USI gets to play another Princeton offensive team in Maryville on Saturday, but it helps that the Eagles played (and lost) to another team like that in Nova Southeastern in December. The whole point of this offense against a team like USI, according to Eagles coach Rodney Watson, is time. Maryville wants to give USI as little of it as possible.
“The real concept is to contain our athleticism,” said Watson. “Keep the ball out of our hands and make us play long possessions on defense. We can’t score if we don’t have the ball.”
The key for the Eagles’ defense, then, is going after the shooters and rebounding. They need to attack the shooters like they did when they beat Missouri-St. Louis and held it to just 32.8 percent shooting on Thursday night. Then they need to clean the glass.
“The big part of the game is the offensive boards,” said Watson. “Controlling the ball will be a big part of what tomorrow will be like.”