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Men's Basketball Weekly Preview

Men's Basketball Weekly Preview

This Week: The Trinity College men's basketball team enters the ninth week of the season with a 14-4 overall record after knocking off Bowdoin and Colby, respectively, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups last week. This week, the team travels to Merchant Marine on Wednesday, January 27, before hosting Amherst on Saturday in a battle for first place in the conference.

Match-ups:
Trinity (14-4, 5-0) at Merchant Marine (8-8, 4-6 in Landmark)
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Liebertz Gymnasium
Kings Point, New York

Trinity (14-4, 5-0) v. Amherst (14-3, 4-1 in NESCAC)
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut 

Live Stats:
Merchant Marine
Amherst 

Live Video:
Merchant Marine
Amherst 

Series History against Merchant Marine: Trinity is 2-2 against the Mariners dating back to the 1994-95 season.

Last Time Out Against the Mariners: The Bantams lost 58-56 last season against Merchant Marine in Hartford.

Series History against Amherst: Trinity is 46-48 all time against the Purple & White dating back to the 1991-92 season.

Last Time Out Against the Purple & White: The Bantams beat Amherst by 16, 70-54, last season in Massachusetts.

Game Notes:

- Junior center Ed Ogundeko leads the conference and ranks 19th nationally averaging 11.1 boards per contest, while senior forward Shay Ajayi is seventh in the NESCAC with 7.4 boards per contest. Ogundeko is also third in the NESCAC in blocked shots with 1.5 per game.

- The Bantams are averaging 76.9 points per contest, up from 69.6 points per game last season. Ogundeko leads the squad with 14.0 ppg (11th in NESCAC) followed by Ajayi (12.9 ppg, 15th in NESCAC) and senior captain guard Jaquann Starks (11.7 ppg) who is 25th in the conference.

- Senior guard Andrew Hurd is second amongst NESCAC leaders with 5.2 assists per game and first in three-point shooting at .553. He also is fourth nationally in assists-to-turnover ratio at 3.92. Sophomore swingman Eric Gendron ranks second in three-point shooting at .548 and is also 20th in the league blocks with 0.6 per contest. Ajayi is tied for eighth in the NESCAC in shots blocked per game, averaging a tick under one per contest.

- Trinity leads the NESCAC in scoring defense at 63.9 ppg, field-goal percentage defense at .367 (1st in nation), and rebounding margin at +8.7 (9th in nation).  The Bantams are also 37th nationally in rebounding with 42.50 boards per game.

- This is the first time in over 10 seasons that the Bantams have started off 5-0 in NESCAC play.