What the Saint Mary’s game revealed — as well as its two other victories over MIT and UMass — was how critical the second unit will be to not only holding fort as the team awaits Aiken and Towns’ return, but also to providing coach Tommy Amaker with a superfluous amount of options in his reserves even with a healthier team. The challenge of finding the necessary game minutes and getting players into rhythm and chemistry in the face of such a deep bench will be perhaps this team’s most critical task heading into the Ancient Eight slate.
To further analyze the specific positional role that Lewis occupies on the court, I broke down two recent games, the Nov. 9 home loss against Northeastern and the Nov. 13 road victory over UMass, focusing on where Lewis positions himself on the offensive play, how his presence affects the shot selection of his teammates, and how Lewis affects overall team scoring efficiency.
Free Harvard Basketball t-shirts to student supporters, courtesy of Nike. A model 2018 Porsche exhibited outside the Palestra during the Ivy League Basketball Tournament. A peculiar 9:30 PM tip-off against Yale to accommodate ESPNU’s Basketball Rivalry Week Showcase—sponsored by none other than 5 Hour Energy.
To the casual sports fan, it is now time to create bracket pools, re-download the March Madness app, and quickly obtain a College Basketball 101 of how fringe teams in the A-10, MAAC, and yes, Ivy League have performed. Everyone knows that one guy who can give a halfhearted yet cogent breakdown of the No. 13 seed school no one has ever heard of. Or taking credit when the Florida Gulf Coasts and La Salles of the basketball ecosystem make it past the first weekend.