Michigan Tech returns to the SDC Gymnasium for a pair of GLIAC games. Tech hosts Wayne State on Thursday (Jan. 17) and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 19).
Michigan Tech trails the all-time series with Wayne State 25-51. The Warriors defeated the Huskies 60-56 last year in Houghton.
Tech leads the all-time series with Saginaw Valley State 38-34. Last year the home team won in the two game series.
Head coach Kevin Luke enters his 19th season leading the Huskies. The four-time GLIAC Coach of Year has posted a 326-205 record as head coach.
Senior Ali Haidar leads the GLIAC in eight different categories: field goals (8.9), defensive rebounds (112), total rebounds (141), rebounds per game (10.1), points (326), points per game (23.3), points per 40 minutes (30.5) and double-doubles (7). The Windsor, Ont., native ranks eighth nationally in scoring, 17th in rebounds and tied for 11th in double-doubles.
Another League Leader
Sophomore Ben Stelzer made a career-high seven 3-pointers at Grand Valley State Saturday (Jan. 12). He ranks first in the league in 3-pointers per game (2.4). The Manitowoc, Wis., native has been nearly automatic at the free throw line missing just once (28-29). He leads the GLIAC in free throw percentage at 96.6-percent.
Offense vs. Defense
Wayne State ranks second in the GLIAC in points per game (76.4) and Tech ranks second in fewest points allowed (61.1).
Michigan Tech is shooting 50-percent from the field this season, best in the GLIAC. The Huskies have shot over 50-percent from the field in seven games this season. Tech is 10-0 this season when shooting better than its opponent and 0-4 when it shoots worse. The Huskies are undefeated (5-0) at home this season.
Wayne State ranks second in turnovers with 11.4 per game and Tech ranks third with 11.5.
Good to be Home
Michigan Tech ranks second in the league in average home attendance at 791.
Last Time Out
Michigan Tech pulled within three before falling by five, 70-65, at Grand Valley State Saturday (Jan. 12). Senior Ali Haidar scored a game-high 25 points and sophomore Ben Stelzer added 21.
Tech will play road games at Northwood Thursday (Jan. 24) and Lake Superior State Saturday (Jan. 26).