No. 8 WashU Heads East for UAA Games at Carnegie, Case

No. 8 WashU Heads East for UAA Games at Carnegie, Case

at Carnegie Mellon (9-7, 3-2 UAA) – Friday, Jan. 27 - 8 p.m. (ET)
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at Case Western Reserve (5-11, 0-5 UAA) – Sunday, Jan. 29 - Noon (ET)
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BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team concludes the first half of UAA play at Carnegie Mellon University on Friday, Jan. 27, and at Case Western Reserve University on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Bears are a perfect 5-0 in conference play, holding a one-game lead over the University of Rochester.

A LOOK AT THE STREAK – WashU is in the midst of a season-long seven-game win streak with five players averaging double figures – senior forward Clinton Hooks (13.1 ppg), junior forward Andrew Sanders (12.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg), junior forward Matt Highsmith (12.1 ppg), junior guard Jake Knupp (11.6 ppg) and junior guard Kevin Kucera (10.4 ppg, 6.3 apg). The Bears are averaging 82.1 points per game, shooting 47.6 percent from the field and out rebounding opponents by 7.9.

ROAD WARRIORS – Following a pair of wins away from home two weekends ago, WashU extended its road winning streak to five games. The Bears are 8-1 away from home this season, and their seven wins on its opponents home floor this season are tied for fourth most in NCAA Division III. 

WINNING WAYS – WashU secured its 33rd-consecutive winning season on Sunday with an 88-71 victory over Brandeis University at home. The Bears have finished with a losing record just three times in 36 campaigns under Mark Edwards, which were his first three seasons on the Danforth Campus.  

SCOUTING CARNEGIE MELLON – The Tartans have dropped their last two games by an average of 23.5 points per game, but have a 6-3 mark at home this season. Carnegie Mellon leads the conference in four categories – rebounding offense (43.5), rebounding margin (+10.6), offensive rebounds (15.4), blocked shots (5.1). The Tartans are also seventh in Division III in rebounding margin.

Senior forward Jack Serbin (16.9 ppg), senior center Chris Shkil (13.9 ppg) and junior guard Ryan Maha (12.4 ppg) score in double figures for the Tartans. Serbin leads the UAA in rebounding (11.9), while Shkil is tops in blocks (2.1).  

Tony Wingen is in his 27th season as head coach at Carnegie Mellon, with an overall record of 300-366 (.450). The winningest coach in school history, Wingen was head coach at the University of the South for two years prior to CMU. 

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon 47-9, and the Bears swept the season series a year ago – 92-84 on Jan. 17 in Pittsburgh and 80-75 on Feb. 14 in St. Louis.

SCOUTING CASE– The  Spartans have lost five-straight games, and are 1-6 this season at home. Case averages 71.2 points per game, but is last in scoring defense at 77.4. 

The Spartans have four players averaging in double figures: junior forward T.J Duckett (13.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg), freshman forward Daniel Chambers (11.3 ppg), senior guard Javier Alvarez (10.5 ppg) and junior forward David Black (10.3 ppg). Duckett also leads the UAA in offensive rebounds (3.9).

Todd McGuinness is in his first season as head coach at Case Western Reserve after spending the previous seven years as the head coach of Hartwick College. McGuinness has a 119-83 (.589) record in eight seasons as a college basketball coach.

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with Case Western Reserve, 43-5, and the Bears swept the series a year ago – 96-80 in Cleveland on Jan. 15 and 107-98 in St. Louis on Feb. 12.