Fri, Feb. 15, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]
(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO) The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes face Tabor College on Saturday in the regular season finale, and the Coyotes are in a fight for the final playoff spot in the KCAC standings. The Coyotes must win and hope for a McPherson loss against Bethel College for Wesleyan secure the eighth and final spot in the KCAC playoffs and a quarterfinal matchup against Saint Mary on Wednesday.
The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the "Voices of the Coyotes" Mike Hammett and Justin Dean with the call. Live stats will be available by clicking on the Live Stats link on the KWU Athletics website at www.kwucoyotes.com and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com. Live updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).
|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN |
|3||Dane Brinker (6-1, 175, Jr., G)||10.0||2.9|| |
|4||Michael Johnson (6-1, 185, So., G)||8.7||5.6|| |
|10||Canon Fields (6-0, 165, Jr., G)||22.9||8.1||5.0 APG|
|14||Brock Borovetz (6-0, 175, So., G)||12.6||2.3|| |
|50||Jeff Schwerdtfager (6-8, 230, Sr., C)||2.9||3.6|| |
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|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR TABOR|
|3||Lawson Kingsley (5-10, Sr., G)||4.3||1.2|| |
|12||Cameron Rust (6-3, Fr., G/F)||2.5||1.0|| |
|22||Robbie Samuel (6-2, Jr., G)||9.6||3.8|| |
|33||Nick Sauer (6-6, Jr., F)||7.3||3.5|| |
|44||Ryan Chippeaux (6-7, Sr., F)||13.0||9.8|| |
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THE SERIES AND LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Tabor leads the all-time series between the teams 52-44 and has won the last five meetings between the teams. In the last meeting between the teams on January 16, Tabor picked up a 90-84 win over the Coyotes. Wesleyan battled back from a 16-point deficit in the second half and took the lead with five minutes left and led again with 1:45 left but Tabor scored the final seven points to come away with the win. Canon Fields had 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the game. Nick Sauer led the Bluejays with 20 points while Ryan Chippeaux had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
SCOUTING THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is 8-19 overall and 5-12 in the KCAC after Thursday's 87-78 loss to Bethany. Canon Fields scored a school and possible KCAC record 50 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. He shattered the old KWU record of 44 points set by Larry Houdek in 1957 and tied by Jim Rash in 1965. Fields also broke the KWU single season points record of 644 set by Jason Gentz in 1996. Fields has 652 points heading into Saturday's game. No other Coyote scored more than seven points in the game as the Coyotes shot 37.3 percent from the field. Jordan Bieberle led Bethany with 32 points.
Junior transfer guard Canon Fields scored an NAIA Division II season best 50 points on Thursday against Bethany and had a team season best 16 rebounds in the season opener against Haskell. Fields leads the KCAC in three categories – scoring (24.2), assists (5.3) and steals (2.2) and Joey Long leads the KCAC in blocks (1.44).
The Coyotes shoot 40.7 percent as a team from the field and 33.6 percent from 3-point range on the season on the way to scoring 77.5 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 38.2 rebounds per game. Fields' 24.2 scoring average leads the team and NAIA Division II and he also leads the team in rebounding averaging 8.3 rebounds per game. Wesleyan's opponents are scoring 83.1 points per contest while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from 3-point range. Opponents are pulling down 45 rebounds per game.
The Coyotes rank No. 12 in NAIA Division II in free throw percentage (.730), No. 18 in offensive rebounds per game (12.889), No. 27 in turnover margin (2.185), No. 29 in scoring average (77.481), No. 30 in 3-point field goals made per game (7.630), No. 35 in total 3-pointers made (206), No. 38 in steals per game (8.185), No. 41 in rebounding average (37.963), and No. 47 in total steals (221) and total points (2092).
Fields leads NAIA Division II in scoring average (24.148) and total points (652). He also ranks No. 11 in total assists (144) and assists per game (5.333), No. 18 in defensive rebounds per game (6.148), No. 20 in total steals (60), No. 21 in steals per game (2.222), No. 30 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.149), No. 35 in total rebounds (223), No. 37 in rebounding average (8.259) and No. 49 in free throw percentage (.780). Brock Borovetz ranks No. 20 in total 3-pointers made (71) and No. 22 in 3-pointers made per game (2.630). Joey Long ranks No. 25 in blocks per game (1.444) and total blocks (39).
SCOUTING THE TABOR BLUEJAYS
Tabor enters Saturday's game with a 14-12 overall record and a 13-4 mark in the KCAC after Thursday's 59-56 win over Friends. Robbie Samuel had 15 and Ryan Chippeaux had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tabor to the win. Tabor shot 47.2 percent for the game including 59.1 percent in the second half. Anthony White led Friends with 12 while Zach Nelson had 11 as Friends shot 43.8 percent from the field.
Chippeaux leads Tabor in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Tabor is averaging 71.4 points per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from 3-point range. Tabor's opponents average 70.8 points per game while shooting just 40.9 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from 3-point range. Tabor's opponents are outrebounding the Bluejays 38.7 to 35.6 per game. Chippeaux has Tabor's best scoring and rebounding performances of the season, scoring 24 on November 3 against York (Neb.) and pulling down 16 rebounds on November 16 against Southwestern Assemblies (Texas).
Tabor ranks No. 10 in NAIA Division II in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.303), No. 24 in field goal percentage defense (.409), No. 40 in steals per game (8.154), No. 46 in turnover margin (0.885) and No. 50 in 3-point field goals made per game (6.962).
Ryan Chippeaux ranks No. 5 in defensive rebounds per game (7.0), No. 8 in rebounding average (9.808), No. 11 in total rebounds (255) and No. 33 in offensive rebounds per game (2.808). Robbie Samuel ranks No. 45 in free throw percentage (.783).