Northeastern Men's Basketball 2013 NIT Tournament Capsule

Northeastern Huskies
Colonial (20-12, 14-4)


Time and time again Coach Bill Coen and his Northeastern squad have been underestimated. Penciled in by most heading into the 2012-2013 season as a middle of the table team, the Huskies dominated the Colonial Athletic Association and won the conference with relative ease.

Big Wins: 11/23 vs Belmont (74-71), 1/19 at Delaware (74-70), 1/26 George Mason (71-51)
Bad Losses: 11/28 Maine (73-76), 2/16 at UNC Wilmington (67-73), 3/2 Old Dominion (74-81)
Coach: Bill Coen (7 seasons at Northeastern)

Why They Can Surprise:
Coach Coen has a great mix of experience and youth on the perimeter. Seniors Joel Smith and Jonathan Lee lead the way. Smith is a dynamic wing who has turned into a consistent scoring threat. He has knocked down 43.0 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and averages 16.1 points per game. Smith will use his 6-4 frame to get to the basket to mix up his offensive attack or on those rare occasions when his shot is not falling. Lee is one of the better all-around point guards in the college game. Averaging 13.8 points, 4.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 4.4 rebounds, there is not much Lee cannot do. And whatever the Huskies need him to do, Lee will do it. Smith and Lee are the leaders of the team, but the youngsters have played very well too. David Walker stepped into a starting role and proved to be a very capable scoring threat both inside and out. Underclassmen Zach Stahl, Demetrius Pollard and Marco Banegas-Flores have all started a handful of games this season and are at least quality backups when the starters need a break.

Why They Can Disappoint:
The youth continues in the frontcourt and that is where Northeastern is vulnerable. Sophomore Quincy Ford is really a wing, but at 6-8, he starts at the power forward position. He can be a matchup nightmare for most defenders with his size and ability to knock down the long ball. But as a wing, he is not a prolific rebounder or a presence in the paint. That leaves a lot of pressure on fellow sophomore Reggie Spencer. Spencer is just 6-7 and 210 pounds, but he is a decent interior scorer and a strong offensive rebounder. However, Northeastern is forced to play small for large chunks of time and that has seriously hindered their defensive effort. There is not a shot blocking threat on the team and depth is lacking. Many opposing teams have a field day in the paint against the Huskies and Northeastern must find a way to contain the opposition if they hope to find any postseason success.

Probable Starters:
Jonathan Lee, Senior, Guard, 13.8 ppg, 4.0 apg, 4.4 rpg
Joel Smith, Senior, Guard, 16.1 ppg, 2.8 apg
David Walker, Freshman, Guard, 6.3 ppg, 2.4 apg
Quincy Ford, Sophomore, Forward, 12.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Reggie Spencer, Sophomore, Forward, 9.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg

Key Roleplayers:
Marco Banegas-Flores, Sophomore, Guard, 2.3 ppg, 1.3 apg
Demetrius Pollard, Sophomore, Guard, 5.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Zach Stahl, Freshman, Guard, 5.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.1 (110th in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.5 (224, 8)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.9 (93, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 46.7 (324, 11)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.2 (78, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 37.9 (35, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 76.3 (8, 1)
Rebound Margin: -2.5 (267, 11)
Assists Per Game: 14.2 (89, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.9 (135, 5)

Last Five Postseason Appearances:
2010    NIT        First Round loss to Connecticut
2009    CBI        First Round win over Wyoming
2009    CBI        Second Round loss to UTEP
2005    NIT        First Round loss to Memphis
1991    NCAA    Round of 64 loss to North Carolina
1987    NCAA    Round of 64 loss to Purdue

*all team stats through 3/10


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