The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will play host to the 2016 Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament, presented by the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center, on Thursday, December 29th and Friday, December 30th, welcoming Bethany College, SUNY Geneseo and Centre College to Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio for the tournament.
Tournament Schedule & Live Coverage
Thursday, December 29th
Game 1 - SUNY Geneseo def. Centre, 94-66 Box Score
Game 2 – Bethany def. CWRU, 86-82 (OT) – Box Score
Friday, December 30th
Consolation game – 2:00 PM: CWRU (home) vs. Centre (away) – Video | Live Stats
Championship Game – 4:00 PM: SUNY Geneseo (home) vs. Bethany (away) – Video | Live Stats
The Legacy of Bill Sudeck
This week's tournament is played in honor of the late great Coach Bill Sudeck, who served Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve for a combined 46 years before his passing in 2000.
Sudeck won 329 games in a combined 37 years as head basketball coach at Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University. He also led the cross country and track & field team for 46 years. In 1993-94, Sudeck was named North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in all three sports – basketball, cross country and track & field.
Sudeck coached his cross country teams to 12 conference titles, including a 10-year period from the late 1960s to the late 70s where the program went undefeated in 66 straight dual meets. His track & field teams won 14 conference titles, and during his career, he coached four individual NCAA Champions.
During Sudeck's 46 years of coaching, he recruited, coached and mentored more than 30 All-Americans. He was inducted into the Spartan Club Hall of Fame in 1997.
Case Western Reserve won its final two games before a near three-week layoff to improve to 3-4 overall on the season, which includes a 1-2 home record in 2016-17. In their last game, the Spartans defeated Juniata 66-60 to claim the title at the Doc Greene Tournament in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The team has averaged 70.7 points per game this season on a 42.7% shooting effort from the floor, including a 32.3% mark from long range. The Spartans have allowed 75.9 points per game, and have a +6.7 rebounding margin with 40.3 rebounds per game, and a -5.1 turnover margin.
Junior forward T.J. Duckett has been the Spartans' top player this season, averaging a team-leading 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Senior guard and co-captain Javier Alvarez has added 10.4 points per game this year, and leads all CWRU players with 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Junior forward David Black (8.3 ppg) and junior guard Colin Zucker (8.0 ppg, 43.8% 3PT) have each started all seven games for the Spartans this year, and junior forward Eric Black has contributed with 8.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Freshman forward Sam Hansen has started the last three games for CWRU, averaging 6.6 points per game and shooting 45.2% from three-point range, while junior guard Jake Lavis (1.8 ppg), freshman guard Nick Aloi (1.7 ppg) and freshman forward Connor Nally (1.6 ppg) have all seen significant time on the court this year.
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.
Bethany stands at 5-4 overall on the season, including a 1-3 road record and an 0-1 mark in neutral-site games. After opening their season with a 3-0 record, the Bison have dropped four of the last six games, including an 83-58 home loss against Westminster in their last game on December 19th. Bethany has averaged 75.1 points on 43.1% shooting from the field and 31.3% from beyond the three-point arc, while allowing opponents to score 75.3 points per game. The team has averaged 37.6 rebounds per game, 2.2 less per game than their opponents, and has a +0.6 turnover margin.
Junior guard Calique Jones leads the team with 14.4 points per game, and junior guard Andrew Williams has added 13.4 points, while leading the team with a 40.0% mark on three-point attempts. Other double figure scorers include freshman forward Chaice Truex (12.2 ppg) and senior guard Antonio Rudolph (11.7 ppg), while Rudolph leads the team with 2.7 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.1 blocks per game. Junior center Liam Davis has averaged 7.5 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds.
Bethany is coach by Nick Hager, who is in his second season with the team, compiling a 22-14 record with the Bison. He is assisted by Jordan Monts.
The Spartans last faced the Bison during the 2013-14 season, as Case Western Reserve came away with a 76-71 overtime win at home against Bethany. CWRU is 11-16 overall against Bethany, in a series that dates back to the 1971-72 campaign.
