Mastodons Set for Series Opener Against Pioneers
January 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Denver comes into the first-ever meeting between the programs with a 7-9 record and riding a two-game losing skid.
HIGH IN THE RPI
IPFW's current RPI (ratings percentage index) - a mathematical figure used to rank teams based on their records, their strength of schedule, and their opponents' records - stands at 143, the best in the men's Division I history. The previous best RPI for the program was at the end of the 2011 season when the program's RPI was at 180.
IPFW's 14-5 start this season is the fourth-best 19-game start in program history, and is the best start in IPFW's NCAA Division I era.
FREE THROWS CAN BE FREE
When IPFW hit 20-of-21 free throws against North Dakota State, it not only marked an IPFW single-season game-high, it also stands as the 15th best single-game free throw shooting mark in the NCAA this season.
A look behind IPFW's shooting percentage, which is the eighth-best team total in the country, you will see four regular players shooting at .500 or better. Leading that group is IPFW junior forward Steve Forbes, who shoots 66.9 percent from the field (85-of-127). Forbes' totals are good; however, he does not appear in the NCAA national rankings because he is 10 makes shy of missing the minimum five made shots per game mark in order to be ranked. ESPN, however, has a much less stringent minimum to qualify, and in that ranking, Forbes sits fifth in the country. Below are the top five field goal shooters according to the
After a four-game win streak, the 2013-14 IPFW Mastodons have jumped back into the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25, sitting at 23rd overall, tied for the highest poll placement for the 'Dons. On December 16 the Mastodons also sat 23rd, a week after opening in the poll at 25th.
Former Mastodon standout Frank Gaines was been selected with the first pick in the second round by the Maine Red Claws in the 2013 NBA Development League draft. In 16 games with the Red Claws, Gaines is averaging 18.2 points per game, which ranks second on his squad and 16th in the D-League.