 10, fiserv.forum

Coach: Ryan Ridder (16-14 record at Bethune-Cookman)
3-Year RPI Average: 308.3
3-Year kenpom Average: 311.3
2018-19 T-Rank Projection: 332
Projected Starters: PG Malik Maitland (5'9" Sr), SG Houston Smith (6'4" Jr), SF Isaiah Bailey (6'6 Sr), PF Cletrell Pope (6'9" Jr), C Shawntrez Davis (6'9" Sr)

Bethune-Cookman is a NIT Tip-Off campus game. The Wildcats lost leading scorer Brandon Tabb, but return four guys that played starter minutes as well as Pope, who led all NJCAA D1 players in rebounding in 2016-17. The stars will be Bailey & Davis. Bailey is a do-everything forward that averaged 16.1 ppg/5.3 rpg/4.8 apg & came within 1 rebound of back-to-back triple-doubles in February. Davis posted 13 double-doubles & is a force inside. Aside from Armani Collins, their bench is largely untested with a number of JUCO recruits joining the roster.

Coach Ryan Ridder led the Wildcats to their first winning D1 record since 2011. They did that by playing fast. Bethune-Cookman's 76.0 average possessions per game was 3rd in D1. As a comparison, Marquette only reached 76 possessions in 4 of their 35 games last year, and one of those was in overtime. Not surprisingly for a team that is always on the attack, Bethune-Cookman makes their living at the line. Both Bailey & Davis are excellent at attacking inside & getting to the line. Defensively, Bethune-Cookman gets after their opponents. They play a high-pressure style that limits good looks and works to create turnovers.

Looking at the T-Rank projections for other NIT Tip-Off opponents it's easy to feel disappointed by Bethune-Cookman. For instance, Kansas will play T-Rank #125 Louisiana-Lafayette & #138 Vermont. In terms of the quadrant system, the Wildcats will almost certainly be a Quadrant 4 game. In the past 10 years, only 8 MEAC teams have even qualified as Quadrant 3 road games. All were league champions. However in terms of RPI, the main factor is the W/L record of the team.

Bethune-Cookman brings back nearly everyone to a team that shared the regular season conference title. They will likely finish with a solid record & be a positive RPI opponent. They did also have their highest RPI & kenpom rankings (288 in both) in the past 3 years & if someone can replace Tabb's scoring, they should be in the mix at the top of the league.

Marquette Connection: The Wildcats have only played Marquette once before. It was an 89-53 victory for Kevin O'Neill's team in December of 1991. That season marked the beginning of O'Neill's turnaround at Marquette, & while the Warriors did not enter postseason play that year, they would go on to a pair of 20-win seasons with NCAA appearances both years.
Bailey and Davis are exciting Pogo Stick types. This should be a fun game. 
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Re: [Cracked Sidewalks] Bethune-Cookman Preview
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2018, 09:39:01 AM »
Bethune-Cookman projection updated, thanks to TAMU Eagle. BCU's roster was incomplete as they managed to get another year of eligibility for Soufiyane Diakite, who averaged nearly a double-double last year & brought in a top-50 JUCO in Mark Gordon that will push for starting minutes at the 2. They did also add a grad transfer from SEMO in Dondre Duffus, but he barely played there & will likely add little more than depth.