Brown Trendspotting

The numbers: 1-5 overall, 180th RPI, 248th Sagarin, 260th Pomeroy
The recent results: lost 72-59 to Wagner; lost 64-41 at Holy Cross
The upcoming schedule: at Binghamton (1-5) on Saturday 12/10

Offense sputtering
Offense has generally been Glen Miller’s strong point, so he can’t be enjoying what he has seen thus far this season from his team. After Wednesday’s loss at Holy Cross in which Brown managed only 41 points, the offense now ranks dead last in the league and 327th nationally in effective field goal percentage (shooting percentage adjusted to account for three-point shooting) and offensive efficiency (points per possession). After seeing five regulars shoot 37.0 percent or better from the arc last season, no one is over 25.0 percent this season. Additionally, Yale is the only Ivy team that turns over the ball more, as the Bears rank 274th in Division I in turnover rate.

Center position producing
The only two players enjoying good offensive seasons are a pair of juniors splitting time in the middle for the Bears: Sam Manhanga and P.J. Flaherty. Flaherty is shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and while Manhanga’s 44.1-percent shooting isn’t particularly effective, he’s attempted a team-high 27 free throws in just 96 minutes. However, Flaherty’s scoring has been very spotty. He scored 8 points at Hartford and 11 against Wagner, but went scoreless while attempting a total of just three shots in his other three games. Manhanga has had similar problems with consistency, with 32 of his 51 points coming in the last two games.

Huffman struggling with his shot
The Brown game notes claim Damon Huffman has “stepped up” to lead the team in scoring, but last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year is off to a very rough start. His scoring may be up 1.3 points per game, but his three-point shooting has plummeted from 41.5 percent to just 17.9 percent and his overall field goal percentage has gone from 41.8 percent in 2004-05 to a meager 33.3 percent through six games. Huffman went through a similarly rough stretch last season when he was battling ankle problems, so it’s possible he’s experiencing more of the same.

Lineup change
Freshman Scott Friske made his first collegiate start on November 30 against Wagner, supplanting Keenan Jeppesen in the starting lineup. The 6-6 Friske boasts a team-leading 57.9 field goal percentage and is averaging a respectable 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 19.5 minutes per contest. After starting three of the first four games, Jeppesen played just one minute against Wagner and did not see action at Holy Cross.

Marks looking to get healthy
Sophmore Mark MacDonald has battled illness early on this season, and hasn’t seen the floor much. MacDonald is a versatile big man who knocked down 37.8 percent of his three-point attempts last year as a freshman. Fellow sophomore Mark McAndrew missed the first three games with an injury and has logged just 20 minutes in three games since returning, missing all six of his three-point attempts. This after shooting 19 of 50 (38.0 percent) from the arc last season.

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