December 26, 2012

Men Headed to UWP for Final Non-Conference Game

Complete Game Notes in PDF

Michigan Tech will play its final non-conference game of the regular season Saturday (Dec. 29) at UW-Parkside.  

The Series
Michigan Tech is 7-3 (.700) all-time against UW-Parkside. The Rangers defeated the Huskies last season in Houghton, 73-72, on a last second 3-pointer by Colt Grandstaff.   
 
Coach Luke
Head coach Kevin Luke enters his 19th season leading the Huskies. The four-time GLIAC Coach of Year has posted a 323-203 record as head coach.

In the Polls
Michigan Tech received votes in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches Top-25 Poll. Complete poll located on page two.

Break
The game at UWP will be the first since a 75-55 win at Tiffin on Dec. 15, a span of 14 days. Parkside has not played a game since a 96-60 win over Clarke on Dec. 8th, a span of 20 days.

Big Game
Sophomore Phil Romback posted the best game of his career at Tiffin. The Black Creek, Wis., native scored a career-high 21 points and made his first six 3-point attempts. He also tallied four rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.

Moving Up the Charts
Senior Ali Haidar currently ranks ninth in school history in scoring with 1,491 points. The Windsor, Ont., native needs 31 points to pass Jason Marcotte (2001-05) for eighth. Haidar currently ranks eighth in the nation in rebounding (10.8) and 10th in scoring (23.2).

Nation's Best
Saturday's game will feature two of the top scorers in the country. Tech's Ali Haidar ranks 10th (23.2 ppg) and Parkside's Jeremy Saffold is tied for 20th (21.0 ppg).

Defensive Battle
The meeting between Tech and Parkside is shaping up as a defensive battle. Tech is allowing 61 points per game, third fewest in the GLIAC, and Parkside is giving up 60 points per game, fifth fewest in the GLVC. Both teams are holding their opponents to 39-percent from the field.

Sharp Shooting
Michigan Tech currently ranks second in the league in field goal percentage at 49.6-percent. Grand Valley leads the GLIAC at 50.4-percent.

Protect the Ball
Michigan Tech is averaging 11.6 turnovers, second fewest in the league. Malone leads the league with 11.3.

Last Time Out
Sophomore Phil Romback scored a career-high 21 points to lead Michigan Tech to a 75-55 win at Tiffin on Dec. 15th.

Looking Ahead
Tech will host Lake Erie (Jan. 3) and Ashland (Jan. 5) in GLIAC action next week. The two games will be the final two against South Division opponents this season.