Bobcats Head To Boston; Men's Basketball Set For BU On Sunday Afternoon
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-5, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Boston University Terriers (3-6, 0-0 AE)
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Case Gymnasium – Boston, Mass.
Series vs. Boston: 2-1
Last Time QU Faced Boston: December 31, 2011 (W, 59-53)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
Boston Last Five: 3-2
Live Stream: Terrier TV
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: GoTerriers.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device: ESPN.Com
Tickets – QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Quinnipiac Takes On Boston University
After a three-game home stand at the TD Bank Sports Center, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (3-5) will hit the road for a non-conference clash with Boston University (3-6). The Bobcats and Terriers square off on Sunday, December 16 at 1 p.m. for their fourth meeting all-time. Quinnipiac holds a 2-1 lead in the series that dates back to November of 2000.
On The Air / Multimedia Links
Sunday afternoon's game will be streamed online through Terrier TV by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio for a live broadcast. The voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
All-Time Against Boston
Following the 10-year gap between the two teams, Quinnipiac has come out on top in the last two meetings with the Terriers. Last season, the Bobcats erased a 13-point halftime deficit and defeated the Terriers to earn bragging rights in the all-time series. The two teams first met back in November of 2000, where the Terriers captured a 66-60 triumph in Boston, Mass.
Scouting The Terriers
Boston University surrendered its first five games of the 2012-13 season, but has erased a dismal start by winning three of its last four games. A bit of misfortune, four of the Terriers' six losses have been by three points or less – including one-point losses at Northeastern and most recently at Harvard. On Tuesday night, junior D.J. Irving scored a game-high 24 points and classmate Dom Morris posted his fourth career double-double with 15 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, but BU came up just short to the Crimson, 65-64. Three Terriers are averaging double-figures through the first nine games, led by Irving's 14.7 points per outing. Morris brings in just over 11 points per game and a team-high 6.8 rebounds, while Maurice Watson, Jr. is averaging 10.3 points per game. Freshman John Papale, the brother of QU Director of Men's Basketball Operations Mike Papale, comes off the bench to score about eight points per game. Quinnipiac's defense has been great all year and could be the difference-maker in this one. In Boston's three wins, the Terriers are 50 percent from the floor, compared to 42 percent in their six losses.
Last Time Out Against Vermont
Shooting woes plagued Quinnipiac last Saturday, as the Bobcats fell short in a defensive battle to Vermont, 53-46, at the TD Bank Sports Center in a game that was televised throughout the region on NESN. Outside of a 10-point, 10-rebound performance for Garvey Young and a team-high 13 points and nine rebounds for Ike Azotam, Quinnipiac's offense struggled to find a rhythm. Young collected the first double-double of his QU career against his former team which included five offensive rebounds, while Azotam went 5-of-9 from the floor in limited action due to foul trouble. Ousmane Drame joined Azotam as the only other Bobcat to shoot over 50 percent from the floor (4-of-7) with nine points to go along with five rebounds and a game-high four blocks – the most by a Quinnipiac player since he broke the record with six last season against BU. For the game, Quinnipiac dominated the paint, 30-18, and edged Vermont on the glass, 37-36. However, the Catamounts turned 14 QU turnovers into 20 points on the other end and made 18 free throws compared to 11 for the Bobcats.
Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 322 career assists trail Jared Grasso '02 who finished his career with 404 assists.
Rejection Is Key
Jamee Jackson recorded his 81st career block against Lehigh (11/27) and moved ahead of Justin Rutty '11 into second among Division I career block leaders at Quinnipiac. Jackson's 82 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots.
With two more rebounds, Ike Azotam will catch Jeremy Bishop's '03 rebound total of 547 for fifth on Quinnipiac's Division I career rebounding list. Azotam has 545 of them and should approach top 10 all-time by season's end.
Tis The Season
The month of December has been a great time for Quinnipiac to play basketball. Quinnipiac is 12-4 since the 2010-11 season in December games.
Garvey Young, now in his senior season, has posted double-figures in four of QU's last five games. Most recently, Young snatched a team-high 13 points against Vermont (12/8) – making it three straight with 13 or more, including a career-best 16 against Lehigh (11/27). Young recorded 15 points in the season-opening win over Hartford (11/10) and 15 again in the team's first home win against Colgate (12/5).
No. 19 For Azotam
Ike Azotam collected 12 points and 10 rebounds against Colgate (12/5) – serving as his 19th career double-double. Azotam ranks third among active NEC players for the category.
Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 96th career win against Colgate (12/5) and remains four shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .578 winning percentage is the fourth best in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.667), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.618) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.592). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
|John Becker (UVM)||30||15||0.667|
|Tommy Amaker (HARV)||97||60||0.618|
|Sydney Johnson (FAIR)||29||20||0.592|
|Tom Moore (QU)||96||70||0.578|
|Howie Dickenman (CCSU)||169||123||0.578|
Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. Through 166 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 46 of the 166 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 11 with plus-20 or better. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 44-2 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-1 record with plus-20.
The Bobcats will stay on the road and in the America East Conference for their next game. Quinnipiac will head up to Albany, N.Y. for a non-conference tilt against the Great Danes on Friday, December 21, 2012. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Contact: Tony Distasio; firstname.lastname@example.org