The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will hit the road once again for a pair of University Athletic Association matchups. First, the Spartans will take on 16th-ranked Washington (Mo.) University in St. Louis on Friday, February 14 at 9 p.m. ET. Then, the team heads to Chicago on Sunday, February 16 to face the University of Chicago at 1 p.m. ET.
vs. WashU (Friday, February 14 · 9:00 p.m. ET)
Live stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200214_03f0.xml
vs. Chicago (Sunday, February 16 · 1:00 p.m. ET)
Live stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200216_8hui.xml
The Spartans swept Throwback Weekend last weekend, upsetting then-No. 25 Brandeis 84-76 on Friday night and defeating New York University 90-60 on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard Antonio Ionadi averaged 19.0 points per game across the two contests, including a season-high 21 points against Brandeis. He made 66.7% of his shots and 71.4% of his three-point attempts. Sophomore guard Robert Faller averaged 14.5 points per game off the bench, while senior forward Michael Hollis pulled down 10.0 rebounds per contest.
Case Western Reserve is 11-9 overall, including a 3-7 mark in road games and a 4-5 record in conference play. The Spartans are tied with Rochester and Chicago for fourth place in the conference standings. The team averages 75.9 points per game on 44.0% shooting and 37.7% from three-point range. Opponents score 75.5 points per game against the Spartans while shooting 43.7% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc. First-year forward Cole Frilling leads the squad in scoring with 14.4 points per game and makes 51.5% of his shots. Ionadi is second on the team with 11.9 points per game and is the team's best three-point shooter, making 44.6% of his attempts from long range. Hollis tops the Spartans in assists and rebounds, averaging 2.9 and 8.6 per game, respectively.
Todd McGuinness is in his fourth season as the head coach at CWRU, compiling a 40-55 record in Cleveland. Previously, McGuinness coached for seven years at Hartwick College and owns a 154-125 career record as a head coach. His assistants are Mike Fitzpatrick, Greg Van Pelt, and T.J. Duckett.
#16 WASHINGTON BEARS
The Bears split a pair of road contests, defeating Rochester 69-61 but falling to then-No. 6 Emory 73-68. WashU is 16-4 overall, including a 9-1 record at home and a 7-2 mark in conference play, tying them with Emory and Brandeis for first place in the standings. The Bears average 76.1 points per game and allow opponents to score 68.2 points per game. They shoot 45.2% overall and 36.9% from three-point range, while opponents make 44.2% of their shots and 32.1% behind the three-point line. Junior guard Jack Nolan leads the team with 18.2 points per game. Sophomore forward Justin Hardy adds 15.1 points per game and collects a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game.
Pat Juckem is in his second season as the coach at WashU, after leading UW-Oshkosh to the Division III National Championship game in 2017-18. As a head coach, he has earned three NCAA tournament appearances and an overall record of 232-165, including 33-12 in St. Louis. Juckem's assistants are Kevin Dux, Jason Jabbari, and Steve Wilcutt.
Earlier this season, the Bears defeated the Spartans 88-66 in Cleveland. In the loss, sophomore guard Conor Pederson scored nine points and first-year guard Jackson Lamb dropped in eight, career-best marks for each. Last season, WashU swept the season series, winning 88-55 in Missouri and 66-63 in Cleveland. The last CWRU win in the all-time series occurred during the 2014-15 season.
WashU fell five spots in the latest edition of the D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll, dropping from 11th to 16th. The Bears have appeared in every edition of the poll this season, with a high-water mark of seventh in the preseason poll.
The Maroons won their last two games on the road over tough UAA opponents, upsetting then-No. 6 Emory 84-76 and defeating Rochester 68-48. Chicago improved to 9-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play, tied for fourth with CWRU and Rochester. The team is 3-8 at home. The Maroons head into the weekend averaging 74.9 points per game while shooting 44.1% from the field and 31.4% from three-point range. Opponents score 72.1 points per game against them, making 44.6% of their shots and 35.8% of their three-point attempts. The team's leading scorer and rebounder is senior guard Cole Schmitz, averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He is the only Maroon to start in all 20 contests this season. Senior guard Jordan Baum averages 5.1 assists per game and is fourth on the team with 10.1 points per game.
Mike McGrath is in his 21st season as the head coach of the team. He is the school's all-time wins leader, earning his 300th victory with the Maroons earlier this year, and has a career record of 307-220. Under his leadership, Chicago has appeared in the NCAA tournament four times, reaching the Sweet 16 twice, and won four UAA titles, most recently after the 2007-08 season. Bryan Joel, John Cheng, Mike Mailhot, and Brad Nadborne are the assistant coaches on McGrath's staff.
Earlier in the season, the Spartans fell to the Maroons 78-65 in Cleveland. Frilling led all scorers with 25 points, including 17 in the first half. CWRU cut the deficit to two with just over three minutes to go in the contest, but Chicago used a late run to seal the victory. Overall, the Maroons have a 41-12 advantage in the all-time series. Last season the two teams split the season series, with each team winning on the other's court. The Spartans won 85-80 in Chicago, while the Maroons won 81-72 in Cleveland.
- The Spartans' current three-game winning streak is their second longest of the 2019-20 season, behind only a five-game stretch from November 26 – December 19. CWRU's sweep of their weekend series against Brandeis and NYU last weekend was the team's first sweep of a UAA weekend since besting the same two teams during the 2018 Throwback Weekend.
- Friday night's win over Brandeis was the team's first this season against an opponent nationally ranked at the time of the game. The Spartans' last win over a team featured in the D3hoops.com Top-25 came on February 19, 2017, when CWRU bested Rochester 76-72 on the road. Case Western Reserve is 2-4 against teams currently featured or receiving votes in this week's top-25.
- CWRU is ranked 17th in Division III and leads all UAA teams with 5.0 blocks per game. The team's 99 total blocks are 26th among Division III teams.
- Antonio Ionadi ranks sixth in program history in career three-pointers made with 148. Currently with 58 made three-pointers this season, Ionadi needs 20 more in the final five games to set the single-season program record. Only six Spartans have ever made 60 three-pointers in a season, with Colin Zucker most recently accomplishing the feat during the 2016-17 season.
- Michael Hollis has collected 599 rebounds in his career. With one more rebound this season, he would become the seventh Spartan to reach 600 in a career and the first to reach the milestone since T.J. Duckett in 2018.
- The Spartans have two of the top six three-point shooters in conference play in Cole Frilling and Antonio Ionadi. Frilling has made 47.4% of his three-point attempts in nine conference games, good for fourth-best in the conference, while Ionadi is at 46.6%, good for sixth-best.
- Frilling leads all UAA players with 18.4 points per game in conference games this season, more than a point better than the next-closest player.
- Ryan Newton is tied for the conference lead with 1.7 blocks per game in league play. Overall, Newton blocks 1.3 shots per game.
- Case Western Reserve has the 29th-lowest mark in Division III in turnovers, giving the ball up just 238 times (11.9 per game) this season.