Show Me My Opponent, 2020-21: Saint Joseph’s

Lineup notes

Saint Joseph’s:

  • This is dependent on Greg Foster’s availability, but if he can’t go (as he wasn’t able to the last two games), look for a starting lineup of Bishop, Moore, Daly, Hall, Funk.
  • If Foster and Brown can’t go, Lange will likely go with an eight-man rotation. Anton Jansson (6’11” center) may get some time, but he hasn’t topped six minutes yet in a game.
  • Bishop, Daly, Hall, and Funk will all get at least 27 minutes.

Tennessee:

  • Vescovi, Bailey, James, Pons, Fulkerson until further notice.
  • Rick Barnes is always one for surprises, but the following trend has held steady: in the last three games, about 2-3 minutes in, Johnson and Springer have entered the game together, replacing Bailey and James. Anosike typically joins after the first media timeout.
  • Barnes used 26 unique lineups against Tennessee Tech, a record for this season thus far. I don’t think he’ll top it here, but you never know.

Key matchups

Taylor Funk vs. John Fulkerson. The Funk vs. the Fulk! Fulkerson won’t play many stretch 4s masquerading as centers this year, and he especially won’t play many (if any) 5s that take more threes than twos. It’s a really unique matchup for him defensively, but I expect him to have a pretty good game on offense.

Like four different players vs. Ryan Daly. Any number of guys could draw this matchup, but none of them can let him get to the rim without upping the difficulty to at least a 9 out of 10. If he gets on a roll, the Hawks may hang around.

Three predictions

  1. Tennessee holds its fifth straight opponent to their worst offensive efficiency of the season;
  2. Santiago Vescovi gets a season-high number of points (12 or more);
  3. Tennessee, 84-64.

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