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Hoop Scoop: a perfect regular season looks promising

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Last week Cabrini men’s basketball moved up to the No. 2 spot and are now 18-0 overall keeping their undefeated season in tact. They are just 24 points behind University of Wisconsin Stevens Point for the No. 1 spot.

Freshman Deryl Bagwell is averaging 6.7 points per game in 18 games played this season.  (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)

Freshman Deryl Bagwell is averaging 6.7 points per game in 18 games played this season. (Dan Luner/Photo Editor)

The Cavaliers have a strong core group of offensive players but two links are missing from the chain. Junior Aaron Walton-Moss has missed Cabrini’s most recent game against Rosemont on Saturday. He is listed day to day with a foot injury.

Walton-Moss has had an unbelievable season so far and is the fuel that keeps Cabrini’s engine running.  His passion is contagious and missing his team-leading averages of 26 points, 11.2 rebound, and 6.2 assists. He is also one of three players in all NCAA basketball with two triple doubles.

On the other hand, Senior A.J. Picard is getting his cast off (broken foot) in a week and will begin rehab as soon as possible. Picard should have plenty of time to recover and be 100 percent by the time the CSAC tournament begins.

Picard’s contribution has been missed. Averaging 17 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists, Picard is also just under 50% from the three-point range.

The starting five for Cabrini is ever changing but a core group of freshman Brennan McCann, senior Fran Rafferty and senior Jon Miller still remain.

The upcoming schedule for the Cavaliers should be smooth sailing. The rest of the games for the Blue and White are CSAC games against teams they have defeated by at least 10 points each game.

There is one more game at home then a four-game road trip and then they will finish the season up at home against their rival Keystone College. This game also just so happens to be Senior Night.

Cabrini has no problem with scoring but their defense is an area of concern.  They are averaging scoring over 90 points a game but allowing an average of 75 points per game.  As the Cavaliers move into the NCAA tournament they will need to tighten up their defense. Playing other top 25 teams they will face a tougher challenge on both ends of the court.

The Cavs have had a couple days off thanks to Mother Nature postponing their game against Wesley College on Monday.  Their next game on Wednesday is held in jeopardy again by the threat of snow Tuesday night.  Blue and White would have five days until their next game if Wednesday’s game were postponed.  Hopefully the time off will not affect their play and they can continue this perfect run.

Nicholas Cipollone

About Nicholas Cipollone

Junior at Cabrini College, Sports Editor for @LOQwitter, Graphics Coordinator for @LoqationNews, Social Media Specialist @BadRhinoINC, Social Media Manager for @cabrinicareers

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