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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 final week of the regular season with a 16-6 overall record after a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) victories last week at No. 25 ranked Tufts and at Bates. This week, the team closes out the regular season at home on Friday against Hamilton, and at home on Saturday against Middlebury.

Match-ups:
Trinity (16-6, 7-1) v. Hamilton (11-11, 2-6 in NESCAC)
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut

Trinity (16-6, 7-1) v. Middlebury (14-8, 6-2 in NESCAC)
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut

Live Stats:
Hamilton
Middlebury 

Live Video:
Hamilton
Middlebury

Series History against Hamilton: Trinity is 14-5 against the Jumbos dating back to the 1905-06 season.

Last Time Out Against the Continentals: The Bantams won 60-51 last season against Hamilton in upstate New York.

Series History against Middlebury: Trinity is 38-15 all time against the Bobcats dating back to the 1919-20 season.

Last Time Out Against the Panthers: The Bantams beat Bates, 90-85, last season in Vermont.

Game Notes:

- Junior center Ed Ogundeko leads the conference and ranks 24th nationally averaging 10.8 boards per contest, while senior forward Shay Ajayi is seventh in the NESCAC with 7.4 boards per contest. Ogundeko is also fourth in the NESCAC in blocked shots with 1.4 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 13.2 ppg (13th in NESCAC) followed by Ajayi (13.0 ppg, 14th in NESCAC) and senior captain guard Jaquann Starks (11.6 ppg) who is 23rd in the conference.

- Senior guard Andrew Hurd is tied for third amongst NESCAC leaders with 5.0 assists per game and second in three-point shooting at .523. He also is seventh nationally in assists-to-turnover ratio at 3.55. Sophomore swingman Eric Gendron ranks third in three-point shooting at .500 and is also 22nd 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 65.8 ppg, field-goal percentage defense at .375 (5th in nation), and first in rebounding margin at +7.9 (16th in nation).  The Bantams are also 42nd nationally in rebounding with 41.95 boards per game.

- Ajayi posted a career-best 26 points last week in the Bantams victory over Tufts to go along with 16 rebounds.