Men's Basketball Preview - at Case, Carnegie Mellon

Photo by Brad Glidewell
Photo by Brad Glidewell

St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 13, 2020 – The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team plays its first two University Athletic Association (UAA) road games at Case Western Reserve University on Friday, Jan. 17 and at Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday, Jan. 19.

WashU has won eight of its last nine games, and is coming off a 66-65 victory over the University of Chicago Saturday at home.

at Case (8-4, 1-0 UAA) – Friday, Jan. 17 – 8 p.m. (ET) – Cleveland, Ohio
Live Video: https://case.edu/livestream/athletics/
Live Stats: https://washubears.com/sports/mbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200117_mkqs.xml

at Carnegie Mellon (7-4, 0-1 UAA)Sunday, Jan. 19 – Noon (ET) – Pittsburgh, Pa.
Live Video: https://carnegiemellon.prestosports.com//sports/mbkb/live
Live Stats: https://washubears.com/sports/mbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200119_gcpp.xml

Download the complete WASHU game notes by clicking HERE (PDF).

SCOUTING CASE – Freshman Cole Frilling (12.4) and junior Antonio Ionadi (11.9) average in double figures for Case (8-4, 1-0 UAA), which leads the league in blocks (5.3) and is second in steals (6.8) and fewest turnovers (12.6). The Spartans have won six of their last seven contests, and defeated Carnegie Mellon 88-81 in the conference opener on Jan. 11.

SCOUTING CARNEGIE MELLON – The Tartans (7-4, 0-1 UAA) enter the weekend riding a three-game losing streak, and lead the league in assists (18.6) and steals (6.9). CMU also ranks second in the league averaging 79.2 points per game. Senior Zach Howarth (13.6), senior Trent Suddeth (13.4), junior Ethan Miller (13.2) and junior Daniel Weiss (10.6) average in double figures for the Tartans. Senior Colin McNeil leads NCAA Division III in assists (8.3)

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with Case Western Reserve 49-5, and the Bears have won the last nine meetings.

WashU leads the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon 54-9, and the Bears have won eight-straight meetings.

NOLAN APPROACHING MILESTONE – Junior guard Jack Nolan is 65 points shy of becoming the 25th player in school history to score 1,000 points. Nolan has scored 935 points in 63 career games, for an average of 14.8 points per contest.

HEAD COACH PAT JUCKEM – Head coach Pat Juckem (Lawrence, 1995) has a 27-10 (.730) overall record in two seasons at WashU. Juckem was named the 24th men's basketball coach in program history on May 1, 2018. He arrived on the Danforth Campus after spending six seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Juckem also spent seven seasons at Coe (2006-12), and has 226-163 (.581) overall record in 14 seasons as a head coach.

BEAR TRACKS – Nolan has scored in double figures in all 12 games this season and 15 straight dating back to last season.

– Sophomore guard Charlie Jacob had two points and three assists in his first career start vs. Chicago on Saturday.

– Sophomore forward Kameron Mack had a career-best 11 points on three triples in 17 minutes off the bench vs. Chicago on Saturday.

– WashU has outrebounded 11 of 12 opponents this season, and ranks first in the conference and sixth in NCAA Division III in rebounding margin (+10.7).

– Senior center Hank Hunter leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.709), and has upped his career FG% to .627 (180-287). The mark ranks second in school history.

UP NEXT – WashU opens a four-game homestand with games against Brandeis University on Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. and New York University on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Noon.