CWRU Men’s Basketball Aims for a Bounce Back at NYU & Brandeis

CWRU Men’s Basketball Aims for a Bounce Back at NYU & Brandeis

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will look for a quick turnaround after a setback in their conference-opening game last weekend, when the Spartans travel to New York University to take on the Violets at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13th in New York, New York, and to Brandeis University for a 12:00 p.m. game against the Judges in Waltham, Massachusetts on Sunday, January 15th.

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Friday, January 13th at NYU
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Sunday, January 15th at Brandeis
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Case Western Reserve



Friday, January 13th
8:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at Brandeis
8:00 PM: Washington (Mo.) at Emory
8:00 PM: Chicago at Rochester

Sunday, January 15th

11:00 AM: Carnegie Mellon at NYU
12:00 PM: Washington (Mo.) at Rochester
12:00 PM: Chicago at Emory

CWRU Spartans
Case Western Reserve stands at 5-7 overall and 3-3 in road games, following a 78-61 loss to Carnegie Mellon in their opening game of the UAA season last Saturday.  The Spartans have scored 71.6 points per game this season on 41.8% shooting overall, including a 35.2% mark from beyond the arc, while allowing 76.0 points per game.  The Spartans have averaged 40.2 rebounds, out-rebounding their opposition by 4.3 per game, and have turned the ball over 4.2 more times per game than their opposition.

Junior forward T.J. Duckett has averaged a double-double this season, leading the team with 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, while shooting a team-best 57.6% from the field.  Two other Spartans are averaging double-figures this year, including senior guard Javier Alvarez (10.1 points) and junior guard Colin Zucker (10.0 points).  Alvarez is also leading the team with 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game, and Zucker is shooting 45.8% from three-point range.  Other likely starters for CWRU include junior forward David Black (9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds) and freshman forward Sam Hansen (6.1 points, 38.9 3PT%), while junior forward Eric Black (7.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 blocks) and freshman forward Connor Nally (3.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, 48.0 3PT%) have made an impact off the bench.

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.

NYU Violets
After winning five of their first seven games this season, the Violets have dropped their last four contests to fall to 5-6 overall on the season, including a 2-3 home record.  NYU dropped its conference opener to Brandeis last Saturday, falling 80-69 in Waltham.  The team has scored 69.7 points per game on 40.2% shooting from the field and 34.5% from long range, while allowing 71.5 points per game.  The Violets average 39.9 rebounds per game, 3.1 more than their opposition, and have turned the ball over 2.5 more times per game than their opponents this year.

Likely starters for NYU include junior guard Ross Udine (15.4 points, 3.9 assists), senior guard Joe Timmes (13.9 points, 7.5 rebounds), freshman guard Cameron Moore (10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds), freshman forward Jimmy Martinelli (8.5 points, 8.5 rebounds) and freshman forward Ted Georgiadis (8.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks), while freshman guard Jordan Harris (4.7 points), freshman forward Nick Medavoy (2.4 points, 3.7 rebounds) and freshman guard Jack Heller (2.2 points) have played a significant role off the bench for the Violets.

NYU is coached by Joe Nesci, who is now in his 28th season with the team and has a career record of 500-245.  He is assisted by Taylor Roth, Michael McSloy, Adam Parmenter and Cal Ramsey.

The Spartans will enter Friday's game looking to put a stop to a three-game losing streak to the Violets.  Last season, CWRU suffered a 100-82 defeat in New York, before falling to the Violets at home by just a point, 80-79.  Jake Lavis scored a career-high 18 points during the Spartans' home loss to the Violets last season.  In a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season, CWRU is 13-34 all-time against NYU.

Brandeis Judges
Brandeis stands at 5-6 overall on the season, including a 4-3 record at home this season.  The Judges put an end to a four-game losing streak with the win over NYU last Saturday, and followed that with an 83-73 win over Dean College on Monday.  The team has scored 72.5 points per game this season, shooting 40.7% from the field and 37.3% from beyond the arc, while allowing 72.9 points per contest.  Brandeis averages 32.3 rebounds per game this year, 3.5 less than their opponents, and has turned the ball over 2.3 less times per game than their opposition in 2016-17.

Projected starters for the Judges include junior forward Jordan Cooper (15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds), senior guard Tim Reale (12.0 points, 2.5 assists), senior guard Robinson Vilmont (10.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists), junior guard Nate Meehan (8.3 points, 44.2 3PT%) and senior guard Jack Fay (4.7 points, 1.4 assists), while freshman guard Eric D'Aguanno (6.3 points, 44.2 3PT%), junior guard Carlin Haymon (5.2 points, 50.0 3PT%), senior forward Samuel Dowden (2.3 points, 2.2 rebounds) and junior guard/forward Latye Workman (2.2 points, 3.6 rebounds) have played key roles off the bench for Brandeis this year.

Brandeis is led by Head Coach Brian Meehan, who has a 203-148 record during his 14 seasons with the Judges, and has gone 363-187 during his 21-year career, which includes seven season at Salem State.  He is assisted by Harry McShane, Sean Tabb and Pat Luptowski.

The Spartans have won six of their last seven meetings with the Judges, including wins in each of the last four matchups.  Last year, CWRU defeated Brandeis 84-80 in Waltham, behind 17 points and 10 rebounds from Eric Black, before returning home to top the Judges 74-72, with a team-leading 17 points off the bench from Javier Alvarez.  Case Western Reserve is 22-24 all-time against Brandeis.

Strength of Schedule
Case Western Reserve's opponents this season, both past and future, have a combined record of 128-76 for a .627 winning percentage, the 14th-highest mark among NCAA Division III teams.  The Spartans have the second-highest strength of schedule among UAA teams this season, behind only Brandeis University.

Duckett Double-Doubles
T.J. Duckett
recorded a double-double in two of the Spartans' three games last week, collecting 22 points and 11 rebounds during a win over Penn State-Harrisburg, and scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds against Carnegie Mellon on Saturday.  Duckett has totaled five double-doubles this year, the most by a Spartan player in a season since David Thompson notched 12 during the 2013-14 campaign.

Offensive Rebounding
The Spartans are second in the University Athletic Association and 75th in Division III with 13.08 offensive rebounds per game this season.  Leading the way for CWRU on the offensive glass has been T.J. Duckett with 4.25 offensive rebounds per game, the 13th-best mark in Division III this season.

Spartan Notes
Case Western Reserve is 4-0 when holding their opponents to under 70 points in a game this season… CWRU has averaged 3.5 more rebounds and 0.8 more steals in its five wins than its six losses this season… T.J. Duckett (.536) and Eric Black (.532) are ranked sixth and seventh in program history, respectively, in career field goal percentage… Duckett's 57.6% mark from the field this season is the seventh-best in CWRU history, and ranks 51st among all NCAA Division III players this year… Black is also ninth in program history with 60 career blocks… David Black is in 14th-place in school history with 107 career made three point shots, and is three behind Carson Oren (2002-06) for 13th-place… Colin Zucker has shot 45.8% on three point attempts this season, the ninth-highest mark in a single-season in program history (with at least 24 made three pointers)... Javier Alvarez is 44th in Division III and third in the conference in assists per game this season (5.2)… Alvarez also leads the UAA in total minutes played (408:00) and minutes played per game (34:00).