GAMES 15-16 PREVIEW: Oglethorpe & Berry

Credit: Lyn Hutchinson
Credit: Lyn Hutchinson

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's basketball team returns home for the first time in 2020, as the Tigers host Oglethorpe and Berry in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play. 

Game #15 | Sewanee (8-6, 2-1) vs. Oglethorpe (8-6, 2-1) | Jan. 10, 8 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium | Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Oglethorpe leads, 45-40
Last win: Feb. 10, 2019 in Sewanee (60-57)

Game #16 | Sewanee at Berry (11-3, 2-1) | Jan. 12, 3 p.m.
Juhan Gymnasium | Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads, 15-6
Last win: Feb. 23, 2019 in Danville, Ky. (70-63) | SAA Tournament Semifinals
Last win in Sewanee: Feb. 11, 2018 (78-54)

OGLETHORPE PREVIEW: The Petrels enter the weekend with an 8-6 record coming off a weekend sweep of Hendrix and Rhodes. However, it did not come easy for OU, as they defeated the Warriors, 85-81 in double overtime on Jan. 3.

Nationally, the Petrels are 24th in free throw percentage at 77%, as the team has averaged 71.4 points per contest. On ball control, Oglethorpe is ranked seventh in steals per game (11.9) and 47th in fewest personal fouls per game (15.4). 

Leading the Petrels in scoring in Dimetri Chambers with 20.3 points per game, second in the SAA behind Jacob Bates of Centre. The junior is posting a 42.6% mark from the field and 75.9% from the charity stripe. 


2019 VERSUS THE STORMY PETRELS: Sewanee and Oglethorpe split their regular season series last season, with the home team taking wins. OU earned a 67-60 win over Sewanee last Jan. 13 in Atlanta, while the Tigers fended out the Petrels on Feb. 10, 60-57, in Juhan Gymnasium. 


THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Friday's meeting will be the 86th meeting between the two schools, with Oglethorpe holding a 45-40 advantage. However, the Tigers have won seven of the last ten meetings, dating back to the 2015 season. 

The teams first met in the 1934-35 season, where the Petrels defeated the Tigers, 23-15. The teams would not reconvene until the 1953-54 season. 

Sewanee and Oglethorpe have played at least once each season since the 1982 campaign. 


BERRY PREVIEW: Berry is 11-3 so far in the 2020 season, coming off a 60-59 setback in overtime at home versus Hendrix, ending an eight-game losing streak, the longest for Berry in its D-III era. The Vikings' other two losses came against ranked opponents: then No. 6 Emory at home on Nov. 12 and at then No. 19 Guilford on Nov. 23. 

Berry is ranked in plenty of defensive categories this season: 32nd in scoring (65.6) and 40th in field goal defense (40.1%). 

2019 saw history for the Vikings. The 19-7 record is the most wins in the NCAA-era (since 2012-13) and most victories since the 2008-09 season. The seven losses are the fewest in a season since the 1965-66 campaign. Additionally, the 11 SAA wins are the most in program history. 

Caleb Haynes leads the Vikings with a 12.5 average on points and is ranked third nationally with a 70% field goal percentage. 


2019 VERSUS THE VIKINGS: A lot of Tiger fans want to block out what the Vikings did last season to the team. However, it led to a big matchup in the SAA Tournament semifinals. 

In the first meeting in Rome, Ga. last season, the Vikings defeated the Tigers, 69-64 in overtime. Nearly a month later in Juhan Gymnasium, Berry ended Sewanee's then 18-game home winning streak with a 69-63 win. 

However, Sewanee had the last laugh at the SAA Tournament. In the semifinals, the Tigers dethroned the defending tournament champions with a 70-63 victory en route to the team's first SAA Tournament Championship in program history and the first conference title in 22 seasons. 


THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The meeting on Sunday will be the 22nd all-time, and it will be the 16th since Berry became full members of the NCAA in 2012-13. Sewanee leads the series, 15-6, but since 2017, Berry has won three of the last seven meetings. 

Sewanee and Berry met five times in the 20th century, with the first meetings coming in the 1948-49 season. Berry won, 56-51, in the first meeting before Sewanee returned the favor later with a 53-39 victory. 


WELCOME TO THE 1,000 POINT CLUB: In Sunday's 88-85 overtime win over Birmingham-Southern, senior forward Adrian Thomas became the 27th member of the 1,000 point club in Sewanee men's basketball history with a made free throw with 3.1 seconds left in overtime. 


A LITTLE CROWDED AT THE TOP: After one weekend of Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play, six of the eight teams, Berry, Centre, Hendrix, Millsaps, Oglethorpe and Sewanee, are all 2-1 in league play. There should be some separation this weekend, as Centre, Sewanee, Berry and Oglethorpe all play each other. 


THE BEST OF THE BEST: Oglethorpe is ranked ninth in all of NCAA Division III (416 schools) in 3-point field goal attempts with 439. However, the Petrels are only converting 28% of their attempts. 

On the flip side, the Tigers have been returning to form on the defensive side of 3-point shooting. Ranked 30th in the nation, the Tigers are averaging 29.1% against teams from beyond the arc. 

Additionally, the Tigers have allowed 32.4% from beyond the arc in league play (22-of-68), and they will need to adjust Berry's 19.2% mark (14-of-73) on the defensive side of the ball in three conference games. 


WARLICK STARTING STRONG IN LEAGUE PLAY: Jordan Warlick has scored in double figures in each of the first three conference games. So far, the sophomore has recorded a 48.3% mark (14-of-29) from the field, including 47.6% (10-of-21) from beyond the arc, totaling 52 points for a 17.3 average. 

Against Millsaps, the Irmo, S.C. native recorded a season-high 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Additionally, he knocked down five shots from beyond the arc. 


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