(Exh.) Game 2: Carroll


Carroll (2009-10: 16-9, 10-6 Midwest Conference) vs. Milwaukee (2009-10: 20-14, 10-8 Horizon)

Exhibition, Saturday 7:30 p.m., Klotsche Center

Milwaukee, WI – The Panthers cruised to an 86-37 victory over MSOE on Monday, but the Carroll University Pioneers are hoping to give MKE a run for its money tonight in the exhibition finale at the Klotsche Center.

The Panthers spread minutes out evenly the last time out, with only one Panther (point guard Kaylon Williams) eclipsing the 20-minute mark.  Expect the Panthers to tighten up in their final dress rehearsal before the season kicks off in earnest just six days from now in Portland, Oregon.

Carroll University (not sure how I feel about the name change) is looking to replace D-III All-American John Hoch, who averaged nearly 25 points per game in his senior season.

A lot of that falls to Paul Grosshuesch, a 6’5” forward who averaged a double-double last season.  The Pioneers are chalk full of Wisconsin talent, with 15 players from the Panther state (sorry, Bucky, I ain’t biting).

Milwaukee needs to focus on finding five-man sets that work on the floor.  Following Monday’s action, I’d say the best five (together, not individually) are Kaylon Williams, Tone Boyle, Ryan Allen, Tony Meier and Anthony Hill.  The three guards were absolutely dominant in the intrasquad scrimmage and the MSOE game, although Allen had a much better scrimmage (which had better players on the other side, of course).

Their ability to run the floor together will prove to be a dynamic, explosive three-headed monster out of the backcourt.  Tony Meier looks to make a big advancement on his sophomore year, and he and Anthony Hill are just fast enough to keep up with the guards.

Personally, I’d like to see minutes for the end of the bench players to come at the end of the game in garbage time, with only 5-10 minutes going to each.  I’d like to see Williams play around 20 minutes, and the rest of the starters doing so as well.  It will be very interesting to see all of the combinations that coach Rob Jeter will try out in the final exhibition game.

This also may be the last chance to see Evan Richard this season, as the team is contemplating redshirting the freshman scoring machine.  Richard scored 12 points on MSOE, and if he has a bigger day it might be hard to put the redshirt on him.  I say that even if he scores 20, it’s still in the program’s best interest for him to take the year off, get his body ready for a rigorous Horizon League schedule, allow Tone Boyle and Jerard Ajami to play out their final year of eligibility without another guard to take away even more minutes, and match it up so he plays four years with Shaq Boga.

See you all tonight at 7:30!

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