Wednesday, December 12, 2012

UW-L men's basketball's hot start

I continue to be impressed by the balance that the UW-L men's basketball team has shown throughout its 8-1 start to the season. In nine games, the Eagles have had five different players lead the team in scoring, proving that there is no one player that opposing teams are forced to key in on. Rather, they're forced to guard the entire floor. This could come back to bite UW-L in the backside down the stretch, if one player doesn't emerge as the go-to player in key situations but then again, do they really need one? Jeff Heiden, Braden Tice and Luke Tweed all have very pure outside shooting strokes, shooting a combined 45% from 3-point land. Lucas Collom and Lucas Morrissey know their roles inside, averaging 15 rebounds a game between them. Plus, 6-8 wing Cale Zuiker adds a tough-to-guard 6th-man scoring-spark that Ken Koelbl's team will need to compete in the WIAC. With other contributors like Michael Barrett, Derek Braucht and Johnny Coenen, it's no surprise that UW-L is in the position it is at this point of the season. (Photo courtesy of the LaCrosse Tribune)

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