There’s been a change in approach this week with the Zips. The coaching staff decided to break the game down into four-minute rounds that the team must win.
They’ll be graded on how many offensive rebounds, deflections, steals and post-touches they get in each segment and it will be determined whether they won each of 10 rounds within the game.
As the Zips continue to pursue a little history with an 11 game winning streak in the MAC and a pursuit of a 17-game win streak overall (the country's longest), anything that gets them through the game. They have a tendency to play to the level of their competition and although this is a gimmick, it’s not difficult to understand that the coaching staff is looking for more focus. Here are my three observations for the rematch with Bowling Green – they won the first 68-55 - for this evening’s game:
Key matchup: Marshall versus Cameron Black. The Zips need for him to get rolling early to help set the tone that will allow the Zips to do a little running for a chance.
Key stat: This one is very simple: the Falcons rank 10th in rebounding defense in the Mid-American Conference. If the Zips crash the boards (hello, Demetrius Treadwell and Marshall), they win this game, easily.