Thought I’d do a little scouting. Both teams are in the MTE this weekend with the Utes. The Utes play BC first, then get either URI or Tulsa. Here’s a quick scouting report:
Big, but not much quickness. Ballhandling issues. Good rebounding. They score by pushing the ball inside and trying to overpower you, and getting your bigs in foul trouble. Seems like sometimes they just throw the ball up to the glass and let their bigs go get it. Bickerstaff, a 6’9" F, is a player. Not much depth. The starting 5 played almost the whole game.
URI is better. Better depth. Great interior D. They have great length and play a Syracuse zone D very effectively. They have a couple of good sized bouncy guys (brothers named Mitchell) who can block shots and rebound, but don’t show much offensive skill. Poor half court offense, and turnover prone in the half court. They score with fast breaks off rebounds and turnovers, and 3pt shooting which is shaky.
BC’s size will be a test. Rhode Island’s D will be a test. Both teams seem to be about the same level as the Utes.