Men's Basketball Game Central: Quinnipiac at Oregon State - Sunday, December 29, 2013

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-4, 1-1 MAAC) at
Oregon State University Beavers (7-4, 0-0 Pac-12)
Sunday, December 29, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. PST
Gill Coliseum – Corvallis, Ore.
Series vs. Oregon State: First Meeting
QU Last Five: 2-3
OSU Last Five: 3-2 

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A Big Test For The Bobcats
After an extended break over the holiday, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (6-4, 1-1 MAAC) returns to action against a formidable opponent on Sunday, December 29, 2013. The Bobcats travel across the country to Oregon State University (7-4, 0-0 Pac-12) in a game that will mark their first-ever clash with a Pac-12 opponent. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. PST at legendary Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. 

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Oregon State will be televised live on the Pac-12 Television Network. Roxy Bernstein and Lamar Hurd will team up for the broadcast which will also be streamed online at Pac-12.com. Bobcat fans can access audio as well with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 radio or by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Bob Mortali has the play-by-play call with Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

All-Time Against Oregon State
Sunday's game will mark the first meeting between the two programs. Quinnipiac has never faced a Pac-12 opponent. 

Scouting The Beavers
One of the nation's most efficient offenses through the first part of the season, Oregon State enters Sunday's clash with a 7-4 overall record. OSU was in action all week as the team took part in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic which was hosted by the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. The Beavers went 1-2 in the tournament, falling to Akron in the opener; then defeating George Mason in the middle game before falling to Hawaii in the finale. Oregon State is one of just 13 teams that score at a 50 percent clip on the season, currently ranking fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (.512). Roberto Nelson leads OSU and the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.6 points per game. He became the 12th player in program history to reach 1,300 points and ranks 10th on the school's career scoring list. Devon Collier has five double-doubles this year and is averaging 18.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Angus Brandt suffered an injury against Akron, but will likely return for Sunday's game. He is averaging 16.3 points and six rebounds per game at Gill Coliseum this year. 

Last Time Out against Lehigh
Entering the game having won five of its last seven games, Quinnipiac dropped a non-conference matchup to Lehigh University, 69-58; on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Bethlehem, Pa. Ike Azotam was one of three Quinnipiac players in double-figures, snatching a game-high of 18 points in 36 minutes of action. Azotam netted 12 of the points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds by night's end. Ousmane Drame chimed in with 14 points and nine rebounds while Kasim Chandler added 11 points and three assists off the bench. 

Feed the Big Man
With his 18-point performance against Lehigh, Ike Azotam has 1,248 career points and is closing in on James Feldeine '10 (1,320) for sixth place among the 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 needs 17 points to catch Robert Vacca '73 (1,265) for 18th on the all-time list. 

Double-Double Machine
Ike Azotam narrowly collected his 33rd career double-double against Lehigh. In his previous game, Azotam picked up his 32nd career double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds against Vermont (12/25). Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. He has double-doubles in five out of his last seven games and at least 12 points in each game. Azotam leads the MAAC in offensive rebounds per game (4.3) and rebounds per game (10.7). That has him ranked eighth and tied for eighth in the nation, respectively.   

In Elite Company
Ike Azotam has 823 career rebounds which puts him in seventh place all-time in program history. He currently sits in second place since among Division I players, only trailing Justin Rutty's mark of 1,032. Ike Azotam corralled his 800th career rebound against Rider (12/8) and joined an elite group of five other Quinnipiac players to record 1,000 points and 800 rebounds in a career. Azotam was just the second Division I player to accomplish the feat, as he and Rutty are the only two players to do it since 1998. 

A Force on the Block
Ousmane Drame finished with 14 points and nine rebounds against Lehigh. He is nearly averaging a double-double over his last eight games (14.5 ppg/9.1 rpg), recording at least 13 points in seven of the eight and at least 10 rebounds in half of those. Drame has reached double-digits in 13 of his last 16 games dating back to last season, which included the third 20-point game of his career against Fairfield (12/6). He has three double-doubles on the season. 

Rejection is the Key to Success
Ousmane Drame matched his career high and Division I program record with six blocks against Fairfield (12/6). Drame has 85 for his career which has him ranked third in the DI era and top 10 all-time at Quinnipiac. QU set a new season-high with nine blocks against Fairfield (12/6). 

Hearst Still Rolling
Zaid Hearst scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds against Lehigh. In the game before, he collected his eighth career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Vermont (12/15). Hearst has double-doubles in five out his last eight games and has 10 or more points in 14 of his last 17 games dating back to last season. He is third in the MAAC in rebounding (9.0), eighth in field goal percentage (.505) and free-throw percentage (.820) and 14th in scoring (14.5). 

Chandler Getting Comfortable
Kasim Chandler has scored 10 or more points in seven out of his 10 collegiate games. He had 11 points, three assists and two rebounds against Lehigh, which followed a 14-point performance against Vermont (12/15). Chandler is averaging 10.3 points per game this season, ranking him 29th in the MAAC and second among rookies. 

Still Perfect
Umar Shannon went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line against Vermont (12/15) and extended his consecutive made streak to 15 in a Bobcat uniform. Ironically, Shannon's last missed free-throw came at Quinnipiac last season (2/16/13) on his final attempt of the year. 

Scoring the Basketball
Umar Shannon netted 16 points against Vermont (12/15); marking the sixth time he reached double-figures in a game for the Bobcats. Shannon has 1,047 career points between his brief career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University. Shannon is averaging 11.1 points per game at Quinnipiac which ranks him fourth among Bobcat players and 25th in the MAAC. 

Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .573 overall winning percentage is fourth best among active Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.732), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.646) and Vermont's John Becker (.605). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)  

Rebounding Dominance
The Bobcats are second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (17.0) and rebounds per game (46.7) and third in rebounding margin (13.2). Last year, Quinnipiac led the nation in total rebounding (42.1) and offensive rebounding (15.9) and was second in rebounding margin (10.4). 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). Quinnipiac is the only team in the nation to finish first or second in each category over the last two seasons.  

Rebounding Margin
With Tom Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 171 of his 199 games (.859) – including 42 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 67 of the 199 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 18 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 31 against Maine on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 57-10 (.851) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 14-4 (.778) record with plus-20. Quinnipiac's 42-game streak is far and away the longest active streak in the nation.  

Another Rebounding Stat…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the third time this season against Fairfield (12/6), marking the 20th time during the Division I era. In nine years prior to Tom Moore's arrival, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition. The Bobcats have eclipsed 60 rebounds twice. 

Free-Throws Make a Difference
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 46-9 (.836) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including a 6-1 mark this year. Furthermore, the Bobcats are 8-0 in the last two seasons when making 25 or more free-throws. 

Less Fouls, More Wins
The Bobcats are 11-4 over the last two seasons when their opponent makes fewer than 12 free-throws in a game. On the contrary, when the opposition has recorded 25 or more free throws made over the last two seasons, Quinnipiac is 0-6.

Looking Ahead
Quinnipiac resumes play within the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013. The Bobcats host Iona College at 7:30 p.m. on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center. The game will be televised throughout the region on SNY.