Eau Claire (WQOW) — Coming off of a 12-13 season overall, UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball will lean on their youth and depth at guard for 2018.
The Blugolds lose a pair of key seniors from 2017 in guard George Diekelman (16.2 ppg) and forward Chris Duff (15 ppg), and will look for younger players along with senior guards Ben Widdes and Wilyam Wright to step up. Also with a lack of size in the paint and post, UWEC hope their strength at the guard position will help especially on the defensive end.
“Because we are a little bit of a smaller team, defense is going to be very important to us, and it’s something that we’ve been stressing since the beginning of the year,” says head coach Matt Siverling, who is entering his seventh season. “We’re going to have to be aggressive on the defensive end of the floor.”
The Blugolds were picked to finish seventh in the WIAC this season, and know they will have to create pressure on the defensive end to play with teams in one of the toughest conferences in the entire country.
“Because of the situation, it’s going to be challenging for us to set up in a half-court situation each and every time down the floor and try to manufacture points. So if we can cause some turnovers in the half-court situation and get out and run and get some easy baskets, that’s really important.”
UW-Eau Claire opens the regular season at home Thursday night, they’ll host St. Olaf (MN) at 7 P.M.