Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-6, 6-2 MAAC) at
Iona College Gaels (9-8, 6-2 MAAC)
Friday, January 24, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.
Hynes Athletic Center – New Rochelle, N.Y.
All-Time Series vs. Iona (DI): 2-0 (2-0)
Last Meeting: January 6, 2014 • W, 86-74
QU Last five: 4-1
Iona Last Five: 3-2
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SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (11-6, 6-2 MAAC) battles Iona College (9-8, 6-2 MAAC) on Friday night for a share of first place in the conference standings. Canisius currently sits atop the league with a 7-2 mark in MAAC play with Quinnipiac, Iona and Manhattan each looking for that seventh win. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. The game will be televised live on ESPN3.
ALL-TIME AGAINST IONA
Quinnipiac defeated Iona, 86-74, back on Jan. 6 to improve to 2-0 in the all-time series with the Gaels. The first meeting came back at the 2012 Paradise Jam where Quinnipiac outlasted Iona in overtime, 98-92, to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Ike Azotam is averaging 19.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, while Zaid Hearst is averaging 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds through the two games.
SCOUTING THE GAELS
In search of its 10th win on the season, Iona enters Friday's bout having won four of its last six games. Iona went 1-1 during a two-game home stand last weekend. After an 85-83 loss to Canisius on Jan. 17, the Gaels bounced back with a 14-point win over Siena at the Hynes Athletic Center on Jan. 19. Against the Saints, Iona used a late second half surge to earn an 88-74 victory in a game that saw four Gaels in double-figures. Tre Bowman led all scorers with 25 points; Isaiah Williams finished with 20 points; Sean Armand had 11 and David Laury had 10. Armand serves as the team's leading scorer this year, pouring in 18.6 points per game. The league's leading offense has three other players in double-figures for the year: AJ English (17.6 ppg), Bowman (13.8 ppg) and Laury (12.4 ppg). English had 27 points against Quinnipiac in the first meeting.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST NIAGARA
The Quinnipiac men's basketball team did what they do best on Saturday afternoon (1/18) - rebound. The Bobcats dominated the backboards and earned a comfortable 85-71 victory over Niagara on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center. Ike Azotam and Ousmane Drame led the Bobcats, each posting a double-double in the game. Azotam mustered 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Drame picked up his double-double at the strength of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Quinnipiac is the only team in the country that has two players averaging at least 12.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Quinnipiac is one of just two teams (UNLV) that has two players averaging at least 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Ike Azotam is averaging 16.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, with Ousmane Drame bringing in 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest.
IN ELITE COMPANY
Ike Azotam corralled his 900th career rebound against Niagara, and became the third player in Quinnipiac history, the second player during the Division I era, to record 1,300 points and 900 rebounds in a career. Furthermore, Azotam serves as the only player in QU history to have 1,300 points, 900 rebounds and 85 blocks. Azotam has 910 career rebounds which puts him in sixth place all-time in program history. He currently sits in second place among Division I players, only trailing Rutty's mark of 1,032.
FEED THE BIG MAN
Ike Azotam had 14 points and 14 rebounds against Niagara. Azotam has 1,364 career points and is closing in on Bill Romano '02 (1,450) for fourth 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 also trails Romano for 14th on the all-time list.
Ike Azotam collected his 37th career double-double against Niagara. Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's Quinnipiac Division I leading record of 41 career double-doubles. He has double-doubles in 10 out of his last 14 games, including five out of his last six. Azotam is the only player in the nation averaging 5.0 offensive rebounds per game (5.1), ranks fourth in rebounds per game (11.4) and is tied for fourth in double-doubles (11.0). All three of these figures lead the MAAC.
NOT IN IKE'S HOUSE
Ike Azotam recorded a career high of five blocks against Iona (1/6). He has 87 for his career which has him ranked fourth during the Division I era and top 10 all-time. Azotam's five blocks in a game was the third most in DI history.
15 OR MORE
Ike Azotam has nine career games with 15 or more rebounds. He has four of them this year and looks to meet Rutty's record of five in one season. He is also chasing Rutty's mark of 12 career games with 15 or more rebounds. Azotam has 14 or more rebounds in five of his last six games, and serves as the only QU Division I player record 15 or more rebounds in three straight games (1/4 – 1/9).
A FORCE ON THE BLOCK
Ousmane Drame collected his 16th career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Niagara. Drame has reached double-digits in 19 of his last 23 games dating back to last season, which included the third 20-point game of his career against Fairfield (12/6). He has seven double-doubles on the season which has him ranked third in the conference and tied for 27th in the nation. He also ranks 19th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (3.9) and ranks 22nd in rebounds per game (9.8).
BREAKING HIS OWN RECORDS
Ousmane Drame set a new QU Division I program record with seven blocks against Monmouth (1/16), breaking his own record of six which he had done twice before. Drame became the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to record 100 blocks in a career and became the third player during the Division I era. Drame has 106 career blocks and is chasing CJ Vick's '05 mark of 107 for the DI category lead. Drame has 41 blocks this season which ranks him eighth all-time and second among DI players for most blocks in a single season.
NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE
Ousmane Drame corralled 20 rebounds in a game for the second time in his career against Monmouth (1/16). He became the 15th player in MAAC history, and the ninth since 2000, to record 20 rebounds in a game. Drame was the ninth player in MAAC history to grab 21 rebounds in a game and on top of that, he matched QU's Division I program record for most rebounds in a game (Victor Akinyanju, 2/3/07).
SCORING THE BASKETBALL
Umar Shannon netted 16 points against Niagara, marking the 13th time he has reached double-figures in a game for the Bobcats. Shannon has at least 12 points in his last seven games, with a high of 23 against Monmouth (1/4). Shannon has 1,163 career points between his brief career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University. Shannon is averaging 13.4 points per game at Quinnipiac which ranks him third among Bobcat players and tied for 20th in the MAAC.
CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED
Umar Shannon ranks third in the MAAC in free-throw shooting percentage, averaging 87.9 percent from the charity stripe. He is ranked 42nd in all of NCAA Division I basketball.
HEARST CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Zaid Hearst scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Niagara. Hearst has 10 or more points in 19 of his last 24 games dating back to last season and has 796 career points. He is 16th in the MAAC in scoring (13.6), and ranks 14th in both free-throw percentage (.779) and three-point shooting percentage (.397). Hearst tallied a new career high with 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Iona (1/6). He was 9-of-11 (.818) from the floor, 2-of-2 from long range and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Zaid Hearst collected his ninth career double-double against Iona (1/6). Hearst has six double-doubles on the season, which has ranked fourth in the conference and tied for 47th in the nation. He ranks fourth in the league in rebounds per game (7.9) and is top 10 in both offensive and defensive rebounding.
THE SHAQ ATTACK
Shaq Shannon finished with 12 points, four rebounds and one assist against Niagara. He was 4-of-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from long distance, serving the second time he's had 10 or more points this year. Shannon had 18 points and seven assists against Rider (12/8) – both matching career highs. Shannon was 6-of-12 from the floor and added five more points from the charity stripe.
BUILT FORD TOUGH
James Ford had nine points and four rebounds in 16 minutes of action against Monmouth (1/4). He was 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-5 from behind the arc. Ford set a new career high with 10 points off the bench against Rider (12/8). He was 4-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range helping the Quinnipiac comeback bid. Ford is averaging 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in just 12.5 minutes per outing.
CHANDLER GETTING COMFORTABLE
Kasim Chandler has scored 10 or more points in 10 out of his 16 collegiate games. He had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and dished out three assists against Saint Peter's (1/12). Chandler is averaging 9.2 points per game this season, ranking him 32nd in the MAAC and fourth among rookies.
STACKING UP IN NEW ENGLAND
Head Coach Tom Moore's .578 overall winning percentage is fourth best among active Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.714), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.646) and Vermont's John Becker (.636). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
The Bobcats lead the nation in rebounding margin (14.1), offensive rebounds per game (18.2) and rebounds per game (47.5). 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.
With Tom Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 178 of his 206 games (.864) – including 49 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 71 of the 206 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 21 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 31 against Maine on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 61-10 (.859) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 17-4 (.810) record with plus-20. Quinnipiac's 49-game streak is far and away the longest active streak in the nation.
ANOTHER REBOUNDING STAT…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the fifth time this year against Niagara (56), marking the 22nd 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.
Quinnipiac has had eight or more blocks in five games this year and had a season-high of 10 against Manhattan (1/9). QU ranks second in the MAAC in blocks per game (5.4) and tied for 36th in the nation.
FREE-THROWS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 51-9 (.850) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including a 11-1 mark this year. Furthermore, the Bobcats are 12-0 in the last two seasons when making 25 or more free-throws. Quinnipiac ranks third in the MAAC in free-throw percentage (.717).
LESS FOULS, MORE WINS
The Bobcats are 11-4 over the last two seasons when their opponent makes fewer than 12 free-throws in a game. On the contrary, when the opposition has recorded 25 or more free throws made over the last two seasons, Quinnipiac is 0-6.
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 55-15 (.786) when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.
TOUGH TO LOSE IF YOU DON'T MISS
Quinnipiac shot 50 percent from the floor for the second time this season against Monmouth (1/4). The Bobcats 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 29 games over the last five seasons, posting a 24-5 (.828) mark when accomplishing that feat.
Quinnipiac is 13-1 in its last 14 home games at the TD Bank Sports Center. Since head coach Tom Moore took over in 2007, the Bobcats are 63-32 (.663) on Lender Court. Furthermore, Quinnipiac has won 11 straight at home against conference opposition (dating back to last season) and has won five straight at home overall. Moore is 43-16 (.729) in conference games at the Bank.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 with the second game of the weekend twinbill. The Bobcats travel to Manhattan College for a 2 p.m. tip at Draddy Gymnasium.