Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-1, 0-0 MAAC) vs.
Hampton University Pirates (2-1, 0-0 MEAC)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Hampton: (0-1)
Last Meeting: (January 14, 2013 • L, 70-64)
QU Last Five: 2-1
Hampton Last Five: 2-1
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The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (2-1, 0-0 MAAC) returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 with its second home game of the 2013-14 campaign. The Bobcats will look for its second straight win when they welcome Hampton University (2-1, 0-0 MEAC) to the TD Bank Sports Center for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
On The Air
Quinnipiac's game against Hampton will be streamed live on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweitzer will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca's insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
All-Time Against Hampton
Quinnipiac and Hampton will meet for the second time on Wednesday night, with the Pirates owning a 1-0 record against the Bobcats. The lone game in the series came last season, where Hampton held off the Bobcats in the closing minutes for the victory. Ike Azotam registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bobcats.
Scouting The Pirates
The Pirates (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday, falling 90-79 to Delaware despite 24 points and seven rebounds from senior forward Du'Vaugh Maxwell, as well as 17 points and seven assists from sophomore guard Deron Powers. The Pirates were picked to finish fourth in the MEAC this season in a poll voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. Hampton tallied 456 points and earned a first-place vote. Hampton is in its fifth season under head coach Edward Joyner Jr., and the Pirates return four starters and eight letter-winners from last year's squad. Hampton is 3-11 against teams currently in the MAAC since joining the Division I ranks in 1995.
Last Time Out Against Albany
Umar Shannon earned his Navy and Gold on Saturday afternoon, as the fifth year guard tossed in 24 points to lead the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team past Albany, 79-69, at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats collected their fourth straight win against the Great Danes.
Closing in on 1,000
Between his young career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University, Umar Shannon has amassed 978 points, leaving him 22 shy of the 1,000-point plateau. Shannon broke out for a season high of 24 points against Albany. He finished 8-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-11 from long range. He also dished out four assists and grabbed four rebounds.
MAAC Rookie of the Week
Freshman Kasim Chandler of the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was named the MAAC Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, which was officially announced on Monday, Nov. 18 2013 by the league's front office. Chandler averaged 16 points in two games for the Bobcats, which included a breakout performance against La Salle on national television. Chandler recorded a team-high 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting in a game against La Salle that was displayed on ESPN2. Against Albany, Chandler finished with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting and dished out a game-high five assists. He also nabbed one steal, one block and two rebounds.
Feed the Big Man
Ike Azotam has 1,130 career points and trails Jared Grasso '02 by four points for eighth place among Quinnipiac Division I scoring leaders. In the 2012-13 season, he was the 10th player to score 1,000 points in the Division I era and 26th all-time. Azotam finished with eight points and five rebounds against Albany.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .573 overall winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.706), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.635) and Vermont's John Becker (.630). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Free-Throws Make a Difference
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 42-8 (.840) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including an 11-2 mark when doing so last season. In addition, the Bobcats won every game last year (5-0) when recording 25 or more free-throws made and were 9-2 when opponents recorded 12 or fewer free-throws made. On the contrary, when the opposition recorded 25 or more free throws made last season, Quinnipiac was 0-5.
Zaid Hearst poured in 14 points against Albany and has recorded double-digits in eight of his last 10 games. Hearst netted double-figures in 19 of Quinnipiac's 32 games last year.
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 164 of his 192 games (.854) – including 35 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 62 of the 192 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 16 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 54-8 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 13-3 record with plus-20.
Rebounding at the Guard Position
Zaid Hearst matched a career high with 12 rebounds against Albany, while Evan Conti snatched five. Hearst is second in the MAAC in rebounding at 9.3 per game, while Conti is tied for eighth with 7.7 per game. Hearst nabbed his fourth career double-double against Albany and Conti has 29 rebounds in his last four games.
Climbing The Ladder
Ike Azotam has 741 career rebounds and currently sits in second place since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's top division, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). He is 40 rebounds shy of Boyd Johnson's total of 781 for 10th place all-time.
Zaid Hearst set a new Quinnipiac Division I program record by making 12 free-throws without a miss against Hartford (11/9). Hearst began the season 13-for-13 before missing his first free-throw against La Salle.
Ike Azotam collected his 27th career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Hartford (11/9). Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. Azotam had 10 of them last season – something that only two players in the MAAC accomplished.
An Immediate Impact
Kasim Chandler and AJ Sumbry each finished with double-figures in their collegiate debut against Hartford (11/9) - something that hasn't been done in some 14 years. The last time Quinnipiac had two true freshmen finish in double-figures in their very first game was back in 1998 when Nate Pondexter and Ahmad Allahgholi did it against UConn. Chandler had 11 points and Sumbry added 10 against the Hawks.
The MAAC Preseason Poll
Quinnipiac was selected to finish seventh in the 2013-14 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, revealed by the league office on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 during the "2013-14 MAAC Basketball Coaches Preview Show" on ESPN3. Manhattan College was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2014 MAAC Men's Basketball Championship, according to the popular opinion of coaches around the league. The Jaspers, who appeared in last year's MAAC Championship game against Iona, received 10 of 11 first place votes and 119 points. Defending champion Iona was next in line after receiving the lone remaining first place vote and 108 points overall. Canisius finished third with 100 points, followed by Rider, which finished second in last season's regular season race, with 85 points. Marist was fifth with 69 points, followed by Fairfield (61), Quinnipiac (58), last year's regular season champ Niagara (39), Saint Peter's (38), Siena (35) and Monmouth (14). Along with Quinnipiac, Monmouth will also compete in the MAAC for the first time in the 2013-14 season.
The Bobcats return to action on Monday, Nov. 25 with a road game at Maine. Quinnipiac and the Black Bears square off at 7 p.m. at Alfond Arena in Bangor, Maine.