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Five things you should know about St. Francis

By mrasor Published: December 27, 2008

Men's basketball

    Some notes on Akron's next opponent...
    1) There are two teams called "St. Francis" in the Northeast Conference. Man, I bet that's annoying for NEC fans and reporters. On Sunday at 7, Akron is playing the one from New York, not Pennsylvania.
    2) The Terriers (3-7) have a decent RPI of 144. (Akron is No. 93). Their biggest win was against Manhattan (6-3). Their most notable loss was an eight-point decision at St. John's.
    3) The Terriers don't get many easy buckets. I deduce that from their 40.6 field goal percentage and 11.9 assists per game. Those are low numbers.
    4) But St. Francis chucks up a load of 3s. The Terriers are 12th in the nation in 3s made per game. The Terriers have five players who love to heave it from behind the line. Four of them are starters. The most consistent shooter has been freshman Stefan Perunicic, who is 6-foot-6 and shoots 43 percent from 3.
    5) The team's best player is Kayode Ayeni, a 6-5 forward who averages 13.3 points and 8.5 rebounds. However, he injured his knee in the first half of St. Francis' game on Dec. 22 and did not return. Without him (and probably even with him), Akron should be able to dominate the rebounding battle.

Assistant coach Bill Bleil accepted a similar job with Iowa State.
Working with the offensive line, Bleil brought a raw, yet talented, group of freshmen and sophomores together the past two seasons. The line now appears solid for the foreseeable future. Despite that, Akron received very little production at tight end, the other position that Bleil oversaw. Recruiting was another of Bleil's strengths.
Akron might also be looking for another defensive coordinator if Jim Fleming is hired as head coach at Yale. Fleming is one of two finalists, according to the most recent media report. Fleming's departure might also bring into question his son Will Fleming's future with the Zips. (Will, you should definitely go Ivy League if you get the chance.)


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