By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Game of the Week – No. 3
No. 6 Cornerstone (Mich.) (18-3, 12-1 WHAC) at No. 13 Davenport (Mich.) (17-4, 10-3 WHAC)Saturday, Jan. 25 | 3 p.m. EST | DU Student Center | Grand Rapids, Mich.
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· Two teams jockeying for position in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) standings face off on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich., as No. 13 Davenport (Mich.) hosts No. 6 Cornerstone (Mich.). With a 10-3 WHAC record, Davenport trails league-leading Cornerstone (12-1) by 2.0 games. Madonna (Mich.) is second at 11-2.
· Cornerstone looks for revenge as the Golden Eagles have lost just once in WHAC action, which happened against Davenport on Nov. 20, 2013.
· In its last time out, Cornerstone won its seventh-straight contest with an 85-73 victory against Siena Heights (Mich.) on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles used a 30-19 scoring edge from the foul line in the win. Wes Hudson recorded a game-high 28 points.
· Davenport grabbed a road win, 83-67, at Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday to improve to 17-4 overall. Senior JaVontae Ford led the way with 20 points.
· In the all-time series, Cornerstone leads by a 13-9 margin. Davenport won the last meeting 81-80, back on Nov. 20. That game featured 13 ties and seven lead changes and DU took the lead for good when Ford hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds to play for the difference.
· Despite trailing in the all-time series, Davenport has won the last four meetings dating back to 2012. The last Cornerstone win was Feb. 18, 2012 at home (83-73). In the last five meetings, the average margin of victory has been 5.4 points.
· Davenport stands 6-2 this year at the DU Student Center. The Panthers, who are playing just their third home game since the start of the calendar year, will bring a 74-11 overall home mark into Saturday's match-up. Davenport is tops in the WHAC at home over that span as it has a .870 win percentage -- Cornerstone is second over the same time frame in home win percentage (.783).
· In true road games this year, the Golden Eagles are 10-1, with the sole loss at NCAA Division II Ferris State (Mich.) on Dec. 21.
· Both teams enter Saturday in the top 5 in the NAIA in field goal percentage defense - Davenport is fourth (.393) and Cornerstone is fifth (.400). Davenport has held 14 opponents to 70-or-fewer opponents, while the Golden Eagles have limited nine opponents to under 70 points.
· Ben Lanning of Cornerstone provides an inside presence for the Golden Eagles and ranks 11th in the NAIA in blocks per game (1.8). He stands second on the team in scoring (14.5) and rebounding (6.6). Wes Hudson nets a team-leading 19.0 points per contest. He has reached double-figures in scoring in 20 of the 21 games.
· Davenport's second-leading scorer JaVontae Ford is 70 points shy of becoming the school's all-time leading scorer. After posting 20 points on Wednesday, Ford now has 1,684 points and sits just 69 points away from James Nelson for the top spot in the record books.
· Dominez Burnett is the top scorer for Davenport with a 20.0 scoring average and holds the best shooting mark (.593) from the field. He has struggled recently with a combined five points in the last two outings.
Note – A special thanks to the Sports Information Departments at Davenport and Cornerstone for providing portions of the information above.
Additional Notes from Around NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball
(Through games played on Jan. 22, 2014)
· Oregon Tech head coach Danny Miles has a shot to become the second-ever coach in any level of men's college basketball to hit 1,000 wins. He currently has 998 victories heading into the Hustlin' Owls home contest Friday against Eastern Oregon. His potential shot for win No. 1,000 would be on Saturday at home against No. 14 College of Idaho. For more information, click here.
· After Tuesday's win against Taylor (Ind.), coach Mike Lightfoot of Bethel (Ind.) reached 700 career wins and hit that milestone in the third-fastest manner in NAIA annals (in 960 games). He also becomes the second active Division II head coach to reach the 700-win threshold.
· Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) head coach Ralph Hodge is nearing 700 career wins -- he sits at 697 heading into the game against Roosevelt (Ill.) on Saturday. He currently holds the third-most victories among active Division II coaches, behind coach Lightfoot and Miles.
· Nearing the 600-win mark, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) coach Steve Ridder stands at 597 heading into a showdown at Ave Maria (Fla.) on Thursday. He is striving to become the fifth active Division II coach with 600-plus wins.
· Brad Karp of Saint Xavier set the all-time SXU scoring record in the game against Indiana South Bend on Jan. 11. His 28 points pushed his career total to 2,530 points. Karp joins NCAA Division I standout Doug McDermott of Creighton (Iowa) as the only two active men's college basketball players in the nation with over 2,500 career points.
· From Jan. 24 - 26, the 11th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend will occur to raise awareness about the fight against cancer. Both divisions of NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches will conduct a national effort of fund raising for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and American Cancer Society. Follow CoachesvsCancer on Facebook and @CoachesvsCancer on Twitter and leverage your social media channels using the hashtag #SuitsAndSneakers to share your school and coach’s participation in Suits And Sneakers. For more information, click here.
· There are no teams in Division II with an undefeated record. Dordt (Iowa) (20-2), Saint Xavier (Ill.) (19-2) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (17-2) have the fewest losses with two.
· Dordt (20-2) has the most victories with 20. Overall, 31 teams have posted 15-or-more wins thus far.
· After a 71-55 win over Calumet-St. Joseph (Ind.) on Wednesday, Saint Xavier (Ill.) holds the longest active Division II win streak at 15 straight.
· Two teams are still searching for their first victory.
· Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) reclaims the No. 1 ranking this week in the Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Wolves were the preseason No. 1 team and now take over for Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in the top spot. For the complete release, click here.
· Floyd Battle of St. Thomas (Fla.) was named this week’s NAIA National Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. For the complete release, click here.
· Other Top 25 matchups this week:
o Tuesday – No. 20 Huntington (Ind.) def. No. 8 Saint Francis (Ind.), 72-60
o Wednesday – No. 19 St. Thomas (Fla.) def. No. 7 Northwood (Fla.), 94-91
o Friday – No. 14 College of Idaho at No. 9 Southern Oregon
o Saturday – No. 16 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) at No. 12 Bellevue (Neb.)
o Saturday – No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan at No. 22 Bethel (Ind.)