NCAA tournament team previews: Eastern Kentucky Colonels
As part of its preview of the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, SI.com is taking a look at all 68 teams in the field. RPI and SOS data from realtimerpi.com. Adjusted offense and defense are from kenpom.com and measure the number of points scored and allowed per 100 possessions, and the team's national rank. For more teams, click here.
Record: 24-9, 11-5 in Ohio Valley Conference
Adjusted offense / Adjusted defense: 111.6 (47th) / 108.1 (235)
Seed: No. 15 in South
Impact player: Glenn Cosey, senior guard. 18.8 ppg, 4.2 ast, .425 3pt, 60.3 ts%.
The Case For:
With shooters like Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky could put a charge into anyone. The Colonels have gotten hot often – they shoot 38.6 percent on threes (and they take a lot of them) and over 56 percent on twos. Cosey and guard Corey Walden (14.1 ppg) combined to score 52 points in the team's minor upset of Belmont during the OVC title game. Coach Jeff Neubauer has taken Eastern Kentucky to the NCAA tournament before – back in 2007 – and he's a John Beilein disciple, having been an assistant under the Michigan head coach at both Richmond and West Virginia.
The Case Against:
The Colonels aren't great on the defensive end of the floor. They allow teams to shoot an effective field goal percentage of 55.5. They are undersized and don't block a lot of shots, and opponents take advantage by getting to the line often. The best team they played this year, Wisconsin, beat EKU by 25 on Dec. 14.
SI prediction: Lose in second round to KansasView complete bracket predictions from SI.com's panel of experts