December 12, 2013

Men's Basketball to take on Vermont on Sunday at 2 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-3, 1-1 MAAC) at
University of Vermont Catamounts (3-6, 0-0 AE)
Sunday, December 15, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
Patrick Gymnasium – Burlington, Vt.
Series vs. UVM: 1-6
Last Meeting: December 8, 2012 • L, 53-46
QU Last Five: 3-2
UVM Last Five: 2-3 

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Up to the Green Mountains
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (5-3, 1-1 MAAC) looks for its second straight win at Patrick Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats head up to the Green Mountain State for a clash with the University of Vermont (3-6, 0-0 America East) in the historic 4,000 seat arena. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.  

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Vermont will be streamed live on CatamounTV. Bobcat fans can access audio as well with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 radio or by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call, with Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

All-Time Against Vermont
The Bobcats picked up their first win all-time against the Catamounts on December 11, 2011 in Burlington, Vt. However, the other six encounters have gone in favor of UVM, including their most recent meeting last year. Vermont handed Quinnipiac a 53-46 loss on a difficult shooting night for both teams from the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats and Catamounts first met back in 2006 where Vermont captured a road-victory in Hamden. Outside of the first meeting, the series has featured a very competitive rivalry with the final score being decided by eight points or less in each of the last six games. 

Scouting The Catamounts
Vermont is looking forward to playing on its home court for the first time in over a month. The Catamounts endured a long seven-game road trip, going just 2-5 during a stretch that featured some fierce competition. Vermont suffered three straight losses to Bryant, Providence and Wagner before going toe-to-toe with nationally-ranked ACC power Duke in a one point defeat. Furthermore, UVM hasn't played in a game since its finale at the Golden Gate Challenge which took place in the last week of November. Vermont defeated Illinois State in the GGC opener; lost to San Francisco in the middle game and concluded its California trip with a 73-61 win over Sonoma State. Kurt Steidl led all UVM players with 19 points at the strength of four three-pointers and 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. Clancy Rugg leads the team with 15.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. 

Last Time Out Against Rider
Despite a valiant second-half effort, the Quinnipiac men's basketball team fell short to Rider University, 90-78, in its first MAAC road game last Sunday. Ike Azotam, Shaq Shannon, James Ford and Marquis Barnett each posted season highs offensively in the losing effort. 

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. 10, 2013. Quinnipiac is off to a 5-3 start and caught the attention of the voters in the most recent census. 

In Elite Company
Ike Azotam corralled his 800th career rebound against Rider and joined an elite group of five other Quinnipiac players to record 1,000 points and 800 rebounds in a career. Azotam was just the second Division I player to accomplish the feat, as he and Justin Rutty '11 are the only two players to do it since 1998. Azotam has 802 career rebounds which puts him in ninth place all-time in program history. He currently sits in second place since among Division I players, only trailing Rutty's mark of 1,032. 

Feed the Big Man
Ike Azotam has 1,212 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 two points to catch Troy Adams '89 (1,214) for 19th on the all-time list.  

Hearst Still Rolling
Zaid Hearst had 15 points, five rebounds and three assists against Rider. This also included going 4-of-6 from long range – matching a career high which was set earlier this year against Hampton (11/20). He collected 20 points for the second time in his career against Fairfield (12/6), while continuing his torrid stretch from the floor. Hearst has double-doubles in four out his last six games and has 10 or more points in 13 of his last 15 games dating back to last season. He is third in the MAAC in rebounding (9.4), sixth in field goal percentage (.533) and 11th in scoring (15.6). Hearst has seven career double-doubles.  

The Shaq Attack
Shaq Shannon finished with 18 points and seven assists against Rider – both matching career highs which he has done twice before. Shannon was 6-of-12 from the floor and added five more points from the charity stripe. He also has 15 rebounds over his last two games, which featured 11 against Fairfield (12/6).  

Built Ford Tough
James Ford set a new career high with 10 points off the bench against Rider. He was 4-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range helping the Quinnipiac comeback bid. He also grabbed two rebounds in 18 minutes on the hardwood.  

A Force on the Block
Ousmane Drame is averaging a double-double over his last six games, recording at least 13 points in five of the six and at least 10 rebounds in four of the six. Drame has reached double-digits in 11 of his last 14 games dating back to last season, which included the third 20-point game of his career against Fairfield (12/6). He has double-doubles in three out of his last six games as well. 

Rejection is the Key to Success
Ousmane Drame matched his career high and Division I program record with six blocks against Fairfield (12/6). Drame has 80 for his career which has him tied for third in the DI era and top 10 all-time at Quinnipiac. QU set a new season-high with nine blocks against Fairfield (12/6). 

Double-Double Machine
Ike Azotam collected his 31st career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds against Fairfield (12/6). Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. He has double-doubles in four out of his last five games and at least 12 rebounds in each game. Azotam leads the MAAC in offensive rebounds per game (4.6) and rebounds per game (10.8). That has him ranked seventh and eighth in the nation, respectively.  

Hearst Earns CollegeHoopsDaily.com Honors
Zaid Hearst was named to the MAAC CollegeHoopsDaily.com Team for the month of November, announced on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Hearst averaged 16.0 points and 10.8 rebounds in five November starts for the Bobcats. He had double-doubles in three straight games to close out the month, which included a career performance against Hampton University (11/20). Hearst led the MAAC in rebounds and was top 10 in scoring, free-throw percentage, field goal percentage, and defensive rebounds in November. 

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 (.744), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.644) 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 (17.6), while ranking third in rebounding margin (13.4) and rebounds per game (47.9). 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 Margin
With Tom Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 169 of his 197 games (.858) – including 40 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 65 of the 197 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 18 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 31 against Maine on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 56-9 (.861) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 14-4 (.778) record with plus-20.  

Another Rebounding Stat…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the third time this season against Fairfield (12/6), marking the 20th 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. 

Defense Wins
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 53-14 (.791) when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.  

Free-Throws Make a Difference
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 45-8 (.849) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including a 5-0 mark this year. In addition, the Bobcats won every game last year (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 has recorded 25 or more free throws made over the last two seasons, Quinnipiac is 0-6. 

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. 

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 11.9 points per game at Quinnipiac which ranks him fourth among Bobcat players and 20th in the MAAC. 

Chandler Getting Comfortable
Kasim Chandler has scored 10 or more points in five out of his eight collegiate games. He had 14 points and four assists against Fairfield (12/6), which saw a 6-for-6 showing from the free-throw line and 2-fo-2 from behind the arc.

Looking Ahead
The Bobcats are back in action against Lehigh on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The game will take place at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. at 7 p.m.