Men's Basketball Returns To Action Sunday At UCF

SHU travels to Orlando, Fla. to take on UCF on December 15. (Photos: Steve McLaughlin)
SHU travels to Orlando, Fla. to take on UCF on December 15. (Photos: Steve McLaughlin)

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team brings a four-game win streak on the road to, traveling to the University of Central Florida for a Sunday matinee. The Pioneers are 6-4 on the year, while the Knights improved to 7-2 and have also won four straight. 

Quick Hitters

  • E.J. Anosike is averaging a double-double on the year, at 16.8 points and 11.0 rebounds a game
  • During the current four-game win streak, SHU is shooting 50.9 percent from the and averaging 91.5 points per game 
  • The Pioneers last won four consecutive games at the end of the 2016-17 season, from February 2 through February 16, totaling five games against league opponents
  • Cameron Parker is averaging 11.3 points and 16.0 assists per game over the last four and leads the nation at 9.6 assists per game
  • He has recorded four of the 33 total games this season (through 12/9) in which a player has had 12 or more assists
  • Jare'l Spellman has nine blocks in the last three games and ranks 11th in the nation (through 12/9) with 25 blocks this season
  • E.J. Anosike has reached 21 points in each of the last three games
  • The Pioneers are averaging 12.5 turnovers per game during the win streak and have an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.88
  • SHU is now 6-0 win scoring 75 or more points, including a 101 point effort against Pine Manor - the first time to a century mark since a 105-104 win over Bryant on 2/14/19
  • Tonight's game is the third of four straight road games for the Pioneers and SHU has won its last three true road games
  • Through December 9th, SHU is fourth in the nation with a free throw percentage of 81.0 percent

Board Talk

  • The Pioneers, through 12/9, rank 11th in the nation at 42.50 rebounds and the 425 they have collected are 15th most in the nation
  • The team is averaging 12.8 offensive boards per game, which is 40th in the country
  • SHU is +6.1 in rebound margin, leading the NEC in that category
  • E.J. Anosike is 11th in the country at 11 rebounds per game and 26th in offensive rebounds per game, 3.7
  • Three Pioneers rank in the top-eight in the NEC in total rebounds: Anosike 110, Jare'l Spellman 84 and Kinnon LaRose, 67

 

Scouting the Knights: UCF has won its last four games and has four players scoring in double figures. Leading the way is Collin Smith, at 14.8 an outing and shooting 56 percent from the field. Dazon Ingram is leading the team at 6.8 boards a game and is averaging 10.3 points per contest. The Knights are scoring 73.4 points per game, 6.3 more than their foes. UCF also has a positive rebound margin (+3.5) and turnover margin (+1.7)