Men's Basketball Hosts Fairfield in MAAC Opener on Friday Night; Game Aired Live on ESPN3

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-2, 0-0 MAAC) vs.
Fairfield University Stags (1-6, 0-0 MAAC)
Friday, December 6, 2013 – 8:30 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. FFLD: 0-1
Last Meeting: November 11, 2011 • L, 72-60
QU Last Five: 3-2
FFLD Last Five: 0-5

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MAAC Play Begins
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (4-2, 0-0 MAAC) hosts Fairfield University (1-6, 0-0 MAAC) on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 for its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game in program history. The Bobcats and the Stags will square off at 8:30 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center with all the action live nationally on ESPN3.com. 

Live on ESPN3
Courtesy of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Quinnipiac's game against Fairfield will be aired live on ESPN3.com. Doug Sherman will have the play-by-play with Rob Kennedy alongside for color commentary. The MAAC's 2013-14 men's and women's basketball broadcast schedule will feature 47 nationally televised games on the ESPN networks, including 37 contests during the regular season and 10 more in the 2014 MAAC Championships. 

Other Multimedia Links
Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

 

All-Time Against Fairfield
Although they stand just 30 miles apart, Quinnipiac and Fairfield are meeting for just the second time in program history. The lone meeting came back in 2011-12 at the Connecticut 6 Classic where the Stags held off a late surge from the Bobcats. Quinnipiac used a 24-9 run to erase a 15-point deficit in the second half, but couldn't complete the comeback bid and dropped its season-opener to Fairfield, 72-60, at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Scouting The Stags
Cross-state rival Fairfield has played a rugged schedule in the early going that has included games with defending national champion Louisville, as well as Richmond and Providence. Coach Sydney Johnson's Stags have looked to Marcus Gilbert (13.0) and Maurice Barrow (9.7), last year's MAAC Sixth Man of the Year, offensively thus far. Amadou Sidibe, the co-Rookie of the Year last season, also contributes six points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Gilbert scored a team-high 23 points and Barrow came off the bench to add 20 points in Fairfield's most recent loss to Providence. The Stags lead the MAAC in scoring defense (65.1) but are second-to-last in scoring offense (56.3). 

Last Time Out Against BU
Quinnipiac fell to Boston University, 69-66, on a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining in regulation in a non-conference match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center on Monday night. With players cutting across the baseline, Nathan Dieudonne popped up from the block to set a screen on a Bobcat defender before Irving jab-stepped, collected himself and knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the arc to give Boston University a three-point lead, 69-66, with 2.5 seconds remaining. 

A Trio of Double-Doubles
Zaid Hearst, Ike Azotam and Ousmane Drame all recorded double-doubles for a second straight game against Boston University on Monday night. It was the second time that Quinnipiac has had three players with double-doubles during the Division I era – with the first occurring a game earlier at Maine (11/25). 

Home Cooking
Quinnipiac is 8-1 in its last nine home games at the TD Bank Sports Center. Since head coach Tom Moore took over in 2007, the Bobcats are 58-32 (.644) on Lender Court. 

CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll
The hype continues to hang around the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team as the Bobcats received votes in the latest College Insider Mid-Major Poll on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2013. Quinnipiac is off to a 4-2 start and caught the attention of the voters in the most recent census. 

In Elite Company
Ike Azotam has 781 career rebounds which puts him in a tie for 10th place all-time in program history. He currently sits in second place since among Division I players, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). With 19 more rebounds, Azotam would join an elite group of only five other players to have 1,000 points and 800 rebounds throughout a career at Quinnipiac.   

Feed the Big Man
Ike Azotam has 1,170 career points and is chasing James Feldeine '10 (1,320) for sixth 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. Azotam needs 44 points to catch Troy Adams '89 (1,214) for 19th on the all-time list. 

Z Continues to Roll
Zaid Hearst collected his fourth straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Boston U. He has recorded 10 or more rebounds in his last five games and has scored 10 or more points in 11 of his last 13 games dating back to last season. He is second in the MAAC in rebounding (10.7) and ninth in scoring (15.0). 

A Force on the Block
Ousmane Drame has double-doubles in three out of his last four games, recording double-digits offensively in all four of them. He had 16 points and 11 rebounds against BU, and 17 points and 12 rebounds at Maine (11/25). Drame recorded his 500th career rebounds against the Terriers on Monday night. 

Double-Double Machine
Ike Azotam collected his 30th career double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds against Boston U. Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. He has double-doubles in three straight games, with at least 12 rebounds in each game. Azotam leads the MAAC in offensive rebounds per game (4.3) and rebounds per game (10.8).   

Umar Nets 1,000th Career Point
Between his young career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University, Umar Shannon crossed the 1,000 point plateau with his 19-point outburst at Maine (11/25). Shannon is averaging 14.5 points per game at Quinnipiac which ranks him second among Bobcat players and 12th in the MAAC. Shannon had 15 points against BU. 

Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .574 overall winning percentage is fourth best among active Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.737), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.640) and Vermont's John Becker (.615). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution) 

Rebounding Dominance
The Bobcats lead the nation in offensive rebounds per game (18.2) and rebounding margin (15.8), while ranking second in rebounds per game (48.0). Last year, 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 two seasons. 

Rebounding at the Guard Position
Zaid Hearst and Evan Conti have aided enhanced Quinnipiac's rebounding numbers from the guard position. Hearst is second in the MAAC in rebounds per game (10.7), while Conti is 15th with 6.2 per game. Hearst nabbed his seventh career double-double against BU and Conti is averaging 6.4 rebounds over his last seven games dating back to last season. 

Another Rebounding Stat…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the second time this season against Maine (11/25), marking the 19th time during the Division I era. In nine years prior to Tom Moore's arrival, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition. The Bobcats have eclipsed 60 rebounds twice.

Looking Ahead
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 8 with its first MAAC road game of the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac travels to Rider University for a 2 p.m. tilt with the Broncs at Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrence Township, N.J.