CWRU Men’s Basketball Returns from Break to Face Adrian

CWRU Men’s Basketball Returns from Break to Face Adrian

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will be back in action after a 10-day layoff, traveling to Adrian, Michigan for a 3:00 p.m. tip off against the Adrian College Bulldogs on Saturday, December 3rd.

Live Coverage
Fans can follow the action on Saturday with live statistics at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20161203_jz4i.xml.

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans stand at 1-3 on the season, including an 0-1 mark in road games following an 85-75 loss at Denison last Tuesday.  Case Western Reserve has averaged 75.2 points per game, while shooting 43.4% from the field during the year and totaling 41.8 rebounds per game.  Opponents have averaged 84.0 points per game against the Spartans, while  CWRU has a +6.0 rebounding margin and a -6.5 turnover margin per game this year.

Case Western Reserve junior forward T.J. Duckett is averaging a double-double this year, leading the team with 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 63.6% from the field.  Three other Spartans are averaging double-digit point totals, including senior guard Javier Alvarez (12.8), freshman forward Daniel Chambers (11.3) and junior forward David Black (10.3).  Junior forward Eric Black leads the team with 11 blocks, and has averaged 9.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, and Alvarez leads the team with 5.0 assists per game.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Todd McGuinness, who is in his first year with the Spartans after going 114-72 during his previous seven seasons as the Head Coach of Hartwick.  McGuinness is assisted by Rudy Kirbus, Liz Hornberger, Kelly Blair and Eric Klinedinst.

Adrian Bulldogs
Adrian has dropped its last three games, all on the road, to fall to 2-3 on the season, entering Saturday's contest.  The Bulldogs, who are 2-0 at home this year, are coming off a 95-41 loss at Division I Akron on Wednesday.  The team has scored 66.4 points per game this year on a 41.0% shooting effort from the floor, and has collected 35.0 rebounds per game.  Adrian has allowed 78.4 points per game, and has a +0.2 rebounding margin and a -2.0 turnover margin per contest this year.

The Bulldogs have been paced by senior guard DaVonte Harris, who has averaged 21.2 points, 1.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds this season.  Junior forward Justin Webster has scored 11.4 points and tallied 4.6 rebounds per game this year, while senior guard and sophomore forward Isiah Crofford are each tied for the team lead with 4.8 rebounds per game.

Adrian is led by Head Coach Kyle Lindsay, who is in his first year with the team after previously serving as an assistant with Trine University.  He is assisted by Isaac Loechle and Jason Dixon.

Matchup History
Saturday's game will be the fifth meeting all-time between the Spartans and the Bulldogs.  The teams split the first two contests, with Adrian winning 80-78 in the initial meeting in 1976-77, and the Spartans picking up picking up a 63-61 win during the 1981-82 campaign.  This weekend's game will also be the third time in the last three years that the two squads have faced off, with the Spartans winning in Adrian 67-60 in 2014, and the Bulldogs picking up a 70-64 victory in Cleveland in 2015.

In last year's game, Eric Black finished with 16 points and five rebounds for the Spartans, while David Black tallied 13 points and five rebounds.  Eric Black also notched seven points and six rebounds during the team's win in 2014.

Spartan Notes
Case Western Reserve is ranked 56th in Division III and second in the University Athletic Association with 4.5 blocks per game this season… Dating back to last season, the Spartans have won their last three games when connecting on 10 or more three-point shots… Eric Black leads the conference and is 25th among DIII players with 2.75 blocks per game… T.J. Duckett is eighth in Division III and leads the UAA with 5.0 offensive rebounds per game… He also leads the UAA and is 35th in DIII in total rebounds per game… Javier Alvarez is third in the UAA and 75th in DIII in assists per game, and is third in the UAA and 43rd in DIII in steals per game (2.75)… Duckett leads the team with two double-doubles through four games this year…  Eric Black has also recorded a double-double this season, and is the team's active career leader with six double-doubles… David Black is 18 points shy of 500 for his career… Daniel Chambers has gone 11-for-11 from the free throw line this year, and is one of 29 players in Division III with at least 2.5 made free throws per game to not miss an attempt from the charity stripe this year.