Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-12, 3-4 NEC) vs.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights (7-13, 2-5 NEC)
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time: 12:03 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. FDU: 14-16
Last Meeting: February 2, 2012 (W, 65-48)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
FDU Last Five: 1-4
Television: MSG, FCS
Live Video Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device: ESPN.Com
QU, FDU Square Off On Saturday – Live On MSG and FCS
Winners in two of its last three games, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (7-12, 3-4 NEC) looks for a second straight win on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats welcome Fairleigh Dickinson University (7-13, 2-5 NEC) to Hamden for a 12:03 p.m. tilt that will be broadcasted throughout the region on MSG and FCS.
On The Air / Multimedia Links
Saturday's game will be televised live on MSG/FCS and streamed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where the Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
All-Time Against FDU
The Bobcats will meet the Knights for the 31st time in a match-up that dates back to the 1954 campaign. The Knights hold a 16-14 advantage in the all-time series, but the Bobcats have won six straight and nine of their last 10 meetings. Quinnipiac held FDU to fewer than 50 points last season and walked away with a 65-48 victory in Teaneck, N.J.
Scouting The Knights
The FDU Knights were headed in the right direction when they opened the season with a 5-4 mark, which included three straight wins at one point. However, FDU has mustered just three wins in the last 12 games and support a 2-5 record in Northeast Conference competition. In their most recent outing, FDU was defeated, 73-54, at Monmouth University on Thursday night. Senior Melquan Bolding led the Knights' offensive effort with 18 points, while Kinu Rochford and Yves Jules also added double figures. Rochford put in 10 points, while pacing the team with seven rebounds and Jules scored 10 in his first game back to action. Bolding leads the team in scoring with 15.2 points per outing, making 43 percent of his field goal attempts. Rochford is right behind him with 14.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and Lonnie Robinson concludes the list of scorers in double-figures - pouring in about 12 points per game. FDU boasts an efficient offense, evidenced by containing the NEC's third-best team field goal percentage, but ranks last in scoring defense and turnover margin.
Last Time Out Against CCSU
The Bobcats made it eight straight wins over Central Connecticut with an 85-78 victory at the TD Bank Sports Center on Thursday night. Shaq Shannon was the difference-maker for the Bobcats – as the junior guard poured in 18 points which included six from long-range. Ike Azotam added 13 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds, while Zaid Hearst finished with 17 points making it five straight with at least 10 points. The two teams matched up very evenly throughout the game; but it was the discrepancy on the boards that granted Quinnipiac the edge it needed. The Bobcats garnered a plus-20 margin on the glass, 51-31 - which also included 17 on offensive end and 15 second chance points. Both teams shot 47 percent from the floor and only combined for 14 turnovers.
Bobcats Honor Jim Calhoun
Prior to the 7:30 p.m. tip-off against CCSU (1/24), Jim Calhoun was recognized for his tremendous success and leadership in bringing the entire state of Connecticut the highest level of recognition and success in Division I men's basketball. Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut honored Coach Calhoun in a pre-game ceremony with a donation to benefit the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Center. At the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, hypertension specialists and vascular surgeons offers top quality care to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels – the most prevalent diseases among American men and women.
Milestone For Moore – 100 Wins
Head coach Tom Moore picked up his 100th career win against CCSU in front of a large crowd on January 24 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Moore (100-77) reached the milestone faster than any QU Division I coach and become the second fastest in program history. Furthermore, Moore's 100th win was the second fastest (Mike Rice – LIU Brooklyn) among NEC coaches since Quinnipiac joined the conference back in 1998. Moore stands alone at the top among active NEC coaches fastest to 100 wins at the Division I level.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .563 winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.667), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.620), CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.571) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.569). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Shaq Shannon put on a shooting clinic and finished with a career-high 18 points against the Blue Devils (1/24). Shannon was 6-of-10 from behind the arc and completed the stellar all-around performance with five rebounds and four helpers. He was the first player to hit six threes in a game since James Johnson accomplished the feat back in the 2010-11 season with seven against Bryant.
Five Straight For Z
With his 17-point performance against CCSU (1/24), Zaid Hearst has reached double-figures in five straight games for the Bobcats. Hearst's streak started against Sacred Heart (1/12) and includes a 13-point, 11-rebound outing against Saint Francis (Pa.) (1/17) – accounting for third double-double of his career.
Climbing The Ladder
Ike Azotam nearly matched his career-high of 18 rebounds when he hauled in 17 against CCSU (1/24). Azotam surpassed Bill Romano '02 (580) on Quinnipiac's Division I career rebounding list when he grabbed five rebounds against LIU Brooklyn (1/5). The junior power forward currently sits in second place, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). Azotam also collected his 24th career double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds against the Blue Devils – remaining in a two-way tie for second amongst active NEC players (LIU's Jamal Olasewere).
Cleaning The Glass
The Bobcats have continued their dominance on the glass and rank amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac is tied for third in offensive rebounding (15.5), 10th in total rebounding (41.6) and 15th in rebounding margin (8.1). In 2011-12, Quinnipiac led the nation in offensive rebounds per game (16.7), and finished second in total rebounds per game (43.2) and rebounding margin (10.2).
Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. With Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 150 of his 177 games – including 20 straight dating back to last season. In 52 of the 177 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 13 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 46-5 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 11-2 record with plus-20.
Rebounds, Rebounds and More Rebounds
The Bobcats grabbed a season-high 56 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn (1/3). It was the highest rebound total since Quinnipiac set the program record with 61 rebounds against LIU Brooklyn last season. QU has reached 50 rebounds three times this season, four times last season, had six 50-rebound games in 2010-11, had three 50-rebound games in all of 2009-10, and never had three 50-rebound games in 11 prior seasons at Division I. Quinnipiac has pulled down 50 rebounds in a game 18 times in Tom Moore's six years at QU. In nine years prior at Division I, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition.
Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 360 career assists trail Jared Grasso '02 who finished his career with 404 assists.
Rejection Is Key
Jamee Jackson recorded his 81st career block against Lehigh (11/27) and moved ahead of Justin Rutty '11 into second among Division I career block leaders at Quinnipiac. Jackson's 93 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots.
Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has slipped into his starting role quite nicely for the Bobcats. Conti set new career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (9) against LIU Brooklyn (1/5), falling one rebound shy of a double-double. In 11 career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted 14 points and four rebounds against Penn.
The Bobcats hit the road next week, heading to Mount St. Mary's (1/31) and Wagner (2/2) for a pair of NEC match-ups. Tip-off with the Mountaineers is set for 7 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. tilt against the Seahawks.
Contact: Tony Distasio; email@example.com