Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: Anna Maria, Norwich & JWU

Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: Anna Maria, Norwich & JWU

Last Week: The Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team went 1-1 in conference play last week, topping Rivier on the road, 92-82, before falling at Lasell over the weekend. Entering this week, Albertus Magnus sits in third-place in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) standings with a 10-3 record in league play. Over the final 20 minutes of play at Rivier, the guests outscored the hosts by 14 points thanks to shooting 63 percent (17-of-27) from the floor and forcing seven Raider turnovers. The two key factors in the contest over the weekend at Lasell proved to be three-point shooting and free-throw percentage with Lasell holding the edge in both. The hosts knocked down 12-of-24 shots from beyond the arc compared to the visitors hitting just 3-of-11 attempts from deep. At the charity stripe, the Lasers converted on an impressive 36-of-42 attempts (85 percent), while the Falcons hit just 16-of-27 (59 percent).

This Week: The Falcons have three league games, sandwiching home tilts versus Anna Maria and Johnson & Wales around a make-up trip to Norwich. For the remainder of the season, AMC will be playing only GNAC games with sights on a home game in the conference tournament.

Match-up:
Albertus Magnus (14-4, 10-3)
vs. Anna Maria (11-10, 7-7)
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 7:00 pm
New Haven, Conn.
The Nest inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center

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Earlier This Season Against the AMCATS: Albertus Magnus scored a 108-93 win on the road versus Anna Maria in early January. The Falcons erased a four-point halftime deficit and outscored the AMCATS by 19 over the final 20 minutes to earn the victory. The 108 point outburst marked a season-high for AMC. The balanced offensive attack saw five Falcons score 10 or more points led by freshman forward Shontaey Lovell with 21 points.

Series History: Albertus Magnus leads the all-time series, 9-3, and is in the midst of a six-game winning streak versus Anna Maria. The Falcons are a perfect 4-0 all-time in New Haven against the AMCATS.

Scouting Anna Maria: The AMCATS have dropped three of their last four games and are coming off a 98-63 setback on the road versus Johnson & Wales. Anna Maria has dropped two straight road conference games. The AMCATS are second in the GNAC with over 16 assists per contest and are scoring better than 77 points a game this winter. The team is hitting over 44 percent of their shots, including better than 34 percent from beyond the arc. The AMCATS have two players average in double figures led by senior guard Patrick Bradanese with just under 19 a game. Earlier this season, he netted 21 in a losing effort against AMC.

Match-up:
Albertus Magnus (14-4, 10-3)
at Norwich (6-14, 3-10)
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Northfield, Vt.
Andrews Gymnasium

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Earlier This Year Versus Norwich: Albertus Magnus scored a 65-64 home victory in the GNAC opener for both squads. The back-and-forth game saw the visitors erase a 10-point deficit with three minutes left in regulation to fall just short as Lovell recorded a steal at the top of the key on the game's final possession.

Series History: Albertus Magnus leads the all-time series, 20-12, and is riding a 15-game winning streak against Norwich. The last Cadet win versus the Falcons came in January of 2008. On the road, AMC is 8-6 at Norwich.

Scouting Norwich: The Cadets begin the week having won two of their last three games. However, the team is coming off an 88-58 setback at Suffolk over the weekend. At home, Norwich is 4-5 this season. The team is shooting just under 42 percent from the field and ranks last in the GNAC in three-point shooting (27 percent). The Cadets average over 64 points per game. Two Cadets average in double figures led by sophomore center Mike Hogervorst with 12 per game. He also leads the squad in rebounding (5.2 per game).

Match-up:
Albertus Magnus (14-4, 10-3)
vs. No. 14 Johnson & Wales (20-1, 14-0)
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm
New Haven, Conn.
The Nest inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center

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Earlier This Winter at JWU: The Wildcats pulled away in the second half to score a 113-58 victory versus Albertus Magnus in mid-January. Johnson & Wales shot the lights out, knocking down 60 percent of their shots from the field, while holding the visiting Falcons to just 36 percent shooting. The physical contest saw the two teams combine to take 61 free throws. The biggest difference in the game was three-point shooting, as JWU hit 11-of-19, while AMC converted just 3-of-14 from beyond the arc.

Series History: The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 25-21, and snapped a six-game losing streak to Albertus Magnus earlier this season.

Scouting Johnson & Wales: JWU enters the week riding a 20-game winning streak and ranked No. 14 in the nation. The Wildcats lead all three NCAA divisions with a scoring margin of 28.5 points per game. Johnson & Wales is the only team in Division III to be ranked in the Top 15 for both scoring offense (11th – 92.4 ppg.) and scoring defense (14th – 63.4 ppg.). JWU is also in the top 10 nationally for steals (2nd – 13.8 per game), turnover margin (5th – 8.7 per game) and field goal percentage (6th – 50.1 percent). It's a two-headed attack for the Wildcats with Quarry Greenaway and Tom Garrick both averaging more than 22 points per game.

Albertus Notes
- Lovell averaged over 15 points and seven rebounds as the Falcons went 1-1 in league play to earn GNAC Rookie of the Week honors for the 10th time. In a 10-point win at Rivier, Lovell knocked down 9-of-10 shots from the field for 26 points to go along with nine rebounds and four assists. He also added a steal on the defensive end.
- Sophomore forward Jaqhawn Walters averaged over 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists last week for AMC. He shot better than 43 percent from the field, contributed over two steals and one block per game and recorded a double-double in a win at Rivier. Versus the Raiders, he scored 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds and three assists. He ended the week with a 27-point, five-rebound and five-assist performance in a loss at Lasell.
- Albertus Magnus ranks second in the GNAC in scoring, averaging over 85 points per game. The Falcons also lead the league in blocks per game (3.4) and rank second in rebounding (42 per game). AMC is shooting over 47 percent from the field, highlighted by knocking down 35 percent from three-point range.