“The NCAC has been pretty convincing head to head with the OAC,” Brown said.
Wittenberg has swept Allegheny the last two seasons, and the Gators were just 5-20 a year ago, but they’re a dangerous team.
“Allegheny is probably brimming with more confidence than they’ve had in several years,” Brown said. “They’ve had wins over Wilmington and Case Western. They had a lead over Baldwin Wallace. The list goes on and on. They have a very veteran team, particularly when you compare them to us.”
The Tigers got their offense back on track Tuesday after scoring a season-low 41 points against Wooster, but they gave up a season-high 85 points.
“It was our worst defensive night, and it’s not even close,” Brown said. “Wooster made more difficult shots than Otterbein had to make. We just had a very difficult time guarding the basketball. It led to too many layups.”
Wittenberg has also struggled behind the 3-point line, shooting 22 percent from long range in the last two games. Zack Leahy, one of the team’s top scorers, is 0-of-12 from 3-point range in the last three games. He had 20 points against Otterbein despite missing six 3-pointers.
“Our design and personel is not Alex Brandt and Clayton Black (two seniors who graduated) anymore, so it’s going to cause more driving action and getting to the free-throw line,” Brown said. “You would hope it would translate into some 3s. We just didn’t make them. We’re after good shots. What we don’t want is a 17-foot two-pointer. Zack Leahy’s really struggling shooting the 3 right now, but we can’t tell him not to shoot. He did pass one up late in the game in transition and found Steven Newell.”