Men's Hoops Opens Regular Season on the Road
Michigan Tech will open the regular season at Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 15th. The team will play at Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 17th.
Michigan Tech is 18-7 (.720) all-time against Southwest Minnesota State. Tech has won of the last seven meetings between the two schools, including a 68-61 win in Bemidji, Minn., last season.
Michigan Tech is 28-29 (.491) in the all-time series against Minnesota Duluth that dates back to Dec. 11, 1948. The Huskies have won 14 of the last 20 games between the two schools, but the Bulldogs have won the last three, including an 81-80 win in Houghton last season.
Head coach Kevin Luke enters his 19th season leading the Huskies. The four-time GLIAC Coach of Year has posted a 316-201 record as head coach.
Picked to Repeat
Michigan Tech was picked to finish first in the North Division of the GLIAC Preseason Poll. The Huskies finished with eight first-place votes and 157 points. Wayne State finished second with nine first-place votes and 155 points, followed by Ferris State with four first-place votes and 141 points.
Preseason Player of the Year
Haidar, who was named the league's player of the year in 2011-12, was named the GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year. Last season the Windsor, Ont., native averaged 19.1 points per game, 38th in the nation, and 9.4 rebounds, 19th best in the country.
Haidar scored a game-high 26 points shooting 11-of-16 from the field against Finlandia on Nov. 7th. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Culy Earns Preseason Honor
Junior Alex Culy was named to the Preseason North Division Second Team. The Rice Lake, Wis., native averaged 8.8 points, including 57 3-pointers, fourth most in the league.
Culy scored just one 3-pointer but finished with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
Freshman Kyle Stankowski scored 17 points in his first game in a Tech jersey. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. The Mosinee, Wis., native grabbed three rebounds in 11 minutes of work.
Last Time Out
Ali Haidar scored a game-high 26 points and four other players scored in double digits in a 117-53 win over Finlandia on Nov. 7th.
The team will face its third NSIC opponent of the season when it hosts Bemidji State Tuesday, Nov. 20.