By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Game of the Week
Division II Men's Basketball
No. 1 Eastern Oregon (22-1, 10-1 CCC) at No. 15 Northwest (Wash.) (19-4, 9-2 CCC)
Friday, Jan. 25 | 7:30 p.m. PST | NU Pavilion | Kirkland, Wash.
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- No. 1 Eastern Oregon travels to No. 15 Northwest (Wash.) for a key Cascade Collegiate Conference matchup Friday in the NAIA Men's Basketball Game of the Week. The Mountaineers currently lead the league with a 10-1 record, while Northwest rests one game back at 9-2.
- Friday marks the 37th all-time meeting between the two sides with Eastern Oregon owning a 22-14 advantage in the series, including a vectoring in this season's meeting on Dec. 22, 77-63. The two teams have not split a season series since the 2009-10 campaign. In their inaugural meeting during the 1991-92 season, the Eagles claimed victory, 80-66.
- In their first meeting of the year, the two sides remained even until a 14-0 Eastern Oregon second half run made it a 72-51 advantage with 6:30 left. Northwest would pull as close as 11 late in the period, but failed to overcome the deficit. The Mountaineers, led by 19 points from Anthony Brown and Zach Anderson, shot 47.5 percent from the floor (29-of-61), while Northwest converted 43.4 percent (23-of-53) of its attempts. Brown added 14 rebounds for his then-first double-double of the season.
- Eastern Oregon, who received its first-ever No. 1 ranking on Jan. 8, enters the contest with a 22-1 overall record and is one-of-two one loss teams remaining in Division II (William Penn (Iowa), 22-1). The Mountaineers' win total is already three victories more than last season when they finished 19-11. Eastern Oregon's only loss of the season came at then-No. 12 Southern Oregon, 72-68, on Dec. 14.
- The Mountaineers have emerged as one of the NAIA's top rebounding teams, ranking amongst the top five in rebound margin (+11.6), total rebounds (1,033), rebounds per game (44.9), defensive rebounds per game (30.4) and offensive rebounds per game (14.5). Brown's 162 boards pace three individuals with 100-plus rebounds.
- Offensively, Eastern Oregon averages 80.0 points per game, which ranks 18th in the NAIA, including back-to-back 100-point nights against NCCAA Multnomah (Ore.) (126-58 and 109-79) to open the season.
- Trent Roos leads a trio of double figure scorers at 14.0 points per game, but has been held below 10 points in two of his last three games. Additionally, Roos boasts a 40.8 percent 3-point field goal percentage (53-of-130) and a team leading 82.4 percent (56-of-68) free throw percentage.
- Defensively, Eastern Oregon is surrendering 65.7 points per game, while holding opponents under 40 percent (39.5 percent) from the field.
- Northwest has won five-straight en route to a 19-4 overall record after dropping back-to-back games at Eastern Oregon on Dec. 22 and against then-No. 14 Warner Pacific (Ore.), 77-65, on Jan. 4.
- The Eagles showcase arguably two of the NAIA's most consistent forwards in Michael Greene and Michael Russo. Greene averages nearly a double-double at 18.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He has posted double figures in every game this season, including a career-high 32 points against Evergreen (Wash.) on Dec. 1. His 11 double-doubles ranks fifth nationally. Russo, who is second on the team in scoring at 17.4 points per game, paces the team and ranks eighth nationally with 69 total 3-pointers made. His 43.9 percent (69-of-157) 3-point field goal percentage is tied for the team lead with Nick Crossan.
- As a team, Northwest is shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 70.1 percent from the charity stripe. The Eagles' 217 3-pointers rank second in the NAIA.
- Northwest ranks 14th in scoring defense (63.4) and is limiting opponents to a 41.7 percent success rate from the floor.
Some information courtesy of Eastern Oregon and Northwest Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
- Tuesday - No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist def. No. 21 Science & Arts (Okla.), 96-46
- Saturday - No. 3 Pikeville (Ky.) at No. 25 Cumberlands (Ky.)
- Saturday - No. 13 Montana State-Northern at No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
- Tuesday - No. 20 Grace (Ind.) def. No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan, 80-77
- Friday - No. 1 Eastern Oregon at No. 15 Northwest (Wash.)
