Men’s Basketball Opens Season against Hartford on Saturday at Connecticut 6 Classic

2013 Connecticut 6 Classic
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 MAAC) vs.
University of Hartford Hawks (0-0, 0-0 AE)
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 3:00 p.m.
Webster Bank Arena – Bridgeport, Conn.
QU Last Five: 0-0
HART Last Five: 0-0

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Men's Basketball Opens Season against Hartford on Saturday in Connecticut 6 Classic
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (0-0,0-0 MAAC) kicks off the 2013-14 campaign on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in the fifth annual Connecticut 6 Classic at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. For the second straight year, the Bobcats drew the first game of the tournament and will take on the University of Hartford (0-0, 0-0 AE) at 3 p.m. The CT 6 will also feature two other games throughout the day. CCSU and Yale follow the Bobcats and Hawks at 5:30 p.m.; and Fairfield and Sacred Heart conclude the invitational in the nightcap at 8 p.m. 

On The Air
Saturday's game can be heard on AM 1220 WQUN by clicking the appropriate links posted on Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play call, with Bob Tipson's insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live video or live stats as well. 

All-Time Against Hartford
The Bobcats have endured great success against the Hawks in the all-time series. With their four-point win last season, QU has now won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including six straight. Quinnipiac owns a 16-5 mark all-time against the Hawks. 

Scouting The Hawks
Four starters – Yolonzo Moore II, Corban Wroe, Nate Sikma and Mark Nwakamma – make their return from a squad that posted the second-most Division I wins (17) in school history while earning the program's first-ever Division I postseason appearance by way of a Postseason Tournament bid. A forward, Nwakamma was named to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team, which is voted upon by the league's coaches. Coming off a season that saw the Leander, Texas native grab Hartford's first America East All-Conference First Team honor since the 2007-08 season, Nwakamma was the league's fifth-best scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game last year. He also ranked among the conference's leaders in rebounding (5.5 rpg), field goal percentage (47.5 percent), steals (1.4 spg) and blocks (0.7 bpg). Five new faces join the squad for the upcoming 2013-14 season. In the frontcourt, redshirt sophomore Yasin Kolo, a transfer from East Carolina, joins rookie Dougal Weir and senior Adam Oresky while freshmen Preston Anderson and Justin Graham round out the backcourt for the Hawks. 

Last Time Out Against Hartford
Power forward Ike Azotam scored 17 points in the Bobcats' season-opener last year, and helped the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team to a 65-61 win over Hartford at the 2012 CT 6 Classic. He narrowly missed his 17th career double-double with nine rebounds, and added two blocks to complete his stat-line. Ousmane Drame added six points and Kendrick Ray was stellar in his collegiate debut with eight points, one rebound and one assist. 

Move To The MAAC
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents revealed with unanimous approval for Quinnipiac University to join the MAAC, effective as of July 1, 2013. After 15 years as a Northeast Conference affiliate, Quinnipiac is officially a member of the MAAC with competition slated for the 2013-14 academic year. 

Connecticut 6 Classic
Quinnipiac University was selected as the top team among the Connecticut 6 schools in the annual preseason men's basketball coaches' poll. The rest of the ranking included the University of Hartford as the second team, followed by Yale University, Fairfield University, Central Connecticut, and Sacred Heart University. The ranking was based upon the vote of the six head coaches. 

The Season Opener
With its win over Hartford last season, Quinnipiac improved to 5-1 in season-openers under head coach Tom Moore. This includes a 3-1 mark in the Connecticut 6 Classic since it began in 2009.  

Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .571 overall winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.667), Vermont's John Becker (.652), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.629) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.575). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution) 

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, 2013 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Moore (108-81) 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) of the NEC coaches since Quinnipiac joined the conference back in 1998. At season's end last year, Moore was alone at the top among active NEC coaches as the fastest to 100 wins at the Division I level. 

The MAAC Preseason Poll
Quinnipiac was selected to finish seventh in the 2013-14 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, revealed by the league office on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 during the "2013-14 MAAC Basketball Coaches Preview Show" on ESPN3. Manhattan College was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2014 MAAC Men's Basketball Championship, according to the popular opinion of coaches around the league. The Jaspers, who appeared in last year's MAAC Championship game against Iona, received 10 of 11 first place votes and 119 points. Defending champion Iona was next in line after receiving the lone remaining first place vote and 108 points overall. Canisius finished third with 100 points, followed by Rider, which finished second in last season's regular season race, with 85 points. Marist was fifth with 69 points, followed by Fairfield (61), Quinnipiac (58), last year's regular season champ Niagara (39), Saint Peter's (38), Siena (35) and Monmouth (14). Along with Quinnipiac, Monmouth will also compete in the MAAC for the first time in the 2013-14 season. 

All-MAAC Preseason Honors
Selected by coaches around the league, Ike Azotam was named to the 2013-14 All-MAAC Preseason Men's Basketball Third Team, announced on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Azotam earned the respect of the voters after tremendous sophomore and junior campaigns which saw multiple Northeast Conference accolades. 

Double-Double Machine
Ike Azotam collected his 26th career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Robert Morris last season (2/14/13). Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. Azotam had 10 of them last season – something that only two players in the MAAC accomplished. 

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 (1/5/13). He (716) currently sits in second place since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's top division, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). 

Ike Reaches Milestone
Ike Azotam recorded his 1,000th career point against Saint Francis University last season (2/16/13) to become Quinnipiac's 26th player to accomplish the feat. Azotam, now with 1,085 career points, was the 10th player to score 1,000 points in the Division I era and recently passed DeMario Anderson '08 (1,063) for ninth on the list. Next on the list is Jared Grasso '02, who had 1,134 career points which ranks 25th all-time and eighth in Division I. 

Farewell Northeast Conference
Since taking over in 2007-08, head coach Tom Moore accumulated a 70-38 record in Northeast Conference Regular Season games, trailing only Robert Morris and LIU Brooklyn during that span. After last season, Moore was second among active NEC coaches, who have coached in multiple seasons, in conference winning percentage (.648).

The Schedule
A time slot in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and a trip to Pac-12 affiliate Oregon State highlight the 2013-14 Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Schedule. The slate includes 10 postseason teams from a year ago and features its very first competition within the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.