Men's Basketball Takes On Vermont Saturday Afternoon At 4:07 PM - Televised Live On NESN

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-4, 0-0 NEC) vs.
University of Vermont Catamounts (4-3, 0-0 AE)

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time: 4:07 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Vermont: 1-5
Last Time QU Faced Vermont: December 11, 2012 (W, 62-58)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
Vermont Last Five: 3-2
Television: NESN
Live Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device:
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Tickets:
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Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Quinnipiac, Vermont On NESN
Fresh off a double-digit win against Colgate, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (3-4, 0-0 NEC) will complete its three-game home stand on Saturday, December 8 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats host Vermont (4-3, 0-0 AE) at 4:07 p.m. – a game that will be televised on the New England Sports Network (NESN).

 

On The Air / Multimedia Links
Saturday afternoon's game will be broadcasted live on NESN and streamed online through NEC Front Row 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 and Jayme Parker reporting on the sideline. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio with Bob Mortali on play-by-play and Bob Tipson on color. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

All-Time Against Vermont
The Bobcats picked up their first win all-time against the Catamounts last season in Burlington, Vt. Jamee Jackson finished with 20 points to lead Quinnipiac past Vermont, 62-58, at Patrick Gymnasium. The Bobcats and Catamounts first met back in 2006 where Vermont captured a road-victory in Hamden. Outside of the first two meetings, the series has featured a very competitive rivalry with the final score being five points or less in each of the last four games.

Scouting The Catamounts
Vermont, 4-3 on the young season, had its three-game winning streak snapped last Saturday when the Catamounts fell on the road to Rhode Island. The Catamounts then followed with a second consecutive loss to Towson on Wednesday night – surrendering a 29-point, 10-rebound performance to Jerrell Benimon. The Catamounts feature a balanced attack with four players averaging over eight points per game – led by junior forward Luke Apfeld with 11.7 per game. Apfeld finished one shy of his career-high with 23 points in the loss to the Tigers. Solid defense will be key in this match-up and the Bobcats have to keep Vermont off of the free-throw line. The Catamounts collect nearly 19 points per game from the charity stripe, making 72.9 percent of their attempts. Head coach John Becker is 28-15 in his second season with the program.  

Last Time Out Against Colgate
Led by the front court tandem of Ike Azotam and Jamee Jackson, Quinnipiac improved to 3-1 all-time against Colgate University with a 67-56 victory at the TD Bank Sports Center on Wednesday night (12/5). Azotam picked up his 19th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jackson collected his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Garvey Young poured in a game-high 15 points which included a 5-for-6 night at the free-throw line and Evan Conti chimed in with a season-high 10 points and five rebounds. For the game, Quinnipiac garnered a plus-12 margin (46-34) on the backboards – the 46th time the Bobcats have amassed a plus-10 advantage under Moore's tutelage. Included in the season-high 46 rebounds were 18 boards on the offensive end, which resulted in 21 second chance points. The Bobcats also turned 15 Colgate turnovers into 17 points on the other end.

Tis The Season
The month of December has been a great time for Quinnipiac to play basketball. With the win against the Red Raiders, Quinnipiac improved to 12-3 since the 2010-11 season in December games. 

NESN / SNY Success
With their win against Hartford in the season-opener, Quinnipiac is now 4-1 in games televised on NESN and SNY dating back to last season. Ike Azotam has averaged a double-double with 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds to go along with 2.5 blocks per game. Azotam recorded 17 points and a career-best 18 rebounds in the win over Yale last November.

Not So Young, Garvey
Garvey Young, now in his senior season, has poured in 15 or more points in three of QU's seven games. Most recently, Young snatched a game-high 15 points against Colgate on Wednesday night – making it two straight with 15 or more following a career-best 16 points against Lehigh (11/27). Earlier in the season, Young recorded 15 points in the season-opening win over Hartford (11/10).

No. 19 For Azotam
Ike Azotam collected 12 points and 10 rebounds against Colgate (12/5) – serving as his 19th career double-double. Azotam ranks third among active NEC players for the category.

Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 96th career win against Colgate (12/5) and remains four shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .582 winning percentage is the third best in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.651) and Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.619). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)

Coach (Team)

Wins

Losses

Winning %

John Becker (UVM)

28

15

0.651162791

Tommy Amaker (HARV)

96

59

0.619354839

Tom Moore (QU)

96

69

0.581818182

Howie Dickenman (CCSU)

169

122

0.580756014

Sydney Johnson (FAIR)

30

22

0.576923077

Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. Through 165 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 46 of the 165 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 11 with plus-20 or better. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 44-2 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-1 record with plus-20.  

On Deck
The Bobcats will enjoy some time off before their next game and is back in action on Sunday, December 16 at Boston University. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at Case Gymnasium in Boston, Mass.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu