It hasn’t been the start they were looking for, but the Wagner Seahawks can turnaround their season. Basketball is a game of streaks. Scoring streaks. Winning streaks. Losing streaks. Sometimes, all it takes is one play for that streak to start. Today, they will have an opportunity to climb out of the early season hole they dug for themselves.
4-12. No, that is not in reference to the New York football Giants 2019 regular season record. It is following the Wagner Seahawks on Staten Island, NY. The Seahawks have nearly clinched a second straight losing season after going 13-17 during the 2018-2019 campaign. For a team attempting to recapture their 23-9 record from 2017-2018, it definitely needs to start with defense.
Wagner is allowing an average of nearly 78 points per game to opponents, while only scoring about 70 per game themselves. As an ESPN’s Booger McFarland meme would say, “You know Joe, you have to score more points than your opponent if you want to win.” In addition to a nearly eight points per contest scoring deficit, the Seahawks are also averaging over 14 turnovers, while the opposing units have 13. In a seemingly underwhelming contest, Wagner has the ability to finish strong if they clean up the mistakes.
On Monday, January 20th, they host a hot Northeast Conference rival, the LIU Sharks. Slowing down Raiquan Clark (20.4 PPG) and Ty Flowers (13.4 PPG) will be the top two priorities for this Wagner defense. On the flip side though, the Seahawks have two scorers of their own, Curtis Cobb III (17.1 PPG) and Alex Morales (14.8 PPG), that can allow their team to pull off the home upset. However, one of the biggest strengths this Sharks team has is their bench scoring. Outside of Clark and Flowers, LIU has five other players averaging 8.8 points or more per game, whereas Wagner only has one. The scoring depth is absolutely one of the bigger story lines to look out for today.
Losers of four straight, the Seahawks have a chance to alter their identity in the second half of the season as a team that doesn’t turn the ball over, plays strong defense, and has numerous contributors throughout their roster; almost in essence how their opponent plays. The streaking Sharks, winners of four consecutive, sit at 9-9 on the year, but 4-1 in conference for a third-place standing.
A storied rivalry, Wagner and LIU will square off in their 110th all-time meeting today at 4pm, where the Sharks hold a 61-48 advantage. While the disparity between these two units is large, viewers can expect a tight game with two conference rivals.
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