Mississippi Valley State University Quick Facts:
- Mascot: Delta Devils
What to Expect:
- MVSU is 0-1 on the year after losing to Notre Dame (ND) 80-67 on Saturday.
- CBS predicted MVSU to finish third (out of 10) in the SWAC
- ESPN recently ranked the SWAC as the worst conference of the 32 conferences in NCAA Division 1 basketball
- Against Notre Dame, MVSU used 7 players more than 5 minutes. If Coach Woods only prefers to use 7 players for extended minutes, DePaul’s pressing style should allow them to pull away in the last 10 minutes.
3 Players to Watch:
- #3, 6-3 Guard, Terrance Joyner – Joyner put the most impressive numbers for the Delta Devils against ND with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 33 minutes. Joyner also put up 10 three point shots, hitting 3. The increased number of shots is uncharacteristic for Joyner as he only averaged 4.5 three-point attempts per game last year. Given his low shot percentage, I expect Purnell will sag defensively and challenge Joyner and the other guards to hit threes.
- #32, 6-8 Center, Paul Crosby – First, MVSU spelled Crosby’s name wrong (Crosby, not Crosy) on their athletics website, so they need to get that corrected. Crosby struggled against ND’s frontline putting up 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in 31 minutes. Crosby did average 3.1 turnovers per game last year, so DePaul would be smart to double team in the post and force him to dribble when pressing.
- #25, 5-10 Guard, Kevin Burwell – MVSU lost 12.3 ppg with senior guard D'Angelo Jackson graduating and Burwell seems to be helping fill the role. He had 14 points and 4 assists against ND and provided the most steady outside shooting going 2-4 from long range.
Keys to the Game
- Frontcourt scoring and defense
- Establishing an early lead
- Forcing turnovers