Fri, Jan. 18, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]
(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO) The Kansas Wesleyan men are ready for the second half of the KCAC season to start when the Coyotes head to Ottawa on Saturday for a 7 p.m., tip at Wilson Fieldhouse. It's an exciting time for the Coyotes, who are 2-7 in the KCAC and 5-14 overall, but have been in nearly every KCAC game, losing four close road games (at Southwestern 87-86 in OT, at Saint Mary 81-79, a 99-91 overtime loss at Sterling and Wednesday's 90-84 loss at Tabor).
The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with Justin Dean with the call. Live stats will be available by clicking on the Webcasts link at www.dakstats.com/naia and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com.
|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN |
|3||Dane Brinker (6-1, 175, Jr., G)||10.1||3.0|| |
|4||Michael Johnson (6-1, 185, So., G)||8.7||5.3|| |
|10||Canon Fields (6-0, 165, Jr., G)||23.3||8.1||5.1 APG|
|14||Brock Borovetz (6-0, 175, So., G)||12.6||2.7|| |
|50||Jeff Schwerdtfager (6-8, 230, Sr., C)||3.0||3.6|| |
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|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR OTTAWA|
|15||Adam Hasty (5-11, So., G)||10.1||2.6|| |
|25||Julian Rose (6-1, Jr., G)||10.1||4.7|| |
|31||Chase Dippel (6-1, Sr., G)||14.3||2.7|| |
|32||Stephen Feighny (6-5, Sr., F)||7.3||5.5|| |
|41||Corey Smith (6-6, Sr., F)||14.3||6.2|| |
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THE SERIES AND LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Ottawa leads the all-time series between the teams 95-76 and is 8-2 in the last ten meetings. The two teams last met on November 29 in the KCAC opener for both teams with Ottawa winning 75-62. Chase Dippel poured in 30 points and Corey Smith had 18. Wesleyan led by eight points in the first half, but Ottawa tied things up at 33-all at halftime and blew the game open with a 17-1 run in the second half. Canon Fields had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the game, while Brock Borovetz had 16 points and Dane Brinker scored 10 for the Coyotes.
SCOUTING THE COYOTES
Wesleyan lost a close contest with Tabor College on Wednesday in Hillsboro in a 90-84 decision. Wesleyan led 84-83 with 1:45 left, but Tabor scored the last seven points for the win. The Coyotes were down by 16 early in the second half, but rallied to take the lead at the 5:01 mark on a three by Canon Fields. Fields scored 29 points, had seven rebounds and seven assists for the Coyotes, while Brock Borovetz added 13 points and nine rebounds and Joey Long had nine rebounds to help the Coyotes outrebound the Bluejays 45-38. Ryan Chippeaux had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Tabor, while Nick Sauer scored 20 as Tabor hit 13 3-pointers in the game.
The Coyotes won their first two games of the year over Haskell (Kan.) and Manhattan Christian. After a ten game losing streak, the Coyotes have gone 3-4, including picking up KCAC wins over Bethel and Bethany. Junior transfer guard Canon Fields scored a team season best 37 points against Manhattan Christian and has had a team season best 16 rebounds in the season opener against Haskell. Fields leads the KCAC in three categories – scoring (23.3), assists (5.1) and steals (2.6).
The Coyotes shoot 40.7 percent as a team from the field and 32.4 percent from 3-point range on the season on the way to scoring 75.7 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 36.8 rebounds per game. Fields' 23.3 scoring average leads the Coyotes, and he also leads the team averaging 8.1 rebounds per game. Wesleyan's opponents are scoring 82.7 points per contest while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range. Opponents are pulling down 44.2 rebounds per game.
Wesleyan ranks No. 6 in NAIA Division II in free throw percentage (.735), No. 21 in offensive rebounds per game (12.842), No. 25 in turnover margin (2.526), No. 37 in steals per game (8.474), No. 45 in scoring offense (75.737) and in steals (161.)
Fields ranks No. 4 in the country in total points (442), No. 6 in scoring average (23.263), No. 13 in steals average (2.579) and total steals (49), No. 14 in assist average (5.105), No. 18 in total assists (97), No. 20 in defensive rebounds per game (6.105), No. 34 in rebounding average (8.053), No. 36 in total rebounds (153) and No. 47 in free throw percentage (.784). Joey Long leads the KCAC in block average, ranking No. 29 in the NAIA in total blocks (25) and No. 31 in block average (1.316). Borovetz ranks No. 33 in 3-pointers made per game (2.474) and No. 37 in total 3-pointers made (47).
SCOUTING THE OTTAWA BRAVES
Ottawa is coming off a 75-67 loss at Friends on Wednesday night in Wichita. Five Ottawa players scored in double figures led by Chase Dippel with 13 as the Braves shot 40 percent from the field and from 3-point range. Ottawa outrebounded Friends 40-32, but the Falcons were led by Zach Nelson and Anthony White with 15 points each as Friends shot 49.1 percent from the field in the game. The Braves are 7-12 overall and 4-5 in the KCAC after the first half of the KCAC season.
Chase Dippel leads Ottawa in scoring, averaging 14.315 points per game, while Corey Smith averages 14.263 per contest. Smith also leads the Braves in rebounding, averaging 6.2 rebounds per game. Dippel has twice scored a team season best 30 points, on November 13 against Oklahoma Wesleyan and on November 29 against Kansas Wesleyan. Smith's team season best 13 rebounds came on January 5 against Bethel. Ottawa shoots 42.5 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range on the way to scoring 73.2 points per game. Ottawa's opponents shoot 44.1 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3-point range on the way to scoring 75.4 points per game. Ottawa holds a 38.2 to 37.1 rebounding advantage over its opponents.
Ottawa ranks No. 25 in NAIA Division II in 3-point percentage (.370), No. 26 in 3-pointers made per game (7.789), No. 30 in 3-point field goal defense (.318), No. 32 in 3-pointers made (148), No. 38 in defensive rebounds per game (26.789) and No. 41 in rebounding average.
Dippel is the only Brave ranked in the Top 50 in a statistical category, ranking No. 42 in total 3-pointers made (45) and No. 47 in 3-pointers made per game (2.368).
NEXT UP FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is back at home for the next two games, hosting Southwestern on Wednesday and then Saint Mary on Saturday.