Jan. 3, 2012
‘Cats receive votes; prep for Griffons
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State earned votes in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Top 25 poll released on Tuesday by the organization.
The Bearcats currently stand at 10-1 and return to the hardwood against rival Missouri Western Wednesday night at the Missouri Western Fieldhouse. Northwest received three votes in the NABC poll released on Tuesday giving the MIAA three teams either ranked or receiving votes.
Metro State (Colo.) holds the top spot for the second week in a row followed by Southern Indiana and Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) at No. 2 and No. 3.
Fort Hays State (9-1) is the highest MIAA team checking in at No. 8 while Missouri Southern (11-2) stands at No. 14. The Tigers handed the Bearcats their only loss of the season before the holiday break on Dec. 17 in Hays, Kan.
The Bearcats and Griffons will tip at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph, as the Bearcats are coming off an 80-62 road win at Lincoln.
BEARCAT QUICK HITS
• Northwest has an average scoring margin of +10.3, fourth best margin in the MIAA behind MSSU, FHSU, and Washburn. Last Friday’s win at Lincoln was the fifth time the Bearcats topped their opponent by at least 10 points.
• Coach McCollum holds a 3-1 mark against rival Missouri Western. It is the most wins coming into the conference season against any MIAA team in his three-year tenure.
• The Bearcats have won the last three meetings against the Griffons and hold a 40-34 overall mark against their long-time rival.
• A pair of players from Kankakee CC in Illinois will play at Western Fieldhouse Wednesday night; however they will be wearing different jerseys. Bearcat guard, DeAngelo Hailey teamed with Griffon forward, Justin Reid last season helping the Cavaliers to a Region Championship.
• After struggling early on in the season as a team 2 Northwest players rank in the top 10 in free throw percentage Cooper and Bryston Williams both at 84% respectively. As a team the Bearcats rank second at 72.2% only just behind Missouri Southern at 72.3%
• The Bearcats rank at the top of the MIAA in scoring defense holding opponents to 58.4 ppg. Only Fort Hays St is also holding opponents under 60 ppg at 59.9.
• The Griffons lead the MIAA in blocks per game at 5.1 as a team; Justin Reid (1.8) and TJ Johnson (1.0) lead the team individually.
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