Men’s Basketball Ready for La Salle on Tuesday Morning in ESPN Tip-Off Marathon; Game Time Set for 9 AM Live on ESPN2
ESPN College Hoops Tip-off Marathon
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-0, 0-0 MAAC) at
La Salle University Explorers (0-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Tom Gola Arena – Philadelphia, Pa.
QU Last Five: 1-0
La Salle Last Five: 0-1
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Men's Basketball Takes on La Salle in ESPN Tip-Off Marathon
For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (1-0, 0-0 MAAC) will be a part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Bobcats will take on La Salle University (0-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) in Philadelphia, Pa. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. The game will be aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. It marks the first meeting between the two programs.
ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
ESPN will mark the opening of the college basketball season with the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon providing more than 24 hours of consecutive basketball coverage over Monday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Nov. 12. The schedule includes 16 men's matchups and two top-25 women's games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, ending with the third installment of the State Farm Champions Classic – featuring Michigan State vs. Kentucky and Kansas vs. Duke – from the United Center in Chicago.
On The Air
Tuesday's game can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN3, or heard on AM 1220 WQUN by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweitzer will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca's insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
Scouting The Explorers
In their season-opener on Saturday, the Explorers began their campaign in heartbreaking fashion with a double-overtime loss to Manhattan College. La Salle, who is fresh off a historical run to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16, returns four starters from last year's squad. La Salle (24-10) was the fifth 13-seed to reach the Sweet 16 joining Bradley (2006), Oklahoma (1999), Richmond (1988) and Valparaiso (1998). Only six La Salle teams won more games than the 24 that the Explorers did in 2012-13 (1952-55, 1988-90). La Salle enters Tuesday's clash having won 27 of its last 33 in Gola Arena, including the 10 of last 12. The Explorers have also won 14 of their last 16 non-conference regular season games at Gola. La Salle was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 by the coaches and media at Media Day at the Barclays Center in October. In addition, Tyreek Duren was named to the Preseason All-A-10 First Team and Tyrone Garland and Jerrell Wright were named to the third team.
Last Time Out Against Hartford
Led by Ike Azotam's 20-point, 13-rebound double-double, the Bobcats mounted a tremendous comeback to erase an 11 point first-half deficit and defeat Hartford, 82-77, on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the 2013 Connecticut 6 Classic. The Bobcats improved to 1-0 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, and now have a 17-5 all-time record against the Hawks.
Success in the CT 6
With the win, Quinnipiac improved to 4-1 since the tournament began back in 2009. Quinnipiac was selected as the top team among the Connecticut 6 schools in the annual preseason men's basketball coaches' poll.
The Season Opener
With its win over Hartford, Quinnipiac improved to 6-1 in season-openers under head coach Tom Moore. The Bobcats were winless in nine straight season-openers prior to his arrival.
Ike Azotam collected his 27th career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Hartford. 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.
Zaid Hearst set a new Quinnipiac Division I program record by making 12 free-throws without a miss against Hartford. Hearst poured in 17 points for the game and has now recorded double-digits in seven of his last eight games. Hearst netted double-figures in 19 of Quinnipiac's 31 games last year.
An Immediate Impact
Kasim Chandler and AJ Sumbry each finished with double-figures in their collegiate debut against Hartford - something that hasn't been done in some 14 years. The last time Quinnipiac had two true freshmen finish in double-figures in their very first game was back in 1998 when Nate Pondexter and Ahmad Allahgholi did it at UConn. Chandler had 11 points and Sumbry added 10.
Closing in on 1,000
Between his young career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University, Umar Shannon has amassed 942 points, leaving him 58 shy of the 1,000-point plateau. Shannon had six points, going 2-of-2 from behind the arc, and two assists in his Bobcat debut against Hartford.
Climbing The Ladder
Ike Azotam has 729 career rebounds and currently sits in second place since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's top division, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). He is 52 rebounds shy of Boyd Johnson's total of 781 for 10th place all-time.
The 1,000 Point Club
Ike Azotam has 1,105 career points and trails Jared Grasso '02 by 29 points for eighth place among Quinnipiac Division I scoring leaders. In the 2012-13 season, he was the 10th player to score 1,000 points in the Division I era and 26th all-time.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .574 overall winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.667), Vermont's John Becker (.643), 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 (109-81) 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 Bobcats continued their dominance on the glass in 2012-13, leading the Northeast Conference and ranking amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac led the nation in total rebounding (42.1) and offensive rebounding (15.9) and was second in rebounding margin (10.4). 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 team in the nation to finish first or second in each category over the last three seasons.
Another Rebounding Stat…
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 163 of his 190 games (.858) – including 33 straight dating back to last season. In 61 of the 190 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 53-8 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 13-3 record with plus-20.
In 2012-13, the Bobcats grabbed a season-high 56 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn (1/3/13). It was the highest rebound total since Quinnipiac set the program record with 61 rebounds against LIU Brooklyn in 2011-12. QU reached 50 rebounds four times last season, four times in 2011-12, 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.
Free-Throws Make a Difference
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 41-8 when making more free-throws than its opponent, including an 11-2 mark when doing so last season. In addition, the Bobcats won every game last season (5-0) when recording 25 or more free-throws made and were 9-2 when opponents recorded 12 or fewer free-throws made. On the contrary, when the opposition recorded 25 or more free throws made last season, Quinnipiac was 0-5.
Tough to Lose If You Don't Miss
Quinnipiac connected on season-best 58.6 percent of its field goals against Monmouth last year (2/7/13), nearly eclipsing 60 percent for the first time since 2010. The Bobcats 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.
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 50-13 (.794) when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Nov. 16 with their first home game of the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac welcomes 2012 America East champion Albany to the TD Bank Sports Center for a 2 p.m. tip-off.