The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will be returning to Cleveland, Ohio this weekend to host a pair of games for the University's annual Throwback Weekend at historic Adelbert Gymnasium. The Spartans will be playing host to the University of Chicago on Friday, February 1st at 8:00 p.m., following by a Sunday, February 3rd meeting against Washington University (Mo.) at 12:00 p.m.
vs. Chicago (Friday, February 1st)
vs. Washington (Sunday, February 3rd)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190203_x0ar.xml
Case Western Reserve University will be celebrating its annual Throwback Weekend during its games this weekend, as the Spartans will honor the heritage and tradition of the University. The men's team will be wearing the 'throwback' uniforms of the Case Institute of Technology Rough Riders on Friday night, and the Western Reserve University Red Cats on Sunday afternoon.
For more information on the weekend's events, go to https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/releases/20190129keplpz.
The Spartans split a pair of games last weekend, defeating Chicago 85-80 on Friday night and falling to Washington 88-55 on Sunday afternoon, and now stand at 9-9 overall with a 2-5 UAA record. Included in the team's overall record is a 6-3 mark in home contests during the campaign. Case Western Reserve is averaging 72.5 points per game this season on 40.5% shooting overall and 33.9% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 73.2 points per contest. Sophomore guard Ignas Masiulionis leads the team with 10.0 points per game this season, while sophomore guard Antonio Ionadi has scored 9.8 points per game, and junior forward Michael Hollis has added 9.7 points per contest with a team-high 9.2 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 143-111 overall record, good for a .563 winning percentage. McGuinness is assisted by Mike Fitzpatrick and T.J. Duckett.
Chicago stands at 5-2 in the UAA this season, and is tied for first-place in the conference with Emory and Washington. The Maroons are 12-6 overall, including a 5-4 record away from home, and are coming off a road split last weekend with the loss to the Spartans, followed by a 100-84 win over Carnegie Mellon. Chicago is scoring 79.7 points per game and shooting 44.8% overall from the field and 36.2% from three-point range, while allowing 73.9 points per contest. Four Chicago players are averaging double figure points per game this season, led by junior guard Jordan Baum with 12.4 and a UAA-best 6.6 assists, while sophomore forward Dominic Laravie has added 12.3 points per game.
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 295-205. McGrath is assisted by Bryan Joel, Shiva Senthil, John Cheng, Brad Nadborne and Rasheed Rosenje.
During last weekend's 85-80 win over Chicago, Ignas Masiulionis scored a team-high 16 points off the bench, and Michael Hollis tallied a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Spartans split a pair of games against the Maroons last year, winning 78-73 at home and falling 98-78 on the road. Hollis averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists during the two games, and 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) 39-12.
WASHINGTON (MO.) BEARS
Washington will enter the weekend with a 12-6 overall record, including a 5-3 ledger away from home, and will play at Carnegie Mellon on Friday before its game in Cleveland on Sunday. Washington currently sits at 5-2 in the UAA after wins over Carnegie Mellon (68-56) and CWRU last weekend, and is tied with Chicago and Emory for the conference lead. The team is scoring 79.1 points per game on 48.5% shooting overall and 35.5% from three-point range, while allowing 69.8 points per game. Sophomore guard Jack Nolan leads the team with 15.9 points per game, and freshman forward Justin Hardy has added 14.2 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 211-159 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. In last weekend's game, Michael Hollis led the Spartans with nine points. The series between the two teams dates back to the 1982-82 season, with the Bears holding a 48-5 advantage over CWRU all-time.
- The Spartans' win last weekend against the University of Chicago was the team's first road win in the series since the 2008-09 campaign.
- Case Western Reserve leads all UAA teams this season with 3.9 blocks per game, the 75th-highest mark among all Division III teams. Michael Hollis and freshman forward Ryan Newton are tied for third in the conference with 0.9 blocks per game, and junior forward Connor Nally in seventh with 0.7 blocks per game.
- The Spartans have made 10 or more three pointers in a game 10 times this season, including their game against Chicago last weekend, when the team made 14 three pointers. CWRU shot 43.8% from three-point range in the game, the team's second-highest mark from long range in a game this season.
- Antonio Ionadi is third among all UAA players in three-point shooting percentage, hitting 42.3% (41-for-97) 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.
- Hollis recorded his fourth double-double of the season and the fifth of his career last Friday during the team's win over Chicago. Four of his five career double-doubles have come in UAA games. His 9.2 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 .520 field goal percentage. Hollis also leads the UAA with 3.3 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.