The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will play its final two games before the start of Winter Break this week, traveling to Adrian, Michigan to face the Adrian College Bulldogs on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m., and hosting the Kalamazoo College Hornets at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
at Adrian (Tuesday at 7:00 PM)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181204_ufi3.xml
vs. Kalamazoo (Saturday at 4:00 PM)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181208_4h58.xml
Case Western Reserve has opened its 2018-19 season with a 4-2 overall record, including an 0-1 mark on the road and a 4-1 record at home. The Spartans will be looking to bounce back from their first home setback of the season last Saturday, an 81-74 loss to Thomas More. The team has scored 78.8 points per game, shooting 45.9% overall and 35.2% from three-point range, while allowing 72.3 points per contest. Sophomore guard Ignas Masiulionis leads the team with 12.2 points per game and 42.4% shooting from three-point range, sophomore guard Michael Volkening has added 11.6 points per contest, and freshman forward Ryan Newton has scored 10.2 points per game with a team-high eight blocks. Junior forward Michael Hollis has contributed 9.5 points per game, while pacing the squad with 8.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Todd McGuinness, who is now in his third year with the team. During his 10 year career as a collegiate head coach, which includes seven years at Hartwick, he has a 138-104 overall record, good for a .570 winning percentage. McGuinness is assisted by Mike Fitzpatrick and T.J. Duckett.
Adrian will enter Tuesday's game with a 3-2 overall record, including a 2-1 mark at home this season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 79-67 loss on the road against Capital University last Wednesday. The team is averaging 75.4 points per game this season on 45.9% shooting overall and 40.0% shooting from three-point range, while allowing 73.0 points per contest. The Bulldogs' leading scorers this season are sophomore guard Jordan Harris and junior forward Jeremy Kalonji, who are each averaging 17.6 points per game. Kalonji also leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game this season.
Adrian is led by Head Coach Kyle Lindsay, who is now in his third season with the team. The 2009 Adrian graduate has accumulated a 27-29 record during his three years with the team. He is assisted by Ron Estes, Aaron Tiknis and Justin Webster.
The Spartans are 4-3 all-time against Adrian College, with the teams splitting the last four annual meetings since the 2014-15 campaign. Last year, CWRU claimed a 74-67 win over the Bulldogs at Horsburgh Gymnasium with former Spartan T.J. Duckett leading the way with 16 points and 18 rebounds. Junior guard Sam Hansen added 10 points, and Hollis finished the contest with nine points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Kalamazoo begins the week with a 2-5 overall record, including a 0-1 record in road games, and will host Benedictine on Monday before coming to Cleveland on Saturday. After opening their year with back-to-back wins, the Hornets have suffered five-straight losses, including an 82-72 home loss to Chicago last Saturday. Kalamazoo is averaging 82.9 points per game on 43.5% shooting overall and 30.4% shooting from three-point range, while allowing 83.4 points per game. Five different Hornets average double-digit points per game, led by junior guard Tanner Blyly's 15.6 points per contest, and sophomore guard Jeremiah Vincent's 14.1. Vincent also leads the squad with 6.4 rebounds per game, and Blyly has a team-best 3.4 assists per contest.
Kalamazoo is coached by Jay Smith, a 1984 graduate of Saginaw Valley. He is now 17-39 during his three seasons with the Hornets, and stands at 135-205 during his 13-year career, which includes stints at Central Michigan and Grand Valley State. He is assisted by Kevin White and Nathan Frisbie.
Saturday's game will be the fifth-meeting all-time between Kalamazoo and Case Western Reserve, and the third all-time at Horsburgh Gymnasium, where the Spartans hold a 2-0 advantage against the Hornets. CWRU is 3-1 overall against Kalamazoo, suffering its first loss of the series last year on the road, 66-64. Junior guard Monty Khela scored a career-high 19 points against the Hornets last season, connecting on five-of-10 three point attempts.
- The Spartans are 3-0 this season when they outrebound their opponent, and 1-2 when they are outrebounded in games.
- CWRU has registered six or more blocks in three of its last four games, including seven-block efforts against both Washington College and Thomas More.
- Dating back to last season, the Spartans have won seven-straight games when shooting 40.0% or better from three-point range. CWRU has won both of its games this season (vs. Albion on November 9th and vs. Franciscan on November 16th) when it has shot over 40.0% from behind the three-point line.
- Michael Hollis is currently ranked second among UAA players with a 62.5% mark from the floor this year, and third with 8.3 rebounds per game.
- Ryan Newton is tied for third in the UAA with 1.3 blocks per game this season. Junior forward Connor Nally is fifth in the conference with 1.2 blocks per contest.
- Sophomore guard Antonio Ionadi is second among UAA players with a 3.5 assist-turnover ratio.
- Nally is 18 points away from 400 for his career, entering this week's play. Michael Volkening eclipsed the 200-point mark for his career during the Spartans' game against Thomas More on Saturday.