Quinnipiac University Bobcats (14-13, 10-5 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (11-15, 7-8 NEC)
Date: Monday, February 25, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Detrick Gymnasium – New Britain, Conn.
Series vs. CCSU: 22-50
DI Series vs. CCSU: 11-19
Last Meeting: January 24, 2013 (W, 85-78)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
CCSU Last Five: 1-4
Television: CPTV Sports
Live Online Video: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: CCSUBlueDevils.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device: ESPN.Com
QU Makes Short Trip To New Britain
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (14-13, 10-5 NEC) will make its annual half-hour trip to Central Connecticut State University (11-15, 7-8 NEC) on Monday night. The Bobcats and the Blue Devils are set to square off at 7 p.m. at Detrick Gymnasium – with all the action televised live on CPTV Sports. The showdown marks the final NEC regular season meeting between the two longstanding rivals.
On The Air / Multimedia Links
Monday's game will be 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 Bobcat Bill Schweitzer 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 CCSU
With their win back in January, Quinnipiac extended its current winning-streak to eight straight games against the Blue Devils. The Bobcats are still just 22-50 in the all-time series dating back to their Division II days, however, hold a 9-2 mark since Tom Moore took over in 2007. Furthermore, Quinnipiac has won four of its last five in New Britain, including three straight.
Scouting The Blue Devils
Sophomore guard and leading scorer in the NEC, Kyle Vinales will certainly be on Quinnipiac's radar for Monday night. Vinales is tied for fifth in the nation with 22.3 points per game – which includes a 32-point outburst against the Bobcats back in January. However, it was the discrepancy on the boards that granted Quinnipiac the edge it needed for Tom Moore's 100th career victory. The Bobcats garnered a plus-20 margin on the glass, 51-31 - which also included 17 on offensive end and 15 second chance points. Most recently, a career-day from senior forward Joe Efese helped the Central Connecticut men's basketball team snap a four-game losing streak with an 80-72 win on the road at Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon. Vinales led the Blue Devils in scoring with 28 points in the game, 21 of them coming in the second half. Junior Matt Hunter posted his fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman Brandon Peel was the fourth Blue Devil in double-figures with 15 points, just two off his career-high.
Last Time Out Against Bryant
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team honored its senior class in the best way possible on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats extended their winning streak to six straight games with a 69-58 victory over Bryant on Senior Day at the TD Bank Sports Center. Ike Azotam collected his 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Shaq Shannon added seven rebounds and seven assists to his 16 points, marking the fourth time in the last six games that he has registered double-figures. Ousmane Drame continued his hot-streak with 13 points and nine rebounds (six on the offensive end), while Zaid Hearst had 11 points. The Bobcats mustered a plus-13 edge on the glass, 43-30, which featured 14 on the offensive end, and outscored Bryant in bench scoring, 31-9.
In Striking Distance
Quinnipiac's six-game winning streak has the Bobcats in striking distance of their second Northeast Conference Regular Season Title. QU, currently for second place in the standings, sits just one game behind Robert Morris (in the loss column).
- Quinnipiac currently holds the longest active NEC winning streak, tied for the 15th in the nation
- Ike Azotam is averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds – shooting 52.6 percent from the floor
- Ousmane Drame is averaging 11.7 points and 11.0 rebounds – shooting 55.1 percent from the floor
- Evan Conti is averaging 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game
- Zaid Hearst is averaging 10.5 points per game – shooting over 40 percent from long range
- Shaq Shannon is averaging 9.8 points and 3.8 points per game
- Quinnipiac has a plus-13 average on the glass – averaging 15.5 offensive rebounds per game
- As a team, Quinnipiac is shooting 45 percent from the floor
Heating Up In February
Over course of the past five seasons, Tom Moore and the Bobcats have a 31-7 (.816) record in the month of February, including a 16-3 (.842) mark at the TD Bank Sports Center. Furthermore, through the last four seasons, the Bobcats are 26-4 (.867) and 14-1 (.933) when playing in Hamden. Quinnipiac is 6-0 in February this season.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .578 winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.667), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.634) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.597). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Cleaning The Glass
The Bobcats have continued their dominance on the glass, leading the Northeast Conference and ranking amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac is second in the nation in offensive rebounding (15.2), second in rebounding margin (10.3) and tied for second in total rebounding (41.9) 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). Quinnipiac is the only NEC team nationally-ranked within the top five for a statistical category.
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 49-13 (.790) when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.
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 158 of his 185 games (.854) – including 28 straight dating back to last season. In 57 of the 185 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 16 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 51-6 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 13-3 record with plus-20.
Ike Reaches Milestone
Ike Azotam recorded his 1,000th career point against Saint Francis University (2/16) to become Quinnipiac's 26th player to accomplish the feat. Azotam, now with 1,040 career points, was the 10th player to score 1,000 points in the Division I era and remains just 23 points behind DeMario Anderson '08 (1,063) for ninth on the list.
Ike Azotam collected his 26th career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Robert Morris (2/14) – now placing him in second place among active NEC players. In addition, Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. Azotam has 10 of them this season – tied for first in the conference and 31st in the nation.
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 (698) 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 program record for rebounds in a game (Victor Akinyanju - 21 vs. Mount St. Mary's).
Hearst's Offensive Prowess
Zaid Hearst has reached double-figures in 10 out of his last 13 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. It also featured a 17-point effort against RMU (1/19) and three 16-point efforts against CCSU (1/24), Mount St. Mary's (1/31) and Saint Francis University (2/16).
Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has been tremendous over the last seven games for the Bobcats, reaching double-figures in five of them. He is averaging 12.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the stretch, which includes a career high 18 points in the win over Robert Morris on Valentine's Day (2/14). In 19 career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 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.
Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 382 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 97 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots.
Quinnipiac hits the road for its final weekend series of the 2012-13 season. The Bobcats travel St. Francis Brooklyn (2/28) and LIU Brooklyn (3/2). Tip-off against the Terriers is set for 7 p.m. in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.
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