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Men's Basketball Weekly Preview

Men's Basketball Weekly Preview

This Week: The Trinity College men's basketball team finished the regular season last weekend with wins on consecutive days against Hamilton and Middlebury, respectively, locking up the No. 1 seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament. The Bantams host the Colby College Mules on Saturday, February 20, in the quarterfinals, with the winner moving on to play in the semifinals the following weekend.

Match-ups:
Trinity (18-6, 9-1) v. Colby (16-8, 4-6 in NESCAC)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut

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Series History against Colby: Trinity is 17-26 against the Mules dating back to the 1937-38 season.

Last Time Out Against the Mules: The Bantams won 62-60 earlier this season in Waterville.

Game Notes:

- Junior center Ed Ogundeko leads the conference and ranks 24th nationally averaging 10.7 boards per contest, while senior forward Shay Ajayi is seventh in the NESCAC with 7.5 boards per contest. Ogundeko is also fourth in the NESCAC in blocked shots with 1.5 per game.

- The Bantams are averaging 78.5 points per contest, up from 69.6 points per game last season. Ajayi leads the squad with 13.8 ppg (13th in NESCAC) followed by Ogundeko (13.3 ppg, 14th in NESCAC) and senior captain guard Jaquann Starks (11.9 ppg) who is 22nd in the conference.

- Senior guard Andrew Hurd is second amongst NESCAC leaders with 5.0 assists per game and third in three-point shooting at .490. He also is seventh nationally in assists-to-turnover ratio at 3.43. Sophomore swingman Eric Gendron ranks fourth in three-point shooting at .464 and is also 23rd in the league blocks with 0.5 per contest. Ajayi is tenth in the NESCAC in shots blocked per game, averaging a tick under one per contest.

- Trinity is second in the NESCAC in scoring defense at 67.5 ppg, field-goal percentage defense at .382 (5th in nation), and first in rebounding margin at +7.3 (21st in nation).  The Bantams are also 48th nationally in rebounding with 41.54 boards per game.