The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will hit the road this weekend for a pair of University Athletic Association games, facing Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18th and the 22nd-ranked University of Rochester in Rochester, New York on Sunday, January 20th at 12:00 p.m.
at Emory (Friday, January 18th)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190118_jmbk.xml
at Rochester (Sunday, January 20th)
Live Stats: https://uofrathletics.com/sidearmstats/mbball/summary
**Please note: Rochester charges a fee of $6.95 for a 24-hour pass to watch their live video**
The Spartans stand at 8-6 overall entering the weekend, including a 2-3 record in all games away from home, and a 1-2 mark in true road contests. CWRU is tied for fourth in the league with a 1-2 in UAA play, including a split of their home weekend last week, with a 57-55 win over New York University and a 67-65 loss to Brandeis University. The team is averaging 73.1 points per game this season on 40.7% shooting overall and 32.8% shooting from behind the three-point line, while allowing 69.9 points per contest. The Spartans' well-rounded offensive attack is paced by sophomore guards Ignas Masiulionis and Antonio Ionadi, who have scored 10.5 and 10.1 points per game respectively. Freshman forward Ryan Newton is averaging 9.9 points per contest, and junior forward Michael Hollis has added 9.3 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game, along with 2.7 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.3 steals per outing.
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 142-108 overall record, good for a .568 winning percentage. McGuinness is assisted by Mike Fitzpatrick and T.J. Duckett.
Emory will begin the weekend with a 10-4 overall record, including a 6-1 mark in home contests. The Eagles are tied with the Spartans for fourth in the conference with a 1-2 league mark this season, which includes a split of their road weekend last week, as Emory claimed a 108-98 win at Washington and a 96-86 overtime loss at Chicago. The team is averaging a UAA-best 92.4 points per game this season, shooting 46.3% from the floor overall and 33.6% from three-point range, while allowing 82.7 points per game. Sophomore forward Matt Davet is leading the UAA with 18.1 points per game and has added 6.7 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Romin Williams (17.4 points per game), sophomore forward Lawrence Rowley (14.5 points per game) and sophomore guard Matt Schner (11.6 points per game) are also averaging double-figure points this season.
The Eagles are coached by Jason Zimmerman, who is now in his 12th season with the team. The 1994 graduate of Davidson has a career record of 204-101 during his time with the team. Zimmerman is assisted by Kevin Sullivan and Charlie Copp.
CWRU and Emory have met each year since the start of UAA play during the 1986-87 season, with the Eagles holding a 31-20 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, CWRU dropped both games of the series against Emory, falling 91-59 in Atlanta and 75-72 in Cleveland, despite former Spartan T.J. Duckett averaging 14.5 points and 14.5 rebounds over the two games, while Ignas Masiulionis and junior forward Connor Nally each scored 11.0 points per game. Nally matched a program record with seven made three pointers during the game in Atlanta last season.
Rochester, which has been ranked as high as 13th in this year's D3hoops.com Top-25, will enter this weekend ranked 23rd, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday prior to facing the Spartans on Sunday. Rochester is 11-3 overall, including a perfect 7-0 record at home, and is currently tied for fourth in the conference with a 1-2 league record. The team is coming off a pair of losses on the road last weekend, falling to Chicago 85-80 and to Washington 93-62. Rochester is averaging 74.5 points per game on 46.9% shooting overall and 32.3% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 68.4 points per contest. Senior guard Ryan Clamage leads the team with 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, and senior guard Jacob Wittig has added 11.5 points per contest.
Head Coach Luke Flockerzi, a 2001 graduate of Grinnell, is now in his eighth season with the Yellowjackets, going 149-74 with the team. Over his 12-year career as a head coach, which includes a three-year stop at Skidmore, he holds a record of 179-120. Flockerzi is assisted by Griffin LaDew and Taylor Roth.
The series between the Spartans and the Yellowjackets dates back prior to the formation of the UAA, with the first game between the two teams having been played during the 1979-80 campaign. Rochester holds a 43-11 advantage all-time in the series, including a pair of wins last season, as the Spartans fell 90-71 in Rochester and 71-58 in Cleveland. Duckett led the Spartans over the two games with 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Michael Hollis scored 7.5 points and collected 7.0 rebounds per game.
- CWRU leads the UAA and is ranked 40th among all Division III programs with 4.4 blocks per game this season. Both Michael Hollis and Ryan Newton led the team with 15 blocks apiece this season, and Connor Nally has added 12 for the campaign.
- The Spartans are second among UAA teams with 132 made three pointers this season, and are on pace to connect on 235 threes, which would be the third-highest total in program history.
- Sunday's game against Rochester will be the second time this season the Spartans have played a nationally-ranked opponent, in addition to a December 20th matchup against then 13th-ranked Plattsburgh State. CWRU's last win over a nationally-ranked team came against Rochester on February 19th, 2017, when the Spartans topped the then sixth-ranked Yellowjackets 76-72 in Rochester.
- CWRU is averaging 4.5 points more per game in their eight wins this season than their six losses, while holding opponents to 15.7 points less in their wins compared to their losses. CWRU has shot 43.6% overall and 36.6% from three-point range in its wins, while registering marks of just 37.3% overall and 27.5% from long range in its losses.
- Hollis recorded his second double-double of the season and the third of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Brandeis on Sunday. It was the second double-double of his career in a UAA game, with the other coming last season against Chicago.
- Hollis leads the UAA in total rebounds with 133 and is second in the conference and 62nd among all Division III players with 9.5 rebounds per game. He has registered seven efforts of 10 or more rebounds in a game this season, including in three of CWRU's last four contests.
- Antonio Ionadi has gone a perfect 16-of-16 from the free throw line this season, and has made 20-consecutive free throws, dating back to last season. Ionadi also has the fifth-best assist-to-turnover ratio among UAA players averaging 10 or more minutes per game this season with a mark of 2.4.