Men's Basketball Kicks Off Summit Tournament on Saturday
March 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The IPFW men's basketball team opens the men's portion of the 2014 Summit League Tournament on Saturday afternoon, as the Mastodons face off against in-state rival IUPUI.
SCOUTING THE JAGUARS
IUPUI comes into the 2014 Summit League Tournament opener after ending the regular season with a 6-25 overall record and 1-13 in league play.
In the team's last game, a 75-70 loss at Western Illinois, the Jaguars were led by Ian Chiles, who scored 27 points, hitting 4-of-5 from long range and 9-of-18 overall. Khufu Najee and Elijah Ray each scored 14 for IUPUI.
For the season, Ian Chiles leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game; however, played only minimally in the team's last meeting, and none of the first, because of an injury. Mitch Patton averages 12.2, second on the team, while Khufu Najee averages 10.1.
Mercellus Barksdale has pulled down a team-best 208 rebounds on the season - 6.7 per game - while also leading the team with 114 assists and 35 steals. Patton pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game while also leading the team with 32 blocked shots.
LEAGUE TOURNAMENT HISTORY
IPFW is 3-6 all-time in the Summit League Tournament, including winning its first game in the tournament in 2008. Below is a game-by-game listing of IPFW's Summit League Tournament games.
IPFW senior Luis Jacobo became the second player and third overall First Team All-League selection from the Mastodons. Frank Gaines earned First Team honors in back-to-back years in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Also earning All-League honors this season were Steve Forbes, who was named to the All-League Second Team and the All-Newcomer team. Mo Evans was named the Summit League Sixth Man of the Year and to the All-Newcomer Team.
IPFW freshman Mo Evans has scored 297 points this season, averaging just under 10.0 points per game. His point total ranks as the ninth-most among freshmen in school history.
•IPFW freshman Mo Evans has the eighth-most points by a Mastodon freshman player in program history, and with 20 more points will climb into fourth.
•IPFW's 22 wins this season are the first time since 1992-93 that a team has won at least 20 games, and stands as the second-most wins in program history.
•IPFW ranks 10th in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage according to the NCAA, while Steve Forbes is fifth in the county in individual field goal percentage by the ESPN statistical rankings (he is 12 field goal makes shy of qualifying for the NCAA rankings).
•IPFW's 20-of-21 free throw shooting game against North Dakota State stands as the 20th-best single-game shooting performance in NCAA Division I this season.
•IPFW's current RPI of 123 is the lowest in program history, ahead of the previous best of 128 from five weeks ago. Coming into the season, the best season-ending RPI was 180 in 2010-11.
•IPFW head coach Tony Jasick, now 49-45 in his career, stands in sole possession of fourth place in career coaching wins and is one of two coaches in program history to have a career record of .500 or better.
•IPFW's 22-9 record stands as the most wins andwin percentage in the state among NCAA Division I program. Of the 10 NCAA Division I teams in the state, five have a winning record with an overall winning percentage of .480 (144-156).
•IPFW finished the month of January with a 7-1 record, the best record for the month in program history, better than the previous top mark of 8-2 in 1991-92.
•Mastodon head basketball coach Tony Jasick was named as one of CollegeInsider.com's Top-100 Sexiest Coaches, while a few days later was named MidMajorMadness.com's Sexiest Mid-Major Coach.