- Saturday - No. 21 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at No. 7 Northwood (Fla.)
- Saturday - No. 8 Northwestern (Iowa) at No. 25 Hastings (Neb.)
Upsets This Week in the Top 25
- Monday - Fisk (Tenn.) def. No. 11 Xavier (La.), 74-65
- Thursday - Mid-America Christian (Okla.) def. No. 21 Science & Arts (Okla.), 72-65
- Wednesday - Lourdes (Ohio) def. No. 17 Madonna (Mich.), 53-51
For the Record
- Only one team in men's and women's NAIA Basketball is still undefeated. No. 1-ranked Columbia (Mo.) is 21-0 (as of Jan. 25) and set a program record with its 21st-straight victory Thursday against Harris Stowe-State (Mo.). The Cougars next face William Woods (Mo.) Saturday in a battle of the first and second-place teams in the American Midwest Conference. The Eagles are tied with Park (Mo.) for second place at 5-2.
- Since 2008 -- 09, Columbia holds the fourth-longest undefeated streak to open up the season. Georgetown (Ky.) holds the highwater mark for the longest win streak to open up a season - 34-straight wins. Mountain State (W.Va.) held a 23-game win streak to start the 2009 - 10 season. Shorter (Ga.) won 22-consecutive games to start the 2011 - 12 season. Behind Columbia is the 16-straight streak held by LSU Shreveport (La.) to begin 2010 - 11. Rogers State (Okla.) went 13-0 to begin 2008 - 09 before its first loss.
- Columbia owns the most wins in Division I with 21. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) is next with a 20-2 record.
- Besides Columbia, Lee (Tenn.) is the only program with one loss (18-1). Six teams have two blemishes.
- There are 26 programs with 15-or-more victories (through games played Jan. 24).
- In the coaching ranks, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) head coach Larry Chapman stands third on the active Division I wins list with 699 (through Jan. 24). He looks to become the fifth active coach in both NAIA Division I and II to reach the 700-win threshold.
- Columbia coach Bob Burchard claimed his 600th career win against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Nov. 14.
- Two coaches recently hit the 500-win milestone: on Jan. 3, Central Methodist coach Jeff Sherman hit the mark with a victory over Graceland (Iowa) and Robert Morris (Ill.) general Al Bruehl did so on Nov. 1 in the season-opening win over Evangel (Mo.). Overall, there are nine Division I head coaches with 500-plus wins.
- Despite the 147-138 loss to Francis Marion on Nov. 19, 2012, Morris (S.C.) holds the single-game high for points. The Hornet shot 56-of-96 from the field and scored 19 points from the foul line.
- With 53 points, Rodney Milum of LSU Shreveport (La.) is the single-game leader with his effort against Paul Quinn (Texas) on Nov. 13, 2012. He went 16-for-25 overall with nine triples.
- Deon Boyce of UVa-Wise (Va.) has hit the best rebounding mark in the NAIA on two occasions, with 24 against Bluefield (Va.) on Jan. 3 and 24 against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Jan. 10.
- Two players, David Rawlinson of West Virginia Tech and Damarkus Lipscomb of Philander Smith (Ark.) each dished out 16 assists in a single-game to hold the most this year.
- Indiana Southeast and Saint Mary (Kan.) hold the longest active win streak in Division II with 12-straight victories (through Jan. 24). The Grenadiers (18-3) last loss came Dec. 5, 2012 against Saint Francis (Ind.), 78-71. Saint Mary (16-5) was turned back Nov. 27, 2012 against Peru State (Neb.), 74-55.
- Next on the win streak list is Rochester (Mich.) with 10-consecutive wins.
- Nebraska Wesleyan, currently 8-11 on the season (through Jan. 24), and leads all Division II programs in all-time wins with 1,365. The Prairie Wolves started their men's basketball program in 1905 - 06.
- No teams in the division are undefeated. William Penn (Iowa) was the last team to lose game No. 1 on the season, Dec. 7, 2012. The Statesmen were 15-0 before their first loss.
- Eastern Oregon and William Penn (Iowa) have the most victories (through games played Jan. 24) with 22.
