Men's Basketball Preview - vs. Case, Carnegie Mellon

Photo by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photo
Photo by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photo

St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 11, 2020 – The No. 16-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball hosts Case Western Reserve University on Friday at 8 p.m. and Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday at Noon. Prior to Sunday's game vs. Carnegie Mellon, WashU will honor its five seniors: Jonathan Arenas, Hank Hunter, Matt Nester, Louis Reinmiller and DeVaughn Rucker.

The Bears sit in a three-way tie with No. 9 Emory and Brandeis for first place in the UAA standings with five games remaining.

vs. Case Western Reserve (11-9, 4-5 UAA) – Friday, Feb. 14 – 8 p.m. (CT) – St. Louis, Mo.
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Live Stats: 
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vs. Carnegie Mellon (9-11, 2-7 UAA) – Sunday, Feb. 16 – Noon (CT) – St. Louis, Mo. – Senior Day
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Live Stats: https://washubears.com/sports/mbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200216_zuvf.xml

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SCOUTING CASE – Freshman Cole Frilling (14.4) and junior Antonio Ionadi (11.9) average in double figures for Case (11-9, 4-5 UAA), which leads the league and rank 17th in NCAA Division III in blocks per game (5.0). The Spartans are also second in the UAA in fewest turnovers (11.9). The Spartans have won three-straight games, and are in search of their first winning season since 2014-15.

SCOUTING CARNEGIE MELLON – The Tartans (9-11, 2-7 UAA) enter the weekend riding a three-game losing streak, and lead the league in assists per game (17.1). CMU also ranks second in scoring (76.4), field-goal percentage (.471) and steals (6.8). Senior Trent Suddeth (14.1), senior Zach Howarth (13.2), and junior Ethan Miller (14.4) average in double figures for the Tartans. Senior Colin McNeil is second in NCAA Division III in assists (7.3).

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with Case Western Reserve 50-5, and the Bears have won the last 10 meetings; WashU leads the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon 55-9, and the Bears have won nine-straight meetings.

CLASS OF 2020 – The senior class (Jonathan Arenas, Hank Hunter, Matt Nester, Louis Reinmiller, DeVaughn Rucker) has helped guide the Bears to a 76-22 (.776) overall record with two NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2017 and 2018 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.

HEAD COACH PAT JUCKEM – Head coach Pat Juckem (Lawrence, 1995) has a 33-12 (.733) 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 232-164 (.584) overall record in 14 seasons as a head coach.

MASSEY RATINGS – The University Athletic Association (UAA) is the second-rated conference in NCAA Division III, according to the Massey Ratings. Below is the list of the top four schools and their rankings: Emory (No. 14), WashU (No. 23), Brandeis (No. 42) and Rochester (No. 50).

BEAR TRACKS – WashU has outrebounded 15 of 20 opponents this season, and ranks second in the conference and 23rd in NCAA Division III in rebounding margin (+8.0).

– Nolan leads the conference in scoring (18.1 ppg), three-pointers made (66), field goals made (126) and steals (37).

– Senior forward DeVaughn Rucker is averaging 14.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game and shooting 92.3 percent from the foul line in conference play, and has recorded four double-doubles.

– WashU is 19-4 at home under Juckem in two seasons, and has won the last 15 of the last 16 contests.

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