Men’s Basketball Set for Throwback Weekend Tests against Chicago & #8 Washington

Men’s Basketball Set for Throwback Weekend Tests against Chicago & #8 Washington

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will host the University of Chicago on Friday, January 27th at 8:00 p.m. and eighth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) on Sunday, January 29th at 12:00 p.m. as a part of the program's annual Throwback Weekend games at historic Adelbert Gymnasium.

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Friday, January 27th vs. Chicago
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Sunday, January 29th vs Washington
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Throwback Weekend

Throughout the weekend, the Spartans will be honoring the two men's programs that federated in 1967 to form Case Western Reserve University – the Western Reserve University Red Cats and the Case Institute of Technology Rough Riders.  The Spartans will be wearing the Red Cats throwback uniforms for Friday night's game against Chicago, and the Rough Riders' traditional uniforms for Sunday's game against Washington.

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Suits and Sneakers Week

 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week is a nationwide event when basketball coaches across the country unite for a common cause – saving lives from cancer! Coaches and their staff across the nation wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening, and early detection. 

UAA Standings/ Schedule




UAA Record

Overall Record


#8 Washington (Mo.)




#7 Rochester








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New York University




Case Western Reserve



Friday, January 27th
8:00 PM: Brandeis at Emory
8:00 PM: #8 Washington (Mo.) at Carnegie Mellon
8:00 PM: NYU at #7 Rochester

Sunday, January 29th

11:00 PM: Brandeis at #7 Rochester
12:00 PM: NYU at Emory
12:00 PM: Chicago at Carnegie Mellon


CWRU Spartans

Case Western Reserve will be looking to put an end to a five-game losing streak that has dropped the team to 5-11 overall, including a 1-6 record in home games this season.  The Spartans average 71.2 points per game this season, while allowing 77.4.

The Spartans have been paced by junior forward T.J. Duckett, who leads the team with 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season.  Also scoring in double figures are senior guard Javier Alvarez (10.5 ppg) and junior forward David Black (10.3 ppg), while junior guard Colin Zucker has scored 9.9 points per contest.

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.


Chicago Maroons

After dropping five-consecutive games, the Maroons bounced back with home wins against NYU and Brandeis last weekend to improve to 10-6 overall, which includes a 3-3 road record.  Chicago is the top-scoring team in the league this season, averaging 82.9 points per game, while allowing 77.1.

Senior forward Waller Perez leads the team with 15.8 points per game, while senior forward Blaine Crawford has added 15.4 points and a team-high 9.8 rebounds per game.  Crawford also leads the UAA with a 63.5% shooting mark from the floor, while sophomore guard Noah Karras has scored 13.4 points per game and leads the conference with a 42.2% mark from three-point range.  Senior guard Tyler Howard has added 10.0 points per contest, with junior guard Jake Fenlon chipping in 9.9.

The Maroons are coached by Mike McGrath, who is now in his 18th season with the team and has an all-time record 264-184.  He is assisted by Jason Petti, Bryan Joel and Rasheed Rosenje.

Last season, the Spartans dropped both games to Chicago, losing 112-100 at home (despite 20 points from Javier Alvarez, 17 points from David Black and 16 points from Colin Zucker) and 89-72 on the road.  Case Western Reserve's last win against Chicago came at home during the 2013-14 campaign, and the Spartans are 10-36 all-time against the Maroons.


#8 Washington Bears

The Bears, ranked eighth in the latest poll, are riding a seven-game winning streak, and are undefeated in UAA play this season, while standing at 13-3 overall, including a 7-1 road ledger.  Washington is coming off a home sweep against NYU and Brandeis, and has outscored its opponents by an average of 78.6 to 69.3 this season.

Junior forward Andrew Sanders leads the team with 13.9 points per game and has added 6.4 rebounds, with junior guard Kevin Kucera scoring 11.3 per game with 5.9 assists.  Senior forward Clinton Hooks (11.2 points) and junior forward Matt Highsmith (10.8 points) are both scoring in double figures this year, while David Schmelter has tallied a team-leading 7.3 rebound to go along with 7.3 points per contest.

Washington is under the leadership of Head Coach Mark Edwards, who has a 655-286 career record during his 36 years with the team, and is the fifth-winningest active coach in Division III.  He is assisted by Caleb Lawson and Jason Jabbari.

The Spartans will be looking for their first win against Washington since topping the Bears 89-78 in Saint Louis during the 2014-15 campaign.  Last year, CWRU fell to Washington 96-80 at home, despite a 19-point performance from David Black, and suffered a 107-98 setback to the Bears on the road, with David Black scoring 20 points and Colin Zucker adding 14.  Case Western Reserve is 5-43 all-time in the series with Washington.


Zucker Hitting the Three's

Case Western Reserve junior Colin Zucker is shooting 43.5% from three-point range this season, the third-best mark among UAA players during the campaign and the 14th-best single-season mark in school history.  For his career, he is 17th in school history with 93 career three-pointers made, and is seven shy of becoming just the 16th-player in program history with 100 or more made over a career, while his 40.6% mark from beyond the arc over is career ranks as the third-best ever by a Spartan.


Duckett on the Boards

Spartan junior forward T.J. Duckett ranks 80th in Division III and third in the UAA with 9.3 rebounds per game this season.  In addition, he is 19th in Division III and leads all league players with 3.94 offensive rebounds per contest this season.  Duckett has recorded six double-doubles this season, the 77th-most among DIII players and third in the conference.

Spartans Notes

Case Western Reserve has connected on at least four three-point tries in each game this season… The team has made 10 or more three-point shots on eight occasions… T.J. Duckett's field goal percentage of .542 this season ranks as the 14th-highest in school history… His career .521 field goal percentage is the eighth-best ever by a Spartan… Eric Black is ninth in program history with 61 career blocks… David Black is 17th with 43 career blocks… Javier Alvarez is 16th in school history with 87 career blocks, and is one behind Pat Duncan (1995-99) for 15th-place… Duckett has led the Spartans in scoring five times through 16 games this season, while David Black and Colin Zucker have each led the team in points three times… Duckett also has led the team in rebounding 11 times, while Eric Black and paced the team on the glass on five occasions... Sunday's game against Rochester marked the first time this season that the Spartans have lost when turning the ball over less times than their opponent… The Spartans have out-rebounded their opponents in 10 of the team's 16 games.