Sunday, January 15, 2012

EWU Eagles vs Seattle University Redhawks January 15, 2012 Game Preview


Monday the Eags (3-3, 9-9) travel to Seattle’s Key Arena to take on the Seattle University Redhawks (3-12).  Tip off 7:05pm pst. The game will be streamed from the Seattle University website here: http://www.goseattleu.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?SPID=10773&db_oem_id=18200
It does take a moment to get registered, but is cost free so if you can’t find the game on tv don’t despair.

The Redhawks rejoined the NCAA Division one in 2009-2010 season after a 29 year hiatus.  They are currently not affiliated with a conference, however they have accepted an offer to join the Western Athletic Conference for the 2012 to 2013 season.  The Redhawks come into this game having lost 4 straight and 10 of their last 11.  The Redhawks are not as bad as their record would seem to indicate, they have played some upper echelon programs including Stanford, Virginia and Washington.  

The star is the Redhawks is 6’5” Senior Forward Aaron Broussard (#2).  Broussard leads the team in points per game (17.6), steals per game (1.7) and is second in rebounds per game (6.8).  Broussard has 4 double-doubles in his last five games.  Over the course of the last five games he’s averaging 21 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2 steals per contest.

Feeding him the ball will be Junior Guard Prince Obasi (#0) and Senior Guard Cervante Burrell (#5).  The team has only one real threat to shoot the deep ball and that’s Sophomore Guard Sterling Carter (#10) and he’s taken 103 of the teams 312 shots from beyond the arc this season.  Look for the Redhawks to feature an attack that probes along the edges, they won’t bang it down into the paint much and their big men do not see a lot of minutes.

Look for the Eagles to try and play a more steady brand of basketball after the sloppiness of Saturday’s game.  Since this is a non-conference game Collin Chiverton (#24) may not see as much playing time as usual.  Look for Kevin Winford (#23) and Parker Kelly (#10) to fill in.  I’ll be watching Kelly in particular to see if he can build on a solid performance Saturday night.  Also keep an eye on Jordan Hickert, who would have had a great game on Saturday if he could have avoided foul trouble.

I don’t expect Coach Hayford to take this game lightly even though its a non-conference game, he’ll want his team to get back to winning, to stay above .500 and to get a win over an in-state rival.

Last Meeting: January 6, 2011 Eagles 51 @ Redhawks 63