College Basketball’s Most Unlikely Hot Streak Might Belong to American U.

College Basketball’s Most Unlikely Hot Streak Might Belong to American U.

by Gene Wang, Washington Post

Last month with the American University men's basketball team mired in a 10-game slide, Coach Mike Brennan frequently would reassure players that better days were imminent so long as they continued to refine their fundamentals and believe in the Princeton-style offense.

Practices remained energetic during that disheartening period, but with no tangible results in the Patriot League standings to show for it, patience was growing thin. Then the low point arrived in a 65-45 loss at Army on Jan. 17.

The Eagles were 2-15 overall, 0-6 in the Patriot League. They were averaging 52.9 points per game, last among 351 Division I teams. They ranked 338th in scoring margin (minus-14.5 points per game) and 323rd in opponents' shooting percentage (47.5). Despite playing at the slowest pace of any team in the country, as measured in possessions per 40 minutes by the website KenPom.com, they committed more turnovers per game (15.2) than all but 22.

Less than three weeks later, they enter Saturday night's game at Lehigh as the hottest team in their league.

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