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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 month of February with a 14-6 overall record after dropping a pair of games last week, at Merchant Marine and against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent Amherst. This week, the team travels to Tufts on Friday followed by a matchup at Bates on Saturday.

Match-ups:
Trinity (14-6, 5-1) at Tufts (16-4, 5-2 in NESCAC)
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Cousens Gymnasium
Medford, Massachusetts

Trinity (14-4, 5-0) at Bates (10-10, 2-5 in NESCAC)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Alumni Gymnasium
Lewiston, Maine 

Live Stats:
Tufts
Bates 

Live Video:
Tufts
Bates

Series History against Tufts: Trinity is 38-33 against the Jumbos dating back to the 1905-06 season.

Last Time Out Against the Jumbos: The Bantams lost 59-55 last season against Tufts in Hartford.

Series History against Bates: Trinity is 24-22 all time against the Bobcats dating back to the 1946-47 season.

Last Time Out Against the Bobcats: The Bantams beat Bates, 66-59, last season at home.

Game Notes:

- Junior center Ed Ogundeko leads the conference and ranks 18th nationally averaging 11.1 boards per contest, while senior forward Shay Ajayi is eighth in the NESCAC with 7.1 boards per contest. Ogundeko is also third in the NESCAC in blocked shots with 1.6 per game.

- The Bantams are averaging 76.3 points per contest, up from 69.6 points per game last season. Ogundeko leads the squad with 13.7 ppg (11th in NESCAC) followed by Ajayi (12.6 ppg, 18th in NESCAC) and senior captain guard Jaquann Starks (12.0 ppg) who is 21st in the conference.

- Senior guard Andrew Hurd is second amongst NESCAC leaders with 5.0 assists per game and first in three-point shooting at .525. He also is fourth nationally in assists-to-turnover ratio at 3.85. Sophomore swingman Eric Gendron ranks third in three-point shooting at .500 and is also 23rd in the league blocks with 0.6 per contest. Ajayi is ninth in the NESCAC in shots blocked per game, averaging one per contest.

- Trinity is second in the NESCAC in scoring defense at 65.3 ppg, field-goal percentage defense at .377 (6th in nation), and first in rebounding margin at +7.8 (16th in nation).  The Bantams are also 37th nationally in rebounding with 42.05 boards per game.