Alabama-Hunstville (2-0) at Kansas State (2-0)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) -- Manhattan, Kansas.
Television: ESPN2. Home Record: UAH 1-0, KSU 2-0. Away Record: UAH 0-0, KSU
0-0. Neutral Record: UAH 1-0, KSU 0-0. Conference Record: UAH 0-0, KSU 0-0.
Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: As the first Division II program to be invited to participate in
the NIT Season Tip-Off, the Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville are rewarded for
their first victory in the event with a meeting against host Kansas State in
the Midwest Regional Championship Round at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan,
The Chargers, who operate in the Gulf South Conference and are recognized as
one of the top teams at the Division II level again this season, managed a
comfortable win in their season opener on Friday with a 58-44 triumph over
Point Loma Nazarene, but the competition was upgraded yesterday when the
group clashed with North Texas. Versus the Mean Green the Chargers didn't back
down and in fact led by double figures in the second half of the meeting
before capturing a surprising 78-75 victory.
As for the Wildcats, they went from destroying North Dakota in the opener by
33 points to crushing the Lamar Cardinals on Monday, 79-55, in order to
advance to this round of action.
Not surprisingly, this is the first-ever meeting between these two team
schools on the hardwood, and the winner will head to New York City for the
semifinal round of the tourney to face the winner of the South Regional.
Leading the way on offense for the Chargers on Monday against North Texas was
Wayne Dedrick who tallied 21 points off the bench in just 23 minutes of
action. Jaime Smith added 18 points and eight assists, offsetting his seven
turnovers, while Xavier Baldwin tacked on 11 points and seven boards. The
first 20 minutes of action were very competitive as the teams traded leads 13
times and went through seven ties before UAH went into the break with a 41-37
advantage. The Chargers shot 7-of-14 behind the three-point line in the period
and at the same time held UNT to just 2-of-9 on the perimeter. The Chargers
surged ahead by double digits eight minutes into the second half, but the team
watched that advantage wither away down the stretch, needing a pair of free
throws by Baldwin in the final seconds to secure the three-point decision.
Through two games, Jordan Williams leads the way in scoring with 17.5 ppg,
while Mitchell checks in with 14.0 ppg and a team-best 9.0 rpg to go along
with five of the squad's seven blocks.
Angel Rodriguez scored a game-high 19 points as he helped guide the Kansas
State Wildcats to a commanding 24-point victory over Lamar on Monday. Also
scoring in double figures for the Wildcats was Will Spradling who dropped in
14 points on 4-of-6 shooting behind the three-point line. The Wildcats opened
the meeting on a 15-0 run and it wasn't until the 13:25 mark that Lamar was
able to knock down a field goal. The Cardinals converted a total of just six
field goals on 21 attempts in the period, leading to a 43-15 deficit at the
break. In the second half Lamar turned it around with 57.7 percent accuracy
from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 out on the perimeter, but with a total of
26 turnovers there was no way the Cardinals were going to survive. While it
has been just two games, KSU is already outscoring the competition by nearly
30 ppg, thanks mostly to a defense that has held opponents to 36.4 percent
accuracy from the field and 7-of-27 behind the three-point line. Rodriguez
(16.0 ppg) and Spradling (12.0 ppg) pace the group in the scoring department.
Certainly a win by the Chargers would be a huge story, but considering how
dominant Kansas State has been in the early going and that the Wildcats are
playing in front of their crowd, this is a game that has to go in favor of the
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas State 81, Alabama-Huntsville 62
11/13 10:35:14 ET