GAMES 23-24 PREVIEW: Berry & Oglethorpe

GAMES 23-24 PREVIEW: Berry & Oglethorpe

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The final three games of the regular season will be at the friendly confines of Juhan Gymnasium for Sewanee men's basketball.

THE BASICS
Game #23 | Sewanee (17-5, 6-5) vs. Berry (16-5, 9-2) | Friday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m. 
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads series, 14-5
Last win: Feb. 11, 2018 in Sewanee (78-54)

Game #24 | Sewanee vs. Oglethorpe (13-9, 7-4) | Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium, Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Oglethorpe leads series, 45-39
Last win: Feb. 9, 2018 in Sewanee (81-46)

SAA STANDINGS

TEAM SAA PCT OVR PCT STR
Centre 10-1 .909 19-3 .864 W6
Berry 9-2 .818 16-5 .762 W5
Oglethorpe 7-4 .636 13-9 .591 W4
Sewanee 6-5 .545 17-5 .773 W1
Hendrix 5-6 .455 9-13 .409 L1
Birmingham-Southern 4-7 .364 10-11 .476 L5
Millsaps 2-9 .182 10-12 .455 L8
Rhodes 1-10 .091 4-18 .182 L6
           
-As of 2/4/19

 

DEFENSE, TIGERS, DEFENSE: Entering the weekend, Sewanee is ranked nationally on the defensive side of the ball. The Tigers are ranked 31st in points (66.3), 45th in field goal percentage (40.6) and sixth in three-point field percentage (28.5). 

Leading the conference in three-point defense, the Tigers are second in points and third in field goal percentage. 

Sewanee finished last season with the best defensive 3-point shooting in all of NCAA Division III. 

The Tigers are 6-0 this season while limiting teams to less than 59 points, and they are 12-0 in the Mick Hedgepeth era. 

BALL IS IN OUR "HOME" COURT: The final three games will take place inside Juhan Gymnasium against Berry, Oglethorpe and Centre: where the Tigers suffered defeats to on the road. 

Sewanee will have a huge advantage, as it currently holds an 18-game home winning streak, dating back to last season. Sewanee's last loss at Juhan Gymnasium came on Nov. 19, 2017 versus Methodist.

The win streak is tied for the third-highest in all of NCAA Division III. Tied with Nebraska Wesleyan, the teams trail La Roche (Pa.), who has 21 and Plattsburg State (N.Y.), who has 25. 

The Tigers have won 10 straight games against SAA opponents at home, dating back to 2017. The Tigers last dropped a home conference contest on Feb. 5, 2017 vs. Oglethorpe. 

 

 

A LOOK AT THE VIKINGS: With the turn of the calendar, Berry has won its last five straight games and eight of its last 10. That has the Vikings in contention to host the 2019 SAA Championships. Entering play, they are one back of SAA leader Centre, who they will play Sunday in Danville, Ky. 

After winning the SAA Championship last season as the eight-seed with an 11-18 record, the Vikings have surpassed the most wins in a season in the Division III era with 16 so far in 2019. 

Elijah Hirsh is second in the SAA in scoring behind Sewanee's Luke Smith with 17.4 points per game. Two Vikings, Elijah Hirsh and Caleb Haynes, are the top-two rebound grabbers in the league with 8.8 and 8.1 per game, respectively. 

In the team's first meeting of the season at The Cage Center on Jan .11, the Tigers, who trailed by seven at halftime, rallied to even the score at 59 points apiece. However, the Vikings allowed Sewanee to 2-of-10 from the floor in the overtime period to win the game, 69-64. 

Despite the setback in Rome, Sewanee holds a 14-5 advantage over the Vikings in program history, winning seven of the last nine matchups. 

A LOOK AT THE STORMY PETRELS: Winners of its last four games, Oglethorpe is third in the SAA with a 7-4 mark in league play, as they have an outside chance of hosting the SAA Championship with three games to go in league play. 

Currently 13-9 overall, the Petrels swept play last weekend over Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps. Friday's 93-90 win over BSC came in a double overtime thriller. 

Reigning SAA Player of the Week Tom Inungu is one of three players from Oglethorpe who has scored 12 points or more a game. Will Perry leads the team with 14.2, followed by Will Koch (12.7) and Inungu (12.5)

In the last meeting on Jan. 13, Oglethorpe used a 35-23 halftime lead to down Sewanee in Atlanta, 67-60. 

The two teams will meet on the hardwood for the 85th time in program history. OU has the upper hand in the series, 45-39. 

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