Winthrop has had an exciting 26-6 regular season and is lead by the 10th highest scorer in all of college basketball, senior guard Keon Johnson, who averages nearly 23 points per game. This year they enter the big dance looking for just their second tournament win ever- but could they be this year’s cinderella?
Winthrop is a team that can shoot the ball. They have three players who have 50+ made threes on the season- and star Keon Johnson made 99 long balls shooting 40% from deep. They rank 50th in the nation in 3-point percentage. In their big win @ Illinois they shot 45% to beat the Illini on their own turf. Watch out for the long ball in their games.
Because of their shooting, the Eagles average nearly 80 points per game which puts them at 38th in the nation for team scoring. They have surpassed the 85 point mark nine times this season. Whoever is matched up with Winthrop in the first round will have to slow down their offense.
Because much of their offense runs through Johnson and junior forward Xavier Cooks, the Eagles sometimes struggle to move the ball efficiently. They average just over 12 assists per game, which lands them at 205th in the country for assists. In four of their six losses, the Eagles have had 10 or less assists. Because of their struggles to move the ball, if Johnson or Cooks are cut out of the offensive equation by good defense or foul trouble, Winthrop could go down hard.
Winthrop also struggles to keep opponents off of the offensive glass. They rank 255th in opponent offensive rebounding, allowing nearly 10 per game. In all but one of their losses they have given up at least 12 offensive boards, allowing the opposing team easy second chance points. The Eagle’s hopes at a tournament run may be shot down by a strong rebounding team.
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