Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-12, 2-4 NEC) vs.
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (7-10, 3-3 NEC)
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 7:37 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. CCSU: 21-50
DI Series vs. CCSU: 10-19
Last Meeting: February 12, 2012 (W, 67-59)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
CCSU Last Five: 3-2
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device: ESPN.Com
QU Hosts Instate-Rival CCSU Thursday Night – Televised on SNY
After a week long road trip, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (6-12, 2-4 NEC) returns home for two-straight at the TD Bank Sports Center. On Thursday night, the Bobcats will take on Central Connecticut State University (7-10, 3-3 NEC) at 7:37 p.m. – a game that will be televised throughout the region on SNY-TV. In addition, former UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun will be in attendance and recognized for his commitment to Connecticut basketball.
Bobcats to Honor Jim Calhoun
Prior to the 7:30 p.m. tip-off, Jim Calhoun will be acknowledged for his tremendous success and leadership in bringing the entire state of Connecticut the highest level of recognition and success in Division I men's basketball. Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut will honor Coach Calhoun in a pre-game ceremony where he will be presented with a donation to benefit the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Center. At the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, hypertension specialists and vascular surgeons offers top quality care to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels – the most prevalent diseases among American men and women.
On The Air / Multimedia Links
Thursday night's game will be televised live on SNY-TV and streamed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where Bob Mortali will broadcast the play-by-play with Bob Tipson alongside for color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
All-Time Against CCSU
Their season-sweep last season granted the Bobcats their 20th and 21st wins all-time against the Blue Devils. CCSU controls series lead, 50-21, but have struggled of late against the Bobcats. Over the last five seasons, QU has won eight out of the last nine games and is currently riding a seven-game winning streak.
Scouting The Blue Devils
With their most recent loss to Mount St. Mary's, the Blue Devils fell to 7-10 overall and 3-3 in the Northeast Conference. Sophomore Malcolm McMillan scored a career-high 26 points last Saturday, but CCSU dropped an 80-75 decision to Mount St. Mary's on its home court. The Blue Devils led 60-52 with 9:29 on the clock but the Mount answered with a 16-0 run that helped seal the victory. For the season, sophomore standout Kyle Vinales leads the Blue Devils and the NEC in scoring with 21.9 points per game, a figure that has him ranked fifth in the nation. Matt Hunter chips in with 16.8 points and team-best 7.7 rebounds per game and Adonis Burbage adds 10.9 points per outing. Quinnipiac will look to slow down CCSU's offense, which ranks second in scoring (72.5), due in large part to its NEC-best free-throw percentage (.755) and fourth-best three-point field goal percentage (.358).
Last Time Out Against Robert Morris
Last Saturday, Quinnipiac fell short to Robert Morris University, 87-75, at the Charles L. Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa. Led by 16 points from Zaid Hearst, four Bobcats finished in double-figures, but stifling long-range shooting propelled the Colonials to their fourth straight NEC victory. Quinnipiac matched RMU with 46 points in the second half, but couldn't overcome a double-digit deficit. RMU shot 53.1 percent from the floor and 57.9 percent from long distance – outscoring the Bobcats by 21 points from behind the arc. Quinnipiac fared well on the offensive end, scoring at a 56.3 percent clip, but 17 turnovers prevented the Bobcats from making a run. Ousmane Drame and Evan Conti added 13 points apiece and combined for nine rebounds, while Ike Azotam chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds. Kendrick Ray finished with eight points and Jamee Jackson had seven in limited minutes due to foul trouble.
Milestone Approaching - One Shy Of 100
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 99th career win against Saint Francis (Pa.) (1/17) and is one shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .563 winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.667), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.620), CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.571) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.569). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Four Straight For Z
With his 16-point performance against RMU (1/19), Zaid Hearst has reached double-figures in four straight games for the Bobcats. Hearst's streak started against Sacred Heart (1/12) and includes a 13-point, 11-rebound outing against Saint Francis (Pa.) (1/17) – accounting for third double-double of his career.
Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has slipped into his starting role quite nicely for the Bobcats. Conti set new career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (9) against LIU Brooklyn (1/5), falling one rebound shy of a double-double. In 10 career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted 14 points and four rebounds against Penn.
Cleaning The Glass
The Bobcats have continued their dominance on the glass and rank amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac is tied for fourth in offensive rebounding (15.4), tied for 13th in total rebounding (41.1) and tied for 15th in rebounding margin (8.1). In 2011-12, Quinnipiac led the nation in offensive rebounds per game (16.7), and finished second in total rebounds per game (43.2) and rebounding margin (10.2).
Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. With Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 149 of his 176 games – including 19 straight dating back to last season. In 51 of the 176 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 12 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 45-5 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-2 record with plus-20.
16 Times for 50-Plus
The Bobcats grabbed a season-high 56 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn (1/3). It was the highest rebound total since Quinnipiac set the program record with 61 rebounds against LIU Brooklyn last season. QU has reached 50 rebounds twice this season, four times last season, had six 50-rebound games in 2010-11, had three 50-rebound games in all of 2009-10, and never had three 50-rebound games in 11 prior seasons at Division I. Quinnipiac has pulled down 50 rebounds in a game 17 times in Tom Moore's six years at QU. In nine years prior at Division I, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition.
Climbing The Ladder
Azotam surpassed Bill Romano '02 (580) on Quinnipiac's Division I career rebounding list when he grabbed five rebounds against LIU Brooklyn (1/5). The junior power forward currently sits in second place, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). Azotam also collected his 23rd career double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds against Saint Francis (1/17) – remaining in a two-way tie for second amongst active NEC players (LIU's Jamal Olasewere).
Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 352 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 91 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots.
The Bobcats will wrap up the fourth week of NEC play on Saturday afternoon against Fairleigh Dickinson. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. with all the action televised live on MSG and FCS.
Contact: Tony Distasio; email@example.com