Fresh off their second University Athletic Association win of the season last Sunday, the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will aim to build a streak on the road this weekend, when the team travels to Waltham, Massachusetts to face Brandeis University at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26th and New York, New York to take on New York University at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 28th.
Friday, January 26th at Brandeis (8:00 p.m.)
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20180126_fhxz.xml
Sunday, January 28th at NYU (11:00 a.m.)
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/nyu/mbball/
Case Western Reserve University will enter this weekend's games with an 8-8 overall record, and a 3-4 record away from home (including an 0-1 mark in neutral games). The Spartans are fifth in the UAA with a 2-3 conference mark, following their home split last weekend, which included a Friday night loss to second-ranked Washington University (Mo.) and a win over the University of Chicago on Sunday. The squad has scored 77.3 points per game on 42.3% shooting overall and 35.3% three-point shooting, while allowing 79.5 points per game in 2017-18. CWRU has been led by its lone senior player, forward T.J. Duckett, who has paced the squad with 14.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, while freshman guard Ignas Masiulionis has added 10.2 points per game, and sophomore forward Connor Nally has averaged 9.9 points per contest.
Head Coach Todd McGuinness is in his second season at CWRU. He has a career record of 130-97 (.573 winning percentage), which includes a seven-year stint at Hartwick College, where his teams qualified for the NCAA Championships on four occasions. McGuinness is assisted by Rudy Kirbus, Kelly Blair, Liz Hornberger, Evan Shang and Aleksandar Zivic.
Brandeis will enter Friday night's game looking to end a six-game losing streak that has dropped the team to 4-12 overall and to 0-5 in the UAA. Including in the team's overall record is a 2-4 mark at home during the campaign. The Judges suffered a pair of losses at home last weekend, falling 75-66 to Rochester on Friday and 90-57 to Emory on Sunday. For the year, Brandeis has averaged 72.0 points per contest on 41.5% shooting as a team (including a 34.1% mark on three-point attempts), while allowing 79.4 points per game. Senior forward Latye Workman leads the team with 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this year, and freshman guard Lawrence Sabir has added 10.7 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Now in his 15th season at Brandeis, Brian Meehan has coached the squad to a 210-170 record during his tenure. He has a ledger of 370-209 during his 22-year head coaching career, which includes a seven-year stint at Salem State. Meehan is assisted by Harry McShane, Sean Tabb, and Patrick Luptowski.
Case Western Reserve has won seven of its last nine meetings with Brandeis, and is 23-25 all-time against the Judges, in a series that dates back to the 1987-88 season. The Spartans split their two games against the Judges last season, losing 83-66 on the road, before claiming an 88-66 victory in Cleveland. T.J. Duckett had a double-double in both games, scoring 16 points and collecting 11 rebounds in the loss, and registering 12 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Also in the win, Sam Hansen scored a career-high 18 points on a perfect six-for-six performance from the floor (all on three-point tries) and Michael Hollis scored 10 points with eight rebounds.
The Violets, who will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday night before facing the Spartans on Sunday, will begin the weekend with an overall record of 8-7, including a 5-4 home mark and a 1-4 UAA ledger, good for sixth place in the conference. NYU has lost its last four games, including setbacks of 73-68 against Emory and 87-82 against Rochester at home last weekend. The team has scored 81.8 points per game on 46.6% shooting overall and 36.7% shooting from behind the three point line, while allowing 80.8 points per game to their opponents. Dom Cristiano, a sophomore forward and first-year transfer from Lafayette, leads the team with 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Three other NYU players are averaging double-figure point totals this year – junior guard Ethan Feldman (14.8 ppg), sophomore forward Jimmy Martinelli (13.4 ppg) and senior guard Ross Udine (13.1 ppg). Udine has also added 6.7 assists per contest.
NYU is under the leadership of longtime head coach Joe Nesci, who has compiled an overall record of 510-264 during his 30 years with the team. He is assisted by Taylor Roth, Mike McSloy, Adam Parmenter and Cal Ramsey.
The Spartans ended a four-game losing streak to the Violets last season, defeating NYU 84-81 in Cleveland, avenging a 73-72 loss on a late three-pointer by the Violets' Joe Timmes. In a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season, CWRU is 14-36 all-time against the Violets, and will be looking for their its first win at NYU since the 1999-00 season, and the third win on the road in program history against the Violets.
- The Spartans lead all UAA teams and are 29th among NCAA Division III teams with 10.3 three-point field goals made per game. CWRU has made 10 or more three point shots in 10 of their 16 games this year, and at least eight three pointers in all but one of their games. The team has made a combined 164 three point shots, and is on pace for a total of 256 this year, which would be the second-highest total in program history and mark the fourth consecutive year (and only four years in program history) that the team has made at least 200 three point shots in a campaign.
- CWRU is on pace for 1,089 rebounds as a team this year, which would be the second-most in program history, behind only the team's 1,105 rebounds during the 2005-06 season. The Spartans lead the UAA in total rebounds (697) and are 19th among Division III teams with 43.56 rebounds per game this year.
- Case Western Reserve's +6.3 rebound margin is the second best in the UAA and 43rd among Division III teams. The Spartans have gone 7-4 this season when outrebounding their opponent, including a 6-2 mark when recording 10 or more rebounds than their opponents, and a 2-1 mark when outrebounding the opposition by 20 or more.
- CWRU is 3-0 when shooting at least 50% on three-point tries this season, and dating back to last season, has won four-straight games when making at least half of their three-point attempts.
- CWRU's Connor Nally matched a program record with seven three-pointers made during the Spartans' loss to Emory on January 14th. Nally equaled the program record originally set by former Spartan Dane McLoughlin, also against Emory, on February 15, 2013.
- T.J. Duckett leads all UAA players and is 17th among Division III players with 10.6 rebounds per game this season. His 169 total rebounds this season put him on pace for 264 for the year, which would match David Thompson's CWRU single-season record, set during the 2013-14 season.
- Duckett is one of 13th players in program history with over 500 career rebounds. His 535 career rebounds entering the weekend rank as the eighth-most ever by a Spartan player, and are just 18 behind Austin Fowler (2010-13) for seventh in program history. Duckett is 69th among active Division III players in career rebounds.
- Duckett's 61.0% field goal percentage is the best among qualifying UAA players and 37th among Division III players this season. It is on pace for the second-best mark in program history. His career 56.9% mark from the floor ranks as the 26th-best among qualifying active NCAA Division III players and is the third-best in program history.
- Duckett is also 40th among active Division III players with 18 career double-doubles. His seven double-doubles this season are second among UAA players and 45th among DIII players.
- Sophomore forward Michael Hollis leads all CWRU players this season with 3.1 assists per game and 14 steals, and is second on the squad with 6.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per contest.
- First-year players have accounted for 611 of the team's 1237 points (49.4%). Leading first-year scorers include freshmen guards Ignas Masiulionis (10.2 ppg) and Antonio Ionadi (7.9 ppg) and sophomore transfer guard Monty Khela (7.4 ppg).