The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will continue its four-game stretch of University Athletic Association road games, traveling to face the University of Chicago and Washington University (Mo.) this weekend. The Spartans will take on the Maroons at 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 25th in Chicago, Illinois, followed by a Sunday, January 27th meeting at 1:00 p.m. ET against the Bears in St. Louis, Missouri.
at Chicago (Friday, January 25th)
at Washington (Sunday, January 27th)
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The Spartans will enter the weekend looking to end a three-game losing streak that has seen the team's overall record drop to 8-8, including a 1-4 mark in UAA games. CWRU is 2-5 away from home this season and 1-4 in true road contests, including setbacks against Emory (91-74) and 21st-ranked Rochester (81-68) last weekend. Case Western Reserve is averaging 72.8 points per game this season on 40.8% shooting overall and 33.5% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 71.9 points per contest. Sophomore guard Antonio Ionadi leads the team with 10.0 points per game this season, while junior forward Michael Hollis has added 9.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Sophomore guard Ignas Masiulionis is also averaging 9.7 points per game this year.
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 142-110 overall record, good for a .563 winning percentage. McGuinness is assisted by Mike Fitzpatrick and T.J. Duckett.
Chicago stands at 4-1 in the UAA this season, and holds a one-game lead for first in the conference over five other teams with a 3-2 league mark. The Maroons are 11-5 overall, including a 6-1 ledger at home, and are coming off a road split last weekend with a 72-71 overtime loss at Brandeis and a 74-68 win at NYU. Chicago is scoring 78.4 points per game and shooting 44.3% overall from the field and 35.5% from three-point range, while allowing 72.6 points per contest. Four Chicago players are averaging double figure points per game this season, led by junior guard Jordan Baum with 12.1 and a UAA-best 6.6 assists, while senior guard Noah Karras has added 11.5.
Mike McGrath is in his 20th season as a head coach, all of which has been spent at the helm of Chicago. The 1992 graduate of DePauw holds a career record of 294-204. McGrath is assisted by Bryan Joel, Shiva Senthil, John Cheng, Brad Nadborne and Rasheed Rosenje.
The Spartans split a pair of games against the Maroons last year, winning 78-73 at home and falling 98-78 on the road. Michael Hollis averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists during the two games, and Ignas Masiulionis added 15.5 points per game over the two contests. Chicago leads the all-time series (which dates back to the 1987-88 season) 39-11.
WASHINGTON (MO.) BEARS
Washington will enter the weekend with a 10-6 overall record, including a 5-3 ledger at home, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday before welcoming the Spartans into town on Sunday. Washington currently sits at 3-2 in the UAA, one game behind first in the conference, and is coming off a road sweep last weekend with a 91-70 win at NYU and a 53-50 victory over Brandeis. The team is scoring 79.3 points per game on 48.1% shooting overall and 36.1% from three-point range, while allowing 71.6 points per game. Sophomore guard Jack Nolan leads the team with 17.1 points per game, and freshman forward Justin Hardy has added 14.1 points per contest.
The Bears are coached by Pat Juckem, who is in his first year with Washington, taking over the program following the retirement of long-time Head Coach Mark Edwards at the end of the 2017-18 season. He spent the previous six seasons at Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and the seven before that at Coe, accumulating a 209-159 record during his 14 total years of coaching. Juckem is assisted by Kevin Dux, Jason Jabbari and Steve Wilcutt.
Case Western Reserve will be looking for its first win over Washington since the 2014-15 season, when the Spartans claimed an 89-78 win on the road over the Bears. CWRU dropped both games against Washington last season, despite an average of 15.0 points per game by Ignas Masiulionis over the two affairs. The series between the two teams dates back to the 1982-82 season, with the Bears holding a 47-5 advantage over CWRU all-time.
- Case Western Reserve leads all UAA teams this season with 4.2 blocks per game, the 58th-highest mark among all Division III teams. Michael Hollis is third in the conference with 1.1 blocks per game, followed by freshman forward Ryan Newton in fourth with 1.0 blocks per contest, and junior forward Connor Nally in sixth with 0.8 blocks per game.
- The Spartans have made 10 or more three pointers in a game nine times this season, including in each of their two UAA road games last weekend. CWRU shot 42.9% (12-of-28) from three-point range against Rochester on Monday, the team's highest single-game percentage from long range this season, behind only a 48.3% mark (14-of-29) in its season-opener against Albion.
- Antonio Ionadi is fourth among all UAA players in three-point shooting percentage, hitting 41.9% (36-for-86) of his long range shots this season. He has also 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 is sixth among UAA players averaging 10 or more minutes per game with a 2.3 assist to turnover ratio.
- Hollis recorded his third double-double of the season and the fourth of his career last Friday against Emory, collecting 20 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Three of his four career double-doubles have come in UAA games. His 9.3 rebounds per game this year are the second-most among UAA players, and he ranks 11th in the conference and leads all Spartans with a .532 field goal percentage. Hollis also leads the UAA with 3.25 offensive rebounds per game.
- Hollis is one of just two UAA players to rank in the top-ten in the league this season in both blocks per game and steals per game, along with Brandeis' Latye Workman.
- Junior guard Sam Hansen averaged 14.0 points per game for the Spartans last weekend, shooting 10-of-20 overall and seven-of-15 from three-point range against Emory and Rochester. He scored a season-high 17 points during the loss to Emory, connecting on four three-pointers during the game.