CWRU Men’s Basketball to Take on Chicago & #6 Wash U. during UAA Road Weekend

CWRU Men’s Basketball to Take on Chicago & #6 Wash U. during UAA Road Weekend

The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will be on the road this weekend, traveling to the University of Chicago for a game on Friday, February 3rd at 9:00 p.m. ET, followed by a Sunday, February 5th matchup at sixth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) at 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

Live Coverage

 

Friday, February 3rd at Chicago
Video: https://livestream.com/accounts/5795570  

Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170203_8009.xml

Sunday, February 5th at Washington

Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wustl/

Live Stats: http://bearsports-livestats.wustl.edu/basketball/xlive.htm

 

UAA Standings/ Schedule

 

Place

 

UAA Record

Overall Record

1.

#6 Washington (Mo.)

7-0

15-3

2.

#5 Rochester

6-1

17-1

3.

Emory

5-2

14-4

4.

Carnegie Mellon

4-3

10-8

5.

Chicago

3-4

11-7

6.

Brandeis

2-5

6-11

7.

New York University

1-6

6-11

8.

Case Western Reserve

0-7

5-13

 

Friday, February 3rd
8:00 PM: Emory at Brandeis
8:00 PM: #5 Rochester at NYU
9:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at #6 Washington (Mo.)

Sunday, February 5th

12:00 PM: Emory at NYU
12:00 PM: #5 Rochester at Brandeis
12:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at Chicago

 

CWRU Spartans

Case Western Reserve will be looking to put an end to a seven game losing streak that has dropped the team's record to 5-13 overall, including a 2-5 road record this season.  The Spartans dropped both games last weekend, losing 74-72 on a last-second three-point shot to Chicago, and dropping an 88-77 decision to Washington.  The Spartans have scored 71.6 points per game this season, while allowing 77.8.

Junior forward T.J. Duckett is leading the team with 14.1 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, and a field goal percentage of 54.9%.  Senior guard Javier Alvarez (10.2 points per game) and junior guard Colin Zucker (10.1 points per game) are also averaging double figures this season, with Alvarez leading the squad with 4.8 assists per game and 1.9 steals 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

Chicago is 11-7 overall this season, including a 6-3 home record during the campaign.  The Maroons have won three of their last four games, splitting their action last weekend with the win over CWRU, and an 89-80 loss to Carnegie Mellon.  The squad leads the UAA with 82.2 points per game this year, and has allowed 77.5 points per contest.

Chicago's leading scorer this season is senior forward Waller Perez, who is averaging 15.7 points per game and leads the UAA with a 62.0% shooting mark from the floor.  Senior forward Blaine Crawford has added 14.8 points per game and leads the team with 9.7 rebounds, with sophomore guard Noah Karras (12.8 points per game) and junior guard Jake Fenlon (11.2 points per game) also averaging double figures.  Fenlon is shooting 39.8% from three-point range this season, and recently made a school-record 10 three pointers on 21 attempts during the team's loss to Carnegie Mellon last Sunday.

The Maroons are coached by Mike McGrath, who is now in his 18th season with the team and has an all-time record 265-185.  He is assisted by Jason Petti, Bryan Joel and Rasheed Rosenje.

The Spartans dropped their game against Chicago last Friday, losing on a last-second three point shot by Fenlon.  T.J. Duckett and Colin Zucker led the team with 13 points apiece in the game.  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 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 10-37 all-time against the Maroons.

 

#6 Washington Bears

The Bears, ranked sixth in this week's D3hoops.com Top-25, will enter the weekend riding a nine game winning streak, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday before welcoming in the Spartans on Sunday.  Washington, which is 5-2 in home games this season, has scored 78.6 points per game, and is second in the UAA with 68.5 points allowed per game.  The team leads the UAA in assist turnover ratio (1.58) and assists per game (19.6).

Washington has four players averaging in double figures this season, led by junior forward Andrew Sanders' 15.2 points per game.  Junior guard Kevin Kucera (11.2 points per game), senior forward Clinton Hooks (10.9 points per game) and junior forward Matt Highsmith (10.5 points per game) are also contributing over 10 points per contest, while junior center David Schmelter leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game.

Washington is under the leadership of Head Coach Mark Edwards, who has a 657-286 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.


Last Sunday, Case Western Reserve held a two-point lead with under four minutes to play against the Bears, but Washington ultimately pulled away for an 88-77 victory.  T.J. Duckett led the team with 21 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, and freshman forward Sam Hansen scored a career-high 17 points.  The Spartans are 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 5-44 all-time in the series with Washington.

 

Freshman Impact

The nine freshmen players on the Spartans' roster have accounted for over 31% of the team's minutes played this season.  Two freshmen – forwards Sam Hansen and Connor Nally – have appeared in each of the team's 18 games during the season.  Hansen, who has started 13 of the team's last 14 games, is averaging 6.6 points per game and shooting 41.5% from behind the three-point line (34-for-87), while Nally has scored 5.2 points per contest and is shooting 47.9% from behind the three-point line, the best mark among all UAA competitors in 2016-17.  Nally has also averaged 8.7 points per game in the team's seven UAA contests this season, the fourth-highest mark among CWRU players.

 

Zucker for Three

Junior guard Colin Zucker has shot 42.9% from three point range this season, the 16th-best single season mark in program history, and the second-best mark in the UAA this season.  Zucker has made at least one three point shot in each of the team's last 14 games, and in 16 of the team's 18 games overall this year.  Over the last two seasons, he has connected on a three-point shot in 30 of the team's last 33 games.  Zucker ranks 17th in school history in career three point shots made, and is two away from becoming the 16th Spartan ever with 100 career made three pointers.  In addition, his 40.5% mark from behind the three-point arc ranks as the third-best percentage in program history.

 

Double-Doubles for Duckett

Junior forward T.J. Duckett recorded his team-leading seventh double-double of the season during the team's loss to Washington on Sunday, scoring 21 points and collecting 14 rebounds.  It marked the fourth time this season that he has registered 20 or more points in a double-double, and the 14 rebounds were his second-highest tally in a double-double over his career.  Duckett also leads the conference and is 22nd among all NCAA Division III players with 3.83 offensive rebounds per game.

 

Spartan Notes

As a team, the Spartans have made 155 three point shots this season, the 11th-most in a single season in program history… Three Spartan players – Javier Alvarez, David Black and Colin Zucker – have started each of the team's 18 games this season… Four other players – T.J. Duckett, Eric Black, Sam Hansen, and Connor Nally – have played in each of the team's 18 games in 2016-17… Zucker has started 27-consecutive games dating back to last season, the longest active streak by a Spartan player… T.J. Duckett has led the Spartans in scoring seven times this season, and led the team in rebounding on 12 occasions… Other CWRU players to lead the team in scoring multiple times include Zucker (4), David Black (3), and Daniel Chambers (2)… Eric Black has paced the team in rebounding six times this season… Alvarez has led or tied for the team lead in assists 14 times, while Zucker has done so on six occasions… Alvarez is 10 points away from 500 for his career, while Zucker is 37 points away… Should they reach the mark, they would become the fourth and fifth active CWRU players with at least 500 points, joining Eric Black (619) and David Black (615)… Alvarez is 15th in school history with 90 career steals, and is 10 away from becoming the 14th Spartan ever with at least 100 steals over a career… Alvarez's 86 assists this season are tied for the 19th-most ever in a single season by a CWRU player… He also leads all UAA players this season with 33:03 minutes played per game during the campaign.