The Northeastern Huskies’ run in the Great Alaska Shootout ended this weekend when the team lost to the Charlotte 49ers in the tournament’s championship match.
In both of the Huskies’ losses thus far this season, they have shot the ball poorly. On November 17, Northeastern shot 37 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc in their loss to Vermont. Against Charlotte, the Huskies shot 34.6 percent and 35.7 percent from the field and three-point land, respectively.
When a basketball team struggles to be efficient on offense, the head coach usually relies on his main ball-handler to jump-start his club. Unfortunately for head coach Bill Coen, senior captain Jonathan Lee still remains sidelined with a foot injury.
Lee originally injured his foot on October 18 during practice drills and should be returning to the court sometime in the next two weeks. Until he returns, the offense may continue to struggle in key situations.
But, the Shootout did reveal a lot of the Huskies team strengths as well. The team has shot the ball considerably well this season overall, knocking down attempts 44 percent of the time from the field, at 73.6 percent from the line and at 41.1 percent from beyond the arc. Combining that will a pretty solid frontcourt front court contributions from Reggie Spencer, who’s averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, this team looks poised to contend for the CAA title this spring.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.