Loyola (MD) vs. Niagara: Full Game Preview
|Loyola (MD)||D Cormier 17.4||E Etherly 6.7||R Williams 3.6|
|Niagara||A Mason 18.7||A Tanksley 6.0||J Green 5.2|
On Saturday, Loyola (MD) visits Gallagher Center to take on Niagara. It starts at 3:00 EST. The Greyhounds lost to the Purple Eagles 62-61 on December 5th and are 3-7 against them over the last four years.
Loyola (MD) is in 3rd place in the conference and will be trying to close the gap with 1st place Niagara.
In their last match-up, Robert Olson finished with 27 points and 6 rebounds in the Greyhounds 91-79 loss against Canisius on January 31st. He tallies 12.1 points per game and also adds 4.4 rebounds per game. In a 93-90 victory over Iona on January 31st, Juan`ya Green put up 26 points and 5 rebounds for the Purple Eagles. With 5.2 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, Niagara has an edge in one important area, scoring, where the Purple Eagles have the upper hand over the Greyhounds, 74 points per game to 65 points per game. Niagara ranks 1st in their conference in turnover percentage at 16.2, which also places them 9th in the country.
- Loyola allows fewer rebounds (33.5 allowed per game vs 37.0 allowed per game) than Niagara this season.
- At least you keep showing up. Loyola has an average margin of victory of 9 over Niagara in 17 wins since 1989.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Loyola currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (966 to 961) than Niagara, per the NCAA.
- Loyola is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Loyola is 77.4 inches compared to 76.2 inches for Niagara.
- Robert Olson is ranked 6th in the MAAC in three-pointers.
- Erik Etherly is ranked 9th in the MAAC in rebounds and 6th in the MAAC in blocks.
- Dylon Cormier is ranked 39th nationally in points and 3rd in the MAAC in steals.
- Loyola has a better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (53.38% to 52.26%).
- Loyola has a better scoring defense (62.1 allowed per game vs 72.7 allowed per game) than Niagara this season.
- The Loyola blocks leader (Jordan Latham) has more blocks than the Niagara blocks leader (Devon White).
- Anthony Winbush is ranked 5th in the MAAC in rebounds.