2008 NIT Capsule: Morgan State
Morgan State Golden Bears
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (22-10, 14-2)
Big Wins: 11/20 American (62-54), 12/8 La Salle (93-87), 1/28 at Hampton (64-57)
Bad Losses: 12/29 vs Denver (44-54), 1/14 at Norfolk State (69-71), 2/16 at Florida A&M (89-90)
Last NCAA Appearance: none
Coach: Todd Bozeman (2-3 in 3 NCAA appearances)
Jerrell Green, Senior, Guard, 5.4 ppg, 3.6 apg
Jamar Smith, Senior, Guard, 17.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Marquise Kately, Junior, Forward, 12.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
Gene Johnson, Sophomore, Forward, 0.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg
Boubacar Coly, Senior, Forward, 9.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg
Reggie Holmes, Sophomore, Guard, 13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Jermaine Bolden, Junior, Guard, 5.2 ppg, 2.8 apg
Roger Barnes, Senior, Guard, 4.0 ppg
Karanvir Aujla, Senior, Forward, 3.9 ppg
Why They Can Surprise:
Morgan State has had a couple close games against big time teams, but they failed to win any of those. The Golden Bears only lost to Connecticut by four points in November and had some close games against Miami and Seton Hall. This might not be a team that can get over the hump and beat a much more athletic squad, but they have proven they can at least stick around.
That is mostly due to the frontcourt duo of Marquise Kately and Boubacar Coly. At 6-5, Kately is really a wing, but he will certainly do his part to help the frontcourt in the rebounding department. He is also a solid slasher who can put up big points in a hurry. Coly’s offense is mostly built around easy put back buckets, but he averages over three offensive rebounds per game and that creates plenty of offense.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Morgan State’s top two scorers come from the perimeter. However, the overall shooting numbers are not very good. The team as a whole only shoots about 43 percent from the floor. Jamar Smith and Reggie Holmes will get to the basket and score, but the consistency from long range could be better. Holmes will hit a couple three-pointers per game, but the team as a whole will not take, or hit, many three-pointers. The shooting at the free-throw line is not much better. Smith and Holmes are fine from the charity stripe, but the rest of the team has its problems. Kately, who almost gets to the line three times per game, hits well under 50 percent.
Who To Watch:
Jerrell Green is not a big scorer, but the point guard will have to keep the offense ticking if Morgan State wants to start thinking upset. Green and reserve guard Jermaine Bolden are the only two players who can handle the ball and that has caused some problems in the turnover department. It will be important for Green and Bolden to keep the turnovers down and keep the team focused even when the Golden Bears find themselves out matched.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 67.8 (195th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 61.4 (29, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.3 (203, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.8 (45, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 4.9 (305, 7)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: na
Free-Throw Percentage: 66.3 (261, 5)
Rebound Margin: 4.9 (38, 1)
Assists Per Game: 11.1 (299, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.0 (63, 2)
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