In year number three at the Division I level, the St. Thomas Tommies look to piggyback off their 19-14 record a season ago and a win against the UW Green Bay Phoenix on Saturday would go a long way in their pursuit of winning at least 20 games this season.
St. Thomas Tommies (-2.5, 126) vs. UW Green Bay Phoenix
Discipline and efficiency has allowed St. Thomas to have immediate success coming up directly from the Division III level and in two seasons at the Division I level, have ranked in the top 10 in fewest turnovers committed on a per possession basis.
While St. Thomas slipped to 184th in this category entering Friday’s games, they get to face a Green Bay defense that is forcing the fewest turnovers per possession of any Division I team in the country.
The tempo will also be at St. Thomas’ liking with the team currently 361st out of 362 Division I teams in possessions per game and have been 291st or lower in possessions per game every year since joining the Division I ranks.
UW Green Bay entered Friday 336th in possessions per game and have been 283rd or lower in total possessions per game since St. Thomas made the move to the Division I level.
The little things might also make a big impact if this game is close with Green Bay entering Friday 351st in the country in turnovers committed per offensive play and 350th in free throw shooting percentage at 57.4%.
There’s also a lack of scoring options for UW Green Bay with Wyoming transfer Noah Reynolds the only player averaging at least nine points per game while St. Thomas has four separate players averaging at least 9.8 points per game.
With Green Bay in a rebuild under first year coach Sundance Wicks and St. Thomas returning six of their top eight players in total points from last season, St. Thomas will continue their rise with a win on Saturday.
The Play: St. Thomas -2.5