Teams: American (5-7, 1-0 PL) at Holy Cross (6-7, 0-1 PL)
Date and Location: Sun., Jan. 5, 2014, 1 p.m.– Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.
Series: 31st meeting; AU trails, 18-12
Last Meeting: W, 64-61 – Washington, D.C. (Feb. 17, 2013)
Radio: Federal News Radio 1500AM – Dain Laing (play-by-play), Jeremy Huber (analyst)
The American University men's basketball team closes a five-game road trip in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday afternoon, taking on the Holy Cross Crusaders at 1 p.m., live on the Patriot League Network.
Fans in the D.C.-metro area can tune in to Federal News Radio 1500AM to listen to the radio broadcast with Dan Laing and Jeremy Huber calling the action. For those outside the area, log on to FederalNewsRadio.com to listen to the internet stream. Free video is also available on at PatriotLeague.tv.
It will be the 31st ever meeting between the two foes with Holy Cross holding a 18-12 series advantage, dating back to 1967. Despite the series deficit, the Eagles have won four of the last six and nine of the last 13 meetings including a 64-61, overtime buzzer-beating victory in their last matchup at Bender Arena, which aired live on the CBS College Sports Network.
AU opened its Patriot League slate this past Thursday, as first-year head coach Mike Brennan earned his first career conference victory in his initial attempt, downing Bucknell by 10, 67-57, in Lewisburg, Pa. It was American's first victory in nine games against the Bison and first win in Sojka Pavilion since the 2008-09 season.
Senior center Tony Wroblicky had a career performance with a personal best 24 points with 11 boards, six blocks, six assists and two steals. The fourth-year big man went 8-of-12 from the field while knocking down an identical 8-of-12 mark from the free throw line.
This season, American boasts four players in double digit scoring as third year sharpshooter John Schoof leads the way with 12.3 ppg and 2.3 3pg.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders went .500 (6-6) in nonconference play this year with games against top opponents, Harvard (L, 82-72), at North Carolina (L, 62-54), Belmont (L, 81-70) and at Michigan (L, 88-66). Holy Cross fell in their Patriot League opener at conference favorite Boston U., 70-60.
Big man Dave Dudzinski leads the Crusaders with a team-high 16.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Just behind him is swingman Cullen Hamilton with 15.1 ppg. Five other Holy Cross players are averaging seven-or-more points this season, including 2011-12 Patriot League Rookie of the year, Justin Burrell.
Head coach Milan Brown is in his fourth season as the head men's basketball coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2013-2014. He owns a 35-53 overall record during his time with the Crusaders, to go along with a 20-22 mark in Patriot League play.In 2012-2013, Brown's squad went 8-6 in non-conference action, good for the team's first winning mark in non-league play since 2007-2008.
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Schoof has now hit double-digit points in this third-straight game and six of his past seven. After a bumpy start to the season, Schoof has been locked in offensively. In his past seven games, he is 32-of-68 (.471) from the field, hitting 20-of-41 (.488) from beyond arc. The guard has netted three-or-more triples in five of those games and is averaging 14.4 ppg and 3.3 rpg.
This season, American boasts four players in double digit scoring. Schoof leads the way, but not far behind is sophomore guard Jesse Reed (11.6), followed by and senior center Tony Wroblicky and junior point guard Darius Gardner, who are each averaging 11.6 and 10.5 ppg, respectively.
American boasts one of the top defensive units in the nation in scoring defense entering the week, holding opponents to 61.6 ppg, through 11 games. The mark ranks AU 20th in the country. The Eagles are especially staunch against foe's 3-point shooters, holding their adversaries to 29.1 percent from beyond the arc, good for 35th nationally.
Several Eagles have settled into their roles this season, with junior forward Kyle Kager enjoying a career season as AU's starting 4. Redshirt junior guard Austin Carroll, sophomore forward Marko Vasic and rookies Yilret Yiljep, Charlie Jones, and Justice Montgomery have also combined to make formidable second unit for first year head coach Mike Brennan.
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AU returns to D.C., next week, Wednesday, January 8, and plays in Bender Arena for the first time in 2014, taking on new Patriot League member school, Loyola, at 7:30 p.m.
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