Men's Basketball Opens UAA Play Saturday at Chicago

Men's Basketball Opens UAA Play Saturday at Chicago

at Chicago (7-4, 0-0 UAA) – Saturday, Jan. 5 - 3 p.m. - Chicago, Ill.
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BEAR HEADLINES – The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team opens University Athletic Association (UAA) play on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the University of Chicago. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in the Windy City. The Bears are coming off a 92-80 win at Westminster College (Mo.) on Dec. 31, and finished non-conference play with a 7-4 mark.

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with Chicago, 51-22, and the Bears split the season series a year ago. The Maroons won the finale on Feb. 24 in the Windy City 86-77.

HEAD COACH PAT JUCKEM – WashU head coach Pat Juckem (Lawrence, 1995) was named the 24th men's basketball coach in program history on May 1, 2018. Juckem arrives on the Danforth Campus after spending the past six seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He compiled a 95-73 (.565) record at UW-Oshkosh. He also spent seven seasons at Coe (2006-12), and has a 206-157 (.568) overall record in 14 seasons as a head coach.

UAA OPENERS – The Bears are 21-10 all-time in UAA openers, and have won their last two vs. Chicago. WashU defeated Chicago 79-78 in the conference opener Jan. 6 in St. Louis.

BEAR TRACKS – As a team, the Bears lead the league in field-goal percentage (.479), free-throw percentage (.750) and rebounding defense (29.9).

– The Bears are on pace to break the single-season school record for free-throw percentage of 74.2 percent set in the 2006-07 season.

– Junior center Hank Hunter leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.667).

– WashU has outrebounded nine of 11 opponents this season, and ranks third in the conference in rebound margin (+6.3).

– Junior guard Matt Nester has made a three-pointer in 16-straight games dating back to last season, while sophomore guard Jack Nolan has made a three in 15-consecutive games.

UAA PRESEASON POLL – WashU was picked third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Preseason Coaches Poll. Emory was chosen first, while Rochester was second.

MEDIA COVERAGE – All 13 home games will be broadcast live at no cost on the WashU Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the WashU website -