Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-13, 6-5 NEC) vs.
Robert Morris University Colonials (17-8, 9-3 NEC)
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Time: 7:37 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. RMU: 11-17
Last Meeting: January 19, 2013 (L, 87-85)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 4-1
RMU Last Five: 4-1
Live Online Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device: ESPN.Com
Comcast: 73 SD / 843 HD
Cox Cable: 62
Time Warner Cable: 26
QU Hosts Rival Robert Morris On SNY
After a weeklong break due to the snow storm, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (10-13, 6-5 NEC) anxiously returns to action on Thursday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Two of the NEC's hottest teams will meet when the Bobcats welcome Robert Morris University (17-8, 9-3 NEC) for a 7:37 p.m. tip-off – a game that will be televised live on SNY. In what could be the final Northeast Conference match between the longstanding rivals, Quinnipiac looks to avenge a difficult defeat back in January.
On The Air / Multimedia Links
Thursday night's game will be televised live on SNY and streamed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fan can tune into Sports New York TV where the Voice of the Bobcats will have the play-by-play call with Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play with Bob Tipson on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
All-Time Against RMU
Two of the NEC's top basketball programs will square off in their 29th meeting on Thursday night. RMU holds a 17-11 advantage in the all-time series, but it's the Bobcats who have fared better in recent years. Quinnipiac is 4-1 in the last five regular-season match-ups, including a 2-0 mark at the Bank.
Scouting The Colonials
The Robert Morris University men's basketball team, winners in nine of its last 10 games and three straight, held on for an 83-79 overtime victory over Wagner in its most recent outing. Lucky Jones and Russell Johnson each scored 21 points to pace the Colonials, with Jones adding five rebounds. It marked the second straight game Jones established a new career high in points. For the season, Karvel Anderson leads Robert Morris in scoring with 12.7 points per game, while Velton Jones and Lucky Jones each score more than 11 points per contest. Back in January, Robert Morris outlasted Quinnipiac in the final game of a long Bobcats road trip. Led by 16 points from Zaid Hearst, four Bobcats finished in double-figures, but stifling long-range shooting propelled the Colonials to the NEC triumph. Russell Johnson led the Colonials with 22 points, 12 points coming from the charity stripe, while Lucky Jones added 18. Velton Jones finished with 14 points and five assists and Anthony Myers-Pate finished with 10.
Last Time Out Against Monmouth
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team clicked on all cylinders on Thursday night, as the Bobcats cruised past NEC foe Monmouth University, 79-63, at the TD Bank Sports Center. Azotam finished with 18 points with 15 of those coming in the first half. Shannon matched a career-high with his 18 points, as the duo combined to go 16-of-20 from the floor. Shannon added a team-best six assists and four rebounds to complete a stellar all-around night. Now winners in four of its last five games, Quinnipiac controlled nearly every statistical category in the match-up. Offensively, the Bobcats connected on a season-high 58.6 percent of their shot attempts compared to just 41.1 percent from the Hawks. Quinnipiac controlled the paint, 42-32, the rebound margin, 32-29, and points off turnovers, 13-6.
Tough to Lose If You Don't Miss
Quinnipiac connected on season-best 58.6 percent of its field goals against Monmouth (2/7), nearly eclipsing 60 percent for the first time since 2010. The Bobcats have made at least 50 percent of their shots in 27 games over the last five seasons, posting a 22-5 mark when accomplishing that feat.
Heating Up In February
Over the previous four seasons, Tom Moore and the Bobcats have a 27-7 (.794) record in the month of February. Quinnipiac managed to sustain its late-season success pattern with a 6-2 record last season and are 2-0 this year.
Cleaning The Glass
The Bobcats have continued their dominance on the glass, leading the Northeast Conference and ranking amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac is tied for third in the nation in offensive rebounding (15.2), tied for sixth in total rebounding (41.5) and fifth in rebounding margin (9.3). 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 154 of his 181 games – including 24 straight dating back to last season. In 55 of the 181 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 14 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 48-6 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and an 11-3 record with plus-20.
From The Opening Tip
Quinnipiac wasted little time getting started in its last two games, racing out to early leads in both wins. The Bobcats jumped out in front with an 18-3 run through the first eight minutes of play against Wagner (2/2), and followed with a 15-2 spurt against Monmouth (2/7). The Bobcats defense held their opponents to a combined 2-of-16 shooting and forced six turnovers during the two spurts.
Climbing The Ladder
Ike 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 since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's top division, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). Azotam nearly matched his career-high of 18 rebounds when he hauled in 17 against CCSU (1/24) – only four shy of the Division I record for rebounds in a game.
Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 372 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 95 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .569 winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.672), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.627), Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.603) and CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.572). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Head coach Tom Moore has repeatedly stressed the importance of keeping opposition to below 40 percent from the floor, and with good reason. Over the past five years, Quinnipiac is 47-13 when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.
Ike Azotam collected his 25th career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson (1/26) – now tied for second place among active NEC players (LIU's Jamal Olasewere). In addition, Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. Azotam has nine of them this season – tied for first in the conference.
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 15 career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.3 points, 4.7 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 return to action against Saint Francis University on Saturday, Feb. 16th at the TD Bank Sports Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Contact: Tony Distasio; email@example.com