Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-1, 0-0 NEC) vs.
University of Connecticut Huskies (3-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 10:00 p.m.
Sports and Fitness Center – Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
QU Last Five: 2-1
UConn Last Five: 3-0
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2012 Paradise Jam – Men's Basketball Takes On No. 23 UConn In Semifinals
Fresh off a thrilling overtime win against Iona in the quarterfinals, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (2-1, 0-0 NEC) will continue its run in the Paradise Jam tomorrow night on national television. The Bobcats will square off against No. 23 nationally ranked University of Connecticut in the semifinals on Sunday night in Saint Thomas. Tip-off is scheduled 10 p.m. – with all the action live on the CBS Sports Network.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam offers men's and women's college basketball teams a chance for excellent early season competition in an exotic island setting. Since the tournament's inception in 2000, many of the nation's finest men and women's teams have converged on St. Thomas to test their skills and enjoy some fun in the sun.
On The Air
Sunday night's game will be broadcasted nationally on the CBS Sports Network and can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
All-Time Against UConn
The semifinals match-up will be just the 10th meeting all-time between the UConn Huskies and the Quinnipiac Bobcats. UConn holds a 9-0 mark all-time dating back to QU's inaugural Division I campaign in 1998. The Bobcats have only faced the Huskies once in the Tom Moore era - his first year at the helm of the program.
Scouting The Huskies
The 23rd nationally-ranked team in the country improved to 3-0 with a six point victory over Wake Forest on Friday night. Four players finished in double-figures, led by the Huskies' dynamic backcourt Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, each finishing with 16 points apiece. UConn opened the 2012-13 campaign with a 66-62 win over then #14 Michigan State at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany and then mustered a 67-49 win over Vermont in Storrs. Shabazz Napier, the Huskies' leading scorer on the season with 19.0 ppg, led UConn with 13 points in first-year head coach Kevin Ollie's second win. The Huskies won the Paradise Jam Tournament back in 2008.
Last Time Out Against Iona
Quinnipiac outlasted Iona College in overtime on Saturday night, 98-92, to move forward in the 2012 Paradise Jam. Behind double-digit performances from five different players, the Bobcats kept pace with the Gaels' high-powered offense and eliminated them from the winners' bracket. Ike Azotam led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed closely by a 17-point, 10-rebound effort from Jamee Jackson. Two key statistics proved advantageous for the Bobcats; free-throw shooting and field goal percentage defense. Quinnipiac knocked down 26-31 (83.9 percent) from the charity stripe, which included a 7-for-10 stint in the closing minutes of overtime. Defensively, the Bobcats held the Gaels to 39 percent for the game – a statistic that the team strives to keep under 40 percent. The Bobcats controlled the paint, 40-32, the glass, 38-34, and points off the bench, 28-8.
A First For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac collected its first in-season tournament win against Iona on Friday night.
Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 95th career win against Iona and remains five shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .590 winning percentage is the fourth best in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.675), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.623) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.598). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Another Double-Double For Ike
Ike Azotam played a large role in the win against the Gaels on Friday night. Azotam posted his 17th career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and crossed the 700-point plateau for his career. He currently ranks second in the NEC in rebounding with 9.3 rebounds per game and eighth in scoring with 16.3 points per game.
Party of Five
Five Bobcats scored in double-figures on Friday night – a first since the 2010-11 season. Ike Azotam (21), Jamee Jackson (17), Zaid Hearst (17), Dave Johnson (12) and Ousmane Drame (10) each chimed in with double-digits.
Quinnipiac recorded its highest point total under head coach Tom Moore with 98 points on Friday night. It was the most points scored since the 2006 season when the Bobcats hung 102 against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights.
Depending on the results in the semifinals, Quinnipiac will take on either New Mexico or George Mason on Monday night. With a win, the Bobcats punch a ticket for a 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Eastern Time) showdown, or with a loss will play at 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Eastern Time).