MVC: Halftime thoughts

By Jerry Palm - March 01, 2007


You never know what you are going to get in a game like this with two teams that seemingly have little to play for, but the intensity has been great. Both teams are really getting after it.

The three point parade continued through the rest of the half, although both teams did try harder to get to the hole, which resulted in more fouls. Neither team was terribly successful shooting inside. In fact, I think there were as many missed layups as missed threes. Both teams shot better from three point range than from two point range. I didn't really think the defense was all that bad, but the score is a NBA-like 51-47 in favor of Drake.

Drake was 10-13 from three point range, this coming from a team that shoots 31.6% for the season from there. The ten threes matches the season high for an entire game for the Bulldogs. Six different players have hit three pointers for Drake, including three each for Josh Young and Klayton Korver (yes, he's Kyle's little brother). Evansville countered with seven threes, four by Jason Holsinger. Holsinger's range is anything in the front court, and he starts looking for his shot as soon as he crosses the center stripe.

About a half hour before the game, there was more people in the two schools' bands than otherwise in the stands, but we actually have a pretty decent crowd, considering only the bottom feeders are playing tonight.

My seat is right behind the bench that Evansville is using tonight, which might provide some interesting moments as we go through the tournament. So far, nothing terribly unusual had gone on, other than coach Steve Merfeld on one occasion making it perfectly clear how he wanted defense played.

Posted by Jerry Palm at 07:38 PM on March 01, 2007
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