Hartford Hawks @ Kentucky Wildcats:  Pre-game

Tuesday night, the Hartford Hawks come in to Rupp Arena to take on the Kentucky Wildcats.  This will be the last game before the Wildcats face the Louisville Cardinals, and from there, it is straight into SEC play vs. the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Hawks are by far the weakest team that Kentucky has faced since UNC-Ashville, and as such, if this team gives the Wildcats difficulty, we can begin to worry a lot about the future.

Here is the quick comparison between the two teams so far this season:

Rank and Records HART UK
RPI #348 #11
Strength of Schedule #290 #157
Overall 2-9 13-0
Conference 0-0 0-0
Home 2-2 8-0
Away 0-6 1-0
Neutral 0-3 4-0
Top 25 0-0 2-0
RPI Top 50 0-1 3-0

Notable opponents for the Hawks this year:  The Baylor Bears, who beat them 71-69, and Seton Hall Pirates, who defeated the Hawks 89-56.  The two Hawk victories have come at home versus the Marist Red Foxes and the Fordham Rams.

The Hawks are from the America East conference, which includes such members as the Albany Great Danes, the Maine Black Bears, the Boston University Terriers, the Stony Brook Seawolves and the Vermont Catamounts.

More after the jump.

The Hartford Hawks Roster


Hartford Hawks Basketball Roster

# Pos. COMMENTS W H College
Ryan Baker 13 G - 200 6-5 freshman
Joel Barkers 5 F Major Contributor 225 6-6 junior
David Bookman 15 F - 225 6-7 senior
Clayton Brothers 32 G Role player 170 6-1 sophomore
Milton Burton 1 G May start/Significant contributor 175 6-5 junior
Ross Erickson 3 G - 195 6-6 freshman
Kevin Estes 31 F - 230 6-7 junior
Genesis Maciel 21 F - 250 6-9 sophomore
Anthony Minor 25 F Starter/Limited role 200 6-6 junior
Anthony Panebianco 33 G - 210 6-4 sophomore
Morgan Sabia 23 F Starter/Role player 200 6-8 junior
Andres Torres 11 G Starter/Role player 170 5-10 junior
Charles White 2 G May Start/Role Player 170 6-1 freshman
Zack Zeglinski 10 G - 180 5-11 senior
Joe Zeglinski 24 G Starter/Significant Contributor 185 6-0 junior


The Hartford Hawks Player Statistics


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Joe Zeglinski 11 36.8 5.5 14.3 38.2 3.6 9.3 39.2 1.1 1.6 66.7 0.6 3.6 4.3 1.1 1.7 0.6 0.1 3.0 15.6
Morgan Sabia 11 34.3 4.5 10.0 45.5 2.4 5.3 44.8 1.2 1.5 81.3 1.5 3.5 5.1 0.8 1.5 0.8 1.0 2.5 12.6
Joel Barkers 11 24.5 4.1 9.5 43.3 0.1 0.1 100.0 2.8 4.8 58.5 1.5 3.7 5.3 0.5 1.8 0.5 0.2 2.8 11.1
Andres Torres 11 34.9 2.5 5.0 50.9 0.8 1.9 42.9 2.3 3.3 69.4 0.8 2.5 3.4 5.4 2.7 1.6 0.0 2.7 8.2
Milton Burton 10 24.7 2.7 7.2 37.5 0.7 3.0 23.3 1.1 1.4 78.6 1.1 1.5 2.6 1.5 1.6 0.9 0.1 2.2 7.2
Clayton Brothers 11 13.6 1.2 3.0 39.4 0.2 0.5 40.0 1.0 1.6 61.1 0.8 0.5 1.4 1.1 0.9 0.5 0.0 1.9 3.5
Charles White 8 11.9 1.3 2.5 50.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.5 0.6 1.1 0.4 1.0 0.5 0.0 1.6 2.8
Anthony Minor 11 13.2 1.1 1.8 60.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.1 41.7 0.8 1.6 2.5 0.6 0.5 0.8 0.4 2.9 2.6
Zack Zeglinski 2 6.5 0.5 2.0 25.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 50.0 1.5 1.0 2.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 2.0
Kevin Estes 10 5.9 0.9 1.5 60.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.5 0.7 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.1 1.5 1.8
Ross Erickson 5 4.0 0.2 0.8 25.0 0.2 0.6 33.3 0.4 0.4 100.0 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.8 1.0
David Bookman 2 3.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 50.0 0.5 2.0 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.5 0.5
Ryan Baker 7 2.3 0.1 0.7 20.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.7 0.3
Genesis Maciel 2 6.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0


