The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will kick off the 2019 portion of its schedule this week, when the Spartans host Oberlin College on Thursday, January 3rd at 11:00 a.m. for Stephanie Tubbs Jones Youth Day at Horsburgh Gymnasium, before traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to open University Athletic Association play at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday, January 5th at 4:00 p.m.
vs. Oberlin (Thu., January 3rd)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190103_47nv.xml
at Carnegie Mellon (Sat. January 5th)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190105_gjwk.xml
Case Western Reserve will begin 2019 with an overall record of 7-3, including marks of 5-1 at home, and 2-2 away from Horsburgh Gymnasium (including a 1-1 mark in neutral-site contests). CWRU is coming off a split of two games at the 2018 HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout, defeating Widener 80-70 on December 19th and falling to 13th-ranked Plattsburgh State on December 20th. CWRU has averaged 76.5 points per game on 42.5% shooting overall and 35.3% from three-point range, while allowing 69.9 points per game. Six different Spartans are averaging at least nine points per game this year, led by sophomore guards Ignas Masiulionis (13.7 ppg) and Antonio Ionadi (10.7 ppg), while junior forward Michael Hollis has added 9.0 points per game and has paced the team with 8.8 rebounds 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 141-105 overall record, good for a .573 winning percentage. McGuinness is assisted by Mike Fitzpatrick and T.J. Duckett.
The Yeomen are 5-3 overall this year, including a 3-3 road record, and will play Pitt-Greensburg on Saturday and Kent State on Monday before coming to Cleveland to face the Spartans on Thursday. Oberlin is currently on a three-game winning streak, including a 65-53 win over Washington and Jefferson last Saturday. The team has scored 73.6 points per game this year on 47.9% shooting overall, including a 38.3% mark from three-point range, and is allowing 69.0 points per contest. Four Oberlin players are averaging double figures this season, including senior guard Eli Silverman-Lloyd (13.9 ppg), junior forward Andrew Campbell (13.4 ppg), junior guard Christian Fioretti (12.1 ppg) and junior guard Joshua Friedkin (11.5 ppg). Campbell also leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Oberlin is led by 13th-year Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco, who is now in his 13th season with the team and has tallied a record of 86-228. He is assisted by Jalen Goodwin, Nate Axelrod and Yago Colas.
CWRU has won six-straight games against Oberlin, and stands at 32-23 all-time in the series. Last year at Oberlin, the Spartans claimed a 63-60 win over the Yeomen, led by a 20-point, 16-rebound effort by T.J. Duckett. Ignas Masiulionis and junior guard Sam Hansen each scored 11 points for CWRU in the win.
Carnegie Mellon is 4-6 on the year, including a 3-4 road record, and will play an exhibition at Akron on Sunday and host Marymount on Wednesday before facing the Spartans next Saturday. The Tartans have won back-to-back games and three of their last four, including a 75-54 win at Washington and Jefferson in their last game on December 18th. Carnegie Mellon averages 72.3 points per game on 45.0% shooting overall and 33.0% from three-point range, while allowing 74.6 points per contest. The team is led by the combination of junior guard Zach Howarth and senior forward/ guard Seth Henry, with the former averaging 16.4 points per game, and the latter scoring 16.3 per contest. Henry also leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per game.
The Tartans are led by Tony Wingen, the longest tenured coach currently in the UAA. In his 29 years with the Tartans, he has recorded a 316-395 overall mark, and has gone 336-423 during his 31-year coaching career, which includes two years at Sewanee. Wingen is assisted by David Sloan, Kyle Goldcamp and Jermaine Turner.
CWRU holds a 40-36 edge in the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon, which dates back to the 1971-72 season (the first year of Case Western Reserve basketball). The Spartans and the Tartans split their two games against each other last season, with CWRU winning the first contest in Cleveland, 94-63, and falling in Pittsburgh 72-63. This will be the first of two meetings between the Spartans and the Tartans, with the two teams scheduled to conclude the regular season against each other on Saturday, February 23rd in Cleveland.
- CWRU's 7-3 start marks just the 10th time in the program's history that the team has won seven of its first 10 games. It is the best 10-game start for the team since opening the 2014-15 campaign with an 8-2 record.
- The Spartans have connected on 10 or more three-point shots in each of their last five games, and seven times overall this season. CWRU is 5-2 in games where they make at least 10 three-pointers in 2018-19. The team has made at least nine three-point shots in all but one game this year.
- CWRU is third among UAA teams with 76.5 points per game. The Spartans lead all UAA teams with 103 made three-pointers this year, and are tied for second in the conference with a team 35.3% mark from long range. CWRU is also third in the conference with a 74.1% free throw mark, and have paced all UAA teams with 4.3 blocks per game.
- Ignas Masiulionis scored a career-high 26 points during the team's loss to Plattsburgh State on December 20th. He connected on a career-high six three pointers in the game, one short of matching the program's single-game record.
- Michael Hollis is currently fourth in the UAA with 8.8 rebounds per game. He has tallied four games of double-figure rebound totals this season, including a career-best 17 points against Adrian on December 4th. The Spartans are 4-0 this season when Hollis picks up at least 10 rebounds in a contest.
- Antonio Ionadi is ranked fourth among all UAA players with a 44.6% mark on three-point attempts this season. His 25 made three-pointers rank as the sixth-most among conference players, while Masiulionis is fifth in the conference with 26 made three-point shots.