Duckett & McGuinness Recognized with Weekly Honors

Duckett & McGuinness Recognized with Weekly Honors

Case Western Reserve University senior forward T.J. Duckett was named to the Team of the Week and the University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for men's basketball, while Head Coach Todd McGuinness was selected as the Coach of the Week, after both helped the Spartans sweep a pair of conference games last weekend.

Duckett averaged a double-double with 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds over the two games, making 76.2% of his shots (16-of-21) and eight of his 13 free throw tries (61.5%), while adding a pair of assists and a steal.  During Friday night's 69-64 win over Brandeis, Duckett led all players with 22 points and eight rebounds, shooting eight-of-10 from the floor, making six-of-11 free throw tries, and adding a steal over 33 minutes of play.  On Sunday, he recorded his 10th double-double of the season and his third in University Athletic Association competition, again leading all players with 18 points and 14 rebounds.  Duckett made eight of his 11 shots in the game and both of his free throw attempts, while collecting a pair of assists over 26 minutes of game time. 

For the year, Duckett leads all UAA players with a 61.7% field goal percentage, is second in the conference with 10.6 rebounds per game, and ranks sixth in the UAA with 14.4 points per contest.  This was just the third time in program history a CWRU men's basketball player has been named to the Team of the Week, with Duckett also earning the honor last season, and former Spartan Matt Clark claiming a place on the team the year prior.  In addition, it was the second UAA Athlete of the Week Award he claimed this season, and the third overall for his career.

McGuinness, now in his second season at Case Western Reserve, has piloted the team to a 12-8 overall record, including a 6-3 mark in conference games.  With five conference games remaining on the schedule, it marked just the fifth time in program history that the Spartans have won six or more UAA games in a season, and puts them just one away from the most UAA wins ever in program history.  The two victories last weekend ran the Spartans' winning streak to five games, their longest-ever in UAA play and their longest overall since a six-game stretch during the 2014-15 campaign.  CWRU currently sits in third place in the league standings.

Case Western Reserve will be back in action this weekend, wrapping up its 2017-18 home regular season schedule with a Friday night matchup against the University of Rochester at 8:00 p.m., and a Sunday morning game against #13 Emory at 11:00 a.m.