- Those same two programs have just one blemish to their record.
- Overall, 38 teams have won at least 15 contests thus far.
- Conversely, two programs are searching for their first victory on the season - St. Andrews (N.C.) and AIB (Iowa).
- Ottawa (Kan.) coach Andy Carrier is close to 300 career wins. He currently stands 295-370 (through Jan. 24) and looks to become the 17th active head coach in NAIA Division II with 300-or-more wins.
- With the 140-53 win over Central Christian on Nov. 24, William Penn (Iowa) set the single-game high in points scored and scoring margin (+87). They went 26-for-48 from three-point range, with the 3-pointer made statistic one away from the national record. The scoring outburst is 19 points shy of the all-time Division II record of 159 set in 1994.
- Thaddeus Varmall of York (Neb.) holds the single-game high with a 49-point effort against Central Baptist (Ark.) on Jan. 5. He made 20-of-31 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds.
- With 24 total rebounds, including 17 on the defensive end, Terry Muse of Alice Lloyd (Ky.) owns the highwater rebounding mark. He did this against Crown (Minn.) on Nov. 17, 2012.
- Roosevelt Green of Saint Xavier (Ill.) and E'Jay Ward of Tennessee Wesleyan are the single-game leaders in assists (16) in a single-game.
- Scoring per Game - Anthony Dorsey, Truett-McConnell (Ga.), 28.00
- Field Goal Percentage - Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.), 0.700
- 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Robert Martinez, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 0.508
- Free Throw Percentage - Alvin Nance, Philander Smith (Ark.), 0.968
- Rebounds per Game - Demetrius Smith, Huston-Tillotson (Texas), 10.8
- Blocks per Game - Jamal Doss, William Carey (Miss.), 3.65
- Assists per Game - Travis Lampley, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas), 8.67
- Double-Doubles - Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.), 13
- Scoring Offense per Game - Pikeville (Ky.), 94.40
- Scoring Defense per Game - Columbia (Mo.), 55.76
- Field Goal Percentage Offense - Columbia (Mo.), 0.528
- Field Goal Percentage Defense - Lee (Tenn.), 0.372
- Free Throw Percentage - Philander Smith, (Ark.), 0.773
- Rebounds per Game - Bethel (Tenn.), 46.05
- Turnover Margin - Westminster (Utah), +8.90
- Scoring per Game - Rashad James, Northwood (Fla.), 24.00
- Field Goal Percentage - Jerome Vaughn, Midland (Neb.), 0.698
- 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Shawn Seymour, Oklahoma Wesleyan, 0.531
- Free Throw Percentage - Jordan Wilcox, Saint Mary (Kan.), 0.884
- Rebounds per Game - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 10.8
- Blocks per Game - Eoghann Stephens, Madonna (Mich.), 3.18
- Assists per Game - Tyrone Davis, Northwood (Fla.), 8.33
- Double-Doubles - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 14
- Scoring Offense per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 96.48
- Scoring Defense per Game - Lourdes (Ohio), 51.00
- Field Goal Percentage Offense - Hastings (Neb.), 0.514
- Field Goal Percentage Defense - Lourdes (Ohio), 0.367
- Free Throw Percentage - Aquinas (Mich.), 0.759
- Rebounds per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 47.87
- Turnover Margin - Marian (Ind.), 7.67
*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Jan. 25, 2013
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Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 76th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship will run from March 13 - 19, 2013 in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City has served as the host city in 67 of the previous 75 championships, including the last 11-straight events. The 32-team field will be announced on March 6. The championship is distinguished as the oldest national championship basketball tournament in the country, preceding any NIT or NCAA Tournament. Founded in 1937, the tournament has hailed national champions from 22 states, including Hawaii. The state of Oklahoma claims the most titles with 10 followed by Missouri with eight.
Tickets are on sale via www.NAIAHoops.com or by visiting the Municipal Auditorium Box Office in downtown Kansas City. For more information, call 816-595-8141.
The 22nd annual Division II Men's Basketball National Championship is scheduled for March 6 - 12, 2013 in Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Mo. College of the Ozarks will serve as hosts for the 14th-consecutive year. The 32-team field will be announced on Feb. 27.
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