SUNY Geneseo Knights
The Knights have opened their 2016-17 campaign with a 6-3 overall record, including a 3-1 road record and a 1-1 mark in neutral site games. The team has won back-to-back games, and will be playing in their first contests since an 88-78 win over Potsdam on December 10th. SUNY Geneseo has scored 85.9 points per game this season, shooting 45.4% from the field overall and 40.7% from three-point range, with the team ranking sixth in Division III with 12.4 three-pointers made per game. The Knights have a -5.1 rebound margin (averaging 34.9 rebounds per game) and a +1.1 turnover margin.
The Knights are led by senior guard John Decker, who is fourth among Division III players with 28.4 points per game this year, shooting 50.0% from three-point range (23rd in DIII) and has made 44 three-pointers (third in DIII). Senior guard Justin Ringen has added 13.7 points per game and a team-leading 5.0 rebounds, and junior guard Kevin Crockett has scored 11.0 points per contest.
Geneseo is coached by Steve Minton, who is in his 17th season at the team's helm, and has an overall record of 253-180 with the Knights, and 279-254 during his 21-year career, which includes a four-year stint at Hiram. He is assisted by Don Chichester, Gregg Hepler and Ron Higgins.
Should the teams face each other on Friday, it would be just the second-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Knights. CWRU and Geneseo last played during the 1982-83 season, with the Spartans coming away with a 94-79 victory.
The Colonels will be looking to put an end to a two-game losing streak when they take the court on Thursday that has dropped their overall record to 4-4, including a 1-2 road record. The team lost its last game to Earlham College on December 21st, falling 64-60 at home. Centre has scored 76.3 points per game this year, while also allowing opponents to score 76.3, and has shot 46.4% from the field, including a 42.3% mark on three-point attempts (14th-best in DIII). The team has a -3.9 rebound margin, averaging 31.6 rebounds per game, and a -1.0 turnover margin per contest.
Sophomore guard Tucker Sine leads the team with 15.4 points per game this season, while shooting 50.7% from the field and 58.8% from long range. Senior guard Matt Gump has added 9.5 points per game, while leading the team with 4.9 rebounds and contributing 2.3 assists per game. Other major contributors for the Colonels include freshman guard Bailey Rakes (8.9 ppg), sophomore guard Jarod Griffin (8.6 ppg, 3.6 apg), and freshman forward Jakob Spitzer (2.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg).
Centre is under the leadership of 18th-year Head Coach Greg Mason, who has a career record of 337-129 with Centre, good for a .723 winning percentage. He is assisted by Ryan Wiersma.
Case Western Reserve and Centre have never played each other during the history of the two programs.
Duckett Named to D3hoops Team of the Week
T.J. Duckett was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week, after being selected as the Most Valuable Player at the Doc Greene Tournament. Duckett shot 74.1% from the floor during the tournament, averaging 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds over the two games. He became just the second Spartan ever to be named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week, joining former CWRU guard Matt Clark, who earned the honor last year.
Success on the Offensive Boards
The Spartans have averaged 13.43 offensive rebounds per game this season, the third-most among UAA teams and 72nd among all NCAA Division III squads. T.J. Duckett has been one of the top players in Division III this season on the offensive glass, ranked fourth among DIII players and leading the UAA with 4.86 offensive rebounds per game.
T.J. Duckett was also named the UAA Athlete of the Week following the Doc Greene Tournament, becoming the first Spartan player to earn the honor this season… Javier Alvarez joined Duckett on the Doc Greene All-Tournament Team… CWRU Head Coach Todd McGuinness is a 2002 graduate of Bethany College, where he was a two-year captain for the basketball team… Thursday's game will be the first time he has coached against his alma mater… David Black is one point away from 500 for his career… Duckett's 115 total points this year are just two shy of his previous career single-season high… He ranks fifth in school history with a career .552 field goal percentage… Duckett's 64.7 field goal percentage this season ranks 19th among all DIII players and is the second-best mark in the conference… Javier Alvarez leads all UAA players with 33:17 minutes played per game this season… Eric Black is fourth in the conference and 76th in Division III with 1.86 blocks per game… His 55 career blocks rank ninth in school history… The Spartans' schedule ranks as the eighth-toughest in Division III thus far, with opponents recording a combined winning percentage of 0.692 (36-16)… The Spartans schedule overall, including future opponents, has the highest winning percentage among Division III teams with opponents going a combined 87-42 (.674).