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Sacred Heart vs Army
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Brown Bears Tip-Off Classic

Sacred Heart (1-1) vs Army West Point (1-1)

Friday, Nov. 16 – 5:00 PM

Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center – Providence, R.I.

After defeating Western New England in the home-opener 114-72 on Monday, the Sacred Heart University men’s basketball team will look to build on its last outing in a three-game weekend at the Brown Bear Classic in Providence, Rhode Island.

Army comes in after facing arguably the most talented and dominating team in college basketball, Duke, who won 94-73.

The Black Knights do not need to worry about facing that caliber in this game.

Key Players

 Sean Hoehn– He led Sacred Heart in scoring as a junior and will likely accomplish the same as a senior. In two games he is averaging 19.5 points while shooting 60.9% from the field and 53.3% from three.

Thomas Funk– He is second in scoring to forward Matt Wilson–who is averaging 19.5 points per game compared to Funk’s 13.5–but Funk sets the table for Army’s offense. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and long-range, while dishing out eight assists per contest.

Fantastic Frosh

Sacred Heart features the best freshman in the country no one knows or talks about. Freshman guard Koreem Ozier has averaged 24.5 points per game to begin his collegiate career. Ozier’s 24.5 points per game ranks fourth in the nation for freshman scoring, behind Duke’s R.J. Barrett (28 ppg) and Zion Williamson (27.5 ppg), Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis (27.3 ppg) and tied with Cal State Northridge’s Lamine Diane (24.5 ppg).

Preseason Predictions

SHU men’s basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Northeast Conference.

The Army West Point men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in this year’s Patriot League preseason poll.

Experience vs Inexperience

Head coach Jimmy Allen and the Cadets welcome back their four leading scorers from last season and nine players who averaged more than nine minutes per game. Senior guard Jordan Fox and junior guard Funk make up one of the most experienced backcourts in the league, while junior forward Wilson and sophomore forward Alex King give Army West Point a pair of quality frontcourt options.

The Pioneers had four players make their collegiate debuts against Holy Cross in the season opener–Ozier and Cameron Parker started in the backcourt, while Aaron Clarke and Zach Pfaffenberger contributed minutes off the bench. In all, SHU  added seven new players to the roster, all being freshmen.

Prediction

LINE: -6.5 Army

Army is the experienced team who is coming off an impressive performance against Duke–yes, even in a 22 point loss. Sacred Heart is not Duke and although they have talent on their roster, too many of those impact players are freshman who typically struggle against experienced ball clubs their opening seasons.

The Funk and Wilson duo should be able to do enough offensively so the Black Knights cover the six-point spread.

Army 75 Sacred Heart 64

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