Four Factors Analysis (Via Kenpom.com)


Kentucky Hartford
Category Offense Defense Offense Defense D-I Avg
Adj. Efficiency: 116.7 [12] 91.1 [50] 98.4 [205] 109.0 [300] 99.9
Adj. Tempo: 69.3 [150] 68.7 64.0 [317] 68.7
Four Factors
Effective FG%: 55.0 [22] 44.5 [48] 50.0 [138] 52.9 [284] 48.9
Turnover %: 22.4 [233] 20.2 [211] 19.1 [80] 22.6 [93] 21.0
Off. Reb. %: 45.0 [1] 30.3 [82] 28.0 [300] 38.0 [311] 33.0
FTA/FGA: 41.1 [89] 27.0 [27] 29.8 [306] 46.9 [298] 37.4
Miscellaneous Components
3P%: 41.1 [21] 36.0 [235] 38.4 [60] 38.5 [297] 34.2
2P%: 52.7 [47] 39.4 [9] 45.5 [231] 49.4 [220] 47.7
FT%: 70.3 [125] 66.5 [110] 64.2 [288] 64.9 [65] 68.4
Block%: 7.4 [81] 20.3 [5] 9.8 [208] 6.4 [264] 9.1
Steal%: 10.6 [236] 10.4 [131] 8.6 [75] 10.1 [152] 9.9
Style Components
3PA/FGA: 26.3 [292] 35.4 [255] 37.3 [78] 41.3 [337] 32.6
A/FGM: 55.4 [141] 52.7 [143] 47.9 [282] 49.4 [82] 53.8
Defensive Fingerprint: Inconclusive Inconclusive
Point Distribution (% of total points)
3-Pointers: 23.3 [253] 35.7 [21] 36.1 [23] 35.1 [24] 27.2
2-Pointers: 55.9 [88] 47.6 [297] 47.8 [274] 42.6 [340] 52.1
Free Throws: 20.8 [159] 16.8 [305] 16.1 [323] 22.3 [111] 20.7
Strength of Schedule
Components: 100.3 [190] 100.4 [191] 97.8 [288] 102.0 [281] 99.9
Overall: 0.4972 [199] .5000 0.3820 [302] .5000
Non-conference: 0.4972 [210] .5000 0.3820 [299] .5000
Personnel
Bench Minutes: 27.3% [279] 32.1% 21.1% [337] 32.1%
Experience: 0.92 yrs [332] 1.69 1.84 yrs [129] 1.69
Effective Height: +2.5 [31] 0.0 -1.2 [255] 0.0
Average Height: 78.7" [8] 76.6" 75.1" [328] 76.6"

Analysis:

The Hartford Hawks have struggled this season due to the youth of their most significant and effective players.  The Hawks are very small across the front line, with their biggest starter at only 6'8" tall.  Hartford is a very dangerous 3-point shooting team, but a relatively poor 2-point shooting team.

This team, young as it is, has much more experience than the diaper-dandy Wildcats.  Hartford will test the Wildcats' perimeter defense on almost every possession, and if Kentucky does not stay in the face of their three-point shooters, it is possible that Kentucky fans will witness another Sam Houston-like barrage from outside.  Fortunately, the Hawks are not nearly as accomplished as the Bearkats.

Kentucky should have an extraordinary advantage on the glass, and only by packing the defense inside can the Hawks hope to fend off the inside attack of Kentucky.  The Wildcats will need to make their perimeter shots, but they can expect to practice a lot of zone or sagging man-to-man offense in this game.

The Hawks will try to keep the Wildcats in a half-court game, and their 64.0 pace figure is the slowest team the Wildcats have faced in some time.  This will be an interesting test for Kentucky, but they are almost certain to prevail.

Projected score:  Kentucky, 80, Hartford 55.

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